If you’ve lived in Prague for any length of time, you’ll be familiar with the city’s many seasonal rituals. One of the most significant is the summer transport diversions.
The start of the school summer holiday season, at the end of June, is the cue for a mass exodus from the city, as many local residents head off on holiday for a week or two or more. As a result, Prague’s traffic is generally lighter in summer, and the Prague Public Transport Company (Dopravní podník hlavního města Prahy) makes the most of this situation to carry out repairs. In addition, it issues a special summer timetable of reduced or temporarily suspended services.
Motorists also face disruption as engineers take advantage of lighter traffic to carry out road work.
This year, the annual changes are compounded by the ongoing construction of the Prague Ring Road, including work on the Blanka Tunnel. Here is a round-up of the most significant changes. See the Prague Public Transport Company website (www.dpp.cz) for full details
Public transport summer timetable – less frequent services during the week
Every year, the metro, trams, and buses (including night buses and buses running from Prague to the villages beyond) are subject to a special timetable coinciding with the school holidays. This means that services are reduced during the working week, although they are still quite regular. Some bus services continue as normal during the summer, including the 119 and AE bus routes to the airport, although the number 119 is operating a special service on 5 and 6 July – both public holidays.
From July 5 to 8 the metro will not run between Dejvická and Můstek. For time details, see the dpp.cz website.
Changes to tram services
Passengers using trams in Prague will face major disruptions between 30 June and 25 July, due to maintenance and repair. Parts of several routes will be closed, e.g. Letenské náměstí–Špejchar, resulting in diversions or the temporary closure of certain services. For more information about dealing with tram disruptions, see our Dealing with Tram Diversions article.
Národní třída metro station closed from 10 July 2012
Národní třída metro station will close on 10 July 2012 for approximately two years, due to construction of the Copa building above it. The re-opening date has so far not been set. Můstek is the nearest alternative station.
Letná tunnel closed from 1 July to 1 August
For motorists in Prague, the most important disruptions include closure of the Letenský tunel, in Prague 7, from July 1 to August 1. The tunnel links Nábřeží Kapitána Jaroše and Milady Horákové, but motorists can reach Milady Horákové via Nábřeží Kapitána Jaroše and Veletržní. If they are heading in the opposite direction, they can reach the Old Town via Veletržní, Bubenská, and Hlavkův Most.
Changes after the summer break
After the summer break, the Prague Public Transport Company will introduce a number of important changes to the tram network, including permanent cancellation of route numbers 15, 19 and 21; routes 3, 9, 11, 17 and 22 will run more frequently. Another major change will see certain key bus routes, such as the 119 and 136, being given “metrobus“ status, meaning that buses will run more frequency. On the other hand, routes duplicating tram or metro routes will be canceled.
Do you know of any other future transport diversions or closures? Let us know below!