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Prague Transit

Step 1: Pick either public or private transport

    Basic transport options: (pros / cons)
  • Public transit (cheapest / can be slow if you must make transfers)
  • Taxi (fastest & easiest if you have much luggage / drivers overcharging)
  • Hotel sponsored van/private car to/from airport (upscale hotels)
  • Rental car (flexibility / limited & expensive parking, maze-like streets)
Caveat emptor: Prague's taxis have earned a notorious reputation for dishonesty in overcharging tourists. Know the law: A taxi ride to/from the airport to/from the center is legally set at 500 Czech crowns. All taxis have digital meters in them, but the meters can supposedly be altered to run higher. Most Czechs negotiate a price, lower than what the official metered price would be, with the driver before beginning their journey. (this includes to/from the airport.)

Many Prague residents prefer using AAA Radiotaxi service, as the drivers and meters are supposed to be honest, but the metered price is non-negotiable.
Taxis are plentiful in the center of the city and at the airport.
Taxis are plentiful throughout the center of the city and at the airport.

Step 2: Find a transit station

Metro entrance sign - access to lines A and B. Station: Mustek. Below it is a complete transit system map - metro, tram, bus.
Metro entrance sign - access to lines A and B. Station: Mustek. Below it is a complete transit system map - metro, tram, bus.
Tram/bus stop sign - look for this sign to catch a tram or bus. Stop: Namesti Republiky. Trams & buses stopping here: 5, 8, 24,
Tram/bus stop sign - look for this sign to catch a tram or bus. Stop: Namesti Republiky. Trams & buses stopping here: 5, 8, 24,

Step 3: Find a transit route to your destination

Use Prague Transit's Journey Planner if you need help finding the best way to your destination.
The Prague metro system has a simple 3 lines: A (green), B (yellow), C (red). Trams and buses offer continuing transport at most stops.
The Prague metro system has a simple 3 lines: A (green), B (yellow), C (red). Trams and buses offer continuing transport at most stops.
The Prague tram system has 20+ tram lines. They are numbered 1 to 26. Riding trams is a cheap, warm and easy way to see the city.
The Prague tram system has 20+ tram lines. They are numbered 1 to 26. Riding trams is a cheap, warm and easy way to see the city.
Line B metro time table. Direction divided by top & bottom sections. 24 hour time format. Column 1: Monday - Thursday, Col. 2: Friday, Col. 3 Saturday, Col. 4 Sunday & holidays.
Line B metro time table. Direction divided by top & bottom sections. 24 hour time format. Column 1: Monday - Thursday, Col. 2: Friday, Col. 3 Saturday, Col. 4 Sunday & holidays.
Tram/bus timetables. Daytime trams 1 - 26, buses 100 - 499. Nighttime trams 50 - 59, buses 500 - 599. Altered routes yellow.
Tram/bus timetables. Daytime trams 1 - 26, buses 100 - 499. Nighttime trams 50 - 59, buses 500 - 599. Altered routes yellow.

Step 4: Get your ticket

    Ticket types shown (left to right):
  • Discounted youth ticket (You must have a Prague metro ID card also!)
  • 30-minute full fare ticket
  • 90-minute full fare ticket
  • 1-day unlimited ride pass
  • 3-day unlimited ride pass
It's easiest and often cheaper to buy one of the unlimited ride passes if you plan to be in Prague for a few days. (No additional ticket is needed for luggage if you have one of these.) These passes can be bought at the airport, train/bus stations at the time of your arrival to Prague.
Prague transit ticket examples. All full fare tickets allow unlimited transfers and transport on all metro, trams, buses, and even trains (only within the city).
Prague transit ticket examples. All full fare tickets allow unlimited transfers and transport on all metro, trams, buses, and even trains (only within the city).
Ticket machines. For a full price, one ride (90 minute) ticket, press top left button under PLNOCENNA. Insert coins of indicated amount (or greater). Get ticket and change below.
Ticket machines. For a full price, one ride (90 minute) ticket, press top left button under PLNOCENNA. Insert coins of indicated amount (or greater). Get ticket and change below.
No nearby ticket machines? Look for TABAK, TRAFIKA, RELAY, or PNS shops. Buy 1 or 3-day unlimited ride passes here.
No nearby ticket machines? Look for TABAK, TRAFIKA, RELAY, or PNS shops. Buy 1 or 3-day unlimited ride passes here.
Buy ticket using mobile phone. Send text message "DPT32" to 90206. (This is a 90-minute, single adult ticket) You will receive a message reply which serves as your ticket.
Buy ticket using mobile phone. Send text message
On selected buses, drivers also sell tickets. Such tickets cost 25% more than normal, though.
On selected buses, drivers also sell tickets. Such tickets cost 25% more than normal, though.

Last step: Validate your ticket

Metro ticket validators. Insert the blank end of ticket face up into the validator. Your validity period begins at this point. Do NOT re-stamp your ticket - it will become invalid.
Metro ticket validators. Insert the blank end of ticket face up into the validator. Your validity period begins at this point. Do NOT re-stamp your ticket - it will become invalid.
Ticket validator on trams/buses. Follow same process as for metro.
Ticket validator on trams/buses. Follow same process as for metro.

