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.

1.     Fares

http://www.dpp.cz/en/fares-in-prague/

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 P includes the metro, trams, city buses, the Petřín funicular, ferries and selected Czech Railway (ČD) line sections.

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.
You can use just one ticket or pass for all three vehicles. If you stay in Prague for a short time (a few days), you will probably use single tickets.

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.

                                                                                 Fare


Single Tickets

Transfer

Non-Transfer

All persons over 15 years

26,¨- CZK

18, - CZK

Children from 6-15

13,- CZK

  9,-   CZK

 
                              
Transfer Ticket                                                       Non-Transfer Ticket

 

Transfer Ticket

Non- Transfer Ticket

Allows  you to use any of the means of the public transport (metro, bus, tram, funicular, some trains around Prague) for 75 minutes after validation on working days and for 90 minutes in the weekends.

Are valid in trams and buses for 20 minutes after validation and allow no changing of the link. Non-transfer tickets can be used for maximum 30 minutes after validation, on any of the A,B,C underground links, however nor for more than a distance of 5 metro stations. They are not valid for night links and funicular.
All kinds of tickets can be bought from PIT ticket vending

 

Short-term tickets

24-hours ticket

100,- CZK

24-hours ticket age 6-15

50,- CZK

3-days ticket (72 hours)

330,- CZK

5-days ticket (168 hours)

550,- CZK

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).
Additional fees: you need to buy and stamp an additional 13 CZK ticket if you’re transporting larger luggage or a dog. You don’t need to pay for a dog which you put in a bag (chihuahua size dogs)
Additional ticket sale: is possible from bus drivers, but not from tram drivers. There is a little extra fee.
 
2.    METRO

Prague metro has a good reputation not only among local people but also among visitors of Prague. There are 3 lines designated by letters A (green line), B (yellow line) and C (red line).

--------------    -Green Line  A (Dejvická - Depo Hostivař)
…………..     Yellow Line B (Zličín - Černý Most)
---------------    Red Line      C   (Letňany ‑ Háje)

ÿ    Green Line (A) – ending stations at Depo Hostivar (East) and Dejvicka (West)
ÿ Yellow Line (B) – ending stations at Cerny most (North East) and Zlicin (South-West)
ÿ  Red Line C – ending stations at Ladvi (North) and Haje (South East)

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.
Buy tickets at a newsstand or from a yellow coin-operated machine in the Metro station. Validate it by inserting it, in the direction of the arrows, into the yellow date-stamping machine before descending to the train platform.

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).

 

3.Trams

Prague's trams are plentiful and convenient. Schedules are clearly posted at each stop (an "M" on the schedule indicates that the stop is at a Metro station). And you can never get too lost because no matter how far you travel, there's always another tram with the same number heading back to where you started. Numbered 1 through 26 (with the exception of superstitious number 13), most trams run daily, every three to fifteen minutes from about 5am to midnight. After midnight, the system switches to a limited schedule of night trams with different routes and numbers than their daytime counterparts. Tickets can not be purchased on trams. Get one at a Metro station or newsstand beforehand and validate it in the yellow machine immediately upon boarding. Because it passes some of the city's top sights, Tram 22 is a favorite of foreign visitors and pickpockets. Settle in for the entire length of its journey and you will be treated to a great budget tour that passes the National Theater, Malá Strana Square and Prague Castle. . Ticket validators on trams are usually located just inside the tram doors, on the posts that support the hand rails.

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”)

 

4. Prague

SUBWAY MAP. Click here
METRO MAP   Click here

 

5.  TAXIS

For  reliable Taxis   
Taxi :   tel. 222.333.222)
          

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.

Private taxis

http://www.praguenet.com/airport_shuttle.html

http://www.prague-airport-shuttle.com/pricesnew.htm

Tips

 

6.  BUS

Timeables for bus & Czech Information
http://www.vlak.cz/ConnForm.asp?tt=c&cl=E5