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Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR) was split into two companies (operating and infrastructure) on 1 January 2002:
 
Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR) was split into two companies (operating and infrastructure) on 1 January 2002:
 
===National Railway Operator===
 
===National Railway Operator===
Železničná spoločnosť ([http://www.zssk.sk/ ZSSK]).
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Železničná spoločnosť ([https://www.zssk.sk/en ZSSK]).
  
 
==Language==
 
==Language==
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===Journey Planner===
 
===Journey Planner===
 
[https://www.zssk.sk/en/ - Journey planner]
 
[https://www.zssk.sk/en/ - Journey planner]
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===Actual Train Times===
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* [http://mapa.zsr.sk/ Real time map]
  
 
===Downloadable Timetable===
 
===Downloadable Timetable===
* Direct link to 2019-2020 timetable is here [https://www.zsr.sk/pre-cestujucich/cestovny-poriadok-2018/2019/cestovny-poriadok-2019-2020.html 2020 Timetable]
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* Direct link to 2020-2021 timetable is here [https://www.zssk.sk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/KCP_20201213_SK.pdf 2020 Timetable] Note no end date for the timetable is shown
 
* Simplified version in English [http://www.slovakrail.sk/en/timetables.html Timetables]
 
* Simplified version in English [http://www.slovakrail.sk/en/timetables.html Timetables]
* More comprehensive list in Slovak, giving the 'from' date and listing all tables, including those which no longer have a service [http://www.zsr.sk/ ŽSR]. Click on the '''‘Cestovný poriadok’''' link under the heading ‘''INFORMÁCIE PRE CESTUJÚCU VEREJNOSŤ''’ on the left hand side of the page.
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* More comprehensive list in Slovak, giving the 'from' date and listing all tables, including those which no longer have a service [https://www.zsr.sk/ ŽSR]. Click on the '''‘>Cestovný poriadok 2019/20’''' link on the left hand side of the page.
  
 
===Printed Timetable===
 
===Printed Timetable===
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===Web-based Maps===
 
===Web-based Maps===
*A map giving junction names and enlargements [https://www.zsr.sk/en/dopravcovia/infrastruktura/tabulka-tratovych-pomerov/ TABUĽKA TRAŤOVÝCH POMEROV]
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*A map giving junction names and enlargements [https://www.zssk.sk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/%C5%BDelezni%C4%8Dn%C3%A1-mapa-Slovenskej-republiky.pdf Railway Map of the Slovak Republic (May 2018)]
 
*Route diagram of [[Bratislava]] with historical notes.
 
*Route diagram of [[Bratislava]] with historical notes.
 
*A rather basic ŽSR [https://www.slovakrail.sk/fileadmin/Obrazky2/fotogaleria_nova/mapy/mapa_9.12.2018.pdf network map]
 
*A rather basic ŽSR [https://www.slovakrail.sk/fileadmin/Obrazky2/fotogaleria_nova/mapy/mapa_9.12.2018.pdf network map]
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==Ticketing==
 
==Ticketing==
Children under 15 and adults over 62 can travel on ZSSK services (but not Regiojet or Leo Express) free of charge. They must first register at a ZSSK booking office, whereupon they will receive their Customer Card, which will allow them to obtain zero-fare tickets. Each ticket is linked to a specific train (long distance trains only) and only for that passenger. For more information see [http://www.slovakrail.sk/en/zero-fare.html Zero – fare public rail transport services in Slovakia].
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Children under 15 and adults over 62 can travel on ZSSK services (but not Regiojet or Leo Express) free of charge. They must first register at a ZSSK booking office, whereupon they will receive their Customer Card, which will allow them to obtain zero-fare tickets. Each ticket is linked to a specific train (long distance trains only) and only for that passenger. For more information see [https://www.zssk.sk/en/zero-fare/ Zero – fare public rail transport services in Slovakia].  Note for British Citizens and permanent residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland this concession is likely to end on 31/12/2020.
 
   
 
   
 
Seat reservations are compulsory on express services, and casual travellers (even those with One Country pass tickets) may be asked to pay a seat reservation charge.
 
