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Trams and meetup in Prague

Published Tue 02 October 2007 00:41 (+0200)
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Blueberry cheese = awesome
Blueberry cheese = awesome
I missed these guys!
I missed these guys!
Tiniest crackers EVER
Tiniest crackers EVER

So after arriving in Prague I get to do the fun part of any trip, which is figuring out how to use the local transport system.

Prague’s trams are much like trams in many European cities, but the first challenge is finding a machine to vend you a ticket – they don’t have them on the trams themselves. The second challenge is paying for the ticket – the machines (at least the ones by the main train station) accept only coins, which is pretty lame – helped out another group of tourists after I’d solved the puzzle for myself, and they would have needed about 8 of the biggest-denomination coin to make their trip! Also, remember to validate your ticket when you jump on board.

Finally, you have to work out which stop you want, and which stop the tram is pulling up to. This can be tricky; even the main train station didn’t have a proper street map with the tram stations named, and the stop names don’t (all, if any) correspond to the street they’re on.

In the end I had to do it by simply watching my GPS until I was approaching the right place and then jumping off (and then remembering for future reference what that tram stop was called). I'd suggest you just ask the hotel before you leave – ours did say in various things, but I hadn't noticed & written it down before travelling.

Oh, and the tram stuff isn't in English (for the most part). Still, just read the overhead LED sign on the tram to see what stop it is. They do announce it, but they also announce what the next stop is, so it’s easy to get confused – we got off a stop too early at least once.

Despite being reasonably frequent, the trams were universally full of people, at any of the times we tried them.

BTW, getting a 3-day ticket is probably a good move – it cost us about the same as it would have to buy individual tickets each time, but it saved a lot of time buying tickets and avoided the need to carefully keep coinage available. Your hotel will prolly sell you one of these (ours did).

Anyways… I eventually made it to the hotel, which was mercifully close to the tram stop, got checked in, and not long after Mary and Charles made it in from the airport, after a delayed flight.

Out came the blueberry cheese (I think my beloved cranberry Wendsleydale has a serious competitor!) and raspberry wine (hey, it was 2.50 EUR and close to hand when I realised I was late for my train) I grabbed from one of the brill Berlin uber-groceries before I left. We procure tiny tiny crackers (all they had avail downstairs) and have a good catch-up. Meeting up with friends on the other side of the world FTW!