The tram to Prague is the same as the red double-decker bus is to London. Passengers in Prague have been travelling on trams since 1875, and today about 1 million people take a tram on a daily basis. The Prague tram-park consists of about 900 trams of different ages and by different manufacturers, operating 35 routes on 140km of tram rails. About 200 people are employed in the tram workshop while ensuring the lowest accident rate among all forms of transportation.
Distance from Prague: 12km
Duration: ½ day
Min: 10 persons; Max: 48 persons
Price: 400czk/ €16
Tour to Tram Workshop:
We take a tram together to Centralni opravarensky zavod, as there is no better way to get to the tram depot. Our guide, a legend and pioneer in his field, Michal Pospisil, will show us around the tram workshop he set up himself at a time when spare parts were scarce and import from Western countries out of the question. Part of the workshop where buses are repaired today was built to be used as a workshop for rockets during the Cold war. Michal will tell us about the past as well as the present aspects of tram repair. We’ll be shown around the tram workshop and learn about what needs to be done on a tram every 80/300 thousand kilometres, however low-maintenance the trams otherwise are. You will see a typical Czech workplace and get a story behind it from an enthusiastic veteran, Michal.
Did you know that...
• The oldest tram you will see in Prague is the T3, produced unchanged since 1963.
• The Prague Transportation Company (DPP)
registered 1450 "extraordinary situations on rail" which is the expression for an accident where a tram is involved.
• Trams are not only the most environmentally friendly means of transport, they are also the cheapest.