Seat reservations are compulsory on express services, and casual travellers (even those with One Country pass tickets) may be asked to pay a seat reservation charge.
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==Infrastructure==
 
==Infrastructure==
 
===Infrastructure Authority===
 
===Infrastructure Authority===
Železnice Slovenskej republiky ([http://www.zsr.sk/ ŽSR])
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Železnice Slovenskej republiky ([https://www.zsr.sk/en/ ŽSR])
  
 
===Network Statement===
 
===Network Statement===
[https://www.zsr.sk/dopravcovia/infrastruktura/podmienky-pouzivania-zel-infrastruktury/network-statement-2020-english-version/ Network Statement for 2019-2020 is here]
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[https://www.zsr.sk/en/railway-undertaking/infrastructure/network-statement/network-statement-2021/ Network Statement for 2020-2021 is here]
  
 
===Gauge===
 
===Gauge===
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* On the [https://www.atlaskolejowy.net/infra/ Atlaskolejowy] website, select the line from the drop down list labelled '' 'Wykaz linii kolejowych na Słowacji' ''.
 
* On the [https://www.atlaskolejowy.net/infra/ Atlaskolejowy] website, select the line from the drop down list labelled '' 'Wykaz linii kolejowych na Słowacji' ''.
 
* The Network Statement Appendix F gives detailed overall distances for lines, but no distance information for each station or junction.
 
* The Network Statement Appendix F gives detailed overall distances for lines, but no distance information for each station or junction.
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* Beneath the map at [https://www.zsr.sk/dopravcovia/infrastruktura/tabulky-tratovych-pomerov/ Tabuľky traťových pomerov] is a table with line sections (''Číslo trate'') and a column ''Názov'' with links ''TTP... zmena'' to PDFs showing distances in metres for that line section
  
 
==Other railways==
 
==Other railways==
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==Tourist lines==
 
==Tourist lines==
 
* The former ŽSR 8 km branch from Spišské Vlachy to Spišské Podhradie [line 187] reopened May 2018 for the summer. It is privately operated by Logistik a Transport Slovakia [LTE]. See [https://www.tatryspispieniny.sk/sk/navrat-hanicky-pod-spissky-hrad-cestovny-poriadok-2018/ Návrat Haničky pod Spišský hrad] for 2018 service.
 
* The former ŽSR 8 km branch from Spišské Vlachy to Spišské Podhradie [line 187] reopened May 2018 for the summer. It is privately operated by Logistik a Transport Slovakia [LTE]. See [https://www.tatryspispieniny.sk/sk/navrat-hanicky-pod-spissky-hrad-cestovny-poriadok-2018/ Návrat Haničky pod Spišský hrad] for 2018 service.
* The former ŽSR 760mm gauge 600v DC electrified route from Trencianska Teplá to Trencianske Teplice is now operated by the non-profit organisation [http://www.trezka.sk/ Trencianska elektrická železnica]. In 2017 a summer weekend service ran between 17 June and 3 September, with services on 6 other single days during the year. The service is shown in Table 122 of the national timetable with a footnote referring the reader to the operator's website for operating dates.
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* The former ŽSR 760mm gauge 600v DC electrified route from Trencianska Teplá to Trencianske Teplice is now operated by the non-profit organisation [https://trez.sk/ Trencianska elektrická železnica]. In 2020 a summer weekend service runs between 27 June and 27 September, with services on other single days during the year. The service is shown in Table 122 of the national timetable with a footnote referring the reader to the operator's website for operating dates.
* [http://www.chz.sk/en_index.htm Čiernohronská Železnica Čierny Balog] is a 760mm gauge former forestry railway. It operates between May and September over 20 km of track, which form three branches: Chvatimech ČHŽ station (on the opposite side of the river to Chvatimech ZSR) - Čierny Balog; Čierny Balog - Dobruč (opened on 30  April 2012) and Čierny Balog - Vydrovo Korytárske, extended from Vydrovo skanzen in 2014. There are plans to reopen Vydrovo Korytárske to Vydrovo dolina at a future date. The standard gauge connecting line between Chvatimech and Hronec used to have a return journey between Banská Bystrica and Hronec zlieváreň in early May each year but this was discontinued in 2013. A [http://www.chz.sk/timetable.pdf timetable in English] is available.
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* [https://www.chz.sk/en/ Čiernohronská Železnica Čierny Balog] is a 760mm gauge former forestry railway. It operates between May and September over 20 km of track, which form three branches: Chvatimech ČHŽ station (on the opposite side of the river to Chvatimech ZSR) - Čierny Balog; Čierny Balog - Dobruč (opened on 30  April 2012) and Čierny Balog - Vydrovo Korytárske, extended from Vydrovo skanzen in 2014. There are plans to reopen Vydrovo Korytárske to Vydrovo dolina at a future date, plus to electrify part or all lines and introduce a regular service after they acquire surplus stock [and a electrical substation!] from the Waldenburgbahn in Switzerland in Spring 2021. The standard gauge connecting line between Chvatimech and Hronec used to have a return journey between Banská Bystrica and Hronec zlieváreň in early May each year but this was discontinued in 2013. A [https://www.chz.sk/en/schedules/ timetable in English] is available.
* The [http://www.kruzok.sk/oldkruz/E_IND.HTM Kysuce-Orava Museum railway] is a 7km 760mm gauge line about 20km east of Čadca. Further information is also available at the railway's "romantic" enthusiasts club [http://www.kruzok.sk/oldkruz/KOLZ/E_KOLZ.HTM website].  
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* The [https://www.oravskemuzeum.sk/en/exhibition/orava-forest-railway/# Kysuce-Orava Museum railway] is a 7km 760mm gauge line about 20km east of Čadca.  
* At Čermel, north-west of Košice, there is the 4.2km long 1000mm gauge [http://www.detskazeleznica.sk/ Čermel Valley Pioneer Railway].
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* At Čermel, north-west of Košice, there is the 4.2km long 1000mm gauge [https://www.detskazeleznica.sk/ Čermel Valley Pioneer Railway].
 
