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Inspectors of Prague Public Transport Scares Foreign Travellers

The good reputation of Prague is not only harmed by dishonest taxi drivers and pickpocket gangs, but surprisingly also by ticket controllers on public transport. Quite often visitors to Prague are forced to pay an extra ‘tourist tax’ because of their lack of knowledge of local rules in public transport. Generally tourists are not aware that tickets must be punched, for example after entering a tram.

Prague public transport inspectors like to check foreign tourists precisely because on many occasions they are not aware that their ticket must be punched. Information provided on the purchased ticket is not very easy to understand, and unless you have been well informed, it is easy to get confused how to properly use the tickets.

Tickets must then be validated at the entrance gates to underground stations, or similarly in the little orange boxes you see hanging on poles in buses and trams. The reason you won’t see too many local people validating tickets is that thay possess a long term pass.

The Prague public transport authorities deny all accusations that the ticket system is not easy to understand, and claim that everything is quite straightforward. Czechtourism, and even the Public Transport Company, constantly register complaints from foreign visitors regarding the inspectors. Those complaints have one thing in common – all highlight that controllers are very rude. According to local law, inspectors have the right to call the police if you fail to provide a valid ticket and they can force you to wait for the police. Also, be aware that some bus, tram and metro routes (including bus 119 from the airport and tram 22 to Prague Castle), where tourists are likely to be travelling, are more frequently checked by inspectors. Some dishonest inspectors prey on those visitors because they are an easy way to get some extra money, by not providing a receipt if a tourist pays the fine (which is very common). Sometimes they will give you the option to pay a smaller fine if you pay on the spot and do not ask for a receipt. On many occasions tourists do not know their rights and rather pay the fine than become involved in this problem.

Inspectors of Prague Public Transport

For your own safety, read our article about public transport tickets. Never show anyone your ticket unless it is an inspector showing an official identification badge. There have been reports of ticket controller scams in the past; such fake inspectors asked for a wallet or passport and thus manage to steal money from the victim.

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2 comments

  1. Today on April 23,2016 at Florance metro two very rude, abnoxious and scary inspectors approached us and asked for ticker, we showed our ticket and they said this is not right we should have bought 24 known not 18 crown we only needed one stop and had our time. They scared us talked a lot of BS and took 1600 or owns from us fine800 each. You were disgusting and threatening. If we had no flight to catch we would take you to the police station you are robbers 800% fine????

  2. I just want to inform you that this afternoon we were stopped by the metro controllers at Republiky station for buying the wrong ticket and for not having a passport us. One of them said that he was going to have arrested which made my 8 year old son crying. He also shouted at us and pushed us. Only when my wife paid him 800 kch he let us go. I went to the reception of my hotel and asked the receptionist to come with me and confront that guy. Instead he pushed the two of us out and told me that if I don’t disappear he would call the police again. He refused to give me his name and was very threatening. Is that an acceptable behaviour? I approached a police van on the square and they refused to do anything. They could not care. Can you do something about it? Thank you, Sylvie

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