Taking Czech Public Transportation With Your Dog

Taking advantage of the inexpensive transportation option with your dog is really easy in the Czech Republic. Maybe not as streamlined and intuitive to figure out (as a foreigner) as say … Switzerland… but it’s pretty darn amazing.

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Clean, on time AND pet friendly!!

The reason I say this,  has nothing to do with its pet friendliness; because it IS very pet friendly. No, our caveat has more to do with some areas being tougher to get to with public transport than you might think. For example we needed to rent a car to drive from Prague to Český Krumlov. It was no big deal, wasn’t that expensive and they had NO issue with me being a part of the journey; but it’s still more than taking the bus or train. The one bus option took WAY too long and we didn’t like the schedule and to our utter dismay there was no direct train or even a manageable train option.

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EuroCar in Prague! I am ready for adventure!

But as far as we could see, ALL public transport was pet friendly. The Czech Republic follows the same approach as their fellow European Union members Italy, Austria and France. Taking Czech public transportation with your dog has a few rule mind you!

Taking the Train

Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. Small dogs in carriers travel for free. If the dog is on leash NO MATTER THE SIZE then the dog will need to pay a full ticket fee. But that isn’t really a big deal given how inexpensive the train is in the Czech Republic. Seriously. I got on a train without my carrier one day and Mom paid my ticket on the train proper. It was really not a big deal.

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That’s my ticket there… because we forgot a carrier.

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Carry your dog up the escalator!

Dogs can’t be near prams with children inside (unless the same owner). The care taker is responsible for any injury, damage, or mess left by the dog.

Interestingly, the Prague Public Transport regulations states that dogs on leash or in a carrier must be muzzled but in the entire time we were there we never once saw a muzzled dog.  And I saw a LOT of dogs!

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Another small dog … we hung out.

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Muzzle at the ready for train boarding!

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Another pup waiting for his train home! Muzzle at the ready for when ON the train.

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TWO dogs, on flexi leash (we hate them) and NO muzzles. No one cared.

Note: One confusing rule concerns the purchasing of tickets for trains: if the station has a ticket office (pokladna), and it is open – then you’re expected to buy your ticket there. If not, you can purchase it on the train. However, if the station has a ticket office and you buy a ticket on the train you will be charged a penalty fee.

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Going to get our tickets! Prague Train station.

Taking the Tram

Small dogs that fit in a carrier (purse size) that CLOSES may travel on the tram for free. A dog not carried in carrier is charged the full adult fare as required for the length of the journey regardless of size. Again, prices are very reasonable so it’s not a huge issue.

The driver may signal you to enter via the door at the rear – so be prepared for that.

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Don’t sweat it!

Taking the Bus

Saw big dogs and small dogs on the bus. From what I could tell the rules were the same as for trains or trams.

We did take some “minivan” shuttles and small dogs it seems travel free. I have no idea if big dogs would be allowed or charged a fee but given that they are privately owned and want to fill the minivan up before going (example: from train station to a castle) I suspect they would be ok with it if other passengers were.

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Taking the bus to the Bone Church!

Note: Taking an intercity bus is not covered by public transport fares. You can buy the tickets from the driver. It is also possible to get a top-up swipe card from most bus companies, which you then top-up on the bus. The problem with these cards is that they can only be used for their particular bus company and one route may have several.

Taking the Subway/Metro

Small dogs ride for free just as on the tram and train. Big dogs require an adult ticket. Basically it’s as above.

Taking a Taxi

Normally pets are allowed but it really is up to the driver. We never had issues, not once. In fact some of our best “meet a local” chats were with proud cab drivers, especially in the smaller towns.

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Lovely driver had NO trouble with me being a part of the ride!

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… and little shuttle trains too, like this one in Konopiste!

Taking Boats

We had such a good time taking the river boat tour. As far as we could tell most of the boat tours were pet friendly. We never struggled or had to find another option.  Small dogs seem to go for free but I forgot to enquire about big dogs. Sorry.

Behave!

Note that with ALL transit, if your dog is ill behaved, aggressive, jumping up, noisy, overly wet or even just smelly, you will be asked to get off. No refund. Don’t argue, it’s not worth it. You are better to get off and trying to board the next available train, tram, bus etc.