* Near Smolenice is the Lesná železnica Katarínka, a short narrow gauge  tourist line in the grounds on an old monastery [https://sites.google.com/site/lzkatarinka/]
 
* Near Smolenice is the Lesná železnica Katarínka, a short narrow gauge  tourist line in the grounds on an old monastery [https://sites.google.com/site/lzkatarinka/]
  
Line 99: Line 103:
  
 
==Trams==
 
==Trams==
Bratislava and  Košice.  The ŽS operated Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice tramway was closed 10 December 2011 but is still operational and runs on odd dates. Track plans are available on the [http://www.doprava.unas.cz/schemata/kolejova/sk.html Doprava] website.
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Bratislava and  Košice.  The ŽSR operated Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice tramway was closed 10 December 2011 but is still operational and runs on odd dates. Track plans are available on the [http://www.doprava.unas.cz/schemata/kolejova/sk.html Doprava] website.
  
 
See also [[Slovakia_-_Tram_services_over_obscure_routes|Slovakia - Tram services over obscure routes]]
 
See also [[Slovakia_-_Tram_services_over_obscure_routes|Slovakia - Tram services over obscure routes]]
  
 
==Recent and future changes==
 
==Recent and future changes==
Line 195 Bánovce nad Ondavou - Veľké Kapušany re-opened on 9 June 2019, with a 4 pair SSuX service.
 
  
Line 112 Zohor - Plavecký Mikuláš shows no trains from 14 December 2019. This has been a seasonal service, so timings may appear later in the year.  
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Two cut offs just east of Púchov were due to open on 17 September 2020. The first replaces a slow U-bend section of 6.8km with a 4.5km new alignment including a relocated Nosice station but with Milochov station on the old route closing, the second replaces a 2.7km riverside section and is approximately 2.3km mostly in tunnel easing the curve at Horny Milochov on the western approach to Považská Bystrica.
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Čierna nad Tisou – Čop (Ukraine) No longer a sparse difficult to identify service from December 2019.
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Line 112 Zohor - Plavecký Mikuláš regular service withdrawn from 14 December 2019 a few trains to Plavecké Podhradie were planned for a few dates from 2020.
  
 
Line 113 Zohor - Záhorská Ves closed on 14 December 2019.
 
