A number of changes are planned for Prague public transport in 2022

An overview of changes coming to the Czech capital's public transport system now and later this year.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 05.01.2022 11:25:00 (updated on 05.01.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

Prague's buses, trams, and metro felt the impact of the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) reported 30 percent fewer passengers last year. Illness and quarantine of drivers also had an effect on transit operations in the Czech capital.

As a result, the company says that until the end of January, Prague's public transport will run according to limited "half-holiday timetables". Intervals between connections will be extended and the number of connections will be reduced, especially at peak times. 

If the pandemic outlook improves, the transit company says it will return to normal operation on Monday, January 31, 2022. In the meantime here is an overview of some of the temporary and permanent changes to Prague's public transport system in 2022.

Temporary changes in early 2022

Relocation of Flora stop

Due to the emergency repair of the gas pipeline in the vicinity, the Flora stop for lines 136, 175, and 913 will be temporarily relocated from Tuesday, January 4, 2022 (approximately from 9:00 am) until further notice. In the direction of Orionka, the stop moves about 100 meters back in front of building no. 2845/43.

Karlovo náměstí tram interruption

Due to the maintenance of the tram line, there will be a short-term interruption of tram operation on the Karlovo náměstí tram line from Karlovo náměstí-Lazarská and Jiráskovo náměstí-Lazarská on Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 8 am to 8 pm.

Chotkovy sady tram interruption

Due to an emergency repair of the tracks along Badeniho Street, tram traffic at the Chotkovy sady stop (in the direction of Hradčanská/Sparta) is temporarily suspended from Wednesday, January 5, 2022 (approximately from 8 pm) to Thursday, January 6, 2022 (approximately 4 am).

Read a full list of temporary changes on the DPP website.

Permanent changes in 2022

A new bus for disabled people

From January 1, 2022, disabled people from the immediate vicinity of Prague will be able to use dedicated minibusses for trips to the capital. Fares range from CZK 10 within Prague to CZK 40-60 throughout Central Bohemia. Some thirty-five buses will service reduced-mobility customers including children and can be ordered online at www.bezba.cz.

Stops renamed

As of this week January 3, 2022, eight bus stops have been renamed: Prosluněná stop is now Nádraží Žvahov-Prosluněná, in Násyp there is a new railway station Žvahov-V Násypum, the Radotínská stop is now Velká Chuchle Railway Station, the Otěšín stop becomes Lahovská. Lahovská is now Pod Lahovskou, the K Sukovu stop was renamed Újezd ​​u Průhonic, Cibulka is Nádraží Cibulka, and the Netušilská stop was renamed Blatov north.

Stop changes and new lines

Commuters take note: stop changes and line cancelations are taking effect across several suburban lines. Bus number 385 is newly express and will run on the D1 between Opatov and Průhonice. Between Šeberov and Rozkoší it will be replaced by a new line number 357.

The connections will increase to Újezd ​​on line 122 and will decrease on line 363. Due to changes within line 385, the following stops are canceled: Šeberov, V Ladech, Pod Vsí, Hrnčířský hřbitov, Průhonice-Rozkoš, Průhonice-hájovna, Průhonice-Tovární, Průhonice-Hole, Čestlice-V Oblouku. A new stop Čestlice, Aquapark is also being set up.

Read a full list of permanent changes on the DPP website.

Electric buses in action

At the very beginning of the year, the transport company deploys over 13 new electric buses. The first is already active in Prague. In January, passengers can take the Škoda E'City 36 BB on lines 154 and 213.

Changes later in 2022 and beyond

Card payments on buses

Some 1,200 contactless terminals should be installed in every bus operated by the transport company by autumn 2022. One-time tickets can be paid for by card on the bus. The service already works in trams and the company has also introduced it in vending machines in the metro.

Petřín funicular renovation and new car design

In March of this year, the winning design for the Petřín cable car will be presented. The first passengers should be able to take the new cable car at the end of next year.

Building of line D to commence

The city says that long-awaited construction of the D-line metro should commence this year in spring, with the first phase being built metro between Pankrác and Nové Dvůr, and continuing to the Písnice Depot with a future section connecting Pankrác with náměstí Míru. The line could be in operation by 2029. Prague has allocated CZK 4.3 billion from its budget for the new line.

Tram lines extended

City officials are also reporting that a tram boom is set to take place in Prague. From April, the first passengers should be able to take the new line to Holyna. In addition, the city plans to further expand the tram network with the start of the construction of tracks from Modřany to Libuše. The construction of the line from Divoká Šárka to Dědina or the Hostoř Depot loop should also start this year.

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