Prague Integrated Transport
The city of Prague has an excellent integrated transport system consisting of three metro lines, twenty-four tram lines and numerous bus lines.
The underground metro trains come fast and often, and are no doubt very useful for commuters who live in outlying districts, but the stations I tried are so far below the surface that it takes several minutes on the escalators to get down to the tracks and back up again, so if you are only going a short distance it would be nearly as fast to walk there. (And you would see more of the city.)
The most useful option for me was tram line 22, since it went from my hotel to the Dvořák Museum, the National Theater, the Franz Kafka Museum and Prague Castle. Lines 9, 17 and 22 are "arterial tram lines" which run twice as often as the others, so waiting times are minimal.
Various ticketing options are available, such as a basic one-way adult ticket with transfers included, for 26 CZK (slightly more than one Euro), or a 24-hour adult ticket for 100 CZK (a little over four Euros).
There are reduced rates for "seniors", but only those between 60 and 70 with a "Senior 60-70 card". I was just starting to get annoyed about this (why should these young folks get all the breaks?) when I noticed a sentence near the bottom of the page reading:
"Children up to the age of 10 and persons over the age of 70 with a valid ID travel free of charge."
OK, I've got a valid ID, namely my American passport with my photo and date of birth, so I just traveled with that. Nobody ever asked to see my ticket, but I assume I was legal.
Update 2014: I think I was legal at the time, but now for us older folks it is necessary to have an “Opencard” loaded with the “Special fare certificate for seniors over the age of 70" (certificate price 20 CZK). Only then are we allowed to ride for free.
Second photo: Tram 22 at Náměsti Miru, near my hotel.
Third photo: Folder "Getting Around Prague".
Deluxe transportation from the airport to hotel
When planning the trip we looked for different ways about how to go from the aiport to the hotel. The hotel was near Stare Mesto, and we saw that in public transport it was needed to take a bus and tram and it took quite a long time to arrive to the hotel. As we were in a hurry to arrive to the hotel and we were carrying on several suitcases we decided the best way was to book transportation with Prague Airport Transfers. There are several options (private berlina, share van,..). We booked a private berlina that happened to be a luxury Mercedes. When we arrived to the arrivals area of the airport the driver was there with a blackboard with our name. He weared a suit and looked very professional. He took our lugaggue, gave us the welcome to Prague, a guide and a map. And during the way to the hotel, he showed us some of the locations we were passing through. It took only 25 minutes to arrive to the hotel. The price is fixed and is published in the website. You can pay in local currency or euros, avoiding in this way changing currency at the airport. If i am coming back to Prague, I will book the transportation with them again. No doubt.
Segway & bike
I was planing to rent a bike, the next day after arriving to Prague, but unfortunately the next day it was a heavy rain, all day long. There is company called City Bike Prague which offer wide range of bike rentals, including electrical bikes. The company is operating 7 days a week from 9 am till 7 pm, from April till October.
The prices are:
- first 2 hours 300 CZK (13 euros)
- every hour after is 50 CZK (2,30 euros)
- 24 hour rental is 650 CZK (28 euros)
Besides bike tour there is possibility of segway renting, which is much more expensive:
- segway city tour cost 1.990 CZK (75 euros)
- morning tour cost 1.250 CZK (45 euros)
- Prague by night cost 1.250 CZK (45 euros).
Excellent Public transport
Public transport is unbelievably excellent. you need not to wait for more than 5 minutes to any direction not even on sundays.
the ticket machines does not accept note, only coins.
24 hr ticket. 110 krone
72 hr : 310 krone .
Although i could not find this 72 hr ticket option on the ticket machine.
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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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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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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