Line 113 Zohor - Záhorská Ves closed on 14 December 2019.
  
Line 188 - A cross border service from Plaveč via Čirč to Muszyna in Poland resumed on 29 June 2019, initially SSuO until 1 September 2020. See Cross Borders for the latest information.
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Line 188 - A cross border service from Plaveč via Čirč to Muszyna in Poland resumed on 29 June 2019, initially summer only (6) (7) but with a winter sports service added later. See Cross Borders for the latest information.
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Line 195 Bánovce nad Ondavou - Veľké Kapušany re-opened on 9 June 2019, with a 4 pair (6) (7) service.
  
 
Line 153 Zvolen - Šahy reopened to passengers on 2 January 2019
 
Line 153 Zvolen - Šahy reopened to passengers on 2 January 2019
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A link between Horné Krškany and Trnovec nad Váhom of 19·6 km is proposed considerably shortening the railway distance and journey time between Nitra and Bratislava. A feasibility study is being prepared for a single or double track line suitable for 160 km/h running and if it proves viable, construction could start in 2023.  
 
A link between Horné Krškany and Trnovec nad Váhom of 19·6 km is proposed considerably shortening the railway distance and journey time between Nitra and Bratislava. A feasibility study is being prepared for a single or double track line suitable for 160 km/h running and if it proves viable, construction could start in 2023.  
  
The Hegyeshalom - Rajka MÁV - Rusovce ŽSR Bratislava-Petržalka cross border line will reopen to passengers from the December 2017 timetable change with a five pair passenger service operated by [http://iho.hu/hir/decembertol-ujra-hasznalni-fogjak-szemelyvonatok-a-rajkai-hataratmenetet-170623 GySEV] after no service since 10 December 2010.
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The Hegyeshalom - Rajka MÁV - Rusovce ŽSR Bratislava-Petržalka cross border line reopened to passengers from the December 2017 timetable change with a five pair passenger service operated by [https://iho.hu/hirek/decembertol-ujra-hasznalni-fogjak-szemelyvonatok-a-rajkai-hataratmenetet-170623 GySEV] after no service since 10 December 2010.
  
The 30km branch from Zohor to Plavecké Podhradie [Table 112] reopened with two pairs SSuX between 29 April and 1 October 2017. No service was shown in the timetables for summer 2018, but the 2019 timetable shows three train pairs running SSuO between 27 April and 13 October.
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The 30km branch from Zohor to Plavecké Podhradie [Table 112] reopened with two pairs SSuX between 29 April and 1 October 2017. No service was shown in the timetables for summer 2018, but it ran in Summer 2019 and 2020 (6) (7).
  
 
The Bratislava tram network was extended across the river Dunaj (Danube) to the Petržalka district (Jungmannova) on 8 July 2016. Dual gauge track has been laid to provide for future 1435 mm gauge light rail services in addition to the 1000 mm tram services.
 
The Bratislava tram network was extended across the river Dunaj (Danube) to the Petržalka district (Jungmannova) on 8 July 2016. Dual gauge track has been laid to provide for future 1435 mm gauge light rail services in addition to the 1000 mm tram services.
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A short section of the former Moldava nad Bodvou - Medzev line [Table 168, now included in table 160] reopened on 15 December 2015 as part of the integrated transport strategy for the Košice region. The single platform station at Moldava nad Bodvou mesto, now the terminus, has been rebuilt on the opposite (east) side of the line to facilitate level interchange with the adjacent new bus station. A service of 7 train pairs to and from Košice is shown in table 160.
 
A short section of the former Moldava nad Bodvou - Medzev line [Table 168, now included in table 160] reopened on 15 December 2015 as part of the integrated transport strategy for the Košice region. The single platform station at Moldava nad Bodvou mesto, now the terminus, has been rebuilt on the opposite (east) side of the line to facilitate level interchange with the adjacent new bus station. A service of 7 train pairs to and from Košice is shown in table 160.
  
Line 191 between Medzilaborce mesto and Lupków (Poland) regained a summer weekend only service from 1 July - 3 September 2017. This service also appears in the 2018 timetable (see Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services)   
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Line 191 between Medzilaborce mesto and Lupków (Poland) regained a summer weekend only service from 2017.
  