During your ride

Beware of pickpockets!
    Obvious tourists are quickly targeted. Do the following:
  • Dress inconspicuously
  • Be alert to suspicious behavior
  • Avoid close contact with strangers where possible
  • Do not let others separate you from your group
  • Men: Keep wallet in a tightly closed front pocket
  • Women: Keep purse shut and close in front of you
  • Backpacks: Take off back and hold or set in front of you
If you feel a thieving hand, yell ZLO DJAY (thief in Czech) as loud as you can. Make a scene! Pickpockets fear attention.
Good pickpockets are nearly indetectable. Many work in pairs or groups. One person distracts you while another stands behind quietly stealing. The best defense is vigilance. They will then choose an easier target. This victim is texting with headphones on and her purse wide open.
Good pickpockets are nearly indetectable. Many work in pairs or groups. One person distracts you while another stands behind quietly stealing. The best defense is vigilance. They will then choose an easier target. This victim is texting with headphones on and her purse wide open.
Track your progress while riding on the metro by watching the LED board inside the car, listening to the announcement, or looking at the sign in each station.
Track your progress while riding on the metro by watching the LED board inside the car, listening to the announcement, or looking at the sign in each station.
Printed display of tram stops. Listen to the announcement at each stop. The announcement states the current stop and the next stop.
Printed display of tram stops. Listen to the announcement at each stop. The announcement states the current stop and the next stop.
Digital display of stops used on newer trams & buses. Tram 12. Next stop: Arbesovo namesti.
Digital display of stops used on newer trams & buses. Tram 12. Next stop: Arbesovo namesti.
Map of tram network. If you need to transfer to another tram, use this map (onboard the tram) to find the best transfer point.
Map of tram network. If you need to transfer to another tram, use this map (onboard the tram) to find the best transfer point.
Ticket inspector. An inspector will flash his badge. Show him your validated ticket. If you don't have a valid ticket, you will be fined 800 Czech crowns on the spot. If you cannot pay on the spot, the fine rises to 1600 Czech crowns. Inspectors often target young people, especially young tourists. If you have a suitcase, you must have a half-price ticket for it also.
Ticket inspector. Inspector will flash his badge. Show him your validated ticket. If you don't have a valid ticket, you will be fined 800 Czech crowns on the spot. If you cannot pay on the spot, the fine rises to 1600 Czech crowns. Inspectors often target young people, especially young tourists. If you have a suitcase, you must have a half-price ticket for it also.
'Na znameni' bus stops require you to press the stop button to notify the driver to stop; otherwise, the bus driver will skip that stop. It's safest to always press the stop button whenever your stop is next.
'Na znameni' bus stops require you to press the stop button to notify the driver to stop; otherwise, the bus driver will skip that stop. It's safest to always press the stop button whenever your stop is next.
Skoda 15 T ForCity tram - This modern low-floor tram is designed for ease of access for seniors, disabled persons, and prams.
Skoda 15 T ForCity tram - This modern low-floor tram is designed for ease of access for seniors, disabled persons, and prams.
Tatra T 3 R tram - This refurbished tram has a retrofitted low-floor in the center for ease of access for seniors, disabled persons, and prams.
Tatra T 3 R tram - This refurbished tram has a retrofitted low-floor in the center for ease of access for seniors, disabled persons, and prams.
Tatra T 3 tram - Most common & reliable tram in Prague. First produced in 1960, most units are still in operation. You must tackle very steep steps getting on and off!
Tatra T 3 tram - Most common & reliable tram in Prague.  First produced in 1960, most units are still in operation. You must tackle very steep steps getting on and off!
Tatra T 6 A5 tram - This newer tram still has very steep steps, but its displays are digitized.
Tatra T 6 A5 tram - This newer tram still has very steep steps, but its displays are digitized.
Andel metro station escalators - Visitors to Prague are always awestruck with the length and depth of its metro station escalators. At over 250 feet in length, Namesti Miru metro station has the longest escalator in the EU.
Andel metro station escalators - Visitors to Prague are always awestruck with the length and depth of its metro station escalators. At over 250 feet in length, Namesti Miru metro station has the longest escalator in the EU.
Andel metro station platform - During Russian occupation, this station was named Moskva Andel, presumably due to its resemblance to the marbled interior of Moscow metro stations.
Andel metro station platform - During Russian occupation, this station was named Moskva Andel, presumably due to its resemblance to the marbled interior of Moscow metro stations.
Strizkov metro station - Prague's most stylish metro station
Strizkov metro station - Prague's most stylish metro station
Strizkov metro station - The platforms are open, airy, and flooded with natural light.
Strizkov metro station - The platforms are open, airy, and flooded with natural light.
Mustek metro platform for Line B - Prague's metro is fast, efficient, safe, and reliable.
Mustek metro platform for Line B - Prague's metro is fast, efficient, safe, and reliable.
Divided metro platforms at Hlavni Nadrazi (main train station) offer fast, easy access to train connections
Divided metro platforms at Hlavni Nadrazi  (main train station) offer fast, easy access to train connections
Mezzanine level of Mustek metro station below Jungmannova Namesti entrance. Most Prague metro stations have mezzanine levels which house small shops and takeaway restaurants.
Mezzanine level of Mustek metro station below Jungmannova Namesti entrance. Most Prague metro stations have mezzanine levels which house small shops and takeaway restaurants.
Florence Bus Station - entrance & pickup parking. Most domestic and international long-distances buses depart from here. Long-distance bus travel is very cheap and reliable but can be cramped and slow.
Florence Bus Station - entrance & pickup parking. Most domestic and international long-distances buses depart from here. Long-distance bus travel is very cheap and reliable but can be cramped and slow.
Main pedestrian entrance on western side still displays the typically ugly communist-era style
Main pedestrian entrance on western side still displays the typically ugly communist-era style
The original facade of the main train station reveals a much richer sense of style. Deutsche Bahn's bus + train service uses this highway level entrance platform for its buses.
The original facade of the main train station reveals a much richer sense of style. Deutsche Bahn's bus + train service uses this highway level entrance platform for its buses.