Rules for Shopping in the ČD E-shop

Valid from 1 September 2018

Version 2.3

A. General part, common for inland and international transport

The following regulations apply to the use of travel documents purchased through the ČD e-shop:

  • ČD Contractual and Transport Terms for Public Passenger Railway Transport (hereinafter ČD SPPO);
  • ČD Tariff for Inland Transport of Passengers and Luggage (hereinafter the ČD TR 10 Tariff);
  • Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF);
  • Uniform Rules concerning the Contract for International Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Rail (CIV);
  • General Conditions of Carriage for Rail Passengers (GCC-CIV/PRR);
  • Special Conditions of International Carriage for Non-Reservation Tickets (SCIC-NRT), Integrated Reservation Tickets (SCIC-IRT) and automobile trains (SCIC-AT);
  • ČD Special Agreement for International Carriage (ZUJ).

These terms and conditions have been elaborated in three language versions (Czech, English and German); in the event of discrepancies, the Czech version is always determinative.

An eTiket document is understood as a document purchased through the ČD e-shop, including the mobile version of the ČD e-shop and the Můj vlak (“My Train”) application (e.g. a ticket, reservation, ticket with a reservation, sleeper or couchette supplement, carriage fee for a dog, carriage fee for luggage, fare discount card, etc.).

1. Purchase

1.1. You can make purchases in the ČD e-shop at any time except for during system maintenance, which is scheduled daily between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. In the event of unscheduled interruptions, customers will be informed on the ČD website.

1.1.1. It is only possible to broker the purchase of travel documents in the ČD e-shop for a different person on the basis of a contract concluded between the broker and ČD (GCC-CIV/PRR, point 4.2.).

1.2. The ČD website offers the option of registering a user account. The following information is required for registration:

  • name and surname;
  • e-mail address (username).

1.3. To confirm your registration, all required information must be entered truthfully; furthermore, you must also agree to the Terms and Conditions of Operation and confirm that you have familiarised yourself with the terms and conditions of Personal Data Protection. As part of the registration process, information about the next steps to activate the account is sent to the e-mail address provided by the customer. Until the account has been activated, it is not possible for the customer to log in.

1.4. The ČD e-shop also offers the option to register your In Karta card. The following information is required for such registration:

  • In Karta card number;
  • password (the customer receives the password with a new In Karta card or upon request at a ticket counter).

1.5. The contents of the shopping cart can be cancelled at any time until the moment of payment. After 45 minutes of inactivity, the customer is automatically logged out and the shopping cart is erased.

1.6. The minimum total price of the documents in the shopping cart is CZK 1; the maximum total price is CZK 30,000 when paying by card and CZK 10,000 when paying from a ČD Credit account.

1.7. The types of documents which can be purchased through the ČD e-shop are listed at the bottom of the ČD e-shop website under “Complete offerings”.

1.7.1. The purchase of eTiket documents through the ČD e-shop modified for mobile telephones and tablets (m.cd.cz) and in the Můj vlak (“My Train”) application has the following restrictions:

In the Můj vlak application, it is not possible to:

  • charge up an Electronic Money (EP) account on an In Karta card;
  • purchase sleeper or couchette supplements;
  • purchase travel documents for the automobile train;
  • exercise a passenger’s right (return travel documents) under the transport contract for applications on an In Karta card, including commuter tickets.

The application is only fully functional if the latest version is used.

On the mobile website (m.cd.cz), it is not possible to:

  • charge up an Electronic Money (EP) account on an In Karta card;
  • purchase sleeper or couchette supplements;
  • purchase travel documents for the automobile train;
  • purchase an In Karta card or any application for an In Karta card;
  • purchase commuter tickets;
  • exercise a passenger’s right (return travel documents) under the transport contract for applications on an In Karta card, including commuter tickets.

1.8. Upon payment, a non-transferable eTiket document is generated in PDF format and is displayed in your browser window along with a confirmation of purchase. The eTiket document is also sent to the electronic (e-mail) address entered during the purchase or during registration.

1.8.1. In the mobile version of the e-shop and in the Můj vlak (“My Train”) application, the ticket is displayed as a QR code upon payment.