 
The following lines closed from 9 December 2012:
 
The following lines closed from 9 December 2012:
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In table 188, the Lipany - Plaveč section will have only one train each way FSuO.
 
In table 188, the Lipany - Plaveč section will have only one train each way FSuO.
  
The following lines have no services in the 2011-12 timetable
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The following lines have no services in the 2011-12 timetable
* 122 Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice ( Closed 10 December 2011). There are reports that a summer tourist operation may run.
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* 122 Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice (Closed 10 December 2011). A summer tourist operation has since commenced.
* 134 Šaľa - Neded ( Removed from timetable 10 December 2011. In practice bus substituted since 12 December 2010)
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* 134 Šaľa - Neded (Removed from timetable 10 December 2011. In practice bus substituted since 12 December 2010)
* 191 Medzilaborce mesto - Łupków (Poland) ( The one return journey FSSuO, summer only does not appear in the timetable, and the service was suspended for the summer period of 2011 and 2012. A summer weekend service was reintroduced in 2017 and remains in the timetable for 2018.  
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* 191 Medzilaborce mesto - Łupków (Poland) (The one return journey FSSuO, summer only does not appear in the timetable, and the service was suspended for the summer period of 2011 and 2012. A summer weekend service was reintroduced in 2017.  
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These two lines lost their service from 1 May 2011  
 
These two lines lost their service from 1 May 2011  
 
* 164 Fiľakovo - Somoskőújfalu (Hungary)
 
* 164 Fiľakovo - Somoskőújfalu (Hungary)
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The cross-border route from Lenartovce to Bánréve in Hungary closed to passenger services on 12 December 2009.
 
The cross-border route from Lenartovce to Bánréve in Hungary closed to passenger services on 12 December 2009.
  
In May 2009 the Russian, Austrian, Slovak and Ukrainian railways agreed a joint venture to examine the case for extending from Košice to Vienna the 1520 mm gauge railway from the Ukraine, to connect central Europe to the Trans-Siberian.
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In May 2009 the Russian, Austrian, Slovak and Ukrainian railways agreed a joint venture to examine the case for extending from Košice to Vienna the 1520 mm gauge railway from the Ukraine, to connect central Europe to the Trans-Siberian. This is still planned but progress is slow.
  
 
Line 167 - Roznava to Roznava mesto (one early morning train each way) closed with effect from 14 June 2009
 
Line 167 - Roznava to Roznava mesto (one early morning train each way) closed with effect from 14 June 2009

Latest revision as of 14:41, 16 December 2020

Country Name

Slovakia (Slovenska Republika)

National railway system

Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR) was split into two companies (operating and infrastructure) on 1 January 2002:

National Railway Operator

Železničná spoločnosť (ZSSK).

Language

Slovak (Slovenský)

Currency

Euro

UIC code

Numeric 56; alpha SK

Timetable

Journey Planner

- Journey planner

Actual Train Times

Downloadable Timetable

  • Direct link to 2020-2021 timetable is here 2020 Timetable Note no end date for the timetable is shown
  • Simplified version in English Timetables
  • More comprehensive list in Slovak, giving the 'from' date and listing all tables, including those which no longer have a service ŽSR. Click on the ‘>Cestovný poriadok 2019/20’ link on the left hand side of the page.

Printed Timetable

Cestovný poriadok, published annually. This includes introductory material in English, French and German, and contains details of the ŽSR-owned funicular railways and cableways. Timetable supplements are issued twice a year, usually in March and June: normally these are obtainable only at major stations and on presentation of the coupon in the timetable book. A fold-out route map shows principal stations. See below for route taken indicators.

Additional Notes on reading the Timetable

  • Important Note: The "crossed hammers" working days symbol means "Mondays to Fridays" and not, as for most other railways, "Mondays to Saturdays".
  • Two useful symbols exist which show the booked route for trains not calling at a station: in the middle of the train column, a vertical bar "|" means that the train passes through the station without stopping, whereas a vertical 'wiggly line' ">" and "<" means that the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route. This must not be confused with a vertical 'wiggly line' to the left of the time, which means that the train runs only on certain days.

