Prague's Lítačka public transit passes can now be stored on mobile phones

Long-term coupons for Prague's public transit can now be stored on phones

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 04.12.2019 11:26 (updated on 04.12.2019)


People using Prague public transit can transfer their virtual travel
coupons from plastic cards to mobile phones. The transfer can be done
with the PID Lítačka application.

Passengers can then use their smartphone to prove they have a valid travel coupon when asked by ticket inspectors. Other options, aside from the green Lítačka card, include storing the coupon on a debit or credit card, Czech Railway’s In Karta or purchasing a paper coupon. The payment card options were launched last year, but the phone option was delayed due to technical reasons.


“Our long-term priority is to work toward digitization.. …
Passengers can leave the plastic ticket card at home and transfer
long-term time coupons to the mobile app. We try to meet the needs of
passengers in Prague as much as possible. Our goal is for the PID
Lítačka mobile app to be a complete guide for Praguers and tourists
for public transport in Prague and to plan the journey from point A
to point B taking into account the preferences of individual
passengers and offering not only public transport but also shared
bikesharing or carsharing,” Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said.

Previously it was
possible to have single-use tickets on a phone, but not long-term
coupons.

Ticket inspectors
will carry power banks so they can check tickets, even if the phone
battery is dead. But the passenger has to have the correct cable.

Only one card or device can be used to hold the travel coupon. Once the passenger transfers the coupon to a mobile phone, the Lítačka card will no longer be valid. “There can be only one identifier. This is mainly so it won’t be possible to lend someone a card and have a mobile phone in your pocket. Only one device works at a time,” Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) Petr Witowski said, according to the Czech News Agency.

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The same penalty
applies if someone is caught without their travel coupon, regardless
of the storage method. The person has to go to the penalty fare desk
withing 15 days of being caught and prove that they had a valid
coupon either on a card, a phone, or paper. They then have to pay a
50 CZK fine.

DPP officials say
that with each new way for people to store travel coupons, the number
of passengers riding without coupons drops.

The PID Lítačka
application has been downloaded by over 630,000 people and is used
regularly by more than 139,000 passengers, and 1.7 million tickets
have been purchased through the application since it was launched
last year.

With the app, people
can buy tickets, plan routes, check the validity of their travel
coupon, send tickets to other people, and find out about current
delays.

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Currently, the physical Lítačka card still offers some advantages, though. It can be used at the Municipal Library or to charge an electric car. These features should be added to the phone app in the future.

The Lítačka card was launched in 2016 as a replacement to the scandal-plagued red Opencard.