Transport in the Czech Republic

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Transport in the Czech Republic relies on several main modes, including transport by road, rail, water and air.

Railways[edit]

The Czech Republic has a total railway length of 9,435 kilometres (5,863 mi). The vast majority (9,341 kilometres (5,804 mi)) is standard gauge. Electrified railways generally have voltages of 3 kV DC or 25 kV AC. 94 kilometres (58 mi) of track is narrow gauge. The most prominent Czech railway company is the state-owned České dráhy (ČD) (English: Czech Railways). Prague has an underground rapid transit system, the Prague Metro. In addition, the cities of Brno, Liberec, Most, Olomouc, Ostrava, Plzeň, and Prague have tram systems.

Roads[edit]

Map of the Czech highway network
Lovosice junction (km 45)

The Czech Republic has, in total, 55,653 km (34,581 mi)[1] of roads. It has 690.25 km (428.90 mi)[2] of motorways. In the 1980s and 1990s there was a significant increase in passenger transport on the roads in the Czech Republic, which was associated with a sharp increase in the accident rate. Between 2007 and 2013, the death rate fell in every year, with a record low of 583 deaths in 2013, compared with the 1994 high of 1,473 casualties.[3] Despite this however, the fatality rate per head of population is moderately high, comparable to the United States.[1]

Highways[edit]

The highways in the Czech Republic are divided into motorways and expressways.

These dual carriageways are managed by the state-owned Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic – RSD, established in 1997. The first modern highways in the Czech Republic was the motorway from Prague to the Slovak border through Brno whose construction was started on May 2, 1939.

RSD currently manages and maintains 726.9 km of motorways (dálnice) and 391.2 km of expressways (rychlostní silnice).

Waterways[edit]

677 km; the Elbe (Labe) is the principal river[clarification needed]

Ports and harbors[edit]

Děčín, Mělník, Prague, Ústí nad Labem, Moldauhafen in Hamburg (no longer operational, will be handed over to Germany in 2028)

Airports[edit]

In 2006, the Czech Republic had a total 121 airports. 46 of these airports had paved runways while 75 had unpaved runways. The largest and busiest airport in the Czech Republic is Václav Havel Airport Prague, opened in 1937. Other international airports include Brno-Tuřany Airport, Karlovy Vary Airport, Ostrava Leoš Janáček Airport, Pardubice Airport, and Kunovice Airport.

Heliports[edit]

2 (2006)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Transport in Czech Republic". International Transport Statistics Database. iRAP. 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Roads and Motorways in the Czech Republic 2009". rsd.cz. Retrieved 2010-06-26. (English)
  3. ^ "Number of traffic victims in Czech Republic lowest in history in 2013". ceskenoviny.cz. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Czech Transport
  • idos.cz - public transport on-line timetables and trip planner (sponsored by the government)