Engineering Information

DOPRAVNÉ SPRAVODAJSTVO A VÝLUKY in Slovak only.

Maps

Printed Maps

  • European Railway Atlas: Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by M.G. Ball (1993) (ISBN 0-7110-2072-4)
  • European Railway Atlas by M.G. Ball (2008 onwards)
  • Eurosprinter, a Polish company, publishes a map of Slovakia and Hungary

Web-based Maps

Ticketing

Children under 15 and adults over 62 can travel on ZSSK services (but not Regiojet or Leo Express) free of charge. They must first register at a ZSSK booking office, whereupon they will receive their Customer Card, which will allow them to obtain zero-fare tickets. Each ticket is linked to a specific train (long distance trains only) and only for that passenger. For more information see Zero – fare public rail transport services in Slovakia. Note for British Citizens and permanent residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland this concession is likely to end on 31/12/2020.

Seat reservations are compulsory on express services, and casual travellers (even those with One Country pass tickets) may be asked to pay a seat reservation charge.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Authority

Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR)

Network Statement

Network Statement for 2020-2021 is here

Gauge

The main line network is Standard. Future Bratislava suburban light rail services will use dual gauge 1435/1000 mm track shared with the tram network.

The tramway between Trenčianská Teplá and Trenčianske Teplice is 760mm gauge.

The Tatranské Elektrické Železnice (Tatras Electric Railways) system is 1000mm gauge.

There are two 1520mm gauge freight-only routes into Ukraine:

  • between the East Slovakia Steelworks (VSŽ), south west of Košice, via Trebišov to Uzhgorod (note: the route of this is shown completely wrongly on some maps). A joint venture has been set up to assess the merits of extending this line westwards to Wien.
  • between Čierna nad Tisou and Chop.

Electrification

Main line electrification is 3 kV dc except for the south west of the country which is 25 kV 50 Hz; the changeover point is just south of Púchov. The Trenčianske Teplice tramway is 600 V dc. The Tatra system is 1500 V dc. The cross-border line from Kittsee ÖBB to Bratislava-Petržalka is electrified at the Austrian standard 15 kV 16.7 Hz.

Rule of the road

Right.

Distances

  • On the Atlaskolejowy website, select the line from the drop down list labelled 'Wykaz linii kolejowych na Słowacji' .
  • The Network Statement Appendix F gives detailed overall distances for lines, but no distance information for each station or junction.
  • Beneath the map at Tabuľky traťových pomerov is a table with line sections (Číslo trate) and a column Názov with links TTP... zmena to PDFs showing distances in metres for that line section

Other railways

  • Regiojet, owned by the Student Agency company, operates the Bratislava - Komarno line under contract and also express services on the Bratislava - Zilina - Košice, Praha - Zilina - Košice and from December 2016 Praha - Kouty - Bratislava main lines as a commercial operations.
  • The Czech company LEO Express also operates Praha - Zilina - Košice services.
  • DB subsidiary ARRIVA TRANSPORT ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA a.s.operates Praha - Nitra daily service from 01 September 2018, via Prerov, Uhersky Brod, Trencin and Leopoldov.
  • There are several freight operators: BRKS Bratislava, U. S. Steel Košice, Slovenská železničná dopravná spoločňosť, LTE Slovakia.

