VISITORS to the capital and anyone using public transport there have been able to ride a special Christmas tram since December 6. Illuminated with Christmas lights, the old CKD-Tatra T2 type vehicle, manufactured in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1950s-60s, ventured out on its first trip through the Bratislava city centre at 16:00, the TASR newswire was told by Bratislava Transport Company (DPB) spokesperson Adriana Volfová.

Rides on the Christmas tram will be free for passengers at one-hour intervals for five hours a day until December 23.

The 40-minute journey will start outside the old building of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) and continue through Štúrova Street, SNP Square, Obchodná Street, Floriánske Square and back along Špitálska Street and through the tunnel under Bratislava Castle, ending up back at the theatre building.

“The Christmas tram will remain there for about 20 minutes. People will be able to have a closer look at this special vehicle and take photos of it,” added Volfová.

A steward will be on board the tram to answer any questions about the vehicle, which was a regular part of the public transport company’s fleet between 1958 and 1988.