1.8.2. ČD is not responsible for delivery to an electronic (e-mail) address; its functionality is completely in the competence of the customer. For registered users who are logged in at the time of purchase, the document is also saved in the purchase history, which is accessible after login (“My purchases”, or “Tickets and ČD Credit” in the mobile version, or on the “Ticket” tab in the Můj vlak application).

1.8.3. When using a payment card for a payment, we recommend, after entering and sending your payment card information, that you wait for the result of the transaction’s processing and do not use the “Back” button in your browser or the refresh button (F5), as this will interrupt the data communication between the payment gateway and the ČD e-shop.

If the purchase confirmation page is not displayed during this interval, then it can be assumed that the payment transaction was unsuccessful.

In such a case, always check:

  • whether the ticket was sent by e-mail (check your e-mail, including the spam or junk folder);
  • for registered users who are logged in at the time of purchase, whether the ticket is displayed in the “My purchases” menu (or under “Tickets and ČD Credit” in the mobile e-shop, or on the “Ticket” tab in the Můj vlak application);
  • with ČD’s Central Customer Service on tel. 221 111 122 to verify whether the travel documents were indeed not sent.

If it has been verified that the requested travel documents were not issued, then it is necessary to repeat the purchase or the payment for the shopping cart.

In isolated cases, the amount due may have been blocked in the customer’s bank account, or, exceptionally, debited from the account.

Funds blocked as a result of an unsuccessful transaction are released automatically within 60 minutes from the last payment attempt. Due to the need for special authorisation, any administrative interventions are performed on workdays during normal business hours between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You can request that funds be unblocked or that a payment transaction be verified by sending an e-mail to info@cd.cz.

For security reasons, payment for a single shopping cart using the “Pay” option in the e-shop can be repeated no more than six times. Then the order is cancelled and the shopping cart is emptied.

1.8.4. The passenger is responsible for the adequacy of the print quality. Print quality can be verified with the help of a sample, which is available on https://www.cd.cz/e-shop/doklady/-27855/.

1.9. During an inspection of travel documents, the passenger is required to present valid identification matching the name and surname printed on the eTiket document. If the passenger fails to present such identification, if the name and surname do not match the information specified on the document, or if the passenger presents a travel document purchased for a different day (different period), this document is considered invalid. Damaged documents, documents with an illegible graphic code (including QR codes presented on a mobile telephone e.g. with a cracked display rendering the code illegible), documents bearing illegible or modified information, and documents presented more than once by two or more passengers (already used) will also be considered invalid. If a child under 15 years of age is accompanied by a passenger with his or her own identification per the Rules for Shopping in the ČD E-shop, the same name and surname can be used for the child’s document as for that of the accompanying person.

1.9.1. Identification is understood as any official identification document issued by a relevant administrative authority, ČD or other carrier, or as an International Student Identification Card (ISIC). The following must be visually specified on the original identification document presented on the train:

  • given name and surname;
  • a photograph of the holder;
  • identification document number.

eTiket documents are non-transferable and are linked to an identification document belonging to the passenger whose given name and surname (or company name, in the case of IN Business) were provided at the time of purchase.

1.9.2. Refunds for purchase errors made on the passenger’s side cannot be considered.

1.10. An eTiket document purchased online is an electronic tax receipt per Section 26(3) of Act No. 235/2004 Coll. on value added tax, as amended. If the price of a travel document exceeds CZK 10,000, a taxable person is permitted to enter information for the issue of a (regular) tax receipt. By confirming these Rules for Shopping in the ČD E-shop, the customer expresses his or her consent to the issue and sending of a tax receipt in electronic form.

1.11. Contacts

ČD Central Customer Service, tel. 221 111 122 or info@cd.cz.

2. Payment

After agreeing to these Rules for Shopping in the ČD E-shop, the customer may select one of the following payment methods for documents purchased.

