Public transport

Tickets are available from many newsstands and tobacconists, ticket offices in the metro, and from automatic machines in the metro and at selected bus and tram stops. Single tickets cost from CZK 24 to CZK 32.

In Prague the CZK 32 tickets are valid for 90 minutes of unlimited travel. You may change between trams, buses, the metro and trains (in area of Prague) as you wish. You do not need to have a new ticket, regardless of how many times you change, until the time period runs out.  More on Prague Public Transit Co. Inc.

Validation of Single-Ride Tickets, Ticket Inspection: After boarding a bus, tram, or upon entering the metro, tickets must be date-stamped in order to make them valid. Your ticket is not valid without the time and date or without a specific code. All tickets, no matter whether you buy them in the underground or in a tobacco shop, have to be validated. Please use the yellow stamping machines.

The validity of tickets can be checked by the ticket inspectors of Dopravní podnik at any time during travel or stay in the Metro system. The ticket inspector is entitled to ask the passenger to produce his or her valid ticket, to confiscate invalid tickets, and to collect a penalty (1500 CZK, if paid at once 800 CZK) in case of travel without a valid ticket. In case of unpaid freight the inspector collects a penalty 200 CZK, which is reduced to 100 CZK, if it is paid on the spot or in the supplementary fare office of Dopravni podnik. To prove their identity, inspectors produce yellow-and-red badges. They issue receipts for the penalty amounts.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The Czech Republic’s currency is the Czech koruna or Czech crown (Kč / CZK). Despite being a member of the European Union, the Czech Republic has not adopted the euro yet. Notes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 CZK. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 CZK. There are numerous bureaux de change in Prague – in the city centre, as well as at Prague’s airport and major train and bus stations. After comparing the exchange rates on offer and finding the best deal don’t forget to ask about commission. A good tip is to ask how many Czech korunas you will receive in total after all charges have been deducted. Exchanging money in banks is also advisable. Current exchange rates can be found at www.cnb.cz.