LEO Express

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LEO Express a.s.
Headquarters Prague, Czech Republic[1]
Key people Leoš Novotný[1]
Services Open-access operator
Revenue CZK 193 mio. (2013)[2]
Net income CZK -159 mio. (2013)[2]
Total assets CZK 962 mio. (VI/2014)[3]
Total equity CZK -102 mio. (VI/2014)[3]
Owners Leoš Novotný (98 %)[3]
Employees 167 (2013)[2]
Parent LEO Express N.V. (95 %)[3]
Website www.le.cz
Stadler FLIRT in Leo Express livery

LEO Express, formerly Rapid Express, is an open-access train operator set up in 2010. It launched inter-city services in November 2012 on the PragueOstrava route (in the Czech Republic), on which Czech Railways and RegioJet were already running trains.[4]


A trial passenger service was launched on 13 November 2012, ahead of the full service planned for 9 December 2012.[5] The full service was delayed until 18 January due to technical problems with the trainsets.[6] The company runs 9 trains daily between Prague and Bohumín, calling at Olomouc and Ostrava.[7] There are three classes available for passengers: Economy, Business and Premium.[8]


LEO Express took delivery of five Stadler FLIRT IC units five-car electric multiple units.[4] The first was handed over to LEO Express on 5 February 2012.[9] The trains have on-board wifi.[10]


In the half of April 2014 the company announced a plan to run from in cooperation with Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko trains between Prague and Košice (from December 2014).[11]


  1. ^ a b Financial statements of RAPID Express a.s. for 2010
  2. ^ a b c Annual report of LEO Express a.s. for calendar year 2013, pages 48-49, 86
  3. ^ a b c d Semi-annual report of LEO Express a.s. for 1H/2014, pages 8, 18
  4. ^ a b "First Leo Express train handed over". Railway Gazette International. 8 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "LEO Express carries first passengers". Railway Gazette International. 15 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Sůra, Jan. "Leo Express vyřešil problémy s vlaky, od pátku spustí plný provoz". iDNES. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Timetable". LEO Express. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.le.cz/cms/65-nase-vlaky.html
  9. ^ Josef Petrák (5 February 2012). "LEO Express převzal od výrobce první jednotku FLIRT". ŽelPage. 
  10. ^ "Fast internet means satisfied passengers". Railway Gazette International. 29 February 2012. 
  11. ^ http://byznys.ihned.cz/zpravodajstvi-cesko/c1-62028560-po-jancurovi-vyrazi-na-slovensko-i-leo-express-usiluje-o-trat-do-kosic

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