The best way to travel in Prague is by public transportation. The Prague metro, trams and buses are cheap, easy to use and very reliable. Prague's little streets were never meant for cars so they are less efficient here.
So, if you're not walking, Prague is best explored by
using its excellent metro system. It's relatively cheap
and very easy to use.
This page outlines the basic information you need to travel in Prague hassle free.
You will soon find out that it's all about buying tickets, stamping the tickets and following your route - very simple indeed.
These are the basics to keep you moving in the city carefree. If you have any trouble just ask someone on the streets. You will easily find someone to help you.
• 3 ways to get around: metro, tram and bus. Each part is very reliable and punctual.
• Buy tickets first. You can buy tickets in metro stations or where most newspapers are sold.
• Tickets are time sensitive. Put them into the little yellow machines on the trams and buses and at the entrance to the metro.
• Ticket inspectors may approach you and ask to see your ticket. If you don't have a ticket or if you didn't use yours properly, they will fine you on the spot.
Mind your things as you travel in Prague. Pickpockets like crowded areas like trams and metros. And, always buy a ticket. It's tempting to cheat the system, but the last thing you want is a problem with ticket inspectors. They aren't always friendly.
You can buy tickets in metro stations, newspaper shops
and in some small grocery stores. Generally, tickets are
sold in most places that sell newspapers.
Many stores that sell tickets (and newspapers) are called Tabák or Trafika.
Inside each metro station you will find coin operated
machines that dispense individual tickets. See photo.
All tickets are valid on all parts of the metro system, tram - metro - bus and funicular.
Make sure you validate your ticket before going down the steps or escalators of the metro and when you board a bus or tram.
• Short Term Ticket: 24 CZK, 30 minutes. These
are for short journeys, but can be very useful since you
might only need to go one direction before returning later
in the day. They are valid 30 minutes you may transfer
within the system freely.
• Basic Ticket: 32 CZK, 90 minutes. These tickets are the most common choices. If you go to a shop and ask for tickets, these are the standard ones. You can use them up to 90 minutes which makes them very flexible. But, if you're going just one way to the castle, for example, you might consider the cheaper short term ticket above.
• 1 Day Ticket: 110 CZK, 24 hours.
These are great if you know you're going to use the metro
system extensively over one day. But, it's often just
better to buy single basic tickets.
• 3 Day Ticket: 310 CZK, 72 hours. These are perfect for a weekend stay, etc. Buy these and you don't have to worry about tickets for awhile. These allow the free accompaniment of one child (6 - 15 years).
To be honest, many young children and seniors are often overlooked by ticket controllers. But technically they need tickets too. Children means someone between 6 and 15 years and Senior is anyone over 60.
Rates for Children and Seniors:
• Short Term Ticket - 12 CZK, 30 minutes
• Basic Ticket - 16 CZK, 90 minutes
• 1 Day Ticket - 55 CZK, 24 hours
• 3 Day Ticket - 310 CZK, 72 hours (no discount available)
You can now buy single tickets via SMS on most mobile
phones, making travel in Prague even easier.
Send the corresponding codes to the number 902 06 and you will
receive an SMS with your ticket details.
DPT24 for 24 CZK,
DPT32 for 32 CZK, 90 minutes
There are three metro lines in Prague: A (green on map), B (yellow) and C (red). The metro operates from 5 am to midnight. They are highly efficient with stations near most points of interest.
The metro stations in the center of Prague are quite deep
underground. They have long escalators and sometimes
stairs going down to the platforms.
And, only some have elevators. Most stations have an attendant in a booth upstairs. You can buy tickets here or try to get information. They probably don't speak English though.
There are numerous trams that cross the city. These are
great for shorter rides or for a cheap tour of Prague.
Trams generally run till midnight and then night trams
service the city.
Night trams have different numbers and consolidated
lines. So, they aren't identical to the standard tram
If you plan to use night trams, be prepared to wait
longer and you might check their schedule beforehand to
better plan your night.
Strollers and prams go in the back and dogs go in the front. Schedules for each tram are posted at each stop.
Generally younger people stand up and let older people sit down on public transportation. It's common courtesy here.
The Nostalgia Tram No. 41 crosses the city on weekends from April - October. It starts at the Public Transport Museum and ends in the beautiful Stromovka Park. It's definitely a unique experience and worth taking - and it's great for kids.
Buses are another reliable to travel in Prague. At times
they can be crowded during peak times but their service is
generally quite good.
Prague buses access many of the smaller areas and suburbs
of Prague. This means if you're here for a few short days,
then you probably won't even use a bus.
Buses will take you to harder to reach places outside of the city center. And, they can be great for day trips from Prague. Many villages, castle ruins and chateaus can be found quite readily by bus.
Passengers can buy tickets directly from the driver for 40 CZK. If you are traveling outside of Prague, check the fare schedules to verify which ticket is appropriate.Lastly... it's customary to stand up for very small children and older people on the bus since it's harder for them to hold on while the bus is moving.
Prague's funicular is a great way to access Petřín Park. The route has three stops and is great if you don't want to walk up the hill. Standard tickets apply. The nearest tram stop at the base of the hill is Ujezd.
At the top you'll find a couple of great stops for kids and adults alike. There's a fun House of Mirrors (Bludiště), Prague's version of the Eiffel Tower and Stefanik's Planetary Observatory.
Petřín Park has a number of trails to stroll
along and gorgeous views of Prague
Castle. and Malá Strana. You can stop in the
middle and lounge at the outdoor cafe or grab an ice cream
or beer in the garden at the top.
Public transport in Prague is operated by DPP. Their web site for more information is very useful and has English pages here.
To plan a specific trip in Prague try their Journey Planner.