Public Transport in Pilsen: How Does it Work?

#LifeInCzechia Public transportation might seem like a jungle in every new city – but it doesn’t have to! Pilsen is perfectly accessible via trams, trolleybuses, and buses. And once you get used to it, you’ll easily use it every day in order to avoid traffic jams and save money on gas (especially with today’s prices). Want to know more? Let’s dive into the Pilsen public transport system together!

Pilsen tram and timetables (available at every tram/bus stop)

Paper Tickets

Paper tickets are non-transferable, which means that the ticket is only valid in the one vehicle where you use it. You must stamp it after entering the vehicle in the machine pictured below. You can buy paper tickets in almost any newsstand as well as many convenient stores, the ZOO, and other facilities (click here and then scroll down to see the full list).

 

Older machines for paper tickets

SMS Tickets

You will receive a text message (SMS) ticket approximately one minute after ordering. You may enter a the vehicle only after you have received the SMS ticket. The telephone number from which the SMS message is being sent must be registered in one of the Czech mobile networks (= starts with +420). 

To use this option, send the following code to the phone number 90206:

  • 35-min ticket: PMDP35M
  • 24-hour ticket: PMDP24H

 

In-transport Tickets

Most-commonly used option is purchasing your ticket directly in the vehicle. You can do so at the yellow terminal pictured below. You just click on the suitable time frame (30 mins, 60 mins, 3 hours, or 24 hours) and pay contactless either with your credit/debit card or the Pilsen Card. You must then keep the ticket on you for possible Transport/ticket inspection.

 

New machines for contactless ticket purchase

Pilsen Card

If you’re planning on living in Pilsen and using public transport almost everyday, you might be interested in getting a Pilsen Card. With this card, you can get student and senior discounts and buy a monthly/yearly subscription (so you don’t have to worry about tickets during every ride). You can also become a part of the Bonus program, which can get you discounts for many admission and other discounts. Learn more about the Pilsen card.

 

Ticket Prices

As you can see, there are different prices for each ticket option. The cheapest option is to pay in the vehicle via credit/debit card or the Pilsen card. 

Discounts

Free fare:

  • Children under 6 years of age
  • Children aged 6-15 – owners of the Pilsen Card with the activated right for the free tarif
  • Persons over 70 years of age
  • Disabled Status ID Card holders
  • Owners of Dr. Jan Janský gold medal – owners of the Pilsen Card with the activated right for the free tarif

Half-priced tickets:

  • 1 person accompanying a child under 6 years
  • children ages 6-15
  • with Pilsen Card only: retired under 65 years, senior citizens ages 65-70

For more information about discounts, visit the PMDP website.

Useful App: My PMDP

This app offers the latest transport information, shown simply and clearly. What can you find in the app you ask? Well, for example:

  • fastest connections, stop departures and favorite stops
  • offline timetables for stops
  • notifications of traffic accidents and any other events that may delay PMDP arrivals
  • a personalized-notification option
  • information on planned transport-system changes
  • an interactive map of PMDP stops and lines

and many other convenient features!

 

Download the app easily via the QR codes

 

For more information on transport in Czechia, read our article on the Czech transport system, and learn more about our services regarding assistance (e.g. for setting up a Pilsen Card or else) and airport transport.  

And if feel lost in the Czech Republic (not just transport-wise) Foreigners is here to make your stay in the country as pleasant as possible. We can help you with almost anything – from immigration matters to translations and apartment rentals. All you need to do is contact us.

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Photo Sources: pmdp.cz, unsplash.com
Article Sources: pmdp.cz, plzenskakarta.cz

Nicole Vaisová

Hello readers! My name is Nicole and I am working for Foreigners Pilsen. Besides my job, I love dancing, good food and traveling. Even though I am a Czech native, I have been living in the US for a while, so I know the struggle of being a foreigner, that's why I hope I will make your life easier by some of the posts. Enjoy!

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