2.1. Using a payment card

In order to make a secure online payment, the passenger is redirected to a payment portal (payment gateway) ensuring security by means of 3D Secure technology. When making a standard payment with a payment card, the payment is settled through the ČSOB payment gateway, which enables customers registered on ČD’s website to save one or more payment cards for subsequent use. CCV/CVC codes must still be entered, however, and in the case of cards which fully support 3D Secure an authorisation text message is sent or a PIN or password is entered according to the terms and conditions of the payment card’s issuing bank.

Through the GP webpay payment gateway operated by Global Payments Europe, it is also possible to pay using an American Express card and with the help of the MasterPass application.

Payment card information is always entered directly on the website of the payment portal; ČD receives only the result of the transaction. The payment is identified by the order number. The saving of payment cards for repeated use takes place in the payment portal.

Verified by VISA, MasterCard SecureCode

The 3D Secure system for secure online payments generally makes it possible to accept all payment cards of the VISA and MasterCard associations, American Express, as well as Diners Club cards, for which the card issuer permits secure online payments using this technology. These can be VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, MasterCard Electronic, MasterCard Mobile and MasterCard Unembossed cards. The Maestro card can be used for payment if it is equipped with 3D Secure from the issuing bank. At present, it is possible in practice to pay only using Maestro cards issued abroad. The issuing bank will be able to inform you whether it is possible to use the payment card for an online payment using 3D Secure technology.

Payment methods

2.2. Using a pre-paid ČD Credit account

In the ČD e-shop, customers who have registered and are logged into the ČD website can open a ČD Credit account as a payment means and can deposit funds into this account through the ČD e-shop or at any ticket counter; they can subsequently use these funds to pay for purchases in the ČD e-shop. Detailed terms and conditions for opening and using a ČD Credit account are available on https://www.cd.cz/cdkredit.

B. Inland Transport

3. Purchase

3.1. eTiket documents in inland transport can be purchased no earlier than 60 days in advance and no later than at the time of the train’s departure. It is not possible to purchase inland sleeper or couchette supplements, Integrated Transport System (IDS) travel documents, travel documents to the state border (a border-crossing point is not a tariff point), Group Weekend Tickets (Skupinová víkendová jízdenka) in variants with public transport, the IN 100 application with validity for three years, or documents for the lines or trains of other carriers as eTiket documents.

3.1.1. Purchases must be completed no later than at the time of the train’s actual departure from the station specified as the departure station (“z”) on the travel document. A document purchased later will be deemed invalid by the conductor.

3.1.2. A travel document is valid from the date and time printed on the eTiket and cannot be used on an earlier connection.

3.1.2. The value of the “Transfer time” parameter in the search engine does not constitute the basis for a connection to wait at a transfer station; the transfer time set and announced by the carrier for the station in question is determinative.

3.1.3. Travel documents purchased in the ČD e-shop are not valid on the lines or trains of other rail carriers in the Czech Republic.

3.1.4. If an inland ticket and seat reservation are combined on a single document, the ticket can also be used on a different, later train (subject to an additional charge per the TR 10 Tariff in the case of Super-Special-Offer Tickets (SuperAkční jízdenka)) than the one specified on the eTiket. The reservation is forfeited in this case.

3.2. If one eTiket document includes a ticket for multiple persons, or tickets and reservations, or the carriage fee for a dog or for luggage, the document will bear the name and surname of just one passenger, who must travel unconditionally. During an inspection of travel documents on the train, this passenger is always required to present his or her own identification matching the name and surname printed on the eTiket document. Otherwise, the document is invalid. All passengers ticketed with this eTiket document will be considered passengers without valid travel documents and will pay the fares for which they demonstrate eligibility, with a surcharge per the ČD SPPO.

3.2.1. One passenger may present multiple eTikets on the train in his or her name and surname with different transaction codes (e.g. for additional passengers).

To purchase separate travel documents for each passenger, it is necessary to check the “Separate ticket for each passenger” box (Connection parameters/Ticket) at the start of the purchase process, and subsequently to enter the passengers’ names and surnames.

The same procedure applies if a separate tax receipt is requested for each passenger. It is not possible subsequently to generate separate tax receipts for each passenger travelling on a ticket for multiple passengers.

