Germany’s longest
rail tunnel

A new rail link between two major cities is on the way – Berlin to Prague in two and a half hours

When it comes to cross-border rail transport towards south-eastern Europe, the (Berlin–) Dresden–Prague route is an important link for Germany and the Czech Republic as well as for their neighbouring countries to the south-east. The existing Dresden–Prague railway follows the path of the River Elbe. The environment and topography along parts of the river make expanding and accelerating this line impossible. Building a new line to cope with growing international traffic in future is therefore a common strategic goal of both countries. The line is also a key section of the Trans-European Networks (TEN) and is therefore of strategic importance for freight transport.

  • Substantially reducing travel and transport times in national and international long-distance passenger and freight transport
  • Integrating the Czech Republic into the high-speed rail network in Central Europe.
  • Creating a flood-proof alternative to the Elbe Valley
  • Shifting more traffic from road to rail

Press releases


Digital information event on 7 October 2020

DB presents next steps • Opportunity to participate and join the discussion online Leipzig, 23 September 2020 – From Dresden to Prague in one hour: Deutsche Bahn (DB) is holding a digital information event on the Dresden–Prague new-build line. Interested members of the public can take part on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 6:00 pm…


EU funding for design work on new Dresden–Prague line

The European Union is investing EUR 2.2 billion in 140 major transport projects in Europe • 19 projects in Germany are receiving funding • New cross-border rail line from Dresden to Prague is among the beneficiaries (Berlin/Leipzig, 28 October 2020) The European Union is providing EUR 3.375 million of funding between now and 2023 for…


DB Netz AG and Správa železnic award first public contract for new Dresden–Prague line

Contract for project management in the joint planning area for the new Dresden–Prague line (Dresden, January 8, 2021) DB Netz AG and Správa železnic put the first joint contract out to tender in August 2020. The Europe-wide tender process for project management in the joint planning area between Heidenau and Usti nad Labem has now…