STA, 29 April 2022 - It is full steam ahead for the summer train on the Koroška route. The train will run from Maribor to Bleiburg in Austria and offer transport to passengers and their bicycles. Its first trip is scheduled for 1 May and the train will operate each Saturday from 11 June to 27 August.
As in previous years, the train will make two trips daily, giving passengers sufficient options to arrange their trips, Aleš Rupreht of the Koroška Regional Development Agency told the STA.
"The route will serve the cyclists as they make their way along the Drava Cycling Route and the route running along the Mislinja Valley," he stressed.
When public transport was suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and countries closed borders, more people started to cycle as a form of recreation, and the number is still growing, Rupreht said.
"We saw a decline in foreign guests, but the number of Slovenian cyclists offset that. The figures are better than expected. The bike train, running only on Saturdays and bank holidays, saw some 200 cyclists and over 700 other passengers last year," he noted.
Rupreht hopes that as tourism recovers and the Covid-19 situation stabilises, the number of cyclists will rise this season.