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Getting around in Prague: info, costs and tips


The City of 100 Towers is one of the most popular destinations and requests from tourists. This city is charming in every season. Spring and summer are certainly preferable for pleasant temperatures and flower parks; however, the magical atmosphere of the Christmas period, often whitened by snow, has its why. With an enchanting fairytale allure and of yesteryear, the city has so much to offer. What's more, it is conveniently located for other delightful and interesting locations in Bohemia and the Czech Republic.

To make your stay easier, here's everything you need to know about how to get around Prague: info, costs and advice!
Visiting Prague on foot is the best choice also from an emotional point of view. The advice is to take a guided walking tour, even better if with a local guide, for a first approach to the city, or integrate it with a city tour by bus and boat, to become familiar with the points of reference and then be able to move around autonomy.

To move quickly from one area to another it is recommended to use public transport which is punctual and above all very cheap. Tram and subway are perfect for the city center, buses for suburbs.
For the different media yes always use the same type of ticket: during its time validity you can therefore easily switch from one vehicle to another. Remember to always validate the ticket upon departure. Very convenient is the Prague card that allows you to take advantage of free admissions to 60 monuments and more discounts for many other attractions of the city including the unmissable Castle, various museums and the tourist bus.




Index

  1. How to get from the airport to the center of Prague
  2. How to get around on foot
  3. Con i mezzi pubblici
  4. By car
  5. User questions and comments
  • Recommended solutions and means: foot, tram, metro
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Prague Card (from € 71,00 -), daily carnet book (from € 4,00), 72 h vehicle pass (from € 11,50)

How to get from the airport to the center of Prague


The international airport Václav Havel Airport Prague (formerly called Prague Ruzyně International Airport), it is the main arrival point of the Czech Republic. It is approximately 15 km away and has 3 terminals.

If you want to reach the city center, opt for the taxi, the fare starts from the "Departure rate": 40,00 CZK (€ 1,50) and for each km the price usually amounts to 23,90 CZK (€ 0,89). There is also a fee for each minute of waiting equal to CZK 5,00 / 6,00 (€ 0,19-0,23). A shared airport transfer by minibus costs around € 10,00 per person.
As regards'bus, Lines 119 and 100 lead to the metro stations where you can change to reach your destination. There is also it Special Airport Express-AE bus: runs to the city's main train station, Hlavní Nádraží, which is located on the C (red) metro line. Stop at the transit area in front of the check-in area of ​​Terminal 1, in service 5: 30-22: 30. Departure every 15-30 minutes.



Václav Havel Airport Prague

  • Distance from the center: 15 km / travel time: 30 min;
  • By taxi: average cost € 10,00 / travel time: 20 min
  • By bus: average cost € 0,95 / lines 119 and 110
  • Private transfer: shared airport transfer by minibus from approximately € 10,00

How to get around on foot

Prague is one city ​​to visit on foot because the historic center is small and concentrated, largely pedestrianized. To discover the wonders of the city, you will walk through picturesque alleys and long avenues, on paved and cobbled streets, for this reason we recommend you to take a guided walking tour, even better if with a local guide, for a first approach to the city, or integrate it with a tour of the city by bus and boat, to familiarize yourself with the landmarks and then be able to move independently.
Typical neighborhoods and main attractions such as the Castle, Josevof, Malá Strana, Staré Město, Nové Město, but also parks and gardens, are well suited for relaxing scenic walks.

The beauty of getting around on foot is that you can discover hidden corners that would hardly be noticed on public transport. Be careful to cross only on pedestrian crossings and when authorized because motorists do not have much patience with careless pedestrians. If you want to visit all the attractions of the historic center on foot, it will take some time, at least a couple of days.


Con i mezzi pubblici

Public transport in Prague they work really well and they are inexpensive. Tourists and locals can travel from one part of the city to another via bus, metro e tram using the same ticket (32,00 CZK / € 1,26, valid for 90 min). the ticket must be stamped at the departure of the first means of transport used as the stamping indicates the start of the validity period. If you change your vehicle, you simply need to keep the ticket without stamping it again. The ticket validation machines are located at the entrance to the metro stations and on board the vehicles, near the doors of trams and buses.

