On March 7, 1908, the very first public transportation bus line went into operation in Prague, taking passengers through Malá Strana and up to Prague Castle.
The first bus in Prague left Malostranské náměstí at 8:00 in the morning 110 year ago, bringing passengers up Nerudova street with stops at Prague Castle (Hradčany), Pohořelec, and Chotkovy sady.
This particular route was chosen for the first bus line because the slope of the journey up to Prague Castle, which made other forms of transportation more difficult.
The length of the line was about 1.6 kilometers, and busses left every 15 minutes from 6:00 – 22:15.
The line was an immediate success, and from May it was extended to Old Town, brining passengers across Charles Bridge.
Cost of a bus ticket in 1908? A mere 20 hellers (0.2 crowns). That’s about 5 crowns with inflation – a far cry from today’s extravagant 24 and 32 crown tickets.
This Saturday, March 10, Prague public transport company DPP will commemorate the event with a bus ride along the original line on one of their unique vehicles (though not the original, 110-year-old busses, but a smaller modern bus).
While tickets to ride on the Ikarus E91 – DPP’s shortest still-operational bus and closest to the original 1908 models – have already sold out, you can still spot the bus riding through Malá Strana this weekend, leaving from Malostranské náměstí at every hour from 10:00 – 16:00 on Saturday.