Tourist lines

  • The former ŽSR 8 km branch from Spišské Vlachy to Spišské Podhradie [line 187] reopened May 2018 for the summer. It is privately operated by Logistik a Transport Slovakia [LTE]. See Návrat Haničky pod Spišský hrad for 2018 service.
  • The former ŽSR 760mm gauge 600v DC electrified route from Trencianska Teplá to Trencianske Teplice is now operated by the non-profit organisation Trencianska elektrická železnica. In 2020 a summer weekend service runs between 27 June and 27 September, with services on other single days during the year. The service is shown in Table 122 of the national timetable with a footnote referring the reader to the operator's website for operating dates.
  • Čiernohronská Železnica Čierny Balog is a 760mm gauge former forestry railway. It operates between May and September over 20 km of track, which form three branches: Chvatimech ČHŽ station (on the opposite side of the river to Chvatimech ZSR) - Čierny Balog; Čierny Balog - Dobruč (opened on 30 April 2012) and Čierny Balog - Vydrovo Korytárske, extended from Vydrovo skanzen in 2014. There are plans to reopen Vydrovo Korytárske to Vydrovo dolina at a future date, plus to electrify part or all lines and introduce a regular service after they acquire surplus stock [and a electrical substation!] from the Waldenburgbahn in Switzerland in Spring 2021. The standard gauge connecting line between Chvatimech and Hronec used to have a return journey between Banská Bystrica and Hronec zlieváreň in early May each year but this was discontinued in 2013. A timetable in English is available.
  • The Kysuce-Orava Museum railway is a 7km 760mm gauge line about 20km east of Čadca.
  • At Čermel, north-west of Košice, there is the 4.2km long 1000mm gauge Čermel Valley Pioneer Railway.
  • Near Smolenice is the Lesná železnica Katarínka, a short narrow gauge tourist line in the grounds on an old monastery [1]

Metro

None.

Trams

Bratislava and Košice. The ŽSR operated Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice tramway was closed 10 December 2011 but is still operational and runs on odd dates. Track plans are available on the Doprava website.

See also Slovakia - Tram services over obscure routes

Recent and future changes

Two cut offs just east of Púchov were due to open on 17 September 2020. The first replaces a slow U-bend section of 6.8km with a 4.5km new alignment including a relocated Nosice station but with Milochov station on the old route closing, the second replaces a 2.7km riverside section and is approximately 2.3km mostly in tunnel easing the curve at Horny Milochov on the western approach to Považská Bystrica.

Čierna nad Tisou – Čop (Ukraine) No longer a sparse difficult to identify service from December 2019.

Line 112 Zohor - Plavecký Mikuláš regular service withdrawn from 14 December 2019 a few trains to Plavecké Podhradie were planned for a few dates from 2020.

Line 113 Zohor - Záhorská Ves closed on 14 December 2019.

Line 188 - A cross border service from Plaveč via Čirč to Muszyna in Poland resumed on 29 June 2019, initially summer only (6) (7) but with a winter sports service added later. See Cross Borders for the latest information.

Line 195 Bánovce nad Ondavou - Veľké Kapušany re-opened on 9 June 2019, with a 4 pair (6) (7) service.

Line 153 Zvolen - Šahy reopened to passengers on 2 January 2019

Line 188 Lipany - Čirč re-opened to passengers 9 December 2018

Line 187 Spišské Vlachy - Spišské Podhradie reopened with a summer service May 2018 - see Tourist lines above.

A link between Horné Krškany and Trnovec nad Váhom of 19·6 km is proposed considerably shortening the railway distance and journey time between Nitra and Bratislava. A feasibility study is being prepared for a single or double track line suitable for 160 km/h running and if it proves viable, construction could start in 2023.

The Hegyeshalom - Rajka MÁV - Rusovce ŽSR Bratislava-Petržalka cross border line reopened to passengers from the December 2017 timetable change with a five pair passenger service operated by GySEV after no service since 10 December 2010.

The 30km branch from Zohor to Plavecké Podhradie [Table 112] reopened with two pairs SSuX between 29 April and 1 October 2017. No service was shown in the timetables for summer 2018, but it ran in Summer 2019 and 2020 (6) (7).

The Bratislava tram network was extended across the river Dunaj (Danube) to the Petržalka district (Jungmannova) on 8 July 2016. Dual gauge track has been laid to provide for future 1435 mm gauge light rail services in addition to the 1000 mm tram services.

A short section of the former Moldava nad Bodvou - Medzev line [Table 168, now included in table 160] reopened on 15 December 2015 as part of the integrated transport strategy for the Košice region. The single platform station at Moldava nad Bodvou mesto, now the terminus, has been rebuilt on the opposite (east) side of the line to facilitate level interchange with the adjacent new bus station. A service of 7 train pairs to and from Košice is shown in table 160.

Line 191 between Medzilaborce mesto and Lupków (Poland) regained a summer weekend only service from 2017.

