- Hans Weber
- July 1, 2022
First Prague Historical Tram Accepts Now Crypto
Passengers can now pay for a sightseeing ride in one of the oldest trams via one of the most modern mobile terminals.
The historic tram line number 42, operated by Prague City Tourism, transports tourists to and from popular Prague sights.
Passengers can now pay for the ticket via the mobile payment card acceptance application from the Global Payments service provider. They can pay even in cryptocurrencies.
Petr Soukup, Director of IT at Prague City Tourism, adds: “We see the introduction of mobile terminals as a big step forward. The terminals will significantly speed up the ticket purchase process and at the same time provide tourists with a more convenient payment alternative. Unlike cash, almost everyone has a credit card with them.”
“Cryptocurrencies are a very popular source of money today. There is no reason why people should not use them for regular payments. They can now pay for a ticket with a piece of bitcoin or, for example, Ethereum,” adds Soukup. A huge advantage of Global Payments and GoCrypto is that the customer pays in the crypto, but the merchant can choose whether to accept payment in cryptocurrency or in a traditional currency, such as Czech crowns.
According to his instructions, Global Payments will send the entire amount either to his crypto-wallet or to his bank account. So the trader has no worries about receiving cryptocurrencies, everything works completely automatically.
The summer season is approaching
The tourist tram line, in which a 24-hour ticket is valid and passengers can get on and off at any time, leads through the historical center of Prague.
Passengers will get to see, for example, the Powder Gate, the towers on Charles Bridge, and the Prague Castle. During normal operations, the tram runs only on weekends. In the summer season from June 23, however, it will be extended and those interested can use it from Thursday to Sunday at 40-minute intervals.
“We included the tourist tram last year as a benefit of the summer program in Prague as at home. Despite the fact that the season was weakened due to the covid, the interest in sightseeing rides exceeded our expectations. This year we assume that we have a relatively promising summer season ahead of us. We decided to strengthen tram connections for the next few days during the holiday days,” concludes spokeswoman Klára Malá from Prague City Tourism.