Recently, one of our clients from Taiwan asked us if he can use his Brno transportation pass to travel to other parts of the Czech Republic. Based on that, we decided to clarify how it works in our country in terms of transportation and do a little comparison to several other countries.
As I am currently living in Brno, the city transportation system is different from other cities in the Czech Republic. Public transportation in Brno and in all parts of South Moravian Region is provided by Integrovaný dopravní systém Jihomoravského kraje IDS – JMK (the South Moravian Integrated Public Transport System). On the other hand, transportation in Prague, the capital city of the country, is handled by Dopravní podnik hl. m.Prahy (The Prague Public Transit Co).
I lived in Poland for more than two years in the city of Wroclaw. I was using Urban-card to travel within the city since there also people use a different travel pass for a different city.
In India, as original I am from New Delhi, we have a travel pass assigned to each city. I believe this is because the cities vary in their size and the cost of living. In Delhi, the transportation system is operated by Delhi tourism authority.
Whereas in Taiwan, iPASS (Taiwan)/The iPASS (Chinese: 一卡通) is a contactless smartcard operated by the iPASS Corporation. Both EasyCard and iPASS in Taiwan are accepted for virtually all public transport including KaohsiungMetro, Taipei Metro, buses and TRA. It also serves as an electronic wallet. That’s why our clients was confused and surprised by the system in the Czech Republic!