The following lines closed from 9 December 2012:

  • 144 Prievidza - Nitrianske Pravno
  • 154 Hronská Dúbrava - Banská Štiavnica
  • 185 (part) Stará Ľubovňa - Plaveč
  • 187 Spišské Vlachy - Spišské Podhradie
  • 195 Bánovce nad Ondavou - Veľké Kapušany [reopened 9 June 2019]

In table 188, the Lipany - Plaveč section will have only one train each way FSuO.

The following lines have no services in the 2011-12 timetable

  • 122 Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice (Closed 10 December 2011). A summer tourist operation has since commenced.
  • 134 Šaľa - Neded (Removed from timetable 10 December 2011. In practice bus substituted since 12 December 2010)
  • 191 Medzilaborce mesto - Łupków (Poland) (The one return journey FSSuO, summer only does not appear in the timetable, and the service was suspended for the summer period of 2011 and 2012. A summer weekend service was reintroduced in 2017.

These two lines lost their service from 1 May 2011

  • 164 Fiľakovo - Somoskőújfalu (Hungary)
  • 165 Plešivec - Muráň

The following lines lost their passenger services with effect from 12 December 2010:

  • 132 Bratislava-Petržalka – Rajka (Hungary). The sole remaining service was the overnight train between Praha and Budapest. Passenger services have however resumed on this line from the December 2017 timetable change.
  • 133 Sereď – Leopoldov

The cross-border route from Lenartovce to Bánréve in Hungary closed to passenger services on 12 December 2009.

In May 2009 the Russian, Austrian, Slovak and Ukrainian railways agreed a joint venture to examine the case for extending from Košice to Vienna the 1520 mm gauge railway from the Ukraine, to connect central Europe to the Trans-Siberian. This is still planned but progress is slow.

Line 167 - Roznava to Roznava mesto (one early morning train each way) closed with effect from 14 June 2009

Line 135 - Komárno to Komárom (Hungary) - has closed and reopened several times in recent years: closed by June 2001; reopened by 2 February 2003; closed 11 December 2004; reopened 9 December 2007; closed 13 December 2008.

Owing to severe financial difficulties the following lines closed as from 2 February 2003 inclusive (timetable numbers shown):

  • 112 Zohor - Plavecký Mikuláš
  • 117 Jablonica - Brezová pod Bradlom
  • 124 Nemšová - Lednické Rovne
  • 136 Komárno - Kolárovo
  • 141 Kozárovce - Zlaté Moravce - Lužianky
  • 142 Zbehy - Radošina
  • 144 Prievidza - Nitrianske Pravno
  • 153 Zvolen - Šahy
  • 161 Lučenec - Kalonda
  • 163 Breznička - Katarínska Huta
  • 166 Plešivec - Slavošovce
  • 167 Rožňava - Dobšiná
  • 168 Moldava nad Bodvou - Medzev (reopened 15 Dec 2015 as far as Moldava nad Bodvou mesto)
  • 186 Spišská Nová Ves - Levoča
  • 192 Trebišov - Vranov nad Topľou
  • 175 Poltár - Rimavská Sobota [already replaced by buses]

The following lines closed as from 2 February 2003 but re-opened on 15 June 2003 with financial support from the local region:

  • 134 Šaľa - Neded (closed again 12 Dec 2010, see above)
  • 143 Trenčín - Chynorany
  • 151 Zlaté Moravce - Úľany nad Žitavou
  • 152 Levice - Čata - Štúrovo
  • 153 Šahy - Cata
  • 154 Hronská Dúbrava - Banská Štiavnica
  • 165 Plešivec - Muráň
  • 195 Bánovce nad Ondavou - Veľké Kapušany

Line 175 (Rimavská Sobota - Poltár) was replaced by buses in 2001 because very poor track condition but these have now been withdrawn.

The short branch from Komárno to Komárno zastávka closed sometime in 2001.

The cross-border route from Parndorf via Kittsee to Bratislava-Petržalka opened in May 1999.

Special notes

The electric railway between Štrba and Štrbské Pleso is rack worked. The steeply graded line between Pohronská Polhora and Tisovec-Bánovo is rack fitted but not worked as such.

See also