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Public Transport Tickets in Prague

How do I buy public transport tickets in Prague and where?

Before purchasing your public transport tickets, you should first consider if you really need them during your stay in Prague. The historic centre isn’t large and can be easily explored on foot, so you might not even need to use your tickets.

If you want to explore the neighbourhoods outside the city centre, you can reach them by metro or tram.

We recommend that you purchase your tickets at the beginning of your visit, so that you can have them to hand whenever you use the metro, tram or bus.

Tickets for Prague public transport can be bought at a newsagent’s (trafika) or ticket machines, which you’ll find at all metro stations. Since 2019, these machines have also been installed in all trams, and more recently in all buses, where tickets can be purchased with contactless payment cards only. Additionally, you can buy tickets at the reception of your hotel.

Please note that you can’t buy your ticket from the bus/tram driver in Prague.

Please note! You will find vending machines in all metro stations, although some only accept coins. If you don’t have any change, you can buy tickets at the Prague Public Transport Company information centre.

You can also buy your tickets from the contactless ticket machines installed in all trams, city buses and metro vestibules. Payment is only possible with a contactless payment card. These machines only issue short-term tickets (30 minutes to 24 hours). The ticket is valid from the moment it is issued. It no longer needs to be stamped; all the necessary data (zone, time, date) is already indicated on it.

Prague Public Transport Company information centres

  • Můstek metro station (access from Vodičkova Street), open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Hlavní nádraží metro station, open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and at weekends from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Anděl metro station, open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Hradčanská metro station, open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

  • Nádraží Veleslavín metro station, open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

With a CZK 30 (approximately EUR 1.25) ticket, you can travel for 30 minutes. The CZK 40 ticket (approximately EUR 1.70) entitles you to a 90-minute ride around the city centre and beyond. A CZK 120 ticket (approximately EUR 5), is valid on Prague public transport for 24 hours. A CZK 330 ticket (approximately EUR 13.75), gives you unlimited use of Prague public transport for 3 days.

Before boarding the metro remember to stamp the ticket (yellow machines before the escalators), or as you get on the bus or tram (the same machines are installed). Please note that Prague inspectors show no mercy towards fare dodgers and treat foreigners and locals equally harshly. Sometimes, they don’t wear uniforms, but if they stop you, they should always present their Prague Transport Company identification.

  • In trams and buses, you punch the ticket in the vehicle itself, in the yellow stamping devices marked with an arrow.
  • The ticket validity period is calculated from stamping, which should be only once. So, if you need to transfer, you should validate the ticket only at the start of the journey.
  • 1-day and 3-day tickets should also be stamped only at the beginning and don’t need to be stamped again.

Handy tips

If you have a Czech telephone number:

If you don’t have any change and there is a long queue in front of the ticket machines, you can buy a ticket for Prague public transport by text message. Simply send the message “DPT31” (for a 30-minute journey), “DPT42” (for a 90-minute journey), “DPT120” (for a 24-hour ticket) or “DPT330” (for a 72-hour ticket) to the number 902 06. In a few minutes you should receive a text message with your ticket. During a ticket check, you should show the text to the inspector. Please note that you can only board the metro, tram or bus once you have received the text. Otherwise, you may have to pay a fine!

For more information on public transport in Prague, see the website of the Prague Transport Company. Information is available in English.

| Ticket validity period | Full adult fare from age 15 | Half price fare for seniors aged 60 to 64 |

| 30 minutes | CZK 30 | CZK 15 |

| 90 minutes | CZK 40 | CZK 20 |

| 24 hours | CZK 120 | CZK 60 |

| 72 hours | 330 CZK |