What happens if ticket inspectors catch you and you don’t have a valid ticket?
It can happen to all of us. You’re in a hurry and you forget to buy a public transport ticket. Or, you purchase it, but you forget to stamp the ticket or, even worse, you didn’t stamp it correctly, on the side marked with an arrow. You purchase a ticket by sending a text message, but your confirmation didn’t arrive before you got on the metro, tram or bus. In another scenario, you were fined because you didn’t fill in your Prague Card correctly.
Whatever the situation, if you don’t have a valid ticket during a check, the inspector has the right to fine you. Please bear in mind that telling him or her that you’re a tourist won’t work. The fine is currently CZK 1,500 / approximately EUR 63. If you pay the penalty on the spot, this amount is automatically reduced to CZK 1000, or approximately EUR 42.
Fines can be paid in cash only, either in Czech crowns or in euro. If you don’t have enough money with you, the inspectors will escort you to the nearest automated telling machine (ATM).
Before paying the fine, make sure the inspector is genuine. Sometimes inspectors don’t wear uniforms. However, they are required to prove their identity with a valid badge or sometimes an identity card, in both cases indicating that these inspectors are Prague Public Transport Company (Dopravní podník hlavního města Prahy) employees.
If you don’t have a valid ticket: CZK 1,500 / approximately EUR 63 – the basic fine, which is reduced to CZK 1000 / approximately EUR 42, if you pay immediately or within 15 calendar days of the ticket inspection.
If you’re a holder of Lítačka season ticket but you don’t have it with you during the ticket inspection: CZK 50 / approximately EUR 2 – applies only to registered Lítačka season ticket holders. Additionally, the card must be valid when the inspection was carried out.
Where do I have to pay the fine?
If you didn’t pay the fine on the spot, you’ll have to pay in cash at the headquarters of the Prague Transport Company (Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy) or by credit card on their website.
In cash: Na Bojišti 5, Prague 2 – New Town (Nové Město), counter number 10 or 11. Office hours: Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By credit card: DPP – online payment of fines