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The summer is around the corner, and if you plan on travelling around in the Czech Republic or  elsewhere in Europe by train, it may be a good idea to sign up for the In-Karta with Ceske Drahy.   Because I recently moved to Vienna, I have signed up for an IN25 card (with Rail Plus), which gives me a 25% discount on all of my regular tickets and returns.  All I have to do is show my card when I purchase my ticket and again when the conductor checks for tickets on the train.  I paid a total of 990 Kc, for a three year card.

There are different types of programs you can sign up for: N25, IN 50, IN 100, IN senior, IN junior or IN business application has been recorded where you can purchase discounted reservations for SC Pendolino trains.  The cool thing about an InKarta is also, that it allows you to use it as an electronic wallet and charge it up with money, and then purchase your tickets around the Czech Republic at the vending machines or the ticket office – and you get a bonus for utilizing this function.  If you are living in the Czech Republic, you also have many other discounts available to you on public transport and event cultural events.

Overview of In-karta card discounts

IN 25 (Cost depends on your age and how many years you want to purchase it for, check here, you will pay 150Kc for a year if you are 15-26 yrs old) is intended for all passengers, including children, students who take the train regularly to school or work. It is also worthwhile for frequent travel. With an In-karta IN 25, passengers receive a 25% discount on one-way, return and commuter tickets (in weekly, monthly and quarterly variants), and a discount on SporoTiket Česko and ČD Promo tickets, and discount on reservations for SC trains as well.

IN 50 (Cost depends on your age and how many years you want to purchase it for, check here – you will pay 1,300 Kc for a year if you are 15-26 yrs old) is suitable mainly for regular trips by youth from 15 to 26 years of age and adults, with a special price for pensioners. With an In-karta IN 50, passengers receive a 50% discount on one-way and return tickets, a 25% discount on commuter tickets, and a discount on SporoTiket Česko and ČD Promo tickets, and discount on reservations for SC trains as well.

IN 100 (Cost is 22K per yr, 45K for 2 yrs, 67K for 3 yrs, more here)
is intended for regular travel with a higher level of comfort. Without having to purchase additional travel documents, passengers are entitled to unlimited travel on ČD trains in 1st or 2nd class, a discount on reservations and tickets to destinations abroad (with the RailPlus discount), discount on reservations for SC trains, the option to transport one piece of oversized luggage free of charge, free travel on Airport Express connections, and free use of the ČD cableway at Ještěd.

IN business
is a version of the IN 100 discount (without RailPlus) suitable for corporate clients. The card is issued to the company (not to an individual), is transferable and helps resolve issues surrounding business trips.

IN senior
is intended for passengers over 70 years of age. With the IN senior discount, passengers need not purchase any additional travel documents for travel on local (Os) and limited-stop (Sp) trains. For journeys on fast (R) trains and higher-category trains, passengers can take advantage of a 50% discount off the regular fare or the return fare, 25% discount off the commuter tickets and a discount on SporoTiket Česko and ČD Promo tickets, and discount on reservations for SC trains as well.

If you plan on travelling abroad the Czech Republic and you apply for the In Karta, you must be sure to let them know at the ticket office, as you can only get discounts on international travel with the Rail Plus option.  It just means you need to purchase your discount for a longer period of time, rather than just a 3 months period for example.  So for the IN25 discount that I got, I had to sign up for 3 years, which totaled at 990 KC, still very much worth it.

More details about the In Karta can be found here.  Whether you decide to purchase the discounts or not, be safe and bon voyage – or shall I say šťastnou cestu!

PRE energy company has prepared an exhibition, at their Jungmannova Street location, of new electric bikes.  In addition, they have moved their rental bike station there from the old one that was located at Mánes.  They started their rental program last year in June and saw great interest so the program will expand.

The selection consists of 12 bike models that are ideal for getting around Prague. Currently, there are 10 PRE charging stations around the city.  You can view the locations here.   There will be about 22 charging stations in Prague. The first new charging stations will be in Výstaviště Holešovice and then one in Prague 22 and Prague 13. PRE is working with Shopping centers around the city to set up new stations.

Charging Station

The PREkolo (PREbike) is available to tourists to see the city as well as PRE customers who can receive a discount by just showing identification and a PRE invoice no more than a year old.  Currently PRE customers have 50% discount. Prague’s hilly terrain is difficult for an untrained cyclist but the electric bikes make it possible for anyone to enjoy the city on a bike.  The PREkolo will easily get you up the Petřín Hill and can also get you from the Dancing House to the Prague Castle in 15 minutes.

You can rent the bike to tour the city, run errands or just go on a leisure ride.  The website has some recommended routes you can explore.  The website is only in Czech for now but I am sure you can get the gist of it with the help of Google translate.

There are about 30 electric charging stations around Prague.  The 10 PRE  charging locations will provide energy for free, the non-PRE stations are at about 110 crowns. Here is a map of all the charging stations around the Czech Republic.

 

PRE Rental Location:
Jungmannova 747/28 (Palác TeTa), 110 00 Praha 1
GPS coordinates: 50°4’55.308″N, 14°25’21.036″E
www.prekolo.cz 

Reservation form in English can be found here.

The Transport Company of Prague (DPP) prepared in cooperation with the Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek and VOŠ, an all day multi-genre concert ‘Tune in the Metro’, for all passengers to enjoy on April 18th in the Prague Metro.  Patron of the event is the Mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda.

