Everything You Need to Know About Prague Public Transport

Everything You Need to Know About Prague Public Transport

Prague, like many European cities, has an excellent and extensive public transport system. However, unlike many other systems, you do not buy your ticket for a zone or specific destination instead tickets are purchased based on time. Here is everything you need to know to navigate Prague public transport.

Buying Your Ticket

The first thing you need to do is actually buy your ticket. You can do this at one of the many ticket booths (pictured below) that are scattered around subway and train stations. When you get to the ticket booth you will be confronted with many ticket options. Fortunately the ticket machine has English as well as Czech.

As I mentioned previously, the Czech public transportation system runs on a time basis. You have three ticket options: 30 minute ticket, 90 minute ticket, and all day ticket, 24 kc ($1), 32 kc ($1.50), and 110 kc ($5) respectively. Generally, the 30 minute ticket will get you everywhere you need to go in Prague. I recommend buying several at the beginning of your trip so you do not have to worry about buying new ticket moving forward. Remember that tickets can only be purchased with coins, there is no paper money or credit card purchase option.

The button second to the top on the left side of the machine is the most typical, 30 minute ticket.

Simply push the button corresponding to the ticket you would like and enter in coins to receive your ticket.

Validating Your Ticket

Once you purchase your ticket you need to validate it by inserting it into the little yellow boxes coming before subway stops or on buses and trams. This will stamp your ticket, making it valid for use. After validating your ticket, you will be able to use it for the purchased amount of time. The Czech system runs on an honor code, but occasionally checks will happen. My advice is to buy and validate the ticket as intended. After all, fines for being caught without a valid ticket can cost you up to 60x what a ticket would have cost.

Metro Navigation

Once you have validated your ticket, you are ready to use the public transport! Below is a look at the Prague metro lines. There will also be maps spread around metro stations for extra ease of use. 

Also, if you have a data plan on your phone, google maps will tell you which stations you need to get on and off at in order to get to your destination (see example below).

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