Pendolino 680 in Prague Main railway station

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

Railways

See also: Rail transport in the Czech Republic

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

Map of the Czech highway network (2020)
Map of the Czech highway network (2020)
Lovosice junction (km 45)
Lovosice junction (km 45)

The Czech Republic has, in total, 55,653 km (34,581 mi)[1] of roads. It has 1,247 km (775 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

Main article: Highways in the Czech Republic

The highways in the Czech Republic are no longer divided into motorways and expressways as of 2016.

These dual carriageways are managed by the state-owned Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic – ŘSD, established in 1997. Among 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.

ŘSD currently manages and maintains 1,247 km of motorways (dálnice).[2]

Waterways

The Vltava is the country's longest river, at 430 km. 358 km of the Elbe (Labe), which totals 1154 km, is also present in the country. An artificial waterway, nowadays used for recreation, is the Baťa Canal.

Ports and harbors

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

Airports

Václav Havel Airport Prague

See also: List of airports in the Czech Republic

Brno-Tuřany Airport

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, Kunovice Airport and Public domestic and private international airport is for example Hradec Králové Airport.

Airports with paved runways

Total: 46 (2007)

Airports with unpaved runways

Total: 75 (2007)

Heliports

2 (2006)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Transport in Czech Republic". International Transport Statistics Database. IRAP. 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  2. ^ a b "České dálnice".
  3. ^ "Number of traffic victims in Czech Republic lowest in history in 2013". ceskenoviny.cz. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.