Czech Republic

Arriva has established a significant presence in the Czech Republic’s bus market with services covering almost half the country. Despite early-stage liberalisation in rail services, tendering opportunities are emerging and Arriva already has a foothold in the market.

Bus – key facts

  • Entered bus market in 2006
  • 1,960 buses

The Czech Republic’s bus market is at the midway stage in the liberalisation process. Direct award of contracts is common and competitive tendering is growing but the industry remains fragmented.

Regional governments award bus service concessions, licencing and maximum fares, while individual cities are responsible for urban transport. Cost plus subsidy contracts are common but tend to differ in length.

Arriva is one of the country’s largest bus service operators, with a major presence in and around the cities of Prague, Ostrava and Teplice as well as Central Bohemia, Eastern Bohemia and Northern Moravia.

Rail – key facts

  • Entered rail market in 2013
  • 5 trains

State-owned operator Ceské dráhy dominates the long-distance and regional rail market in the Czech Republic. The government is also responsible for all rail provision and funding.

Central contracts for Ceské dráhy were extended by a further 10 years in 2009 but tendering opportunities are emerging.

Arriva entered the market following its acquisition of Veolia Transport Central Europe in 2013 and now operates a rail line in Northern Moravia.

Key successes in the Czech Republic

  • Established a strong market position around Prague, providing a unique platform for growth.
  • Trialling a hydrogen bus in Neratovice in cooperation with the Nuclear Research Institute.
  • Introduced GPS monitoring and SMS timetables for Arriva Moravia, ensuring passengers have access to bus service information online.
  • Teplice operations cover the only trolleybus operation in the group (37 trolleybuses and one historical trolleybus).

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