Perhaps the best way to explore Prague is to wander its streets enjoying beautiful sights and interesting places around every corner. But not everyone has time and energy to walk everywhere. Luckily, using public transport in Prague is reliable, safe, clean and very convenient, which is a combination not usually found in public transportation system. We are not shy to say that Prague’s public transportation system is one of the best in Europe, perhaps in the world.
But lets be honest, for you as a newbie, travelling by tram, metro or even bus can be a bit confusing. Do not worry with our little guide in no time you will be easily buying tickets, hopping the trams, traveling smoothly like locals.
Although Czechs complain about the cost of public transport, it is actually quite good compare to the prices in another European metropolises.
The Prague public transportation system uses these ticket types:
30-minute ticket: 24CZK (children 6 – 15 years: 12CZK)
90-minute ticket: 32CZK (children 6 – 15 years: 16CZK)
24-hour ticket: 110CZK (children 6 – 15 years: 55CZK)
3-day pass (72 hours): 310 CZK
Children under 6 travel for free.
Now the most important rule for using public transport in Prague: Do not forget to validate your ticket! Look for validator boxes in metro stations by the escalators or stairs and at the entrance to trams and buses. You just need to stamp your ticket by inserting it in the validator box.
Ticket inspectors usually appear at metro statins or on board trams and buses. You will not be able to recognize them at the first sight as they do not were uniforms but plain clothes. They will flash their badge and expect you to show them your valid ticket otherwise you will be asked to pay a fine up to 800CZK.
Metro, Tram or Bus? Choice is yours!
Prague’s Metro operates on 3 lines A, B and C, often referred to by colour A-Green, B-Yellow and C-Red. Metro has 57 stations in total, three of which are transfer stations (Můstek, Muzeum and Florenc). Metros run from 5am – 12midnight. The intervals are approximately 2 to 4 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hours. In the evenings and during the weekends, the longest you will ever have to wait for a train is 10 minutes. You can find out more about Metro (Subway) in Prague here.
Tram’s timetables are posted at tram stops with trams arriving frequently every 8 minutes during peak periods and every 10 – 15 minutes during off-peak hours and weekends. Trams with higher numbers (e.g. 51,52) are night trams that run until 4:30am. Tram no.22 will take you along a wide variety of essential attractions, including Prague Castle, National Theatre, etc.You can find out more about Tram in Prague here.
Buses contribute to a quality of the public transportation system, too. The 119 bus from Dejvická metro station will take you to and from the airport. Bus rides require a standard public transport ticket. Timetables are posted at every bus stop and again reflect peak and off-peak periods and weekends. You can find out more about Bus in Prague here.
Where to get your ticket
In a large yellow vending machines which you can find at the all metro stations and some bus and tram stops across the city.
In the newsagents
You can also purchase an SMS ticket from your mobile phone if your phone is equipped to send and receive text messages locally. You just need to send a text depending on your ticket desire (e.g. DPT24, DPT32, DPT110 or DPT310 to 90206.
From a bus driver, but bare in mind that the fair is a bit higher (40CZK for adult, 20CZK for a child).
In the “Info Centres” that are conveniently located at major transport hubs around city, including the Muzeum metro station, Hlavní Nádraží train station and at the airport.
Lastly, we would like to mention a few unspoken rules that will make your traveling in Prague fun and easy.
Mind your belongings, Prague is one of the pick-pocket central.
You should give up your seat to the elderly or a pregnant woman, especially if you are siting on one of the designated handicapped seats.
Czechs are a rather conservative bunch and it is best not to be too loud when commuting.
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