a new train line crosses 3 countries with tickets for less than €10

a new train line crosses 3 countries with tickets for less than €10
a new train line crosses 3 countries with tickets for less than €10

Taking the train is now favored by many people for ecological reasons and thus part of a slower and environmentally friendly approach. If you feel pride in taking the train rather than the plane, you are concerned by tågskryt, a term straight from Sweden. We talked to you about it in more detail in this article.

Proof that the train is attractive, night trains are resuming service. You can, among other things, reach Berlin from Brussels with the ÖBB Nightjet and European Sleeper night trains. Our German neighbors also rely on the night train with the Nightjet which stops successively in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich. Good to know, this train line goes to Prague, in the Czech Republic. Other European countries are also banking on the train. This is the case for Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, which can be reached in just two hours thanks to a new train line.

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What are the countries to discover?

This new train line is managed by Slovenian Railways and is part of the European SUSTANCE Interreg Central Europe project. The objective? Improve connectivity between countries and test the feasibility of using public transport for tourism purposes on this route.

The train line actually follows an old railway line built over 150 years ago. It has been in operation since September 2023, but be careful, it will only be in service until September 30. However, the railway network hopes to continue the route beyond this date. The train departs from Villa Opicina station, a suburb of Trieste, Italy. It then heads to Slovenia, making stops in the following towns: Sežana, Divača, Pivka and Ilirska Bistrica. Arriving in Croatia, the train stops successively at the stations of Šapjane, Opatija Matulji and Rijeka, its terminus.

There is only one departure at 7:50 a.m. from Villa Opicina with an expected arrival at 9:54 a.m. in Rijeka. If you are planning a trip in the opposite direction, departure from Rijeka is at 6:25 p.m. for an arrival at 8:40 p.m. at Villa Opicina. The train is often criticized for its sometimes (too) high prices. But the railway line crossing Italy, Slovenia and Croatia has very advantageous prices. In fact, a one-way ticket only costs eight euros. This is the maximum price. There will be an extra charge of five euros if you bring a bicycle. Another advantage? Children aged between 6 and 12 pay only 50% of the ticket price. The ticket is free for children under six years old. The minimum price is set at €2.20 for a Villa Opicina-Sežana journey. Stops are possible at the different stations.

The train line’s website mentions that it is best to book tickets in advance at stations with an international ticket office. Passengers traveling from Villa Opicina or Ilirska Bistrica can, exceptionally, purchase their tickets on board (cash only) at no additional cost. All information and timetables can be found here.

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