Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. The metro, trams and buses are used by two-thirds of Prague’s population and cover the majority of the city and outskirts.
The metro especially makes getting around town a breeze since it enables you to cover long distances in a matter of minutes. If you can’t continue to your destination on foot, you’ll be able to catch a tram or bus from near the subway station.
To move around town, we recommend using public transport over driving or taking a taxi, since the traffic situation in the city center has become pretty bad in the past decade. If you insist on taking taxi, consider downloading an app such as Taxify, Liftago or Uber to avoid unexpectedly high charges.
If you want to use public transport, you need to have a valid ticket before you get on the bus/tram/metro. You can buy transfer tickets for 30 minutes (30 CZK), 90 minutes (40 CZK), 24 hours (120 CZK) or 72 hours (330 CZK). Ticket from information centre, ticket machine, shop or from a bus driver needs to be validated (stamped by putting inside a yellow box) when getting on the vehicle or inside the metro/train station for the first time!
Short-term tickets for Prague (from 30 minutes to 3 days) can be purchased in following ways:
- in yellow ticket vending machines at metro stations and some surface transit stops (map)
- in information centres and selling points at most of the metro stations
- in newspaper shops in the whole area of Prague
- in the mobile application PID Lítačka (paid by credit/debit card, Masterpass or Apple Pay, ticket needs to be activated before your travel)
- inside every tram (only by contactless credit/debit card)
- by SMS – in cooperation with all mobile operators, the Prague Public Transit Co. provides passengers with an SMS ticket service, making it possible to purchase a single transfer ticket using a mobile phone. Customers wanting to purchase an SMS ticket must not have Premium SMS services blocked (these can be activated free of charge by calling the operator’s help line).
- in order to purchase an SMS ticket, you need to send an SMS “DPT *ticket price*” to 90206, for example “DPT42” for a 90-minute transfer ticket. Your should obtain a ticket within 3 minutes. The SMS tickets for 30 and 90 minutes tickets cost 31 and 42 CZK.
- Called Lítačka
- Eligibility for a student discount: until reaching the age of 26
- Eligibility proven:
- valid ISIC card issued by VSE
- Confirmation of Studies issued by VSE – distributed during Orientation Week
- The fare itself uploaded on:
- physical Lítačka card, which needs to be ordered in advance and then picked up in the city centre
- your VISA/Mastercard bank card
The easiest way to obtain the season ticket is by following the instructions on the Lítačka website.There are 2 scenarios you might find yourself in:
- You ordered the VSE ID card With ISIC card one from VSE: go online and purchase a student discount fare using your ISIC card and upload it on your VISA/Mastercard bank card.
- You ordered the basic VSE ID card: purchase the fare after obtaining the Confirmation of Studies during the Orientation Week.
To be able to plan your journey in advance and view any schedule, we recommend using this website.
It is also available as an app to your smartphone in English. Please note this works on-line only, since it contains up-to-date information including suspensions or exceptional temporary changes.
Train schedules are also available in the app mentioned above.