Czech Railways unveils summer ticket and night link with Baltic Sea, Berlin

The special summer ticket, which can be used until end-August, offers unlimited train travel across the Czech Railways network.

Thomas Smith

Written by Thomas Smith Published on 29.06.2024 13:01:00 (updated on 29.06.2024) Reading time: 3 minutes

National rail carrier Czech Railways (ČD) has this month announced the start of its popular Ticket for Summer (Jízdenka na léto) offer, which allows for unlimited summer travel. It has also unveiled new direct night express trains from Czechia to Baltic cities, a new seasonal night connection from Berlin, the return of so-called nostalgic journeys on steam locomotives, and an expanded cycle-rental network.

Endless train journeys

The Ticket for Summer grants you unlimited journeys and transfers on ČD trains, and is valid during July and August for seven or 14 days at a time. The normal fare for a seven-day ticket costs CZK 1,390, which rises to CZK 1,990 for the two-week option. Concession fares for students, seniors, and children over six years old are CZK 695 for the seven-day option and CZK 995 for two weeks.

People can buy tickets online, at train stations’ ticket counters, and also from train conductors. The tickets are not transferable, and can only be used by the person whose name appears on the ticket. You must have a photo ID with you when you use the ticket.

For those planning shorter trips, one-day tickets are available for the entire country as well as specific regions. These tickets permit unlimited travel and transfers within the designated area and are currently on sale. Prices vary depending on location: for example, a one-day ticket for the whole of Czechia costs CZK 699, whereas a ticket only for Central Bohemia will set you back CZK 279.

New night connections

Travelers will be happy to learn of new ČD-offered international connections to Poland and Germany this summer. Travelers can take a convenient night train to the coastal towns and cities of Gdańsk, Sopot, Hel, Leba, and Kolobrzeg. Connections began on June 21 and will run until Aug. 31; trains depart every day from Bohumín, in the east of the country. Journeys last between seven and eight hours.

“This year's complete novelty is the introduction of a night pair of Berliner trains, which allows you to extend your stay in Berlin until late in the evening. The train leaves Berlin at 00:36 a.m. and arrives in Prague at 05:24 a.m. It will be in operation every day until Sept. 15,” described member of the ČD board of directors Jiří Ješeta when explaining the new Czechia-Germany connection.

Historic train rides and more bikes

During the summer, ČD also offers a variety of nostalgic train rides, featuring steam locomotives. These rides can take you to popular destinations such as the railway museum in Lužná near Rakovník (Central Bohemia), where you can also go on a nostalgic train ride on select weekends.

Additionally, you can experience the historic motor train Hurvínek from Břeclav to Lednice, or the steam locomotive Všudybylka in Šumava, to the southwest of the country. Steam train will also run in Central Bohemia. The historic Bobinka train can even be taken on regular routes for the usual fare. For those interested in these trips, the current schedule of nostalgic trains can be found here.

One final feature is an expanded bike-rental network under the brand name ČD Bike. After renovations, the state railway carrier has opened new rental offices in towns such as Písek, Tachov, Světlá nad Sázavou, and Aš. Additionally, the number of locations offering electric bicycles has increased from 23 last year to 34 for this summer. Furthermore, you now have the option to reserve a bicycle through the ČD e-shop or Můj vlak app. 

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