Compendium for the EIC Premium 

WHAT?  The Express InterCity Premium (EIC Premium) category train, or the Polish Pendolino
HOW MANY? 20 trains
402 seats 

Second class – 345 seats,

First class – 45 seats. 

  • 30 May 2011 – the signing of a contract with the train producer Alstom selected by tender*, for:
    • production of 20 trains,
    • construction of a Service Centre at Grochów in Warsaw,
    • train servicing for c. 17 years.
  • December 2014 – Pendolino on Polish tracks.    

The trains are being produced in Italy by ALSTOM, with the remainder of the PKP Intercity order being completed in Poland, at Grochów in Warsaw, where a hall for servicing rolling stock is being constructed. Employment within will be provided for c. 150 people. The train will be serviced for c. 17 years by a company registered in Poland, that of ALSTOM Konstal.Also involved in the completion of the Pendolino project for PKP Intercity are sub-suppliers from Poland, among them Bombardier of Katowice producing automatic brake signalling devices and SIECAB of Żywiec wiring, as well as producer of couplers Dellner Gdynia and that of traction element boxes Polmor. PKP Cargo is providing transport for the trains to Poland, and the Railway Institute approval tests. 

WHEN ON POLISH TRACKS? December 2014 – Pendolino regularly running
  1. Static tests – the factory at Savigliano
  2. Dynamic tests – in motion, on the Test Track at the Railway Institute, Żmigród
  3. Dynamic tests – test running on public railway lines, e.g. on the Central Main Line
  4. Railway Institute opinion
  5. Issue of certification for national use – Office of Rail Transport
TRAIN TESTS AT ŻMIGRÓD  All research linked with approval of the train is to be conducted by specialists at the Railway Institute of Warsaw. The first dynamic tests, that is, tests in motion, will take place on the Institute Test Track. Undertaken at Żmigród will be dynamic testing, as well as tests of braking, interaction with traffic control devices, pantograph etc. Also to be conducted are tests of automatic devices, to include checks of the driver safety device, radio and detection of emergency conditions, as well the effect on the train of the electromagnetic field and conduction. Finally, fire systems and vehicle aerodynamics will be subject to verification. The Test Track is located near Żmigród, c. 40 km from Wrocław, and this is the destination for the arrival of the train in Poland in August.The Test Track has a loop of 7,725 m and is intended for activities including endurance tests.

Near Olsztyn the Pendolino will be tested on curves (with particular curves being available on hilly terrain), while close to Nowy Sącz its potential for travel uphill will be assessedThe tests on railway lines are due to last until the middle of December, following which analysis will begin of the documentation gathered. The train should receive the approval of the Office of Rail Transport by May 2014. The first train, as a version containing measuring equipment, will then return to Italy.


  • Ergonomic reclining seats
  • A table, lighting, an emergency intercom and a power socket
  • Special frames for luggage and bicycles in corridors and at the end of compartments
  • Passenger information on monitors 
  • Marking of spaces with the Braille alphabet 
  • Reservation displays
  • Air-conditioning and ventilation
  • A low level of noise thanks to a special roof structure and shock absorbers in the chassis
  • A window surface area larger than on other trains – use of natural light, with provision of a good level of visibility
  • Wider carriage doorways – greater ease embarking and disembarking
  • Devices allowing wheelchair users to embark and disembark the train more easily (carriage no. 3)
  • Two adapted spaces and a larger toilet (carriage no. 3)
  • Location in a carriage with a bar compartment and space for train staff (i.e. carriage no. 3)
  • For the blind and visually impaired, spaces marked using the Braille alphabet and information on later stations provided over a sound system
  • An aerodynamic train nose equipped with specially designed elements which absorb the energy of an impact in a collision
  • A system of cameras in each carriage
  • Images conveyed to digital video recorders
  • A screen and monitoring of images from cameras in the compartment of the train manager
  • A unique solution in passenger personal safety – an emergency intercom to notify and summon the conductor for each place
TICKET PRICE Prices from PLN 49 as part of a dynamic sales system, encompassing statutory concessions
  • A bar compartment 
  • Meals and hot and cold beverages
  • 20 standing places in the bar
MASS / LENGTH 395.5 t (without passengers) / 187.4 m
  • Silver and blue with the PKP SA and PKP Intercity logotypes
  • The author of the nose is Giorgetto Giugiaro, an Italian designer of automobiles, incl. for Ferrari and Maserati
PKP IC INVESTMENT SCOPE The purchase of 20 trains is one element of a broad PKP Intercity investment programme of a total value exceeding PLN 5,6 bn.

Zuzanna Szopowska

PKP Intercity S.A. Press Spokesperson


No Polish companies put in a bid. Potential tenderers, despite participating in initial talks, decided not to compete for the order. Talks were conducted with the consortium of ANSALDOBREDA S.p.A. and NEWAG S.A., the consortium of Bombardier, Transportation Sweden AB and Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A. Holding, the consortium of Siemens Sp. z o.o. and Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Sp. z o.o., and the consortium of ALSTOM Konstal S.A. and ALSTOM FERROVIARIA S.p.A. PKP Intercity ultimately received only one bid from the consortium of ALSTOM Konstal S.A. and ALSTOM FERROVIARIA S.p.A


Estimated journey times for trains of the EIC Premium category


Journey time

December 2015

Stations with a stop

Warszawa - Gdańsk

ok. 2hrs 37mins

Warszawa Wschodnia, Iława Główna, Malbork, Tczew

Warszawa - Kraków

ok. 2hrs 12 mins 

Warszawa Zachodnia

Warszawa - Katowice

ok. 2hrs 19 mins 

Warszawa Zachodnia, Włoszczowa Północ, Sosnowiec Główny

Warszawa - Wrocław

ok. 3hrs 26 mins 

Warszawa Zachodnia, Częstochowa, Opole Główne 

Gdynia - Kraków 

ok. 5hrs 22 mins

Sopot, Gdańsk Oliwa, Gdańsk Wrzeszcz, Gdańsk Główny, Tczew, Malbork, Iława Główna, Warszawa Wschodnia, Warszawa Centralna, Warszawa Zachodnia

Gdynia - Katowice 

ok. 5hrs 28 mins 

Sopot, Gdańsk Oliwa, Gdańsk Wrzeszcz, Gdańsk Główny, Tczew, Malbork, Iława Główna, Warszawa Wschodnia, Warszawa Centralna, Warszawa Zachodnia, Włoszczowa Północ, Sosnowiec Główny