Prague Hlavni station...   Click for map of Prague showing station

  Overview

  The old station

  Ticket offices  

  Left luggage

  CD lounge

 

  Somewhere to eat

  Supermarkets

  Hotels nearby & in old town

  Taxis, metro

  Prague Holesovice station  

 

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Location & overview...

Prague has one main station, Prague Hlavni - Hlavni simply means main in Czech, it's often abbreviated to Praha hl.st.  It's right in the city centre just 15 minutes walk from Prague's historic old town and 20 minutes walk from the Kings Charles Bridge.  The stations is a perfectly safe place to be even late at night.

You enter the station through its modern main entrance at the foot of a shallow hill, into a glitzy underground concourse that's part station, part shopping centre, dating from 1972-79.  To reach the platforms you go up a shallow travelator, then through one of several broad passageways under the tracks from which stairs, escalators or lifts lead up to each platform.  It's a through station, not a terminus - trains head north for Berlin, south for Munich, Vienna & Budapest.

Above the hustle & bustle of the modern station sits the classic Art Nouveau station of 1901-1909, peaceful, almost empty and largely unnoticed. 

The Man in Seat 61 says, "You could be forgiven for not realising there's a classic old station above you - do make the effort to go upstairs, have a look and perhaps a coffee in Cafe Coffee Day.  Or a tinkle on the public piano.  It's worth reading up on the station and its connection with President Wilson of the United States at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praha_hlavni_nadrazi"

The modern station...

Main entrance to Prague Hlavni station

The main entrance to Prague Hlavni station, just 15 minutes walk from the old town...

Inside Prague Hlavni station

Inside the entrance you'll find the main concourse, part station, part shopping centre, built in 1972-79.  Departure boards show the time, destination & platform of all trains.  You go up a short shallow travelator (visible above) to an upper level, then through wide passageways under the tracks, from which stairs and lift or escalator lead up to each platform.

The station has plenty of shops & kiosks to buy coffee, snacks and supplies for the journey.

Toilets (10 Kr) and hot showers (40 Kr) are available, 1 level down from the platforms, 1 level up from the main entrance.

The historic station building, 1901-1909...

Overview of Prague Hlavni

The old Art Nouveau station...  In the photo above, the modern main station entrance is out of shot to the left, down at the foot of the hill.  The modern station concourse is underground, directly beneath the car park visible on the left of the photo.  So many people pass straight through onto their platform without realising that the original Art Nouveau station of 1901-1909 sits right above them!  This photo was taken from a 5th floor room at the nearby Esplanade Hotel.  You can read up on the station's history at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praha_hlavni_nadrazi.

Old historic station entrance   Platforms at Prague Hlavni

The historic station & Cafe Coffee Day...  You can reach the old station building either via escalators up from the upper level of the modern concourse below, or you can walk straight in off platform 1 which is on the same level.  Pictured above left is the original station entrance hall, its doors now largely unused - outside these doors, the old station forecourt is now a cross-Prague freeway.  This photo also shows Cafe Coffee Day, the best place to wait for your train, and the public piano, free for anyone to play...

Above right, platforms 1-6 sit under the original beautiful arched trainshed.

Ticket offices...

You can pay in koruna or in euros, with cash or cards, open from the small hours of early morning until after midnight.  You'll find plenty of ATMs in the station.

Private operator Regiojet has a separate ticket office on the main entrance level.

Domestic ticket office   Main ticket office at Prague Hlavni

Domestic tickets for today...  Located down a short slope from the main underground concourse, to the left of the main ticket office.

 

Main ticket office, for advance bookings and international tickets...  Located down a short slope from the main concourse/entrance level.

CD Lounge...

Also located in the historic station building above the modern concourse and also accessible from platform 1 is the CD Lounge.  It's open to all 1st class passengers and to holders of 2nd class tickets for premier trains such as EuroCity and SuperCity trains.  However, it is somewhat underwhelming - it's very basic and the only facility is a water dispenser.  I recommend waiting in the Cafe Coffee Day instead.  Update:  Reports in August 2017 say the lounge may have closed, whether temporarily or permanently is not clear.  Not a great loss...

CD lounge at Prague Hlavni   Inside the CD lounge at Prague Hlavni

Left luggage lockers & office...  Prices & opening hours for left luggage

Luggage lockers at Prague Hlavni   Staffed left luggage office

Left luggage lockers.  As you walk in the main entrance, they are on the far left-hand side of the station, on the left as you walk towards the platforms.  It's on the opposite side of the station from the staffed left luggage office.

 

Staffed left luggage office, for larger items including bikes.  As you walk in the main entrance, it's on the far right-hand side of the station, on the left as you walk towards the platforms.

Somewhere to eat...

Supermarkets...

Hotels near the station or in the old town...

Local transport:  Walking, taxis, tram & metro...

Prague Holesovice & Smichov stations...


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