Hyperion roller coaster gets its own rail link from tourist haven, Kraków

A new direct rail service from Kraków and Katowice to rollercoasters of Energylandia: regional train co.

Energylandia, the southern Polish home of Europe’s second tallest and fastest roller coaster, the Hyperion is to have direct rail links with two major towns in Southern Poland, Kraków and Katowice from June.

The rollercoaster, which was opened last year and draws crowds to the fun park in Zator town, will now be within easier reach of visitors to Kraków and Katowice, with a daily direct service from the cities.

Regional transport co Polregio is to increase its reach with new tip-top Superregio trains which will provide direct links to attractions, allowing passengers, who are often loathe to change trains, an easy journey to various sights.

Polregio is just under half-owned by all the local provinces in Poland, who each have shareholdings of between 1.2 and 6.4 percent. The other half, plus a controlling share, is owned by the government’s Industrial Development Agency. The arrangement which came into being as of 4 November 2015 has allowed the company to continue to invest in rolling stock.

While the company had record profits in 2017 of just under PLN 80 mln (EUR 17 mln), in 2018 they slipped back to PLN 51 mln (EUR 12 mln), according to the ARP. At the same time they managed to increase passenger numbers on inter-regional trains by 1.2 mln to 81.2 mln.