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Prague

Czech Republic


Date of opening9 May 1974
Network length65.1 km (40.46 mi)
Stations61 (58*)
Lines3        Line history cityrailtransit.com
Stations per line20.33
Avg. station distance1,122 m (0.70 mi)
Avg. line length21.70 km (13.49 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 27 Aug 2015
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)1.45 million (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)22,300 (13,900)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.65 EUR (as of 2009); honour system
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database




Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010 ropid.cz


To-scale map
Source: cityrailtransit.com

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Transit mapsSystem map images
openbusmap.org/öpnvkarte.de
openptmap.org
tracker.geops.ch - moving trains
maps.google.com
images.google.com




Latest Openings

2014 – Western Line A extension from Dejvická to Motol.




Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Rating: 2 stars (silver)  Prague

Some of the stations seem to be a homage to Victor Vasarely or kinetic artists of the 1970s. There are thousandfold repetitions of glass or aluminium elements with all stations looking different.

Photo: Jinonice station, built in 1988 on line B. Walls are covered with tube-shaped glass tiles.
On line A, which was opened in 1978, station walls are covered with aluminium tiles which come in three versions (convex, concave or flat) and in different shades of colour. The designers thus managed to create a stunning, science-fiction-like appearance.

Photo: Flora station built in 1980 on line A.




Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

The stations of Line A are the most interesting ones with fancy repetitive aluminium or glass tiles creating an air of science fiction.




Metro Museum

transport museum Public Transport Museum. Contains over 40 historical vehicles (mainly trams) and many other exhibits - models, photographs, historical documents, tickets and blueprints. Since 1993. Location: Tram depot.
Address: Patockova 4, Prague 6.
Hours (check before visiting): Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: 25 CZK.
Reference: dpp.cz (official website).




Archaeology



Exhibits in stations:
  • I. P. Pavlova: City wall with lion figures from the 17th century.
  • Mustek: Vaults from the 15th century are part of the station.




Relationships with Other Metros

Warsaw Pact family
Members: Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Sofia,
Characteristics: The same type of trains as in the Soviet family is used (or newer developments), stations unadorned.




Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
Metron 1Jiri Rathousky1974magtypo.cz, fonts-online.com

1 Metron was replaced by Helvetica in 1985. Remains only in metal lettering of station names.





Departure Procedure and Sounds

Pre-recorded chime and then a female voice: "Ukoncete prosim, vystup a nastup, dvere se zaviraji." – "Pristi stanice: [name]" (wav from metroweb.cz), which means "Please finish alighting and boarding, doors closing" – "Next stop: [name]". When there is a final stop, the voice says: "Konecna stanice, prosime vystupte." – "Terminus, please leave the train". This is both in Czech and English for the tourists.



Line B train departing from Staromestska station.

Duration: 0:36 

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Photos

  Prague photo gallery.Wallpaper.





Handpicked Resources

angrenost.cz Unofficial metro website
metroweb.cz Unofficial metro website
magtypo.czPrague Underground. TYPO Magazine 8 (2003).
dpp.cz Official website




Generic Links for Prague Metro

Wikipedia entry at wikipedia.org
Urbanrail.net entry at urbanrail.net
Railway Gazette search at railwaygazette.com
Discussion at skyscrapercity.com
System photos at Google Images
City information at wikipedia.org









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