Slovakia - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2022, unless otherwise shown. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Trains running only certain days of the week are shown using ISO 8601 weekday numbers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_week_date).
Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Czech Republic and Slovakia) by M.G. Ball.
IMPORTANT NOTE: in the Slovak Railways timetable (Cestovný poriadok), the ⚒ working days symbol means ① to ⑤ not, as for most other railways, ① to ⑥.
In the heading to each entry, the map reference for the line in the European Railway Atlas 2016 published by M.G. Ball is shown.
Zbehy – Jelšovce
[140,141] (ERA-E 89C2; ERA-R 204A3) SK23/1
This curve is used by trains running directly between Prievidza and Bratislava, avoiding Lužianky. There are regular trains throughout the day and these can be readily identified in the ZSSK timetable as follows: For northbound trains use timetable 140 and look for trains starting from Bratislava hl.n. or Leopoldov with blanks against stations until a black line starts at Jelšovce and calls at Topoľčany and Prievidza. For southbound services use timetable 140 and look for trains starting from Prievidza calling at Topoľčany with a black line below as far as Jelšovce and destination Bratislava hl.n.
Fiľakovo avoiding line: Fiľakovo Zastávka (Fiľiakovo Stavědlo 3) – Šíd (Výhybna Urbánka)
 (ERA-E 90B2; ERA-R 205B4) SK23/1A
All services passing through Fiľakovo, both local and fasts, were diverted via the avoiding line 115B from 11 December 2022, calling instead at Fiľakovo Zastávka.
Kysak avoiding line: Veľká Lodina (Kysak výh. č 35/36) – Obišovce (Kysak výh. č 39/40)
[180, 188] (ERA-E 91A4; ERA-R 202A3) SK23/2
This curve is used by trains between Prešov and Margecany which are not booked to call and reverse at Kysak.
|EC1267||Praha hl.n. – 03:12 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov|
|⑤||Ex15621||Bratislava hlavná stanica – 19:17 Margecany - Humenné|
|EC1259||Praha hl.n. – 20:34 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov|
|D||⑦||REX1699||21:56 Margecany – Prešov|
|EC1256||05:50 Prešov - Praha hl.n.|
|D||⑦||REX1682||15:36 Prešov - Banská Bystrica|
|⑦||Ex17630||Humenné - 16:05 Prešov - Bratislava hlavná stanica|
|EC1248||23:22 Prešov - Praha hl.n.|
Lipany – Plaveč
 (ERA-E 91A5; ERA-R 201C4) SK23/3
This is part of the former international route between Kraków and Košice but now has a very restricted service.
|D||⑥⑦||REX1660||Košice - 7:36 Lipany - Stará Ľubovňa|
|D||⑥⑦||REX1662||Košice - 13:10 Lipany - Stará Ľubovňa|
|⑥||8350||17:05 Lipany - Stará Ľubovňa|
|⑦||8352||18:05 Lipany – Stará Ľubovňa|
|D||⑥⑦||REX1661||Stará Ľubovňa - 10:21 Plaveč - Košice|
|⑥||8351||Stará Ľubovňa - 16:24 Plaveč - Lipany|
|⑦||8353||Stará Ľubovňa - 17:24 Plaveč - Lipany|
|⑥⑦||REX1663||Stará Ľubovňa - 18:40 Plaveč – Košice|
Plaveč – Čirč – Muszyna [PL]
 (ERA-E 91A5; ERA-R ERA-R 201C4) SK23/4
This west to north curve is part of the former international route between Kraków and Košice. Two seasonal ⑥ & ⑦ train pairs are the only trains to use this curve, since local trains, which used to continue only to Čirč, stopped in 2022.
|D||⑥⑦||REX8360||Poprad–Tatry - 08:52 Plaveč - Muszyna|
|D||⑥⑦||REX8362||Poprad-Tatry – 16:52 Plaveč – Muszyna|
|D||⑥⑦||REX8361||10:00 Muszyna – Poprad-Tatry|
|D||⑥⑦||REX8363||17:56 Muszyna – Poprad-Tatry|
Žilina – Od. Skupina - Odb Potok
(ERA-E 90A4-A5, not shown: ERA-R 200A3) SK23/5
Click on thumbnails for 2 maps of Žilina station and area to the east:-
There are extensive engineering works taking place east of Zilina since July 2022 and eastbound trains (in 2023/02) depart Žilina station normally past St 1 and onto the goods lines via Odchodova Skupina, Odb. Vah, Tranzit, and the flyover to rejoin the main line at Odb. Potok.
