Local Information - Prague
Public Transportation Prague
Prague has a reliable and convenient public transportation system, which consists of metro, trams and buses. It enables local people and visitors of Prague travel around Prague quite easily though at peak hours one might find it too crowded.
The tariffs for the Prague city area are divided into Zones P and 0 (in total, there are 4 tariff zones for the Prague area). Zone P has a doubled tariff value and Zone 0 is divided into Zones 0 and B – the border stops zone.
Zone 0 (the “terminal zone”) includes buses from the periphery areas (No’s 300 – 399 and 601 – 620) running through the Prague area, and selected ČD railway line sections.
Tickets are sold by ticket machines found in metro stations and at some tram stops, news stands, travel information centres, some hotels and travel agencies. Ticket machines issue only single tickets valid up to 24 hours.
Tickets for the public transport can either be Transfer tickets or Non-transfer tickets.
Short term tickets need to be validated only once and will be void just after the period printed on them expires (24 to 168 hours).
-------------- -Green Line A (Dejvická - Depo Hostivař)
ÿ Green Line (A) – ending stations at Depo Hostivar (East) and Dejvicka (West)
You can transfer at Muzeum station (lines A and C), Můstek station (lines A and B) and Florenc station (lines B and C).
The green line is the most popular with tourists as it services all of the main attractions Old Town, Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square in the city center. It’s very manageable after a little practice.
Hours of operation are daily from 5am to 12 midnight. The time interval between train departures is approximately 2-3 minutes during the workday rush hours and 4-10 minutes during off-peak hours.
Metro tickets can be purchased individually or in booklets from vending machines or ticket windows located in every station. Unless you carry a monthly pass, make sure you validate your ticket in the orange machines before you enter the platform areas. If you're caught without a valid ticket by a controller you will be fined the equivalent of about six dollars (not really worth the hassle considering a ticket costs a small fraction of the fine).
Trams operate from 4.30 am till midnight. After midnight you can use night trams operating from 00.30 am till 4.30 am. Daytime operation is from 4:30am to 12 midnight. Special night trams (numbers 51 through 59) are running from 00:30am to 4:30am every 30 minutes. The central transfer-station for night time lines is Lazarska stop.
At every stop you will hear a recorded message stating the name of the present and next station (“Příští zastávka”, read “przhishtee zastavka” = “next stop”)
For reliable Taxis
All over Central and Eastern Europe, taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging unsuspecting foreigners. The larger cities of the Czech Republic are no exception, particularly in Prague. As a general rule, settle on a price before you get into a cab. If the driver tries to ream you, you can turn him down with a polite "no thank you." Once you board the cab, the ball is in the driver's court. So make sure the meter is in operation. If you can, chat with the driver a bit and try a little Czech on him if you know any. Show him that you know where you're going. Act as though you've been through it before so he'll be less inclined to try to bilk you for more money.
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