Slovakia - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2022, unless otherwise shown. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Trains running only certain days of the week are shown using ISO 8601 weekday numbers (

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Czech Republic and Slovakia) by M.G. Ball.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in the Slovak Railways timetable (Cestovný poriadok), the ⚒ working days symbol means ① to ⑤ not, as for most other railways, ① to ⑥.

Obscure services

In the heading to each entry, the map reference for the line in the European Railway Atlas 2016 published by M.G. Ball is shown.

Zbehy – Jelšovce

[140,141] (ERA-E 89C2; ERA-R 204A3) SK23/1

This curve is used by trains running directly between Prievidza and Bratislava, avoiding Lužianky. There are regular trains throughout the day and these can be readily identified in the ZSSK timetable as follows: For northbound trains use timetable 140 and look for trains starting from Bratislava hl.n. or Leopoldov with blanks against stations until a black line starts at Jelšovce and calls at Topoľčany and Prievidza. For southbound services use timetable 140 and look for trains starting from Prievidza calling at Topoľčany with a black line below as far as Jelšovce and destination Bratislava hl.n.

Kysak avoiding line: Veľká Lodina (Kysak výh. č 35/36) – Obišovce (Kysak výh. č 39/40)

[180, 188] (ERA-E 91A4; ERA-R 202A3) SK23/2

This curve is used by trains between Prešov and Margecany which are not booked to call and reverse at Kysak.

EC1267 Praha hl.n. – 03:12 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov
Ex15621 Bratislava hlavná stanica – 19:17 Margecany - Humenné
EC1259 Praha hl.n. – 20:34 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov
D REX1699 21:56 Margecany – Prešov
EC1256 05:50 Prešov - Praha hl.n.
D REX1682 15:36 Prešov - Banská Bystrica
Ex17630 Humenné - 16:05 Prešov - Bratislava hlavná stanica
EC1248 23:22 Prešov - Praha hl.n.

Lipany – Plaveč

[188] (ERA-E 91A5; ERA-R 201C4) SK23/3

This is part of the former international route between Kraków and Košice but now has a very restricted service.

D ⑥⑦ REX1660 Košice - 7:36 Lipany - Stará Ľubovňa
D ⑥⑦ REX1662 Košice - 13:10 Lipany - Stará Ľubovňa
8350 17:05 Lipany - Stará Ľubovňa
8352 18:05 Lipany – Stará Ľubovňa
D ⑥⑦ REX1661 Stará Ľubovňa - 10:21 Plaveč - Košice
8351 Stará Ľubovňa - 16:24 Plaveč - Lipany
8353 Stará Ľubovňa - 17:24 Plaveč - Lipany
⑥⑦ REX1663 Stará Ľubovňa - 18:40 Plaveč – Košice

Plaveč – Čirč – Muszyna[PL]

[188] (ERA-E 91A5; ERA-R ERA-R 201C4) SK23/4

This west to north curve is part of the former international route between Kraków and Košice. Two seasonal ⑥ & ⑦ train pairs are the only trains to use this curve, since local trains, which used to continue only to Čirč, stopped in 2022.

D ⑥⑦ REX8360 Poprad–Tatry - 08:52 Plaveč - Muszyna
D ⑥⑦ REX8362 Poprad-Tatry – 16:52 Plaveč – Muszyna
D ⑥⑦ REX8361 10:00 Muszyna – Poprad-Tatry
D ⑥⑦ REX8363 17:56 Muszyna – Poprad-Tatry

Žilina – Od. Skupina - Odb Potok

(ERA-E 90A4-A5, not shown: ERA-R 200A3) SK23/5

Click on thumbnails for 2 maps of Žilina station and area to the east:-

There are extensive engineering works taking place east of Zilina since July 2022 and confirmed reports of eastbound trains pushing west of Žilina station then through the northern lines past St 1 and onto the goods lines via Odchodova Skupina, Odb. Vah, Tranzit, and the flyover to rejoin the main line at Odb. Potok.
It seems that eastbound services run via the western flyover and yard to Varin or via the eastern flyover to odb. Potok and that westbound services use the single track main line.

Click on this thumbnail for the diagram highlighting the lines reported to have been used through the yard.

The ZSSK real time trains map shows the diversion.

Reports of when this diversion ceases would be welcomed by the compilers

Ružomberok – Zápalkáreň

(ERA-E 90A4; ERA-R 200B3) SK23/6

It appears that shuttles ran along this 3 km freight line in July-August 2020, 2021 and 2022 see dates and times for 2022.

It is expected that dates and times for 2023 shuttles will appear here.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions

Zvolen avoider

[160, 170] (ERA-E 90A3; ERA-R 200B1) SK22/7

This north to east curve was last used between 5 - 23 November 2021 by trains to/from Banska Bystrica and Zvolen reversing at Zvolen nákladná stanica due to local engineering works.


See Slovakia - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) - fewer than three trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run each weekday.

122 Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice For operating dates of this NG electric tramway see the operators' website Trez
123 Horné Srnie - Vlárský průsmyk(CD) 1 return train ⑤ and ⑦ (at different times)
160 Fiľakovo - Fiľakovo zastávka No service ⑥ or ⑦
174 Brezno-Halny - Tisovec additional showns are shown in the timetable with a note "runs from announcement"
185 Stará Ľubovňa - Plaveč better service on ⑥ and ⑦
185 Studený Potok - Tatranská Lomnica Service on ⑥ and ⑦. It appears that ①-⑤ service will only run after an announcement!
188 Lipany - Plaveč - Muszyna (Poland) See SK23/3 and SK23/4
190 Čierna nad Tisou - Čop
191 Medzilaborce mesto - Lupków (Poland)

Deletions since previous edition

Žilina – Žilina-Teplička

(ERA-E 90A4-A5, not shown: ERA-R 200A3) SK22/5

No confirmations that the staff trains still run, but a longer route during the rebuilding at Žilina station is now shown as SK23/5.

Staff trains run to and from the marshalling yards east of Žilina, probably using the flyover east of Žilina and the goods lines. The following are 2018 timings. The compilers would greatly appreciate any information on the routes used by these trains.

9901 05:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 05:49)
9903 17:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 17:49)
9900 06:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 06:20)
9902 18:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 18:20)

Deletions from sparse services

165 Plešivec - Muráň ⑦ train from Košice 5 July - 13 September 2020 plus 1 & 15 September 2020. See for details
166 Plešivec - Slavošovce ⑥ train from Košice on 4, 18 July, 8, 22, 29 August, 12 September 2020. See here for details
167 Rožňava - Dobšiná ⑥ train from Košice on 11, 25 July, 1, 15 August, 5 September 2020. See here for details
173 Červená Skala - Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa at least 3 services every day (except some holidays)
186 Spišská Nová Ves - Levoča Numerous return journeys were scheduled for 2 & 3 July 2022 in connection with a Religious event. This table no longer appears in the timetable PDF.

Lines without services

The following lines have no passenger service, but are still included in the Cestovný poriadok:

114 Skalica na Slovensku - Sudoměřice nad Mor.
135 Komárno - Komárom (Hungary)
190 Slovenské Nové Mesto - Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary)

See also