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Bus on the Danube

THE BRATISLAVA Region is planning to expand the use of the Danube later this year to include Dunajbus, a "river bus" that will serve as a form of public transportation, the Pravda daily wrote.

THE BRATISLAVA Region is planning to expand the use of the Danube later this year to include Dunajbus, a "river bus" that will serve as a form of public transportation, the Pravda daily wrote.

The floating bus will travel every hour from Devín to Bratislava and Čunovo, with a final stop in Hamuliakovo.

"Regular and fast transport on water is an advantageous and attractive alternative to increasing traffic in the city," the Bratislava Region stated in its proposal.

According to the project, two ships and one spare ship will be in operation every day, except when bad climate or river conditions prohibit travel on the Danube. The daily capacity of the ships is projected at 1,500 passengers, with about 65 passengers on each ship. The proposed fare to the centre of Bratislava is about Sk20. The ride should last 15 minutes, which is four minutes less than a normal bus takes.

The project's costs have been calculated at Sk71.5 million (€2.2 million).

Dunajbus is part of Bratislava integrated transport projects, which finds ways to connect bus, train and river transport effectively.

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