About the project


The Pilsen Card: history, development and successes

The multi-function chip card project in Pilsen went live on 1 May 2004 in two parts – Check-in System and Reservation System. The necessary technological base for the card centre was built together with these two systems.

History of the Pilsen Card

Year Event

Pilsen Card and Pilsen Ticket city booking system introduced

  Dining, clocking and access systems solution implemented

e-wallet for on-board fare payments launched


Launch of Pilsen Fare – an anonymous card for buying individual tickets

2006 Non-transport e-wallet payment functions introduced
2007 Launch of system of self-service zones – self-service ticketing terminals
2008 Pilsen Card introduced as alternative library card for City of Pilsen Library

Mobile telephone e-wallet – testing phase


Pilsen Card Bonus Programme launched


Car-parking payments enabled


Mobile phone Pilsen Card – limited commercial edition


Text-message tickets introduced


Mobile telephone as reader for ticket inspectors


Electronic confirmation of student status between university and PCTC


Pilsen Card introduced as ticketing card in Pilsen Region Integrated Transport System


Launch of Pilsen Card e-shop


Pilsen Card can be topped up at bank machines


Pilsen Mini introduced


Pilsen Card visually redesigned

  Transition to a new type of chip card containing a Mifare DESFire chip
  Implementation of the Karlovarská Karta project
2015 Launch of cross-platform top-up service for Pilsen and Karlovy Vary cardholders
  Bank card ticketing inside Pilsen municipal transport vehicles
2016 Tourist Ticket – Transport card for visitors to Pilsen
  Karlovy Vary Card – Tourist card for visitors to Karlovy Vary
  Implementation of the Mariánka Karta project in Mariánské Lázně
  E-shop transactions can be loaded to Pilsen Cards inside PMDP vehicles
2017 Pilsen Card key fobs for primary school pupils
  My Pilsen Fare and My DPKV mobile apps for purchasing fares in Pilsen and Karlovy Vary
  Pilsen Card interconnected with the Czech Rail In Karta
2018 Pilsen Card expands to entire Pilsen Region
  Pilsen Card as a means of identification at after-school clubs
  Pilsen Visit Card tourist card
  Pilsen Card interconnected with season tickets at FC Victoria
2019 Virtual Pilsen Card
  Pilsen Card e-shop gets new face-lift


Awards won by the Pilsen Card

Innovation of the year competition 2014

  • Category winner: public sector and non-profit organizations

MasterCard – 2012 Czech Development Centres

  • Best Public Transport Card in the Czech Republic 2012

Czech Innovation 2013

  • Category winner: Innovation in Public Administration – Pilsen Card bank machine top-up feature česká inovace 2013