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Using Prague Buses, Metro and Trams

Prague public transport is well integrated, efficient, effective, good value,
usually pleasant to use and operates to a very precise timetable.  But please read
our tips on avoiding international pickpockets.

Click here for details of how to use the Taxis
Click here for "Point-And-Go" A4 Taxi sheet - a simple practical guide to directing taxis.
Click here for details of mobile phone SIM card for easy taxi ordering
Click here for details of the IdyllicPrague personal chauffeur service.
Click here for details of how to use the Buses
Click here for details of how to purchase cheaper bus metro and tram tickets
Click here for photos of Prague Metro and purchasing metro/bus/tram tickets
Click here for the schedule of bus times from Cerny Vul to Prague.
Click here for details of how to use the Metro
Click here for details of how to use the Trams
Click here for the Prague transport web site. 
Click here for details of how to drive into Prague
Click here for details of Prague flights. 
Click here for details of subsidised collection from Prague Airport.


It is particularly convenient to buy 24hr tickets (currently 150kc adult, 75kc child)
that cover all Buses, trams, metro and trains within Prague, and are
even valid for the sight-seeing funicular railway!  Tickets can be purchased at
metro stations and at newsagent kiosks around Prague.  (Update 2008.  Prague
Metro have stopped printing 150kc tickets so they can only be obtained from
ticket dispensing machines.  Contact IdyllicPrague.com for details.) 
Single use tickets can be purchased from machines.  Single use and multiple
use tickets can be purchased from metro information offices and newsagent
kiosks and also from metro ticket clerks (look for a small glass window within
the metro station labelled "MHD").  It is possible to purchase a ticket by mobile phone.
It is also possible to order tickets from Z-Market see "Shopping".

(Note, better value tickets are available, but for these tickets you need a
metro photo id card, which is not intended for short stay tourists.)

Ticket dispensing machines in the metro stations are translated into English,
but can be confusing at first, which is one of the reasons that we strongly
recommend "multi-day" tickets. 

Having purchased your ticket, you need to validate the ticket by stamping it with the
date and time.  This is done by inserting the ticket into any one of the small
yellow machines which can be found inside Buses and at the entrance to the
metro stations, just before the escalators.  When you insert your ticket in the
machine, the machine will stamp the date and time on the top surface of
the ticket at the furthest point away from you.  So ideally the ticket should be
inserted in the machine the right way up and the right way around.  If you are
unsure there is usually a friendly traveller nearby who will be pleased to help.

The simplest standard bus/metro/tram ticket will take you 4 stops along the line,
if you want to go further than that you need to buy a more expensive ticket. 

If you want to take the bus from Cerny Vul and you do not have a ticket, get on
the bus and offer the driver some small change - the driver will take the correct
fare from you.  We have never had any problems with this approach.

When travelling back from Prague to Cerny Vul on the 316 or 356 Buses you
need a "Prague City ticket" and also a "Zone One" ticket.  If you do not have a
multi-use ticket, say "Černý Vůl" (pronounced Churney Vool) to the driver and offer
him some loose change and he will take the correct fare.


The Cerny Vul bus stop is a 5 minute walk from the house.  Walk past the
garden centre, cross the footbridge over the stream, and turn right past the
"Cernyho Vola" pub to the bus stop. (click on these links, or see the pictures at
the bottom of this page.)  Buses are very punctual, they rarely arrive more
than 2 minutes early or late.

Buses number 316 and 356 take 20 minutes to travel from Cerny Vul through fields
and forests into Prague.   The Buses terminate at "Dejvická" which is a bus and
metro terminus and main tram stop, and is a convenient point from which to access
any part of Prague centre. 

The 316 and 356 Buses leave from "Dejvická"
(Vitezne nam) which is the terminus of the metro
"A" Green line.  At "Dejvická" is a large roundabout. 
West South West of the "Dejvická" roundabout is
the Diplomat Hotel.  North West of "Dejvická" is open
park land.  North North West of "Dejvická" is an
open car park.  The bus stand for the 316 and 356
Buses is situated between the "Dejvická" roundabout
and the open car park.  Click here for photo.
Click here for a larger map of Dejvická. 
For more details, photos, background, history etc click here Dejvická


Prague metro is simple, efficient, effective, and usually
very pleasant to use.  Three intersecting metro lines are
labelled "A" (green) "B" (yellow) and "C" (red). 
"Dejvická" Metro Terminus of the "A" line is situated
"top left" (to the North West) of the Metro Map

The 3 lines cross in a small triangle in the centre
of Prague.  Changing from one line to another is
straight forward at any of the 3 intersection points.

Click here for photos of Prague Metro Stations.  The main tourist destinations on the metro are : -

"A" line Dejvická  Dejvice - your starting point (it means "Little Girl")
"A" line Hradčanská  Prague Castle
"A" line Malostranská  "Lesser Town" - embassy land below the Castle
"A" line Staromestka  Prague Old Town
"A" line Mustek  "Little Bridge" - the bottom end of Wenceslas Square
"A" line Muzeum  Museum - the top end of Wenceslas Square
"B" line Národní třída  Tesco and the National Theatre
"B" line Anděl  New modern Prague shopping centre
"B" line Zličín  Huge out of town shopping mall (West of Prague)
"B" line Černý Most  Huge out of town shopping mall (East of Prague)
"C" line Vyšehrad  The ancient castle said to have founded Prague


Children particularly love travelling on Prague trams.

It is possible to see a great deal of Prague from trams
and certain routes such as 22 and 26 are known for
providing good sightseeing for tourists.  The routes
do change from time to time though, so check that
you have the latest information.

Historical trams as much as 100 years old can be
hired for special occasions, such as weddings, but
are occasionally available for regular travel by the
general public.  The Tram Museum is also worth a visit.

The following pictures show the route from the Cottage to the bus stop:-

Click on the map below for an interactive map with zoom, aerial view etc