Czech Railways (ČD) is the largest national rail operator in the Czech Republic with a tradition of more than 175 years.
We provide passenger transport on a 9,500 km rail network. Each day we dispatch more than 7,000 passenger trains of various categories. According to the 2009/2010 timetable, the average daily number of connections is 7,654, of which 107 are category SC, EC, IC, EN or Ex, trains; 429 are fast trains, 222 are limited-stop trains and 6,305 are local trains. Taken together, our trains travel a total of 125,211,903 km per year. The Czech Republic’s rail network, with its 2,500 stations and stops, is one of the densest in Europe. The significance of our company is also attested to by the fact that residents of the Czech Republic travel on average 17 train journeys per capita per year, which is one of the highest ratios in Europe. ČD has long ranked among the 10 most important European rail companies.
The joint-stock company České dráhy, a.s. was established on 1 January 2003 under Act No. 77/2002 Coll. as one of the successor companies of the original state organisation Czech Railways. The state owns 100% of the stock and exercises its shareholder rights through the Steering Committee. Passenger transport is one of our most important activities.