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Czech train network RegioJet has opened up a new line that lets customers travel from Prague (Czech Republic) or Vienna (Austria) to Hungarian capital Budapest, having launched the new service at the end of July.
The company had already made a name for itself as a low-cost bus company, serving various destinations across Europe, but has since branched out into train travel as an eco-friendly and affordable alternative to flying.
Trips from Vienna to Budapest take two hours and 45 minutes, with tickets costing from €9, while the journey from Prague to Budapest takes seven hours, with prices starting at €16 (£14.50 / $19).
"We are coming to another route with our vision to significantly reduce costs of train travel for passengers and offer the widest range of our services," RegioJet director Ivana Kašická said.
"We will now also offer our train connections to passengers between Vienna and Budapest, for prices starting at €9 to offer them another possibility to travel comfortably by train other than for nonsense prices by present state operators.
"Now, everyone can afford to travel by train between Prague, Vienna and Budapest."
RegioJet owner Radim Jančura believes that train travel should appeal to younger travellers as the more environmentally friendly travel option.
Jančura told Euro News earlier this year: "Especially (for the) young generation, they would like to be more ecological. So it means they will prefer to travel by train, if the travelling time is four to six hours."
According to Euro News, the services reflect a growing trend for rail services to compete with established air routes, offering a similar level of comfort to air travel with built-in touchscreens and a food service - much like train journeys have in Western European, such as the route between Paris and London.
All passengers on RegioJet trains also get free Wi-Fi during their trips, even including those who book the lowest-priced tickets.
Before you go ahead and book, it's worth double checking the World Health Organisation's advice on travel in Europe, as it recommends that tourists should still avoid some countries amid the coronavirus pandemic.
LADbible has contacted RegioJet for comment.
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