4. Document

4.1. Per Article 12 of the ČD SPPO, an inland eTiket may be presented for inspection:

  • printed on a white sheet of A4 paper;
  • as a PDF file displayed on the screen of a portable electronic device;
  • by displaying the QR code (mobile e-shop, Můj vlak application);
  • by dictating the alphanumeric transaction code;
  • by presenting the In Karta card or ČD Karta card for which it was purchased.

In all cases, the passenger must demonstrate his or her identity by presenting the piece of identification for which the eTiket was issued. A PDF file containing the travel document must be saved electronically by the passenger in such a way so that it can be displayed immediately for inspection by the train crew and thus is not directly dependent on the availability of an internet connection or the state of the battery. In the event that the device is inoperable, the passenger is required to pay on the train the fare for which he or she demonstrates eligibility, including a surcharge per the ČD SPPO.

5.In Karta card and ČD Karta card

5.1. The In Karta card / ČD Karta card exists in these variants:

  • contactless chip In Karta card;
  • virtual In Karta card in the Můj vlak (“My Train”) application (as of a forthcoming announcement);
  • provisional paper In Karta card issued at ČD ticket offices or from the ČD e-shop;
  • temporary paper In Karta card with the RAILPLUS logo issued at ČD ticket offices;
  • ČD Karta card as the chip card of a different entity activated or registered by ČD.

5.2. If you purchased a provisional In Karta card through the ČD e-shop, the chip In Karta card can only be retrieved in person at a ČD ticket office; it cannot be sent by post. A ČD Karta card can be activated only at selected ticket counters within the Integrated Transport System or arranged with the card issuer.

5.3. In the ČD e-shop it is not possible to procure a duplicate customer In Karta card.

6. Terms and conditions for exercising one’s right under the transport contract for eTiket documents (hereinafter UPPS)

6.1. When exercising one’s right (filing a claim) under the transport contract for inland eTiket documents, the relevant provisions of the ČD SPPO apply.

6.2. A passenger can exercise his or her right under the transport contract (return travel documents) from all platforms of the ČD e-shop: from www.cd.cz/eshop, from m.cd.cz, or from the Můj vlak (“My Train”) application (but see point 1.7.).

Registered and logged-in users can exercise their request:

6.2.1. in the ČD e-shop one www.cd.cz/eshop by selecting the document from the “Return and exchange tickets” menu  and clicking “Return / change”, or from the “My purchases” tab by choosing the “Return / change” items in the “Select action” menu;

6.2.2. on the mobile website at m.cd.cz on the “Tickets and ČD Credit” tab by selecting the document and then choosing “Return / change”;

6.2.3. in the Můj vlak (“My Train”) application on the “Tickets“ tab by selecting the document and then choosing “Return / change”.

Users who are not logged in must proceed analogously, but instead of selecting the document from the purchase history they must enter the transaction code and e-mail address of the user who purchased the document.

A right under the transport contract cannot be exercised in the case of a recharge of an electronic wallet on an In Karta card, a recharge of a ČD Credit account, or gift vouchers.

6.3. For tickets with a group discount, it is possible to request a refund for reasons of a lesser number of persons travelling. This option is available after the train’s scheduled departure from the passenger’s originating station and must be accompanied by a confirmation from the conductor of each train used. A copy of the confirmation can be included as an attachment to the request prior to sending it in the e-shop. If your request a refund prior to completing the journey, the ticket becomes invalid.

6.4. A travel document on which the passenger’s right (claim) under the transport contract has been exercised is invalid and cannot be used to realise a journey. A passenger who presents such a document on the train will be considered a passenger without a valid ticket and will pay the fare for which he or she demonstrates eligibility and a surcharge per the ČD SPPO.

6.5. When processing a claim ensuing from a right exercised under the transport contract for an eTiket document in which several tickets (or tickets and reservations) are associated, the service charge per the ČD SPPO is calculated for each ticket and for each reserved seat separately. The actual number of tickets and seat reservations is specified on the eTiket document in the “Tax Receipt” (“Daňový doklad”) section with the price information.

