Slovakia - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 10 December 2023, unless otherwise shown. Standard abbreviations are explained here. 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: Book 3) 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

Zbehy – Jelšovce

[140,141] (ERA-E 89C2; ERA-R 204A3) SK24/1

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) SK24/2

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

EC1263 Praha hl.n. – 03:09 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov
Ex15621 Bratislava hlavná stanica – 19:17 Margecany - Humenné
EC1259 Praha hl.n. – 20:52 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov
D ⑥⑦ REX1689 21:56 Margecany – Prešov
EC1254 05:50 Prešov - Praha hl.n.
D REX1682 9:21 Prešov - Margecany
Ex17630 Humenné - 16:05 Prešov - Bratislava hlavná stanica
EC1250 23:22 Prešov - Praha hl.n.

Ružomberok – Zápalkáreň

(ERA-E 90A4; ERA-R 200B3) SK24/3

It appears that shuttles ran along this 3 km freight line in July-August 2020 - 2023 see dates and times for 2023.

It is expected that dates and times for 2024 shuttles will appear here.

Bratislava Vajnory to Bratislava Vinohrady via Bratislava východ (line 127a)

(ERA-E 89A5; ERA-R 205C1) SK24/4

Due to construction works in Bratislava-Vinohrady (single-track operation, platform 1 closed, only platform 2 in use in direction Bratislava Vajnory) westbound services between Bratislava Vajnory and Bratislava Vinohrady are diverted via Line 127a which passes Bratislava východ yard. This diversion will probably last until the timetable change in December 2023. It has been left in here until reports that the diversion has ceased are seen/received.

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

Zvolen avoider

[160, 170] (ERA-E 90A3; ERA-R 200B1) SK24/5

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.

Hodonín ČD - Holíč nad Moravou ŽSR

[Ex ČD 332/Ex ŽSR 115] (ERA-E 95C3; ERA-R 197C2; 88 ČD section only) SK24/6

This electrified single track cross border line closed to passengers at the December 2004 timetable change but is used by freight services and as a diversionary passenger route, fairly regularly in recent years due to upgrade work taking place on the main line between Kúty abd Břeclav (CZ). Suggested to be in use between 20-22/27-29 January, 24-26 February, 16-21 March, 25-28 May, 8-11/22-25 June & 29 June-2 July 2024, after last use between 13th to 25th October 2023, with details on the ČD or ŽSSK engineering work listings.


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 - Łupków (Poland)

Deletions since previous edition

Fiľakovo avoiding line: Fiľakovo Zastávka (Fiľiakovo Stavědlo 3) – Šíd (Výhybna Urbánka)

[160] (ERA-E 90B2; ERA-R 205B4) SK23/2

All services passing through Fiľakovo, both local and fasts, were diverted via the avoiding line 115B from 11 December 2022, calling instead at Fiľakovo Zastávka.

Lipany – Plaveč

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

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

Plaveč – Čirč – Muszyna [PL]

[188] (ERA-E 91A5; ERA-R ERA-R 201C4) SK23/5

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. This is listed in sparse services.

Žilina – Od. Skupina - Odb Potok

(ERA-E 90A4-A5, ERA-R 200A3) SK23/6

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 eastbound trains (in 2023/02) depart Žilina station normally 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.
Eastbound services run via the western flyover and yard to Varin (if calling there) or via both the western and eastern flyovers to odb. Potok (if not calling at Varin) 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.

The diversions are believed to have stopped in 2023.

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