Eastbound services run via the western flyover and yard to Varin (if calling there) or via both the western and eastern flyovers to odb. Potok (if not calling at Varin) and that westbound services use the single track main line.
Click on this thumbnail for the diagram highlighting the lines reported to have been used through the yard.
The ZSSK real time trains map shows the diversion.
Reports of when this diversion ceases would be welcomed by the compilers
Ružomberok – Zápalkáreň
(ERA-E 90A4; ERA-R 200B3) SK23/6
It appears that shuttles ran along this 3 km freight line in July-August 2020, 2021 and 2022 see dates and times for 2022.
It is expected that dates and times for 2023 shuttles will appear here.
Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions
[160, 170] (ERA-E 90A3; ERA-R 200B1) SK22/7
This north to east curve was last used between 5 - 23 November 2021 by trains to/from Banska Bystrica and Zvolen reversing at Zvolen nákladná stanica due to local engineering works.
Hodonín ČD - Holíč nad Moravou ŽSR
[Ex ČD 332/Ex ŽSR 115] (ERA-E 95C3; ERA-R 197C2; 88 ČD section only) SK22/8
This electrified single track cross border line closed to passengers at the December 2004 timetable change but is used by freight services and as a diversionary passenger route, fairly regularly in recent years due to major storm damage on the Czech main line. In use between 13th to 25th October 2023 with details on the ČD engineering work listings.
Other sparse services
The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) - fewer than three trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run each weekday.
|122||Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice||For operating dates of this NG electric tramway see the operators' website Trez|
|123||Horné Srnie - Vlárský průsmyk(CD)||1 return train ⑤ and ⑦ (at different times)|
|160||Fiľakovo - Fiľakovo zastávka||No service ⑥ or ⑦|
|174||Brezno-Halny - Tisovec||additional showns are shown in the timetable with a note "runs from announcement"|
|185||Stará Ľubovňa - Plaveč||better service on ⑥ and ⑦|
|185||Studený Potok - Tatranská Lomnica||Service on ⑥ and ⑦. It appears that ①-⑤ service will only run after an announcement!|
|188||Lipany - Plaveč - Muszyna (Poland)||See SK23/3 and SK23/4|
|190||Čierna nad Tisou - Čop|
|191||Medzilaborce mesto - Łupków (Poland)|
Deletions since previous edition
Žilina – Žilina-Teplička
(ERA-E 90A4-A5, not shown: ERA-R 200A3) SK22/5
No confirmations that the staff trains still run, but a longer route during the rebuilding at Žilina station is now shown as SK23/5.
Staff trains run to and from the marshalling yards east of Žilina, probably using the flyover east of Žilina and the goods lines. The following are 2018 timings. The compilers would greatly appreciate any information on the routes used by these trains.
|9901||05:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 05:49)|
|9903||17:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 17:49)|
|9900||06:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 06:20)|
|9902||18:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 18:20)|
Deletions from sparse services
|165||Plešivec - Muráň||⑦ train from Košice 5 July - 13 September 2020 plus 1 & 15 September 2020. See for details|
|166||Plešivec - Slavošovce||⑥ train from Košice on 4, 18 July, 8, 22, 29 August, 12 September 2020. See here for details|
|167||Rožňava - Dobšiná||⑥ train from Košice on 11, 25 July, 1, 15 August, 5 September 2020. See here for details|
|173||Červená Skala - Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa||at least 3 services every day (except some holidays)|
|186||Spišská Nová Ves - Levoča||Numerous return journeys were scheduled for 2 & 3 July 2022 in connection with a Religious event. This table no longer appears in the timetable PDF.|
Lines without services
The following lines have no passenger service, but are still included in the Cestovný poriadok:
|114||Skalica na Slovensku - Sudoměřice nad Mor.|
|135||Komárno - Komárom (Hungary)|
|190||Slovenské Nové Mesto - Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary)|