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Sunday 26 February 2012

Public Transport in Prague

Prague has one of the most efficient and cleanest public transport systems in European cities, surpassing those I have experienced in London, Paris or Rome. Even though some of the tram cars are old, they are very well maintained and still running around the cities like vintage vehicles; adding historical values to this already very beautiful city.

Taking trams and transferring between Metro trains are very convenient. One ticket serves all kinds of public transport as long as the duration for the type of ticket purchased is not exceeded.

In Prague, trans are never out of sight on the streets. This means that they are very frequent, taking passengers from one point to another seamlessly.

Sometimes, one may just pass through a small lane where you have never expected it. I mostly took the trams in Prague to travel short distances as the stations are nearer to the places I wanted to visit.

For longer distance travel around the city, I prefer to go underground. Whenever I told my friends that public transport in Prague is very clean, they will raise their eyebrows in disbelief. Well, can you see a tiny bit of rubbish on the platform of this Metro station?

The cleanliness of the Metro stations may rival those in Singapore which are always of the highest rank. Even the tunnel walls are well finished with nice architectural or art features.

The Metro trains are frequent and well on schedule. If one is too crowded, you can always wait for the next one which is only minutes away.

The cleanliness of the Metro train cars is also top notch, granting the passengers very comfortable ride. I think most of the western European cities have something to learn from this humble eastern European city in this respect.

I like to take public transport in the cities that I visit. It is not only cheap but I get to see the local life as well. The cleanliness and comfort in Prague's public transport made my days.

There are many types of tickets available. The cheapest being the 18-CZK ticket which entitles 20-minute ride on trams or 30-minute ride on Metro trains with 5 transfers. The 100-CZK ticket entitles 24-hour validity on any public transport after validation on the little yellow machine. There is another type of ticket which has 72-hour validity at a cost 330 CZK for one adult and one child. The most expensive being the 120-hour ticket at 500 CZK, also valid for an adult with a child.

1 comment:

ekhlas said...

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