Prague reveals designs for futuristic new railway line to the airport

The massive project, which will see the creation of two new train stations, will start in 2026 and take around three years to complete. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 29.08.2023 14:00:00 (updated on 29.08.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

The Czech Railway Administration (SŽ) has confirmed in a Monday press release that preparations are underway for the modernization of the capital’s rail network that will connect Nádraží Veleslavín with Prague Airport. Work is to begin at the end of 2026 and last approximately three years.

The SŽ has said that developers have selected designers and have acquired building blueprints for the construction of new tunnels and tracks between the capital’s largest airport and the Prague 6 station. Design companies SUDOP Praha and Moravia Consult Olomouc will design the new connection for a total of CZK 211.7 million.

The new Prague Airport-Nádraží Veleslavín rail connection will ultimately speed up travel times into the center of Prague from the airport by an estimated 25 minutes on average. Currently, travelers going to the airport by public transit have to switch to a bus at the Nádraží Veleslavín stop on the Metro A (green) line. 

New developments

The Veleslavín station is to be transformed, with both platforms and tracks repositioned to ensure a larger passenger capacity and a smoother transfer to center-bound metro connections on the A line. A new train stop – Prague-Liboc – will also be created to serve the Liboc area, which borders the Divoká Šárka park.

The SŽ announced last year that the name of the station that will be based just outside Prague Airport is to be called Dlouhá Míle, and will include a parking lot. The current Prague-Ruzyně station will also be modernized and moved across from Drnovská Street, where it is currently located.

Another key development is the planned sharp rise in train speeds: in some sections of the route, trains will travel up to 80 kilometers per hour, around double the speed of today. To fuel these plans, the SŽ has allocated almost CZK 10 billion for the project’s entire development. 


Part of a wider plan

The SŽ also has other plans that will ultimately play a part in Prague Airport’s increased accessibility. Last week, Transport Minister Martin Kupka confirmed that the reconstruction of the railway segment linking Prague's Bubny and Výstaviště (both Prague 7) will start by mid-2025.

This initiative is part of a broader scheme to modernize the railway line between Prague's Masaryk station and the Central Bohemian city of Kladno, with a branch extending to Václav Havel Airport in Prague.

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