6.6. If returning only one ticket or seat reservation from an associated travel document, the original associated travel document is invalidated and a duplicate is created and sent containing the remaining valid tickets and seat reservations. It is this duplicate travel document that the passenger(s) should present for inspection on the train.

In the case of a seat reservation document for multiple persons, it is not possible to reduce the number of passengers; it is always necessary to return the entire reservation.

6.7. Recognised sums shall be paid out to the passenger by means of a cashless transfer to the account from which the travel document was paid for, or to a ČD Credit account. In the case of payments using vouchers, recognised sums shall be paid out by issuing a new voucher.

6.7.1. A granted refund request to a bank account shall be credited no later than within three days.

6.7.1.1. If the right exercised under the transport contract was exercised (if the entire ticket was returned) on the date of purchase and no later than 15 minutes prior to the train’s departure, the blocking of the amount on the customer’s account is cancelled without being posted.

6.7.2. A granted refund request to a ČD Credit account shall be credited in real time.

6.7.3. If a refund request is granted by issuing a new voucher, the amount of the voucher shall be equivalent to the sum of the values of the vouchers used.

6.8. The maximum period for processing a claim arising from a right exercised under the transport contract is three months from the request’s delivery per Section 37(1) and (2k) of Act No. 266/1994 Coll., on railways, as amended; per Sections 763 and 771 of the Civil Code and per Section 39 of the Transport Code (PŘ), the set term for processing a claim arising from a right exercised under the transport contract is different from the terms for processing claims under Act No. 634/1992 Coll., on consumer protection, as amended.

6.9. Requests for indemnification for a delayed arrival in the sense of Part Six of the ČD SPPO can be made by sending the information about the travel documents to eshopbox@cd.cz.

C. International Transport

Unless stipulated otherwise, the terms and conditions published in the ZUJ apply.

8. Purchase and document

8.1. eTiket documents can be purchased:

  • no earlier than 60 – 90 days in advance, and no later than 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure (NRT tickets);
  • for tickets to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, Switzerland, France and Denmark, advance sales begin up to 90 days in advance;
  • for one-way tickets to Poland, 60 days in advance; for return travel documents linked to a required reservation in a foreign reservation system for the return journey, 30 to 60 days in advance;
  • no later than 3 days prior to the train’s departure for ČD TIP tariff offers;
  • for First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) offers in 2nd class, 1 day (unless stipulated otherwise), and in 1st class no later than 3 days, with the exception of Prague – Zurich through carriages, where sales are terminated 10 minutes prior to the train’s departure from the passenger’s originating station;
  • for automobile train documents, no earlier than 60 days and no later than 2 hours prior to the train’s departure from its originating station;
  • for seat, couchette or sleeper reservations issued separately, generally up to 2 hours prior to departure from the train’s originating station, although the period of advance sales may be concluded earlier if the reservation is managed by a foreign reservation system;
  • anomalously during the period of annual scheduled changes to timetables throughout Europe (generally during the first ten days of December), when the reservation period is shortened to c. 1 month; no claim to a return discount on automobile trains granted in the original extent of advance sales shall arise through the shortening of the term for advance sales;
  • with a two-day term of validity.

8.2. During an inspection on the train, the passenger is always required to present a travel document printed in non-reduced A4 format. For journeys to/from Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, it is also possible to present travel documents displayed on one’s own portable electronic devices (laptop, tablet, etc.). By contrast, travel documents to Poland, the Netherlands and Slovenia must always be printed. In the case of travel documents comprising a couchette or sleeper reservation (except for Prague – Zurich through carriages) and in the case of travel documents for the automobile train, the printed form of travel documents (in A4 format) is always required, regardless of which country they are issued to/from. A travel document with a First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) discount and an integrated reservation is only valid on the train specified thereupon. It is not possible, either in advance or subsequently, to purchase a reservation for use with a First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) ticket for an overnight connection. In the case of a travel document with the First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) discount but without an integrated reservation, it is necessary to travel on the cross-border train specified thereupon. Thereafter, it is possible to travel to the destination station during the ticket’s term of validity. In the case of extraordinary events in transport, the ticket is also recognised on a different train than the one specified thereupon. Special terms and conditions apply to the ČD TIP offer, which are published during the period of sales.

