A ribbon cutting ceremony on April 24 marked the first day of operation of a new service between Villa Opicina, Italy and Rijeka, Croatia, via Slovenia.

The cross-border service, which will run until September 30, is expected to cost more than €2m to operate, with €1.6m provided by the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Interreg Central Europe Sustance project in partnership with Slovenian Railways (SŽ) and Croatian Railways (HŽ).

The train, formed of a new SŽ four-car Stadler Flirt class 510 EMU, with capacity for 235 passengers, departs Villa Opicina at 07.50, arriving at Rijeka at 09.54. The return service leaves at 18.25, arriving back at Villa Opicina at 20.40. Intermediate stops are made at: Sežana, Divača, Pivka, Ilirska Bistrica, Šapjane, and Opatija Matulji.

Tickets can be purchased at stations or onboard, with an adult single costing €8. Initially, a bus provides onward travel between Villa Opicina and Trieste, although if the new rail service is successful extending it to Trieste is under consideration.