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With Dad just waiting for our ride.

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I find the sound soothing…. nap time! With my ticket.

In review: We found the Czech Republic public transportation system to be VERY pet friendly! But then, we found the entire country to be pet friendly! From castles you can tour indoors with your dog, to community theatre, museums, weddings and more. In fact they are so pet friendly that we even found a movie theatre called “Cinema Aero” that will let you bring dogs to the movies with you! I am SO bummed we never made it. I would have liked to try that!

How pet friendly is public transport in your area?

28 Comments on “Taking Czech Public Transportation With Your Dog

  1. Great to hear how pet friendly it is! We’ll be spending a few weeks in Czech Republic in Fall, as it has heaps of UNESCO sites and is so cheap, so good to know.

  2. Hi Monte,
    This is a really nice review of the whole transport system of my home country. I am so glad you all got to see it and that everything was that pet friendly. I wish USA was like that. :-/
    With love,
    Michaela, Oliver, & Chloé ❤️

    • I wish North America was! Can’t even take a bus in my own home town of Ottawa. Sucks. :( If we ever go back we are going to go to the movies! YAY!

  3. I was in Prague few months ago and it was so cute seeing small dogs in purses in subway. In my home town dogs are not allowed like in any trasportation method, it sucks 😀

  4. This is incredible. I love places that are this dog-friendly. Here, as you likely know, you can’t even take your dog on a VIA train – they have to be in a crate in cargo! Although I frequently walk with my dog off leash, who would walk around a train station like that? I think leashed is a given. Also, I like that they have to pay a fare – you know, treated like people.
    (I have a post about Ottawa soon on dogtrotting.net – love your response).

    • let me know when it’s live! :)
      And yes. I find in Europe pets are treated much like a “human dependent” in that they pay tickets, get to go places like inside restaurants and on trains and buses etc. It’s SO inclusive. I always get annoyed when we return. Finding it hard not to find it a bit more “lip service” to the “Member of my family” dialogue.

  5. Doesn’t that bring out memories. Czech is actually my home country :-) Spent a lot of time traveling by trains. I hope you enjoyed the country where you trip over a castle every 10 feet or so :-)

    • Very much. We spent nearly 3 weeks there. LOTS of posts on our trip there. Some castles were even pet friendly INSIDE. :)

  6. A great post for anyone visiting. The kind of questions I would have are all answered here!

    Doesn’t Montecristo look cute snoozing in his carrier :-)

    • Give it’s the only way to get around for most in Europe I think people are more aware of keeping it clean and safe.

  7. We are very impressed! Mom would love to visit Prague someday, we’ve heard that pubic transportation is dog friendly all over Europe and my pal Rocco from To Dog With Love rides the train in Italy that’s where we first heard about the muzzle. I’m great to travel with and would love to visit all those places someday! Love Dolly

    • I hope you get to. Yes Italy – Tuscany in particular – was very pet friendly. Even got to go inside some churches and museums!

  8. It’s amazing how dog friendly the transportation is there. Definitely NOT the case in the states at all. I love it! Great information too.

  9. We don’t have much public transportation in our town, there is a city bus, but I don’t think it is dog friendly. I’m glad to know that some countries truly are dog friendly!

    • Yeah – some really are. I suspect that it’s also in large part to the fact that most Europeans never own a car. they are too expensive, nowhere to park them and public transport is so good it’s not really needed. So the public system has to account for things like taking your pet to the vet etc.

  10. If your dog is in a carrier, they can ride the bus, lightrail, streetcar and aerial tram here and there’s no charge. Big dogs are allowed only if they’re service dogs and I think they’re not allowed on the seat.

    • I liked the muzzle and ticket for big dogs…. I know that in some busier cities they also have a “no rush hour” rule for larger dogs. But I love seeing the inclusiveness.

  11. In reading all of your posts of your travels, I never thought about transportation. I understand the need for muzzles when on public transportation because one never knows how a dogs will react with that many people or inquiring hands of young children.

  12. I love how dog friendly the Czech area is – all the doggos and the people looked very at home with the concept of traveling with your pup! Definitely will save this for a planning session we have for an upcoming trip! Thank you so much for sharing your journeys, we always learn so much!

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