8.3. Group Weekend Tickets (Skupinová víkendová jízdenka) and luggage documents purchased in the ČD e-shop are not valid abroad or on the lines of other rail carriers.

8.4. If the passenger has purchased an eTiket document to Poland or Slovenia, he or she is always required to have it stamped by ČD train personnel prior to crossing the international border or at a ČD ticket counter in the station prior to boarding the train (i.e. no later than before the border station or at the border station); an unstamped document is invalid. If necessary, passengers are required actively to search for a ČD conductor and to request that the travel document be stamped. The stamp is not required for separately issued reservation documents. The carriers PKP IC, KD (Poland) and SŽ (Slovenia) offer only a limited portfolio of travel documents (only the First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) offer). Ticketing in the ČD e-shop is possible when purchasing a one-way journey from the Czech Republic or when purchasing a single travel document for both the outbound and return journeys. The carriers MÁV-START and GySEV offer only the First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) offer (the two journeys can be purchased separately).

8.4.1. A travel document can be issued for multiple passengers (up to 5 persons) as well, or the passenger can use the “Separate ticket for each passenger” checkbox at the time of purchase (Connection parameters/Ticket) and enter the passengers’ names and surnames. In a combined travel document for multiple persons, however, it is essential for the person whose name and surname are specified on the document to travel. In the event that such a person cannot travel, it is necessary to return the travel documents and to purchase new ones, if the transport terms for the travel documents in question permit this. Returning travel documents in such cases is not free of charge and is subject to the cancellation terms specified below and published in the ČD Special Agreement for International Carriage (ZUJ) for individual types of travel documents.

8.4.2. Price schedules and detailed transport terms and conditions for First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) offers are published on https://www.cd.cz/.

8.4.3. For the First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) offer, it is necessary to commence the journey on the first day of the ticket’s term of validity. In the case of a request for a First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) ticket with a couchette or sleeper reservation, the selection of berths from the carriage map is unavailable, and on the basis of the contingent’s availability the system may also assign a berth in a different location from the one requested and selected.

8.4.4. For NRT tickets (regular-priced tickets to foreign destinations), it is possible to commence the journey on the first or second day of the ticket’s term of validity, but it is necessary to terminate the journey by 24:00 (midnight) on the second day of the term of validity unless specified otherwise on the ticket.

8.5. In the case of eTiket documents for an automobile train, it is necessary to specify the correct information about the vehicle and the driver. Discrepancies determined during loading will not be permitted, nor will late arrival for loading (the loading time is specified on the travel document); the passenger will not be loaded and the documents will be forfeited without a claim to compensation. When transporting a motorcycle, three-wheeler or four-wheeler, the driver is required to provide his or her own fastening straps. At check-in in the automobile train terminal, the driver is required to present a valid travel document for transporting an automobile and a driver, a motor vehicle registration certificate (the so-called “malý technický průkaz”), and the driver’s personal identification document. A ČD employee together with the driver will fill in the “Report on the state of the vehicle prior to loading”, where information about the vehicle is specified. The passenger will perform the loading and unloading himself/herself, assisted by an employee of ČD or ZSSK. After unloading, the driver signs the “Report on the state of the vehicle prior to loading” form, confirming takeover of the vehicle without defects or damage. The carrier’s responsibility for the technical state of the vehicle ends at the moment of confirmation of takeover of the vehicle by the passenger. In the event that the passenger does not appear for the vehicle’s unloading, he or she is required to pay all damages (towing service, parking fee, security, etc.) which arise through his or her non-retrieval of the vehicle.

8.5.1. It is possible to transport automobiles of a maximum height of 1.6 m (this also applies to three-wheelers and four-wheelers) and from 1.6 m to 2 m, and motorcycles to a height of 1.6 m. The maximum permitted width of a roof is 1.55 m. The maximum length of an automobile is 5.3 m, and of a motorcycle is 3.8 m. The maximum weight including the transported load is 2,500 kg.

