Historic express train connecting Berlin to Prague to Vienna relaunches today

This new train line runs along the historic Vindobona route, named after the first Roman settlement on the Donau river.

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro Published on 16.06.2020 16:45:03 (updated on 16.06.2020) Reading time: 1 minute

A new train line will connect Berlin to Prague to Vienna and Graz along a historic route starting Tuesday, Czech Railways announced.

The route restores the popular ‘Vindobona’ express service along the same line, which operated from 1957 to 2014. The new service is run by Deutsche Bahn (DB), Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Czech Railways (CD).

This new train line runs along the historic Vindobona route, named after the first Roman settlement on the Donau river. At the times, the trains were considered comfortable and modern by many.

The new trains will keep their historic comfort and charm and have other features, such as on-board gastronomy, power connections, free Wifi and more, according a spokesman.

“It will be the deployment of a Railjet unit, which will cover a distance of almost 1,000 kilometers on this train and will offer passengers comfortable and fast travel,” Václav Nebeský, CEO of Czech Railways, said in a statement.

The train will travel from Berlin to Vienna in less than eight hours. It offers passengers a more direct connect through the three major cities without the need to transfer at different points in the Czech Republic.

Czech Railways provided new Railjet trains for the new line.

“Our decision to buy up to 20 more modern long-distance trains is the next logical step in offering and further expanding Prague’s fast and comfortable railway connection with European cities,” Nebeský said.

The first train will leave Berlin at 6:17 a.m. and arrive in Prague around 10:31 a.m. From there, the train will continue to Vienna and arrive at 14:49; the train will arrive in Graz at 17:33.

In the opposite direction, the train will leave Graz at 10:26 a.m.; it will leave Vienna at 13:10, Prague at 17:32 and will arrive in Berlin at 21:54.

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The restored service was supposed to launch in May, but coronavirus and border closures pushed back the service’s launch.

Borders between the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany have since reopened and free travel is now permitted between the countries.

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