Esko Prague

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Esko Prague
Esko Praha logo.svg
Overview
Locale Prague
Transit type Commuter rail
Number of lines 33
Number of stations 295 (44 in Prague)
Daily ridership ca. 110,000
Operation
Began operation 2007
Operator(s) Czech Railways, KŽC Doprava a.s. (S34)
Technical
System length 933 km (580 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge)

Esko Prague, or Linky-S (S-lines) is a commuter rail system in Prague, Czech Republic. It has been in operation under its current name since December 9, 2007. Esko is part of the Prague Integrated Transport system serving the city of Prague and the surrounding areas of the Central Bohemian Region. It is primarily operated by the Czech Railways.

The system was significantly improved after the completion of the so-called Nové Spojení between southern and northern parts of the system in 2008. In 2008, commuter rail operations in the Moravian-Silesian Region also received the name Esko.

Lines[edit]

Trains of the S1 and S2 lines at Praha Masarykovo nádraží
Line Stretch Length
/km
Stations Operations Interval peak Interval off-peak Interval weekend Remarks
S1 Praha Masarykovo nádražíPraha-LibeňČeský Brod (– PoříčanyKolín) 62 19 Full-week 30 min. 30 min. (60 min.) 30 min. (60 min.) combines with S7 for 15 min. intervals on common tracks on weekdays (peak only).
S11 PečkyKouřim 17 11 Full-week 60 min. 120 min. 120 min.
S12 PoříčanyNymburk 15 6 Full-week 30 min. 60 min. 60 min.
S2 Praha Masarykovo nádražíPraha-VysočanyLysá nad LabemNymburk hl.n. – Kolín 73 20 Full-week 30 min. 60 min. 60 min. combines with S20 and S9 for 15 / 30 min. interval on common tracks
S20 Praha Masarykovo nádražíPraha-VysočanyLysá nad LabemMilovice 40 9 Full-week 30 min. 60 min. 60 min. combines with S2 and S9 for 15 / 30 min. interval on common tracks
S23 ČelákoviceBrandýs nad Labem (– Neratovice) 24 12 Full-week 60 min. 60 min. (120 min.) 60 min. (120 min.)
S3 / R3 Praha-VršovicePraha hlavní nádražíNeratoviceVšetatyMladá Boleslav hl.n. {– TurnovTanvald} 75 21 / 8 Full-week 30 - 60 min. 60 - 120 min. 30 - 120 min. R3 is an express-service
S32 / R32 (KolínNymburk hl.n. –) Lysá nad LabemVšetatyMělníkŠtětí 47 / 85 12 / 9 Full-week 30 - 60 min. 60 min. 60 min. R32 is an express-service (Kolín - Lysá n.L. R32 only)
S34 Praha Masarykovo nádražíPraha-Čakovice 19 5 Working days only 60 min. 60 min. operated by KŽC Doprava
S4 / R4 Praha Masarykovo nádraží (S4) / Praha hl.n. (R4) – Kralupy nad Vltavou (– VraňanyHněvice) {– Ústí nad LabemDěčín} 57 21 / 4 Full-week 15 - 30 min. (60 min.) 60 min. (120 min.) 60 min. (120 min.) R4 is an express-service
S40 Kralupy nad VltavouSlaný 20 10 Full-week 30 - 60 min. 60 - 120 min. 120 min.
S41 (Praha-Hostivař –) Praha-LibeňPraha-HolešoviceRoztoky u Prahy 21 6 Full-week (Libeň – Hostivař weekends only) 30 min. 60 min. 60 min.
S43 NeratoviceKralupy nad Vltavou 17 6 Full-week 60 min. 120 min. 120 min.
S44 Kralupy nad VltavouVelvary 10 5 Full-week 60 min. 60 - 120 min. 60 - 120 min.
S45 KladnoKralupy nad Vltavou 25 12 Full-week 60 min. 120 min. 120 min. some direct trains S5 + S45
S5 / R5 Praha Masarykovo nádražíKladno (– Rakovník) 33 / 71 12 / 9 Full-week 15 - 30 min. 30 - 60 min. 30 - 60 min. R5 is an express-service (Kladno - Rakovník R5 only)
