Train departures

The ticket office of Orava Forest Railway opens at 9:00.

Train departures from the Tanečník Station to the Beskyd Saddle Station
Month 1st ride 2nd ride 3rd ride 4th ride 5th ride 6th ride
January - March - 11:00 13:00 14:30 15:45 - -
April Open only during Easter holidays – 1st – 4th ride
May - October - 09:30 11:00 13:00 14:30 15:45 17:00*
November Closed
December Closed from Dec 1 to Dec 26, except Dec 2 (special event) - 1st - 4th ride

* this ride is operated during the weekends and state holidays

Trains depart every day, from Monday to Sunday.

The above listed train departures apply on the motor train, motorized draisine and “Gontkulák” steam locomotive. The steam locomotive runs on selected days only – during special events.

Rides from Orava to Kysuce and back

1st ride

Monday to Sunday

  • 11:00 h Tanečník Station (departure)

  • 12:00 h Vychylovka Open-air Museum (arrival)

  • Stop at Vychylovka Open-air Museum

  • 13:00 h Vychylovka Open-air Museum (departure)

  • 14:10 h Tanečník Station (arrival)

2nd ride

Saturday - Sunday

  • 13:00 h Tanečník Station (departure)

  • 14:30 h Vychylovka Open-air Museum (arrival)

  • Stop at Vychylovka Open-air Museum

  • 16:00 h Vychylovka Open-air Museum (departure)

  • 16:55 h Tanečník Station (arrival)

Since July 1 2016, the whole switchback section from Orava to Kysuce with a change at the Beskyd Saddle is in operation.

The capacity of the motorized draisine is 5 passengers departing from Orava and 5 passengers departing from Kysuce.

Duration of the whole ride including the stop is approximately 3 hours (4 hours at weekends). Passengers have an opportunity to visit Vychylovka Open-air Museum during the stop. The train departures from Orava and from Kysuce are synchronized so that the passengers can change. Train tickets are to be purchased at every station separately. Ticket prices of the Orava section are fixed in the valid pricelist of Orava Museum of P. O. Hviezdoslav. Ticket prices on the Kysuce side are set by Kysuce Museum.

We recommend our visitors to book a ride from Orava to Kysuce in advance.

Orava Forest Railway ticket prices


“Gontkulák” steam locomotive schedule

“Gontkulák” steam locomotive is in operation during special events only. Changes in the schedule may appear.

“Gontkulák” steam locomotive schedule
Event Date
When the locomotive steams May 13 2018
Fairy tale Train 7 -10 June 2018
Keď som ja valašil (The Shepherd's day) July 7 2018
Country afternoon July 22 2018
The Beekeeper's Afternoon August 5 2018
Hands of wood carver August 26 2018
Nech to para tlačí (The Railway Day) September 9 2018
St. Nicholas at Orava Forest Railway December 2 2018

Additional information

  • Changes in the trains used may apply. In case there are fewer visitors, a motorized draisine with the capacity of 11 passengers is in operation. If there is greater interest and more visitors, open or closed carriages will be added to the schedule. For bigger groups, we recommend to book a ride in advance.
  • In case of bad weather, please dress appropriately.