RegioJet will launch a regular rail connection between Prague, Lviv and Kiev this Saturday, June 11.
For holders of Ukrainian passports, a ticket from Prague to Lviv will cost CZK 229, to Kiev CZK 639.
“RegioJet responds to the high demand of Ukrainian families who want to return to relatives and friends by introducing this new connection”, said project manager Tereza Ptáčková.
Until now, people used mainly buses and paid between CZK 1,000 to CZK 1,200 for a ticket to Lviv. Czech Railways trains did not run to Ukraine even before the war started.
RegioJet passengers will have to change to the Ukrainian train in Przemyśl, due to a different gauge in Ukraine. The train runs from Prague via Bohumín, Katowice and Kraków to Przemyśl and continues via Lviv to Kiev.
On 1 March 2022, a humanitarian bridge using the railway was launched to transport necessary materials from the Czech Republic to Ukraine and refugees in the opposite direction. It was provided by Člověk v tísni (People in Need) organization and realized by RegioJet at its own expense.
The freight mainly included non-perishable food, medicines and toiletries donated by various companies (e. g. supermarket chains) and collected within 24 hours.
So far, the carrier transported 30,000 Ukrainians and over 5,000 tons of humanitarian aid.