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Public Transport in Prague

By Sara | March 31, 2016

Europe has some of the best public transport options in the world. From metro systems to intercity busses to budget travel in between countries, it’s easy to get around. That is, once you figure out how everything works.

Every European city is different as far as how their public transport options operate, and Prague was no exception. Our first encounter in the metro station had us extremely confused and looking very much like lost tourists. Luckily, after some time we figured out how the Czech Republic transport functions.

When you get to a metro station in Prague, there are machines that you can buy tickets from. Unlike a lot of other european cities though, the tickets aren’t based on location, but by time. The longer you need a ticket for, the higher the price. The trick is to figure out how many zones you have to pass through, which will give you a good estimate. Prague is broken up into 10 zones, with zone 1 being at the center with Old Town Square and zone 10 being in a more residential area.

The ticket options range from 12CZK (50 cents) for 15 minutes, all the way 84 CZK (3 dollars) for a 24-hour pass. You can buy as many tickets at once as you want, and when you’re ready to use one just stick the ticket in the machine to get a time stamp.

Getting around abroad is easy once you figure out the system. What are your public transport tips for traveling in new places?