A Quick Guide to Public Transport in Prague

Are you planning a trip to Prague? Don’t forget to read this quick guide. Take a brief look at the means of public transport in Prague, learn about the ticket types and get some useful tips that will save your money and time.

Means of transport

  • Subway (metro) – there are 3 subway lines in Prague. A (green), B (yellow) and C (red). The C line goes through the main train station. There are 3 transfer stations nearby: Můstek (A-B), Muzeum (A-C) and Florenc (B-C). You can use it from 5 A.M. to midnight. The intervals between trains are 2-3 minutes at peak times and no more than 10 minutes in the evenings.
  • Tram
  • Bus

How to buy tickets

One ticket allows you to use all means of transport, the only linitation is the allowed time.

  • 30 minutes (24 CZK)
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (32 CZK)
  • 1 day (110 CZK)
  • 3 days (310 CZK)

Children 6 to 15 years old get a 50% discount, younger children can travel for free.

There are also long-term tickets, see the website www.dpp.cz/en/fares-in-prague for more information.

Paper tickets

Ticket machines are placed at all subway stops and at some bus/tram stops. In trams and buses, you can buy tickets directly from the driver. Tickets can also be bought in most newsagents shops.

SMS tickets

The phone number is: 902 06

The SMS text denotes the ticket price:

  • DPT32
  • DPT24
  • DPT110
  • DPT310

Keep in mind that unless you have received a confirmation SMS (which takes around 1-2 minutes), you must not enter the transfer zone.

Useful tips and recommendations

Use smartphone apps

We highly recommend that you download a public transport app to your smartphone for quick and easy navigation.

  • PragueTrips for iPhone
  • PubTran for Android
  • IDOS for Windows Phone

Wait for the confirmation SMS!

Have you bought an SMS ticket? Don’t enter the subway zone unless you have received a confirmation SMS! In the twinkling of an eye, the ticket inspectors will appear out of nowhere. They are very strict in particular with foreign visitors.

Don’t be afraid to ask

People in Prague will be glad to help you, don’t be shy if you have any questions. Just speak to the younger ones, as the older generation is not that good at English. In any case, you can talk to the public transport representatives in subway stations.

The metro stops at midnight!

Be sure to have a bit of extra cash in your wallet in case you plan to stay over midnight. You might need to take a taxi. Although there are some overnight buses and trams, they do not cover all locations.

Author: Jan Musil

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