The Prague Metro is an indispensable branch of the Public Transport (MHD) and helps travellers to make high-speed journeys within the city of Prague. Each year, it is used by approximately 600 million passengers, serving 1.6 million people each day.
The history of Prague Metro dates back to the year 1974 when the first line C, with only 9 stations, began its operation. In 1978, another line marked as A was established, and line B was added in 1985. All lines have gone through extensions and more are currently being planned. The Prague Metro is operated by The Prague Public Transport Company, a.s.
The Prague Metro currently consists of three lines: Line A (green), Line B (yellow), and Line C (red). These lines measure 65 kilometres and have 61 stations, three of which offer interchangeable lines.
Line A connects terminal stations Depo Hostivař and Nemocnice Motol and provides transport between the southeast and northwest part of Prague. Line B is a link between Černý most and Zličín stations and creates an axis between Prague´s southwest and northeast segments of the city. Line C ensures transportation between Háje and Letňany stations, connecting the north and south sections of Prague. All lines are interconnected at three interchange stations in the city centre: Muzeum (A/C), Můstek (A/B) and Florenc (B/C).
At this time, The Metro does not provide transport to Václav Havel Airport. However, there are alternate means of service available, namely the regular bus MHD, private buses leaving from various locations in Prague, or a special connection called Airport Express (AE). Further information may be found at this link.
Prague Metro Hours of opening
Prague Metro services are available daily from 5:00 a.m. until 24:00 p.m. including weekends and bank holidays. Night transportation is provided by night tram and bus lines.
Intervals and timetables
Metro intervals depend on the line, day, and time, but usually they run between 1 to 10 minutes. In the morning and afternoon rush hours, the metro arrives every 2 or 3 minutes. On weekends, the interval is 7.5 minutes.
There is a single fare for all means of Public City Transport.
Wheelchair access and Station Indicators
The Prague Metro is mainly located underground so there are escalators or stairs in all stations. Wheelchair access is made available in 38 stations which are designated on a metro map and are marked with wheelchair symbol.
The symbol of a baby carriage indicates approval of that form of transport and is not to be misinterpreted by disabled passengers.
A plane symbol marks the direct connection to Václav Havel Airport and the letter S the proximity of train stations.
The History and Culture with the Prague Metro
Many of the system’s stations are located in the historical centre of Prague, so the best way to save time is by taking a metro.
Names of the stations are clearly marked so passengers can easily identify their current location. For example, when travellers arrive at the Museum station, they will find themselves directly in front of the National Museum building in the Wenceslas Square. Staroměstská station is situated close to the Old Town Square with many notable monuments (The Old Town Hall, Astronomical Clock, Týn Cathedral, Saint Nicolas Church or Jan Hus memorial). Staroměstká station is also within walking distance of the Charles Bridge where the Prague Castle is only a few minutes away. Also, travellers can get to the Prague Castle from Malostranská or Hradčanská stations. Národní třída station will take visitors to the National Theatre. A notable monument, Vyšehrad, is also connected with a station of the same name situated on Line C.
Top 10 Interesting Facts about the Prague Metro
- The longest is Line B measuring 26 km
- Line B also has the most stations (24)
- Line A is the shortest, measuring 17 km
- The busiest stations are Dejvická and I. P. Pavlova
- The busiest section is Vyšehrad – I. P. Pavlova a Vyšehrad – Pražského povstání
- Station Náměstí mírů lies the deepest part of the system: 53 metres underground
- The longest escalator is in Náměstí Míru station and is 87 metres long.
- The largest distance, 2784 metres, is between Nádraží Holešovice and Kobylisy stations.
- The shortest distance, 425 metres, is between Hlavní nádraží and Muzeum C stations.