The Prague Metro Ticket Machines
The same Prague metro ticket is used on all parts of the public transport system except “park and ride”. They are sold from the yellow machines in metro stations and major bus stops or from news stands or from the City Transport Authority Information Offices. These machines are being converted to accommodate an “English” option but in order to get a Prague metro ticket you still have to know how to use the machines.
At this point you should know what you want i.e.
Short duration 30 minute ticket
Longer duration 60 minute ticket
One Day Pass
Three Day Pass
Old Machine (Mechanical)
If you only want the tickets and you are using an old-style mechanical ticket machine then watch the YouTube Video https://youtu.be/ivK4d9OH34c which walks you through the process. Have fun.
New Machine (Touch-screen)
The way you buy the ticket is described on the How to Use a Touch-Screen Ticket Machine.
Whether you buy a ticket from a shop or a machine, you first select the Prague metro ticket tariff which applies to your journey requirement i.e. adults will have the choice of CZK24 for journeys of less than 30 minutes or the CZK32 option for more than 30 minutes. Look for the corresponding button on the machine. If you want more tickets then press the button more times.
This is a 4 zone Prague metro ticket that you buy in a shop really only used for longer journeys. Ticket is valid for the fare zones “P”, “O” and “B” (central Prague with “P” counting as 2 zones and extending out 20km i.e. past the airport) and can be used in central Prague for 60 minutes (90 minutes outside the centre) from validation. You may change between all types of transportation and even return as long as you complete your journey within the time limit. This ticket is also valid on trains within the Prague Integrated Transport system (PIT).
YOU NEED THIS TICKET IF YOU ARE:
1) An adult travelling on any combination metro, bus or tram in Prague with a journey time of more than 30 minutes but less than 90 minutes.
2) An adult travelling on the night-tram system.
This is a 3-zone Prague metro ticket that you buy in a shop which allows travel on trams and buses and has a duration of 30 minutes when used in central Prague (or 60 minutes outside of Prague). Again you can stay on the system until the time limit is reached.
YOU NEED THIS TICKET IF YOU ARE:
1) Starting your journey outside of the “P” area (that’s outside of the metro area i.e. start on bus or tram) and staying outside of this area and completing your journey in less than 60 minutes.
2) An adult travelling within the central Prague area “P” completing your journey in less than 30 minutes.
3) An adult travelling one-way on the Ujezd-Petrin funicular.
SMS Option – Czech SIM Card
DPP offers an sms Prague metro ticket service but it is only for people with a SIM card issued by a Czech mobile operator. The procedure uses 2 sms messages and works as follows:
For a CZK32 ticket, send the message “DPT” to 9020632 (no country code required) i.e. DPT (don’t send it in “” quotes).
After two minutes you receive an sms with your 32kc authorisation and it is validated at the time of receiving so in peak times you now have 90 minutes to complete your journey (it covers central Prague P/0/B areas i.e. as far out as the airport). Note: this is valid for one person. TIP: check the battery-life on your phone first. This also works for the CZK24 ticket (9020624) and the one day ticket (90206110).
Before entry to any DPP transport the ticket must be stamped (note the pre-validated section below). On the tram and bus the stamping machine is generally by the door. In the metro it’s before you go down the stairs or escalator etc. You’ll find a yellow box with a “credit card sized” slot. Put the ticket in with the blank end facing up and in the machine. You should hear a “stamp” and the details of the station are imprinted on the ticket. Always check to make sure the stamp is ok and if not, try another stamping box.
The exception to the above is if you buy a prevalidated ticket. You would buy this using a contactless credit/debit card from a special ticket dispenser either at a metro station or on some tram lines. In this case you select the correct tariff of CZK24, CZK32 or CZK110 (day pass) and the ticket issued is pre-validated with date/time so no need to stamp it. Again this is shown and described on the guide to How to Use a Touch-Screen Ticket Machine.