I received "Welcome to Prague tips" from the Naked Tour Guide after I signed up for the Bright & Early Tour. The tips mention that you can now get the PID Litacka App for your phone and buy electronic tickets and day passes for the buses in Prague. I did download the app and it looks like I can purchase tickets for me and my husband together but I wondered if anyone has used it that can share some information on it? Can I purchase it now and activate it when I get there in October? Can it be used on both the trams and buses? If you used the electronic ticket on your phone, did you find it easier than the pass/paper tickets? Thanks for your help!
The ticket is valid for all forms of transport - tram, metro, bus, funicular railway, river ferry.
I suppose the three advantages of electronic tickets are: you don't need coins to buy a ticket from a vending machine, you can buy an electronic ticket anywhere at any time, and it's one less thing to lose.
I don't see in point in buying a ticket you. You still have plenty of time.
Marcus is right. You cannot lose your electronic ticket unless you lose your smart phone. Why would you buy that ticket now? What if something happens and you won't fly there. You can buy it anytime even few minutes or seconds before you board public transport.
Thanks to everyone for your responses! I hated to buy the pass without more information. I will (try to) hold off buying it until closer to the date! I'm just one of those people who like to have everything lined up early! The nice thing is most things are paid for spread out over the months before you go so you don't come home from your trip with all the charges at once! Marcus - Thanks for the tips you sent. Looking forward to your tour (which is already lined up and paid for the end of October! LOL!).
Joyce you will enjoy the Bright and Early tour with Marcus, i did it almost 2 years ago and it was great, Marcus is a lovely guy too .
You can also buy tram and bus tickets at local spots and some hotels/hostels. The machine in the main station does require coins but there are lots of places to buy a snack or refreshing drink and then get the change. There are grocery stores, sandwich spots, and coffee shops in the train station. Our hotel had tram tickets we just got from them. If you're going to be there for 2-4 days, sometimes their multi-day passes are more economical. Just make sure you stamp your tram ticket when you get in the tram or go down to the metro. Fines are imposed and expensive. I like this site that has great Prague transportation information -http://www.myczechrepublic.com/prague/transportation.html.
Would the app work for me even though I plan to keep my phone in airplane mode and use wifi only? Like, I could buy a ticket ahead of time when I have wifi and then have it downloaded on my phone for offline use? Is that possible? I like the idea of being able to use a credit card instead of cash. My sister and I will be in Prague in June. Thank you.
Yes, that is exactly how the app works. You can buy the ticket ahead of time and then activate it when you want to use it. It is really very simple.
Dana - Thanks for sharing the website for public transportation. I was trying to figure out the best way to get from the Airport to the Hotel Hastal. We usually try to take the buses from the airport - this will help me figure it out!
Joyce easy by Public transport. Take the 119 bus from the Airport to Nadrazi Veleslavin (Last Stop) and then on to the 26 tram to the Dlouha Trida stop ,that's the one just after you cross the river. Then it is a short walk to the Hotel Hastel.
Thank you, Unclegus! That does look easy enough! Do you know if the 3 day travel pass covers the route from the airport or if I would need a separate ticket since the airport is a ways out of Prague?
I think I figured out most of the Prague portion of my trip now. Waiting for the release of Rick Steves' new Vienna and Budapest books to be released in the next couple months to plan the rest ... But I'll be on the travel forum daily for all the experiences and advice shared on this forum! Thanks to everyone for sharing!
The whole city including the airport is in the same zone, so there's no need for extra tickets. The only exception is the AE bus - it needs an extra ticket.
Yes, the 3 day pass, better said 72 hour pass covers the trip from the airport. Pass is valid for subway, street car, trolleybus, bus, funicular up to Petrin. You stamp the pass for your first ride and then the pass is valid for 72 hours.
yes,as the others have said, just remember to stamp your ticket on the first bus,no need to stamp it after that
I was just in Prague and used public transport to get from the airport to where I could walk to the Hotel Hastal. It was pretty easy. The Honest Guide on YouTube has a video on exactly this topic which I recommend viewing before you go. Have fun, Prague is wonderful.
Thanks, ponygirl813! I'm loving the Honest Guide videos! I would definitely recommend them to anyone going to Prague!