Czech Railway fares increasing

But some more discounts will also apply during the new schedule

Ordinary fares on rail carrier Czech Railways (ČD) will increase 2 percent, in line with inflation. The increase will start with the new timetable, which begins Dec. 10. Two-way tickets prices are also increasing. Group discounts will change as well, but in favor of passengers.

Tickets can be bought up to two months in advance, so for people who plan ahead and buy tickets before Dec. 10, the price increase can be delayed.

Newly, ČD will start to offer a flat-rate price for bicycle transportation throughout the year.

For an ordinary fare without discounts, the price will be a maximum of Kč 1 for a distance of one to 34 kilometers, between Kč 1 and Kč 2 for 35 to 73 kilometers. For a distance of 150 kilometers, passengers will pay an additional Kč 5 with the new prices.

Group discounts will become more attractive. For groups of six or larger, every person will get a 50 percent discount. Currently, the first person pays full price, the second gets a 25 percent discount and the third and subsequent people get the 50 percent discount.

People, however, must book 72 hours in advance and complete a form on the internet. This helps to ensure sufficient capacity.

ČD will offer a flat-rate bicycle ticket all year for Kč 99 a day. The ticket previously was available from May to September.

At the same time, however, the fee for using storage during transport will rise from Kč 10 to Kč 20.

Children's vacation trips will be reduced due to the expansion of the offer for the summer ticket for children aged 6 to 15, at a price of Kč 390 for seven days and Kč 590 for 14 days.

Some other recent changes also benefit the passenger. In September, ČD simplified the system of refunding tickets purchased over the Internet. People can change their minds up to 15 minutes before departure time and they will get the full amount returned.

Current discounts will continue, including dynamically changing prices on routes where there is competition, such as between Prague and Ostrava, Brno or Plzeň.

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