Rail News

Leo Express Second-Largest Open-Access Operator in Germany

Detail of a Leo Express train
© Petr Dadák under licence

Private Czech rail company Leo Express entered the German rail market in partnership with FlixTrain a year ago on 24 August 2017. It runs services together with FlixTrain on the route between Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, with at least one train a day, sometimes two, from Thursday to Sunday.

Leo Express remains the only Czech passenger rail company in operation outside of the Czech / Slovak region and it has also become the second-largest open-access operator in Germany.

CEO of Leo Express, Peter Köhler, said:

“Our services meet the demand for alternative, sustainable and environmentally friendly transport. Germany has a huge liberalized transport market on which we want to further develop and which we want to connect with the Czech one through the Prague-Berlin route.”

In July 2018 Leo Express worked with FlixTrain to add two electric Siemens Taurus (EuroSprinter) locomotives to its fleet. These locomotives can run at 200 km/h and will allow the operator’s trains to be lengthened by ten cars. At the same time Leo Express entered the Polish railway market, connecting the Czech Republic to Poland. The operator plans to run trains on the international route between Prague, Bad Schandau (on the German-Czech border) and Berlin in the future, connecting this route with its route into Poland.

Related Posts:  EU: European Court of Auditors Criticises Policies and Infrastructure on High-Speed Rail

FlixTrain meanwhile has accused Deutsche Bahn of ‘unfair competition’ in how routes are awarded on the German rail network. Deutsche Bahn rejected this view, stating that ‘routes are awarded in an official, standardised process that the regulatory body is involved in’.

News categories

24 Sep 2018
Weekly Railway News Bulletin: 17–21 Sep 2018
18 Sep 2018
Coradia iLint: First Hydrogen-Powered Trains Start Services in Germany
24 Aug 2018
Bombardier “Banking” on New High-Tech Laboratory
21 Aug 2018
SIEMENS and DAMM Complete Testing of ETCS-over-TETRA Packet Data
14 Aug 2018
Netherlands: State Railway Operator Upgrades Trains for Passengers with Disabilities
09 Aug 2018
German Government Releases Funds to Increase Energy Efficiency in Rail
06 Aug 2018
Czech Republic: Leo Express Orders 15 LINT DMUs from Alstom
30 Jul 2018
Poland: Leo Express Makes Maiden Journey Between Prague and Krakow
Subscribe to Railway-News
Get the latest contract alerts and Railway News emailed directly to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously.

Please tick to confirm you would like to receive emails we think may be of interest to you. We sometimes tailor the content you see to what we think you'll find interesting, and so monitor your interaction with our website and email content (find out more).