Czech Republic’s beautiful capital city, Prague, is crisscrossed by trams that complement the subway and bus system, providing transportation to virtually all corners of the city. Trams ply routes through the medieval heart of the city and blend into the bustling street scene. These photos I took on my recent visit show a city of 2.3 million on the move.
Prague’s tram system consists of 86 miles of track, more than 900 tram cars, and 33 lines. The system served 356 million passengers in 2008. Nine night tram routes operate from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., providing the city with a 24-hour transport system. One can get anywhere in Prague on foot or on the city’s excellent transit system. Cars are definitely not a necessity in Prague!
A new tram built by Czech manufacturer Skoda crossing Cechuv Bridge and Staropramen beer brewed in Prague. Now that’s Czech!
An older model night tram passing Saint Nicholas Church near Prague Castle.
Everyone can ride the tram in Prague!
Number 26 Tram winding through the narrow streets of Prague.
A tram in Stare Mesto (Old Town) runs unobtrusively past the statue of Emperor Charles IV.
Since the first horsecar tram went into service in 1875, Prague’s trams have been a vital means for the city’s residents and visitors to get around. Prague without trams is almost as unimaginable as Prague without Czech beer. And if you’re drinking the famous beer, definitely travel like a Praguer and ride the tram!