PHOTO GALLERY: Take a look at the planned Václav Havel Airport-Prague train station

The Railway Administration is creating project documentation, the last step before seeking a building permit.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 23.04.2021 12:00 (updated on 22.04.2021)

The long-planned train stop at Václav Havel Airport Prague is entering the final phases before construction begins. The station will be part of the rail link that will connect the airport to Masarykovo nádraží in Prague’s city center as well as to Kladno in Central Bohemia.

The Railway Administration (SŽ) has announced a tender for creating project documentation for the new Václav Havel Airport-Prague (Praha-Letiště Václava Havla) train station, the last step before a building permit can be issued.

The documentation will also include the creation of a building information model (BIM) of the station. The BIM is an intelligent 3D digital model that can be used by various people involved in planning and building the station. The actual construction of of the station should start in three years, if everything goes according to the current plans.

As the planned train approaches the airport, it will dip into a tunnel. The train station itself will be underground and will have a platform island in the center with tracks on either side. From the platform, people can use escalators to get up into underpasses leading to either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. The station will be under a new extension to Terminal 2, which serves flights within the Schengen Area.

Related to the planned station, the Railway Administration and Prague Airport in March announced a tender for project work that includes connecting the planned station to the airport terminals and other infrastructure including taxiways and aprons at the Terminal 2 extension.

The journey time between the center of Prague and the airport is expected to be around 25 minutes, while the journey to Kladno should take half an hour.

Other progress is also being made on the planned rail line. Prague City Hall and the Railway Administration have started to negotiate to buy land for the Dlouhá Míle station, which is also on the spur line between Nádraží Veleslavín and the airport station.

The recently repaired Negrelli Viaduct (Negrelliho viadukt), which went back into service in May 2020, is also part of the airport route. Work on tracks near the viaduct leading to a planned new station in the Bubny development is also now underway.