S50 KladnoRakovník 42 11 Full-week 30 - 60 min. 60 - 120 min. 60 - 120 min.
S54 HostiviceStředokluky 9 5 Full-week irregular irregular irregular first train of the day from Praha-Vršovice - Praha-Smíchov sev.n. - Praha-Zličín (S65); some trains from/to Praha Masaryk.n. (S5); last train of the day to Praha-Zličín - Praha-Smíchov Na Knížecí (S65)
S6 Praha-SmíchovRudná u PrahyNučice (– Beroun) 34 14 Full-week 30 min. (60 min.) 60 min. 60 min. (240 min.)
S60 BerounZdiceLochoviceBřeznice 57 14 Full-week 60 min. 120 min. 60 - 120 min.
S65 (Praha-Smíchov Na Knížecí –) Praha-ZličínHostivice (– Rudná u Prahy) 27 13 Full-week 60 min. 60 - 120 min. 60 - 120 min. (120 min.) Hostivice - Rudná u Prahy irregular service only; first train of the day from Praha-Vršovice - Praha-Smíchov sev.n. (does not stop at Praha-Smíchov Na Knížecí) to Středokluky (S54)
S7 (Úvaly – ) Praha hlavní nádražíPraha-SmíchovŘevnice (– KarlštejnBeroun) 66 19 Full-week 10 - 15 min. (30 min.) 30 min. (60 min.) 30 min. (30 - 60 min.) Úvaly - Praha hl.n. peak only
S70 BerounZdiceHořovice {– Plzeň} 19 7 Full-week 60 min. 120 min. 60 - 120 min.
S75 RakovníkKřivoklátBeroun 44 15 Full-week 60 min. 120 min. 120 min.
S76 Zadní TřebaňLochovice 27 12 Full-week 120 min. 120 - 240 min. 120 min.
S8 Praha hlavní nádražíPraha-VršovicePraha-ZbraslavČerčany 60 25 Full-week 60 min. 60 - 120 min. 60 - 120 min. combines with S80 for 30 / 60 min. intervals on common tracks.
S80 Praha hlavní nádražíPraha-VršovicePraha-ZbraslavDobříš 55 23 Full-week 60 min. 60 - 120 min. 60 - 120 min. combines with S8 for 30 / 60 min. intervals on common tracks.
S88 ČerčanySázava-Černé Budy 22 11 Full-week 60 min. 120 min. 120 min.
S9 (ČelákovicePraha-Horní Počernice –) Praha hlavní nádražíStrančice (– ČerčanyBenešov) 76 22 Full-week 15 min. (30 min.) 30 - 60 min. (60 min.) 30 min. (30 - 60 min.) Čelákovice - Praha hl.n. peak only
Total 933 295

( ) = section with limited service only

{ } = section not part of the Esko-System

Since 2011 December, almost all local tracks in Central Bohemian Region were involved in the Esko numbering (some lines were enhanced and 13 new line numbers assigned). Three lines are interconnected with lines of RegioTakt Ústí nad Labem Region: S4+U4, S32+U32 and S40+U40.

Numbering system[edit]

The lines are numbered according to the following system: The main lines are numbered with one-digit numbers, starting east and following in the counter-clockwise direction. Then, the connecting lines (S12, S29, S41) are numbered with two-digit numbers, composing of the numbers of the main lines to which they connect. The lines named "R3" etc. are fast trains which run along the same tracks as the S-lines but still stop at multiple stations integrated into the PID system.

Plans for the future[edit]

In the future, it is planned to improve the system significantly, mostly by building new stations on existing lines, upgrading the lines, and integrating more of the existing lines to the system.

There are also plans to build completely new lines, such as a branch from the station Praha-Ruzyně to the Václav Havel airport.

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