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Parents and Dogs Ride Free

Published on October 29th, 2015 in Basics

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As both a proud parent of a toddler and a pet owner – and regular user of Prague's public transport system – I was thrilled to hear about some big changes that will affect fares for both groups.

 

Earlier this summer, it was announced that parents of children under 3 years of age can now travel for free on trams, buses, and the metro (free fares are not applicable on trains or suburban bus lines).

 

One adult may now accompany one child under 3 on public transport without paying for an adult fare. You simply must be able to prove that your child is indeed under 3 should the inspector stop you.

 

 

Chloe's "proof of age" document (Opps! They got her birthday totally wrong!)

 

 

And while your child's passport will suffice as proof, if you don't want to carry it on you, a "proof of age" document is available for 20 CZK. Present your child's birth certificate or passport and a passport-sized photo at a Prague Integrated Transport (PID) info center and it is issued on the spot.

 

Fares for dogs – who formerly needed a ticket to travel via public transport – have also been scrapped and now those with a valid ticket are allowed to transport one four-legged friend free of charge.

 

If you are 65-70 you are also entitled to ride for free (though this is nothing new). Those who are 65+ need to obtain a senior ID card from a PID info center for 20 CZK (bring a passport photo). For the 70+ set, a passport alone works as proof of age though can you get the card if you don't wish to carry it with you. An added bonus: senior transport cards should work at Prague attractions in lieu of a passport for getting your senior discount!

 

 

 

Typically I find the info center at Muzuem to be the most conveniently located and English-friendly for visitors; for the time being this location is closed for renovations. The newly opened information center at Hlavní nádraží train station can provide services in English.

 

For more information about free fares in Prague visit: http://www.dpp.cz/en/fares-in-prague/.
 

 

 

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