I found tram to be very useful in exploring the city, getting faster from one sight to another. There is a daily tram ticket which cost 110 koruna, allowing as much rides as one needing and wanting. It happened, at the end of a day, that I missed my line to the hotel at Mala Strana and the tram number 2 took me very far away to the last stop at Petriny. It was heavy rain outside and I didn't dare to go out of the tram. Anyway, it wasn't bad experience at all, I have seen some parts of Prague which most probably would never seen when intentionally exploring around.
Transfer from the airport.
You have several options from the airport, which despite most taxi drivers somewhat dodgy sense of distance is not far from the centre of the city.
Beware of taxis - many try to overcharge, and it is a bit of a lottery if you get an honest one or not. Some of the guys who advertise on the internet are in fact just locals trying to make some extra cash, so if they meet you at arrivals they may be a little furtive about avoiding the 'official' (I use the term loosely)taxi drivers. Don't overly worry, the last one I used was fine. if he has put up a website then he is traceable. Still use caution - see tip on dangers and warning about taxi cabs.
- as a guide price it should be around 500-550 Crowns, preferably booked at the info desk in the terminal.
The Airport shuttles, in the light of such problems are good value at 11 Euro - and they have a useful website. These are basically minivans that are trying hard to capture the market - and will go to your hotel.
If you only have hand luggage it is quite feasible to do the journey by public transport :
take bus 119 from Prague airport to Dejvicka Metro Station (buy the ticket from a newstand in the terminal or at a machine). At Dejvicka change to the metro. Transfer time into Prague centre: approximately 1 hour - and the cost 12 Crowns last time I used it. (about 8p or 12 Cents)
The transport in Prague consist of 3 metro lines, trams and buses. It is very regular and punctual. You can find all the connections and map here:
The price of a normal ticket is 24 CZK and it is valid for 30 min, there is also a ticket for 32 CZK but it is for 90 min. More comfortable for the tourists is to buy a card: 24 hours – 110CZK, which is about 4 EUR or 72 hours 310CZK. With this card in the pocket you forget about tickets – very useful. There are ticket and card machines in every Metro station. If you’re not close to a metro station, try in almost every newspaper shop. They’ll have at least tickets. It is necessary to check in the ticket only once on your first ride.
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The Prague Integrated Transportation System.
The P. I. T. System comprises buses, trams, metro and the Petrin funicular. Once you bought your travel ticket or travel pass you are allowed to travel by every one of these means.
The metro network currently has three lines with around 50 stations; A (green). B (yellow) and C (red). Trains run from around 4.45 a. m. to midnight.
Trams. Their daytime operation is from 4.30 a. m. to midnight. Night operation is from midnight to 4.30 a. m.
Night buses operate from midnight until 4.30 a. m.
There are various kinds of travel tickets and passes on sale. For instance you can buy a 30 minutes ticket or a 90 minutes ticket.
If you are going to use the public means in the city quite a lot I think 24 hour passes (or 3 day passes; 72 hours) are useful.
Tickets are sold in lots of places like metro stations, newsagents, kiosks and from vending machines.
Metro and Bus in Prague
The Metro in Prague is a great way to get around town. We found it convenient when visiting certain areas in combination with riding the bus. It's just one ticket but timed. That means you can purchase a ticket that needs to be used within that time frame. There is a patrol that checks the use of these tickets. I was stopped and asked to show my ticket. I had just got off the metro and had 1 minute left on my 30 minute ticket which cost 24CZK for an adult . I think we timed that pretty well!
Tickets can be purchased in the metro, newspaper stands and/or vending machines at the bus stops.
Here is a link to the metro map:
Here is the link to the fare cost:
Prague Airport is the operator of the most important international airport in the Czech Republic. It is an attractive and very clean place with a good service.
If you have a lot of free time you may enjoy a tour behind the scenes of the airport operational areas or visit the viewing terrace. Or discover the history of the Vaclav Havel Airport in Airport museum.
you can buy Duty Free products in your Terminal only. Otherwise you will have to pay a tax.
Sometimes you can get discount coupons for Airports restaurants at Airports website. Mostly for Terminals 1&2.
- restaurants l labeled with this symbol $ (low cost) guarantee a choice of three combinations of a meal and a drink for less than 100 CZK
- a class higher are restaurants labeled $$ (medium) where a choice of three combinations of a meal with a - drink can be ordered for less than 200 CZK
- a third group of restaurants labeled $$$ (premium) offers menus for over 200 CZK
Opening hours are usually from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; the self-service restaurants are open 24 hours a day. Smokers are welcome in some of them.
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Road Toll for Driving in the Czech Republic
If you are not a Czech Republic resident and you plan to drive to the Czech Republic, you are required to pay a road toll. This is done by obtaining a permit (usually at the border). The cost is dependent on how long you plan to stay. They call this Vignetten or Vignette and can be bought at a gas station. Ten days would cost 310Kè or you can pay 16€ at the time of our visit.
Place the permit on the window of the car.
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Horse carriage tour
Horse carriage city tour, in so-called fiaker, is very popular in the Central Europe. Fiaker is expression for a carriage which has its number (sort of registration) and is official transportation for the tourists.
