This day has had to be adjusted quite a lot because of the rail replacement bus services on the original route, and also due to fatigue at the end of the project. It nevertheless is a fitting end to the main loops of #CrossBorderRail! And disruption on Day 39 caused further changes to Day 40!

The route crosses from Slovakia to Austria at Marchegg, a border with a solid regional service that is also being upgraded and electrified. Then it will cross from Austria to Czechia at Breclav, a border that has a solid long distance service (at least every 2 hours), and a solid regional service. I will then get off the EuroCity train at Kolín and route across northern Czechia to Liberec on branch lines. From there I will take the train to Dresden that goes into Poland for about 4km (although there are no stations on the section in Poland), and then on the section to the west of Zittau – near Neusalza Spremberg – the line cuts through about 1 kilometre of Czechia again. The route from Liberec to Zittau has good regional connections, but no long distance service. And the day will end on the EuroCity train from Dresden Neustadt to Berlin Hbf (tief).

And then if I manage all of that I will be home in Berlin!

Day / Date Monday 1 August
Departure Bratislava
End Berlin
Trains 7
Rail replacement buses 0
Rail km 937.1
Bike legs 0
Bike km 0
Borders crossed SK-AT – Marchegg
AT-CZ – Breclav
CZ-PL – Luptin
PL-DE – Zittau
DE-CZ-DE – Neusalza Spremberg
Events None

Data here is indicative. The Google Sheet for the trip is the always-updated definitive version.

On the day itself, live updates will be posted here.

The map below is an image of the route for this day. You can alternatively see access whole route with more controls on umap here.

Day 40 Map

Images used in this post

Albert Koch
S-Bahn to Vienna waiting for departure
July 28, 2018
CC BY-ND 2.0


All other photos taken by Jon Worth, can be re-used under the same terms as the content on this site.