Card Terminals to Be Installed On All Prague Trams by Early 2019

Prague will catch up with cities like Ostrava and Karlovy Vary by giving tram passengers the option of paying fares by card Staff Jason Pirodsky

Written by StaffJason Pirodsky Published on 20.09.2018 08:00:05 (updated on 20.09.2018) Reading time: 1 minute

While Prague is often touted as one the greenest cities in Europe as well lauded for its efficient public transport system, in a number of ways it lags behind other Czech cities — particularly when it comes to the ease of purchasing fares on public transport.

That could change if the city’s public transport company (DPP) makes good on its promise to install credit card terminals in all trams servicing the Czech capital. 

Last week, DPP announced that an estimated 900 self-service terminals would be placed in trams by February; fares can currently be purchased via card payment only on trams 18 and 22.

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Each tram will have a terminal located at the middle door (trams with double carriages will have two machines). Passengers will be able to board without tickets if they plan to buy them via the machine, which prints tickets. 

In some Czech cities, including Ostrava, Karlovy Vary, and Liberec, the card payment option has been operating on trams for a while.

Last week in Prague public transport news, the newly updated Lítačka metro pass, set up to allow passengers to conveniently pay for and validate fares online, was plagued by user reports of problems with registering on the website and paying for coupons.

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