Poland’s modern Express InterCity Premium trains
31 January 2017 • Author(s): Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity
PKP InterCity has invested in purchasing 20 modern high-speed Pendolino trains to improve passenger services. For European Railway Review, Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity, gives a technical overview of the new fleet as well as their on-board features specifically designed to provide passengers with a premium level of travelling comfort.
Express InterCity Premium trains (EIP), also called Pendolino trains, offer a totally new dimension and standard of travel in Poland. These new Pendolinos manufactured by Alstom in the Italian city of Savigliano are the fastest and most comfortable trains among PKP’s (Polish Railways) InterCity rolling stock fleet. Every day 20 trains connect the north to the south of Poland. EIP trains link Warsaw with Gdańsk, Gdynia, Kraków, Katowice, Gliwice, Bielsko-Biała, Wrocław and Rzeszów. In spring 2016 the service was extended: the train that previously travelled to Wrocław now continues to Jelenia Góra; as of 29 April 2016 the train to Gdynia now goes to Kołobrzeg; and since mid-December 2016 EIP services have been running to Bochnia.