The transportation in the High Tatras is provided by two main transport systems, connecting the main centers of the High Tatras – Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec, Tatranská Lomnica, Poprad-Tatry: Tatra electrical railway (TEŽ) and Cog railways (OŽ).
Tatra electric railway (TEŽ)
Fifteen trams have been offering a comfortable journey with beautiful views of the High Tatras across the region for several years.
All stops (TEŽ): ŠTRBSKÉ PLESO – POPRADSKÉ PLESO – VYŠNÉ HÁGY – NOVÁ POLIANKA – DANIELOV DOM – TATRANSKÁ POLIANKA – TATRANSKÉ ZRUBY – SIBÍR – NOVÝ SMOKOVEC – STARÝ SMOKOVEC / DOLNÝ SMOKOVEC – POD LESOM – NOVÁ LESNÁ – VEĽKÝ SLÁVKOV – POPRAD / PEKNÁ VYHLIADKA – HORNÝ SMOKOVEC – TATRANSKÁ LESNÁ – STARÁ LESNÁ – TATRANSKÁ LOMNICA
Tatra electric railway in the High Tatras (TEŽ) are providing the transportation on the routes Poprad-Tatry – Starý Smokovec – Štrbské Pleso and Starý Smokovec – Tatranská Lomnica.
Since February 2022, new hybrid electric cogwheels have been running on these lines at the same time, but they run in the Štrba – Štrbské Pleso section as a priority.
The trams have seating and standing areas, air conditioning, ticket validating machines, trash cans, bike and ski holders, a pram area, information maps and luggage storage. Each stop is announced through the loudspeaker and the next stop together with the final one is always displayed on a TV screen in two parts of each tram.
There is no toilet or electrical outlets on the tram.
Cog Railway (OŽ)
The reconstruction brought new hybrid wagons to the track in 2022 - Bradavica, Vysoká, Stredohrot, Kostolík, Ganek
All stops (OŽ): ŠTRBA – TATRANSKÝ LIESKOVEC – ŠTRBSKÉ PLESO
The cog railway in the High Tatras transports passengers on the Štrba – Štrbské Pleso line. Štrba, like Poprad, is an important tourist destination in the High Tatras. It is a steep grade railway where the transmission of traction force is provided by a cog wheel (pinion) engaging in a toothed rack rail in the axis of the track. In 2022, the three old units were replaced by five new hybrid electric cogs, which bear the names of the lesser-known peaks of the High Tatras and in addition to Cog Railway, can also run on the Tatra Electric Railway.
The carriages have seating and standing areas, air conditioning, ticket validating machines, ticket vending machines (card payment only), trash bins, electrical outlets, bike and ski holders, a pram area, information boards and luggage storage. Each stop is announced through the loudspeaker and the next stop together with the final one is always displayed on a TV screen in two parts of each tram.
There is no toilet in the carriages.
New valid timetables on railway routes in the High Tatras from 11.06.2023.
Purchase of travel tickets in the High Tatras
The railway station buildings in the High Tatras are located at each of the stops, but tickets can only be purchased at some of them: Štrbské Pleso, Vyšné Hágy, Tatranská Polianka, Starý Smokovec, Tatranská Lomnica, Veľký Slavkov, Poprad-Tatry.
Apart from them, it is possible to buy a ticket in the form of:
- SMS – text message to number 2233 (only Slovak mobile operators):
2-hour regular (2 €) ,, A “/ 2-hour discounted (1 €) ,, B“ / 2-hour bicycle or luggage (1 €) ,, X “/ 24-hour ordinary (4 €), , C “/ 24-hour discount (2 €) ,, D„T
Tickets can be purchased in advance, valid only after validation. Tickets can be combined.
- Online via www.zssk.sk/cestovny-listo
Validating the tickets in the High Tatras
On both lines (TEŽ and OŽ) there is a closed tariff system with a full-fledged self-service dispatch system without accompanying personnel.
It is the passenger’s obligation to have a travel ticket purchased upon boarding the train and to validate it properly. In the case of an inspection, a passenger without a ticket will be fined.
TIP! In trams, insert the ticket on the right side when validating it.
In the case of a return ticket or a more day ticket, validating is required only once.
Historic tram rides in the High Tatras
Riding in historic trams under the peaks of the High Tatras is an exceptional experience. During the summer and winter seasons, two historic trams run on the TEŽ lines – Kométa from 1913 and Trojča from 1969. Veterán klub železníc Poprad, which takes care of the sets, will give every passenger the right experience in the form of period uniforms or ticket revisions.
Historic cogwheel is not running yet!