Passenger trains

EC - EuroCity
Train of higher quality with supplement (40 Slovak crowns (SLK) for both classes). I thing it's not necessary to explain it further... 3 pairs of EC trains cross Slovak republic, all on the way from Hungary to Czechia and further for Germany or Poland:
EC 130/131 "Polonia" Budapest-Warszawa and v.v.
EC 170/171 "Hungaria" Budapest-Berlin and v.v.
EC 174/175 "Comenius" Budapest-Hamburg and v.v.
IC - InterCity
Similar to EC (including the supplement of the same ammount), but often not so comfortable and either slower or not going abroad (or both..).
2 pairs of international connections and 3 pairs inland :
IC 120/121 "Kosican" Kosice-Praha and v.v.
IC 310/311 "Csárdás" Budapest-Praha(-Malmö) and v.v.
This train is running for Malmö only from end of March till end of September. It's offered for seating passengers only to Decin, before Czech/German frontiers, then it continues without any intermediate stop through Germany, carrying only sleeping cars.
IC 500/501 "Tatran" Kosice-Bratislava and v.v.
IC 502/503 "Krivan" Kosice-Bratislava and v.v.
IC 530/531 "Hron" Banska Bystrica-Bratislava and v.v.
IC "Csardas" is composed of hungarian climatised cars, IC "Kosican" of Czech reconstructed older cars.
IC "Tatran" and "Krivan" are composed of reconstructed climatised cars.
The supplement for both international trains and IC "Hron" is 40 SLK in both classes. Passenegers of IC "Tatran" or "Krivan" must pay the supplement 60 SLK and 10 SLK for reservation (not included in price of supplement!).
Ex - Express
In contrast to Czech railways this train cattegory should appoint only ordinary fast train with some a little higher quality (more comfortable cars), with the same supplement as fast train (Rychlik), see further.
Ex 142/143 "Detvan" Zvolen-Praha and v.v.
Ex 274/275 "Slovenska Strela" Bratislava-Praha and v.v.
AND 1 DOMESTIC TRAIN, running only weekends (Sun/Fri):
Ex 1600/1601 "Gerlach" Kosice-Bratislava and v.v.

R - Rychlík
= fast train.
In contrast to Czech railways, this trains are allowed to use only with supplement in high of 16 SLK in 2nd class/ 24 SLK in 1st class.
Just ordinary fast train, both international and inland, both day and overnight, both for long and shorter distances, both with lot of cars and just motor coach with some trailer....Dining-cars or refreshment-compartments are available only in some international connections, very seldom in domestic connections...
System of numbering :
200 to 599 - international trains
600 to 899 - inland trains
1200 to 1299 - international trains running only seasonly
1300 to 1399 - fast trains carrying only mail
1500 to 1599 - inland trains going only some days in week
Zr - Zrychleny vlak
= semifast (or faster) train. Similar to fast train, but stops more-times or going on some slow railway. Mostly only second class coaches, on regional lines often as motor coaches. There are also some regional international connections of this cattegory.
System of numbering :
300 to 499 - international trains for Hungary or Poland
900 to 999 - international trains for Czechia
1700 to 1999 - domestic trains
Os - Osobni vlak
. = passenger train. All slow passenger trains, mostly stop everywhere, only second class. On main lines numbered from 2000 to 9999, on local lines from 10000 to 28999.
Sv - Soupravovy vlak
Set of passenger coaches, but going empty without passenger traffic, so not written in the passenger trains' timetable. Numbered as passenger train category Os or as fast train with 29 before number of train which it was (for example coaches of train 252 are going as train 29252). Used, when coaches of some fast train are pulled out to another station or yard to put aside.

Freight trains

Nex - Expresny nakladny vlak
= Express freight train. Freight train with the highest priority, able to run at 100 km/h. Mostly international, some of them classified as TEEM or TEF. Inland only about 8 pairs of trains, mostly intermodal.
Rn - Rychly nakladny vlak
= Fast freight train. Inland(mostly) freight train of higher priority, able to run at 80 km/h. Mostly train carrying mail or parcels.
Zn - Zrychleny nakladny vlak
= Semifast freight train. Train of higher priority, often international, some also inland, able to run at 75 km/h.
Vn - Vyrovnavkovy nakladny vlak
= Compensation freight train (hardly to translate it..). Empty train of cars used for carrying the same goods, going back to be loaded. Mostly train of empty coal-cars (or sand, ore,..). Able to run at 75 km/h.
Pn - Priebezny nakladny vlak
= Through freight train. Ordinary mixed freight train going from one station or marshalling yard, where this trains are composed to another. Able to run at 60 km/h.
Mn - Manipulacny nakladny vlak
= Manipulating freight train. Local freight train going through one line and taking (or leaving) cars from stations on this line to some bigger station or marshalling yard, where they are marshalled to different trains of higher category (mostly Pn). On most of local lines it's the only freight train which is running there, on lines with low loading only some days in the week, often except Mondays and Sundays, even to going only three or two days during weekdays.
Pv - Prestavovaci vlak
= Removing train. Nearly the same as Mn, but taking cars only from one small station to the bigger station (or to another one small station where is connection to another Pv train).
Lv - Rusnovy vlak
= Locomotive train. Solo locomotive(s) running regularly. Some irregular run of solo loco is going under number of freight train, which isn't going or its follow.
P - Pracovny vlak = Working train. Some maintenance train or something similar. Running irregularly, only seldom written in the timetable.
Vlec - Vleckovy vlak
= Train going on the line of Czech railways and then turning to some private industrial railway of some firm to carry there needed cars. In the czech/slovak language there is special term for that railway or train going there - "vlecka".
Sluz - Sluzobny vlak
= Service train. Some train for requirement and need of Czech railways (employees transport,...).

Numbering system of freight trains :
40000 to 49999 international trains
the second number (mostly) determined another characteristic of the train :
0 - train with speed up to 120 km/h
1 - train of TEEM network
2 - container train or another intermodal train of TEC netwrok
3 - train of TEF network
4 - train with speed up to 80 km/h
5,6 - trains category Pn
7 - trains category Pn carrying whole only one goods.
8 - trains category Pn carrying whole only one goods in large-space cars.
9 - trains category Vn
The third number should be determined according to relation - geographical location of the train in Europe...
50000 to 59999 inland train category Nex, Rn, Sn, Vn
The second number should determine the region, wher the train begins, the third number where is destination of the train.
The fourth number (with some exceptions) determined another characteristic of the train :
0 - train category Nex
1 - train category Rn
2 - container train or another intermodal train
3,4,5 - train category Sn
7,8,9 - train category Vn
60000 to 69999 inland trains category Pn
The second number should determine the region, wher the train begins, the third number where is destination of the train.
70000 to 79999 trains category Lv
The second number should determine the region, wher the train begins, the third number where is destination of the train.
80000 to 89999 trains category Mn, Vlec
The second number should determine the region, wher the train begins, the third number where is destination of the train.
Trains category Vlec have the fourth and fifth numbers between 80 and 99.
90000 to 99999 trains category Pv, P
The second number should determine the region, wher the train begins, the third number where is destination of the train.

Last update 16.June 1998