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Every day, thousands of people are strategically and punctually transported around the great city of Prague, Czech Republic. Respected as one of the most sophisticated operations throughout Europe, the Prague Public Transportation Company has been systematically moving people around Prague and beyond for more than a century.

It all started on September 1st 1897 when Electrical Utilities of the King’s city of Prague commenced activity. The company operated public transport services and produced electricity. On January 1st 1949, after many name changes and adjustments in business strategies, the Prague Public Transportation Company was created. In the ensuing years, more changes would take place. This was a result of political and economical issues taking place across Europe. Between September 1905 and August 1936, the company developed tram, bus and trolley services to shuttle people around the city. The technology was un-polished and there were frequent mechanical issues that shut the services down from time to time. On May 9th 1974, work began on the first Metro line in Prague and on November 2nd 1985, the basic work was completed.

Prague’s public transportation system is considered a world class operation for many reasons. Its design is simple however extremely precise in its execution. Locals and foreigners glide across the city on time and with ease. Buses, trams, and metro lines arrive at their destinations frequently and on time. Connections are made simple within each line of transportation through ought Prague. Outbound connections to the airport, coach buses and regional rail trains are also accessible with ease. This makes traveling through the Czech Republic and neighboring countries very simple.

Even though the public transportation system is very straight forward, it can be confusing for any first time user. If ever unsure of how to reach a destination, all one has to do is find the nearest metro station, bus or tram stop and find one of the closest connection points on the map. Mustek, Muzeum and Florenc are intersecting metro transfer stations. All buses and trams will stop at one or more of these locations. I.P. Pavlova is another easy transfer location to look out for because many buses and trams have stops here.

Buses and trams run all day and night however after midnight, some of the day time services stop so catching a night bus or tram is the way to go. The last trains in the metro station leave the dock at midnight and usually reach their final destination within 30 minutes. Day time services for buses, trams and metro lines start between 4-5 am respectively. If all else fails, Taxi services are available through ought Prague however this tends to be a much more expensive option.

Fares for buses, trams and metro lines are very affordable. Tickets can be purchased in metro stations as well as public transportation offices. Options include short term, one day or a 3 day ticket. Short term tickets last 30-90 minutes and cost 16-32 CZK depending on age, student discounts are available as well. Transportation passes can be purchased as well and are a great idea for those who use the service daily. They can be purchased for periods of one month- one year and are priced between 550 CZK-4750CZK. The price for the pass is also discounted based on age and student status. Even though public transportation in Prague is affordable, lots of people opt not to pay for a ticket. They bypass the ticket booths and machines, entering the buses, trams and metro lines for free. While most probably never get caught, the penalty for those who do is steep. Transit police sweep their way through all facets of the transportation system. If they are in uniform they can be easy to spot but often they are in plain clothes and you wouldn't recognize them from any other traveler. The price for not having a valid ticket or pass is 1000CZK in cash. A trip to a cozy jail cell will be the next stop for individuals who don’t have the funds immediately available. Foreigners who run in to this problem also risk deportation.

The Prague Public Transportation Company has revolutionized the way people travel in the Czech Republic. The company’s wisdom and organization have blazed a path for greatness. Few may have expected this after all the social and political turmoil this country has had to deal with. The people of Prague’s streamlined mobility are a direct result of passionate engineers and smart business men. As an organization, The Prague Public Transportation Company’s sophistication is matched only by its simplicity and together these two qualities make it a one of a kind experience for travelers in Prague.

Author: Bruce Sloan

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Date of Listing: 23 February 2015, 20:11:29

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