Public Transportation (Prague)

The best way how to learn the city of Prague and make the most out of your stay is to hire a local professional guide. Should you venture to explore the city by yourself you might find this basic info about the Prague public transportation useful (http://www.dpp.cz/en/).

Tickets & Passes
– Tikcets in Zone P includes the metro, trams, Prague public transport buses, the Petřín funicular, ferrit and selected railway line sections.
– Tickets have a limited timetable: Basic – for 32 Kč valid for 90 minutes, Short-term – for 24 Kč valid for 30 minutes, 1 day – for 110 Kč valid for 24 hours, 3 days – for 310 Kč valid for 72 hours.

– Children 6 and under ride free, – 6- to 15-year-olds for 12 Kc. This is usually enough for trips in the historic districts. From the age of 10 it is obligatory to prove the child’s age by means of an indentity card bearing the child’s firtst name, surname, date of birth and a photograph verified by the passport Ister.

– See link for available rates and for more details: www.dpp.cz/en/fares-in-prague

By Metro
– Metro trains operate daily from approx. 4am to midnight and run every 2 to 6 minutes, but less frequently during the weekends.
– On the three lettered lines (A, B, and C, color-coded green, yellow, and red, respectively), the most convenient central stations are:
– Mustek, at the foot of Václavské námestí (Wenceslas Sq.); Staromestská, for Old Town Square and Charles Bridge;
– and Malostranská, serving Malá Strana and the Castle District.
– Refer to the metro map for details.

By Electric Tram or Bus
– The 24 electric tram (streetcar) lines run practically everywhere.
– There’s always another tram with the same number traveling back.
– You never have to hail trams; they make every stop.
– The most popular trams, nos. 22 and 23 (aka the “tourist trams” and the “pickpocket express”), run past top sights like the National Theater, Prague Castle, Lesser Town Square or Strahov Monastery.
– Regular bus and tram service stops at midnight, after which selected routes run reduced schedules, usually only twice per hour.
– Schedules are posted at stops.
– If you miss a night connection, expect a long wait for the next.
– Buses tend to be used only outside the older districts of Prague and have 3-digit numbers.
– Both the buses and tram lines begin their morning runs around 4:30am.

By Funicular
– The funicular (railway) makes the scenic run up and down Petrín Hill every 10 minutes (15 in winter season) daily from 9am to 11:30pm with an intermediate stop at the Nebozízek restaurant halfway down the hill, which overlooks the city.
– It requires the 20Kc ticket and departs from a small house in the park at Újezd in Malá Strana.
Where to buy a ticket
– You can buy tickets from yellow coin-operated machines in metro stations or at most newsstands marked TABÁK or TRAFIKA.

Transit Inspection
– Hold on to your validated ticket throughout your ride; you’ll need to show it if a ticket collector (be sure to check for his or her badge) asks you.
– If you’re caught without a valid ticket, you’ll be asked to pay a fine 800 Kč.


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