8.5.2. It is not permitted to transport carts or trailers behind the automobile. It is not possible to transport vehicles without drivers, damaged vehicles or inoperable vehicles.

8.6. Group tickets to a destination abroad are not sold in the ČD e-shop. Ticketing is only possible in a ČD international ticket office.

9. Ticketing children in the ČD e-shop

9.1. A child in the category 0-5 years of age can travel free of charge only if a separate seat, couchette berth or sleeper berth is not required for him/her. In this case, the child is not entered in the passenger parameters. If a separate seat, couchette berth or sleeper berth is requested for any category of child, then either half fare (as for a child in the age 6-9 category) or an appropriate admissible more favourable fare offer subject to availability (generally the fare for an accompanied child or First Minute Europe / Včasná jízdenka Evropa) will be charged for the child. Children in the categories 6-9 years of age and 10-14 years of age must be entered in the standard manner, and will be ticketed either with a half fare (in the case of children travelling alone), or the fare for accompanied children, where to/from Germany, Austria (only with First Minute Europe / Včasná jízdenka Evropa), Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland they will receive the lowest available adult fare (e.g. First Minute Europe / Včasná jízdenka Evropa, etc.). Requests for ticketing for specific or adjacent seats, unless available in the ČD e-shop, are handled according to the current possibilities of the ČD international ticket office.

10. Terms and conditions for exercising one’s right under the transport contract for eTiket documents (UPPS – refunds)

General terms and conditions

10.1. Using the “Return and exchange documents” option in the ČD e-shop, it is possible to submit a request to exercise one’s right under the transport contract (file a claim) for all types of international travel documents regardless of when the request is submitted or of the reason for the return, including First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) travel documents. If it is requested that certain facts be documented, this can be done in the “Specification of the reason” (“Upřesnění důvodu”) field.

10.1.1. Partial refunds of untravelled routes are not granted for eTiket documents, documents from the mobile e-shop, or documents from the Můj vlak (“My Train”) application. In the case of a document for multiple persons, if the number of persons decreases, then it is necessary to return the entire document by the deadline set for the relevant type of travel document. The customer normally marks those documents which he or she is returning and refunds are then requested for these.

10.2. Requests for indemnification in the sense of Regulation (EC) 1371/2007 can be made by sending the information about the travel documents to the address eshopbox@cd.cz.

10.3. Refunds for NRT tickets and the First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) offer are performed no earlier than 7 days after the ticket’s term of validity ends. The maximum period for processing a right (claim) exercised under the transport contract is three months from the request’s delivery pursuant to Section 37(1) and (2k) of Act No. 266/1994 Coll. on railways, as amended; pursuant to Sections 763 and 771 of the Civil Code, and to Section 39 of the Transport Code (PŘ), the set term for handling a right (claim) exercised under the transport contract is different from the terms for handling claims under Act No. 634/1992 Coll., on consumer protection, as amended.

International NRT Tickets

10.4. If the passenger returns an NRT ticket by 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) on the day preceding the first day of its term of validity, the refund is performed without a service charge. On the departure date and thereafter, the service charge is 100%.

10.5. In the case of international NRT documents for multiple persons, associated travel documents or various types of services, the passenger shall exercise his or her right under the transport contract always for the entire document (i.e. for all travel documents with the same transaction code), even if requesting only a partial refund. If, on the day of exercising his or her right under the transport contract, the passenger first purchases a document for the new extent of services (e.g. for a lesser number of passengers) for the same day, and marks the unused documents (persons or services), then when processing the claim arising from the right exercised under the transport contract the service charge will be applied only to the accordingly marked unused documents. The passenger will document the request to exercise his or her right under the transport contract with the newly purchased eTiket document, which must be purchased on the same day as the day on which the right under the transport contract is exercised.

Such documentation is performed as follows:

  • When submitting the request using a form on the ČD e-shop: In the notes, the customer shall specify the transaction code of the newly purchased eTiket document, and specify which ticket (reservation, service) from the original eTiket document he or she will not use.

In the event of non-compliance with these terms and conditions, the service charge will be applied to each ticket (reservation, service) included in the eTiket document.