The horse carriage departing from Starovetske namesti, offering city tour which can last maximum one hour. The price is pretty high, 108 euros which is much more then it cost in Vienna.
There are few companies in Prague offering city tour in a vintage cars, old-timers and completely renovated vehicles manufactured in the period from 1928-1935. The cars are for 1-4 people with English speaking driver. You can order hotel pick up but only if the hotel is situated in the city center, oterwise the cars are available at the Starovetske namesti.
The vintage car city tour is, in my opinion, very expensive:
1 hour for 1-4 people cost 60 euros, and it is the lowest price (some ask 79)
2 hours for 1-4 people cost 120 euros.
In case of 2 hours tour some companies offering a bottle of chanpagne, free of charge.
Prague Venice Boat trip
You will cross Vltava River and its well-designed bridges and feel the city from a little bit different perspective. You also will visit the little canal next to the river.
Don't expect too much of it. We found this trip enjoyable and interesting. The captain was polite and very helpful.
Only one minus: their marketing techniques were pretty aggressive.
- Boat ride
- Drinks/beer/cake/ice cream on board
- Sightseeing tour with guide.
The price is ok -
Price per adult about $18.00
A small boat (just a 'taxi') will take you from Mala Strana to the other side of the river (Krizovnicke namesti, Praha 1 - Old Town, beside the Charles bridge) to board a larger boat (c30 people). You will learn about the bridges, buildings, attractions and monuments alongside that part of the river.
The trip involved floating on both sides of the Charles Bridge, then down to Manes Bridge, across to the Kampa Island canal, and than back to the Old Town canal.
Total 45-50 minutes.
Days: daily all year long
Cruise departs every full hour.
October - March
Every day 10:30 - 18:00 (last boat departs at 17:00)
April – June
Every day 10:30 - 20:00 (last boat departs at 19:00)
July - August
Every day 10:30 - 22:00 (last boat departs at 21:00)
every day 10:30 - 20:00 (last boat departs at 19:00)
the ticket includes free entry to the small but informative Charles Bridge museum
For more please see our videos and travelogue.
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Traveling by train
It need something less than 5 hours to get from Vienna to Prague. The train ride is comfortable but not too interesting because along the way there is not much to see. I have spend most of my time in reading a book and dozing. Train stops at a dozen roadside stations so that passengers often wandering and sometimes disturbing.
Once upon a time passengers in the trains used to chat and so bided time, now however, most of them enjoy their laptops or mobile phones.
The Petrin funicular links the Mala Strana (Lesser Town) district with the top of Petrin hill.
The funicular has three stops: Ujezd (at the bottom of the hill), Nebozzzek (the middle station) and Petrin (at the top of the hill).
The line was originally opened in 1891, with a length of 383 metres (1,257 ft). This line was closed with start of the First World War in 1914.
The current longer line (Length: 510 metres (1,673 ft)) opened in 1932 with a different track gauge and completely new equipment but an earth movement in 1965 caused the service to be suspended. It was reopened only in 1985.
The funicular is operated by the trams division of the city transport company.
The funicular is open daily except the regular closure in March and October:
winter season (November - March) runs from 9.00 to 23.20 hours on a 15 minute interval,
summer season (April - October) runs from 9.00 to 23.30 hours on a 10 minute interval.
The funicular is part of the Prague public transport network, so accepts the single tickets and passes used on trams, buses and the metro. You can also purchase a ticket before boarding (32.00Czk)
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Tour starts at Na Vrcholu 7, Prague 3 and offers an hour-long ride in a hot-air balloon for around 4,700Kc Monday to Friday or 5,200Kc on weekends.
The takeoff is usually from Konopiste, about 40km (25 miles) south of Prague, so your trip there can be easily combined with a visit to Konopiste Castle.
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PETRIN HILL FUNICULAR
After looking at the Communism Memorial, we walked back along Uzejd Street to the Funicular Station. We had a DAY TRANSPORT TICKET which gave us FREE travel on the Funicular railway.
It was back in 1851, when the Funicular began heading up and down Petrin Hill. AT the start, it worked on water overbalance mechanism, then in 1932, changed to electricity. It didn't operate for 20 years because of landslides, only beginning again In 1985 with new cars and a reconstructed track.
Best to take the Funicular UP THE HILL and walk back down the hill
OPERATES DAILY 9 - 11:30pm
It runs every 15 minutes in the winter seasons (October – April)
Every 10 minutes in the summer season (April – October).
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The city center has the tram network operating during the day and night. During the night (from midnight until the 4,30 a.m.) there are transferring tram lines from 51 to 59.
The tram stop which is marked with the sign =M= means that there is the possibility to get out and continue with the metro.
The intervals are variable from 2 minutes to 20 minutes.
The tickets can be bought in the automatic machines or in any tobacco store. You can also buy tickets by SMS. The same type of ticket can be used for metro, trams and buses.
Limited CZK 24.00 valid for 30 min since you mark it for the first time.
Basic CZK 32.00 valid for 90 min.
1 day CZK 110.00
3 days CZK 310.00
ticket for 5 days will cost you CZK 500.00
You should pay exrtra for a luggage bigger than 25×45×70cm (or weighting more than 50kg). The tariff is 13 CZK.
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