Prague Tips for the Over 60s
I’ve given “70 or over” senior discounts at https://www.livingpraguetours.com since it started plus with my easy pace and attitude I do get a lot of over-60s on the tours. So I wanted to write a post for anybody to read what discounts and offers may be available in Prague for people aged 60 or over and I’ll be adding to this as time goes by.
Details are currently at https://pid.cz/en/discounts/#senior but note on the English language page in the 60-65 section it shows 60-70 can travel for discounted price. This is a typo. The options are explained below:
What is a PID Card and Where Do I Get One?
If at the time of your trip to Prague you are aged 60 to 69 then the free/discounted public transport options require you to make a quick trip to a DPP office and here’s a list of DPP Office locations http://www.dpp.cz/en/list-of-info-centres/ (I prefer Mustek but you’ll find you can do this at the airport or train station up to 9-30pm). You need 1) Your passport and 2) a separate passport-sized photo. At the DPP office you present your passport and photo. After a short time you’ll receive a laminated card which costs CZK20 (at the time of writing). This is now your local ID Card and you’ll keep it with you all the time.
You Are Aged 60 to 64
If you are aged 60 to 64 then you get discounted Prague public transport travel. Refer to the PID Card section above but in this case you then buy a discounted travel pass (usually a month pass is CZK138 which is much cheaper that the usual CZK550 and to put it in perspective a 24 hour pass is currently CZK120 so you are basically getting a month for not much more than I would pay for a day). You do not need to carry your passport as the “PID Card” acts as a valid ID and you keep both the PID Card and the travel pass with you at all times. Alternatively if you have the PID card you can use the discounted tariff on ticket machines i.e. for a day pass that usually costs CZK120 you can buy the CZK60 version.
You Are Aged 65 to 69
If you are aged 65 to 69 then you get free Prague city public transport travel so long as you are carrying an EU National ID Card, an EU Resident permit or your Passport. If you do not wish to carry any of these documents with you then you have the option of buying the PID card explained earlier. NOTE that a Driving Licence is NOT valid ID. There are one or two limitations i.e. if you have large luggage like a suitcase then you are still required to buy a luggage ticket (CZK20 at the time of writing). Also this does NOT apply to the Airport Express which although listed as a DPP service it is NOT public transport. This also gives you discounted travel on local Prague “PID” trains.
You Are Aged 70 or Over
If you are aged 70 or over then if you are a non-EU citizen and you carry your passport with you then you get free Prague city public transport. If you are an EU Citizen/Resident then you have the option of using your Passport, National ID card or National Resident Permit (note that a driving licence is NOT a valid form of ID). There are one or two limitations i.e. if you have large luggage like a suitcase then you are still required to buy a luggage ticket (CZK20 at the time of writing). Also this does NOT apply to the Airport Express which although listed as a DPP service it is NOT public transport. This also gives you free travel on local Prague “PID” trains.
In Prague a “Senior” discount normally kicks in aged 65. In all cases you will be asked for proof of age at the time of buying a product and in some cases when you are redeeming a product. In most cases it’s up to 50% discount but some are even more generous. Strangely the Jewish Museum does NOT offer a senior discount. Examples of Senior Discounts include:
Seniors aged 70 or over get a discount on my own Prague Walking Tours.
The Prague Castle English Language webpages don’t go out of their way to tell you this but, at the time of writing, if you are aged 70 or over then if you present your National ID document or Passport at the Castle ticket office then you have FREE entry to the historic buildings, Prague Picture Gallery and a Castle exhibition. To see if this is still available go to the Castle Tickets page and click on the Admission to Prague Castle Premises PDF. Scroll down to the “Free Admission” section and it will say “Seniors 70+ Inclusive. You still have to queue to get the free ticket.
National Theatre https://www.narodni-divadlo.cz/en/news/the-national-theatre-for-seniors-en which has a general 50% discount for 65 and over plus they offer special senior tickets for specific performances.
National Gallery https://www.ngprague.cz/ (45% Discount on individual temporary exhibitions). Plus you can get the same discount on the general Permanent Exhibition entry which includes Convent of St Agnes, Trade Fair Palace, Sternberg Palace and Salm Palace.
Old Town Hall Museum and Tower (40% discount)
Charles Bridge Gate towers (30% discount)
Regiojet Bus Service https://www.regiojet.com/prices-and-tickets/75-percent-discount-for-students-and-seniors/ (75% Discount)