First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa, VJE)

10.6. First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) travel documents to Hungary, Poland and Slovenia cannot be returned or changed for reasons on the passenger’s side, or the service charge for such returns is 100%, respectively. If such a document is generated together with a couchette or sleeper supplement, a refund is only provided for the supplement, and per the terms and conditions set out in point 10.14.

10.7. A First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) travel document to Germany, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland or Slovakia can be returned for reasons on the passenger’s side no later than by 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) on the day preceding the first day of the ticket’s term of validity with a service charge of EUR 3 per person; on the departure date and thereafter, the service charge is 100%.

10.8. In the event of a partial refund of a document for multiple persons, it is necessary to invalidate the entire travel document (all persons) and purchase new documents; note that ČD does not guarantee the momentary availability of the same offer (of the same price). All returned travel documents, i.e. including First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) travel documents, for which the customer exercises his or her right under the transport contract (i.e. the passenger returns them despite having been informed that they cannot be returned or exchanged for reasons on the passenger’s side), will be rendered invalid without the possibility of reactivation, and cannot be used for travel retroactively.

10.9. For combined travel documents, e.g. a First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) ticket + a reservation for an SC Pendolino, the SC reservation can be returned only by returning the entire document.

10.10. For returns of First Minute Europe (Včasná jízdenka Evropa) tickets with a global price, the rules stipulated in the ZUJ apply.

Automobile train

10.11. If the passenger cancels the reserved space for an automobile train no later than one day prior to the train’s departure, the service charge is 10% of the fare price. If the automobile train document is returned on the day of departure, the service charge is 50% of the fare price. If the passenger cancels his or her seat later or does not cancel it at all, the passenger does not have a claim to a refund. For sleeper berth reservations issued for an automobile train travel document, the terms and conditions for returns specified in point 10.13 apply; for seat reservations issued for a daytime automobile train, the terms and conditions specified in point 10.15 apply.

10.12. If travel documents for both journeys (OUTBOUND and RETURN) on an automobile train are purchased at the same time, it is not possible to exercise one’s right under the transport contract (to return a ticket) for the OUTBOUND journey only; it is always necessary to return the travel documents for both journeys.

Sleeper and couchette supplements

10.13. When returning separate sleeper or couchette supplements in ČD-ZSSK transport no later than one day prior to the train’s departure, the service charge deducted from the supplement is 10%, but no less than EUR 1 per berth per night. If the couchette or sleeper reservation was cancelled on the day of the train’s departure (no later than by its scheduled departure time from the passenger's originating station), the service charge is 50% of the supplement, but no less than EUR 1 per berth. In the event of a cancellation after the train’s departure, the service charge is 100% of the supplement.

10.14. Other separately issued sleeper or couchette supplements can be returned no later than one day prior to the train’s departure, and the service charge deducted from the supplement is 10%, but no less than EUR 3 per berth per night. If the couchette or sleeper reservation was cancelled on the day of the train’s departure (no later than by its scheduled departure time from the passenger’s originating station), the service charge is 50% of the supplement, but no less than EUR 3 per berth per night. In the event of a cancellation after the train’s departure, the service charge is 100% of the supplement.

Seat reservations

10.15. Seat reservations, including Business seat reservations, can be returned for reasons on the passenger’s side without a service charge no later than 15 minutes prior to the train’s departure from the passenger’s originating station. Thereafter, the service charge is 100%. No exchanges are possible.

10.15.1. In the case of seat reservations for SC Pendolino trains and in the case of a Global Price in transport between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, it is possible to return documents for reasons on the passenger’s side without a service charge no later than 15 minutes prior to the train’s departure from the passenger’s originating station. Thereafter, the service charge is 100%.

ČD TIP offer

10.16. When returning ČD TIP documents for reasons on the passenger’s side, the service charge is always 100%. When returning seat reservations, the terms and conditions specified in point 10.15 apply.

International ticket for a bicycle

10.17. An international ticket for a bicycle can be returned for reasons on the passenger’s side no later than by 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) on the day preceding its first day of validity without a service charge; on the day of validity and thereafter, the service charge is 100%.


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