Below is the schedule and locations of the bands.

 

06.00 Rajská zahrada: Guitar duo (Latin)
07.00 Budějovická: Jazz quartet (Bebop)

08.00 Luka: Flute quartet (Contemporary)
08.00 Dejvická: Saxophone quartet (Contemporary)
09.00 Budějovická: Guitar quartet (Classical
10.00 Florenc: String Orchestra (Musicals)
10.00 Muzeum: Musical set (Musicals)
11.00 Kobylisy: Brass Ensamble (Folk)
12.00 Malostranská: Guitar duo (Baroque)
13.00 Florenc: Big band KJJ (Swing)
14.00 Vltavská: String Orchestra (Musicals)
14.00 Hradčanská: Musical set (Musicals)
15.00 Florenc: Big band VOŠ (Swing)
16.00 Muzeum: Jazz quartet (Jazz)
17.00 Můstek: Lab band KJJ (Swing)
18.00 Vltavská: Choir DP (Contemporary)
18.00 Anděl: Flute quartet (Contemporary)
18.00 Smíchov. nádr.: Saxophone quartet (Contemporary)
19.00 Můstek: Tritonus Priest (Pop, Jazz)
20.00 Florenc: Excite (Rock)
21.00 Muzeum: Nano Illussions (Soul)
22:00 Můstek B: Trumpet Q (Jazz, Swing, Funk)

Public Transport in Prague

August 18th, 2011 | Posted by Klaraz in Paul | Transit and Transport - (Comments Off)

If you’ve ever lived, worked or travelled in a major European city such as London or Paris, then the state of public transport in Prague will come as something of a shock. In contrast to it’s bigger European cousins, it’s reliable and cheap!. You can catch buses, trams and the metro with ease and with the aid of a travel map, freely available from many metro stations you’ll soon get the hang of it. The announcement/display systems are also good, meaning  it’s pretty hard to get lost.

Make sure you validate all tickets on the transport system, this means push your ticket into the yellow box that’s on the hand rails dotted around buses and trams or if your using the metro, the boxes you walk past on ground level before you even go downstairs and get to the platform.

But, if you’re planning to stay long-term you’ll save loads of money and hassle if you apply for an Open Card. It is an electronic card that allows you to access a number of public services here in Prague. The most important one is public transport. You top it up monthly or buy a six month or annual ticket which then allows you to travel on the metro, trams and buses within the city.  The card also acts as a library card, allows you to pay for parking in the city and offers  discounts at some restaurants and other places around the city.

If you’re wondering how to apply for an Open Card?

Get yourself onto opencard.cz and by clicking the word ‘English’ in the top right hand corner of the page, you can follow the links to apply for your very own Open Card.

You will need to print off an application form (all in Czech I’m afraid) and find someone who can help you complete it, or, if you’ve been studying hard, complete it yourself and take it with two recent passport photos to WHERE?  You will then be sent your very own card within 2-3 weeks.  Then simply remember to top it up at a metro station ticket office WHERE and you’re good to travel, but don’t forget that when it runs out you’ll still have to renew your ticket to be valid!

Finally, a word of warning. If you are thinking of skipping getting a ticket, don’t bother. Tram inspectors in Prague can issue an on the spot CZK 700 fine. The tram inspectors do not wear uniforms, so you won’t spot them until it’s too late. They carry official badges to identify themselves.

Two sites you might will find useful are

www.dpp.cz – A website which allows you to plan your journeys on tram, metro or bus – Easily navigable and available in English

www.mapy.cz A website which allows you to navigate Prague and the wider Czech Republic

Public Transit in Prague

March 16th, 2011 | Posted by Klaraz in Klara | Transit and Transport - (Comments Off)

One of the many benefits living in Prague is the great public transportation.  No matter what area of town you find yourself in, most likely there is a metro, tram or bus stop just a block away.  About two thirds of Prague’s population relies on the public transportation system on a daily basis.  Although I do have a car, most places located in the city are much more convenient and quicker by public transit.

There are many ways to purchase a ticket, which has a time limit and is valid for all forms of transport (metro, tram and bus).  A basic adult transfer ticket is 26 Kč and are valid for 75 minutes.  You can also buy a 18 Kč ticket when you are not transferring but it is valid for shorter time period.  A list of all fares is listed here.  For someone that uses public transportation on everyday basis it is beneficial to purchase the opencard. With the opencard you can also receive discounts on entrance to the zoo, botanical gardens, theater, etc.

Here is a list of several convenient places to buy a ticket:

  • Ticket dispensers are located at all metro station and some located at more busy bus and tram stops.  You can find specific location here
  • In information centers of Prague Public Transit Company or in a trafika (corner stores)
  • Send a text message from your mobile phone.  This is the option that I use most often.  All you need to do is text DPT to 902 06 26. Within a minute you will receive a text message back, which serves as your ticket.  You can only do this if you have a Czech SIM card.  Also, you only have the option of buying the 26 Kč ticket
  • You can also buy it from bus drivers but the cheaper ticket is not available.  I only use this option when desperate, a lot of the times the bus driver is pretty annoyed

Getting around Prague using the city’s public transit system couldn’t be easier.  If you have some free time to explore the city, it is worth jumping on tram #12 or #22.  They both take you on a very beautiful scenic route.

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