Prague Metro Information
Technologically advanced but rich in history, the Prague metro is predominantly a completely automatic metro network which began operations way back in the year, 1974. The rapid transit runs on 3 lines, serving 61 stations in total. The extension of the metro with the construction of a new line all-together has been approved off recently. It is the Prague Transport Company who are responsible for managing the operations of this extremely busy network. With an annual ridership north of 500 million, it was considered the 5th busiest metro network in Europe.
Prague Metro Map
Map of Prague Metro showing various lines and stations of the Prague Metro System in Czech Republic.
Interactive Map of Prague Metro
Prague Metro Hour
The metro begins operations at around 04:00-05:00 am in the morning and runs till midnight generally. The frequency of the trains however, differ with the day and the time of the day as well. The headway of trains range between 4-10 minutes.
For information with regard to the timetable of the trains, along with the line specification, you can visit the official website at: http://spojeni.dpp.cz/ZjrForm.aspx?cl=E5
Prague Metro Tickets and Fare
The metro stations are patrolled by ticket inspectors who can check the ticket validity at any given time. Before the passengers enter the metro platform, they must buy and validate their tickets. Depending on their needs, the passengers can buy a 1 day, 3 days, short term (30 minutes) or a basic (90 minutes) ticket. Passes are also available with varying validity, like a monthly pass, quarterly pass, 90 day pass, 5 month, 10 month and a year pass. These tickets and passes are available to senior citizens at discounted rates.
A basic ticket (90 minute) costs 32 CZK for an adult and 16 CZK for a child/senior citizen. While a short term (30 minute) ticket costs 24 CZK for an adult and 12 CZK for a child/senior citizen. The price for a one-day ticket is set at 110 CZK for an adult and 55CZK for children and senior citizens respectively. A very useful and popular choice among tourists, the three day ticket is available at a uniform rate of 310 CZK.
The monthly pass costs 550 CZK for an adult, and is made available to juniors and Students at a discounted rate of 260 CZK. Similarly senior citizens can avail it at 250 CZK. A 5 month pass costs 2450 CZK for adults, 1200 CZK for juniors and students and 1100 CZK for seniors.
In 2013, the metro also introduced a mobile application called SEJF, for the purchase of tickets. However, discounted tickets cannot be purchased via this application.
Children under the age of 6 and senior citizens above the age of 70 can make use of the metro service for free. There is a special fee that is charged for carrying luggage and dogs as well. The luggage ticket is available at 16 CZK, while the same rate is applicable while carrying dogs in carriers. However, on the AE line, it’s slightly more expensive carrying a dog (30 CZK). If you aren’t using a carrier or something for a dog, it too can use the metro for free.
For more information on the fares, tickets and cards, you can visit the official website at: http://www.dpp.cz/en/fares-in-prague/
Prague Metro Parking
The passengers of the Prague Metro can make use of the park and ride facilities that it has to offer from 04:00 am in the morning, till 01:00 am. However, the parking space provided can be used for a maximum stretch of 12 hours and not more. The parking ticket for one full day is 20 CZK.
For more information with regard to the park and ride facilities offered by the metro, you can visit the official website at: http://www.dpp.cz/en/p-r-facilities/
Prague Metro Rules and Tips
Most of the metro stations are large but are well signposted. The stations also provide a park and ride facility, where the riders can park their vehicles for a fee and ride the metro. Bicycles can also be transported on the metro, ferries and furnicular to Petřín, but only during the designated times. Small pets can also be transported inside small hand held cages. Children upto 6 years of age can travel free.
Prague Metro Lines
Prague Metro has three lines and each line are represented by different color and signs. In total there are 61 stations and most of them are built underground. All the three lines meet in the center of the city and the deepest station is Namesti Miru.
● Line A (green line) – Prague Metro Line A was opened to the public in 1978 and the length of the route is 17.1 km. Line A covers 17 stations and it runs from east to west from Depo Hostivar to Nemocnice Motol. Prague metro is planning to extend the line towards Motol by 2014.
● Line B (yellow line)– Prague Metro Line B runs from east to west serving 24 stations. The metro route is 25.6 km long and the metro train runs between Cerny Most and Zlicin. Some parts of line B run through glass tunnels above the ground. On the B line, metro station Narodni Trida has been closed for 2 years and the nearest alternative station is Mustek.
● Line C (red line) – Prague Metro Line C was opened in 1974 and the length of the route is 22.4 km. Line C serves 20 stations and the metro runs from north to south. Line C metro train runs between Letnany and Haje.
The Prague metro is planning to have two more lines, Line D and Line E. Line D will be connecting city center and other parts of Prague and Line E would have a circle line.
Prague Metro Resources
- Prague Metro on Wikipedia
- Official Website of Prague Metro
Photo of Prague Metro station – Dejvická CC BY-SA