To these conventional means are added the funicular of Pterin, a historic vehicle from the end of the 800th century that starts from the Ujezd tram stop and arrives on the Petrin hill, ei Ferries that allow you to admire the beauty of the Vltava.


bus

Buses are mainly used to reach the peripheral districts, areas not served by subway and tram, as well as various locations in the vicinity of Prague. They are also a valuable means of transport at night when the metro is closed. The night buses they enter service at midnight and are in circulation until 4:30 in the morning; they operate with intervals of 30-60 min.

You can only get on the bus from the door next to the driver. Once on board you can follow the route thanks to special screens and recorded voices that indicate the current position and the next stop. The stops reporting the M sign are the "strategic" ones, from where you can continue by metro checks are very frequent especially towards tourists and are carried out on the most used lines. The frequency of the races varies: at peak times they run approximately every 6-8 min, at other times every 10-20 min, and at the weekend the frequency is reduced. The bus ticket is also valid on the metro and tram.

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  • Ticket / single ride cost: 30 min ticket CZK 24,00 (€ 0,94), 90 min ticket CZK 32,00 (€ 1,25)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day pass 110,00 CZK (€ 4,00), 72-hour pass 310,00 CZK (€ 11,50), 1-month pass 550 CZK (approx. € 21,00).

Metro

Definitely the preferred public transport in Prague. The metro is relatively recent because it was built thirty years ago, it is very clean and comfortable. It works every day from 5 in the morning to midnight. It covers a total length of over 65 km and offers rapid and frequent runs, every two / three minutes during peak hours. There are 3 lines (green, yellow and red) that serve the different areas of the city.

Line A - green (17 stations) is the most used by tourists because it touches the highlights of the city center: the Castle, Malá Strana, Staré Město, Nové Město and Wenceslas Square. Line B - yellow (24 stations) connects the south-west to the east of the city, while Line C - red (20 stations) connects the north with the south of the city. At each station they are available free of charge subway maps. The metro ticket is also valid on buses and trams.


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  • from 5:00 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 30 min ticket CZK 24,00 (€ 0,94), 90 min ticket CZK 32,00 (€ 1,25)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day pass 110,00 CZK (€ 4,00), 72-hour pass 310,00 CZK (€ 11,50), 1-month pass 550,00 CZK (approx. € 21,00).

Tram

Modern or vintage, Prague's trams cover much of the city and represent the best solution to reach all those areas not served by other means. The daytime trams (22 lines) operate from 4:30 am to midnight and have a frequency of 8-10 min, the night trams (9 lines) cover the remaining time slot with a frequency of about 40 minutes. Although slower than the other means of transport, the tram is a great way suggestive.

For tourists, the number 22 which crosses the historic center reaching the most important parts of the city: in fact it reaches Hradčany, the Castle, Loreto and the Strahov Monastery, and along the way, looking out the windows, you can admire enchanting views. Unmissable and unforgettable experience for the tourist is a trip on the historic tram 91, the Nostalgic Tram. Active only from April to November, it is a vehicle with the appearance of the very first old trams. On any tram you can use the metro and bus ticket, except for the historic 91: it leaves every 60 minutes from 12:00 to 17:35 and the ticket is purchased directly from the controller (35,00 CZK / € 1,30, ).

  • Downloadable map:
  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 30 min ticket CZK 24,00 (€ 0,94), 90 min ticket CZK 32,00 (€ 1,25)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day pass 110,00 CZK (€ 4,00), 72-hour pass 310,00 CZK (€ 11,50), 1-month pass 550,00 CZK (approx. € 21,00).

By car

Public transport is so efficient and cheap that driving in Prague is strongly inconvenient. If, for example, after your stay in the capital, you intend to continue on the road through Bohemia or the Czech Republic, the advice is to leave the car at your accommodation during the days of visiting Prague and turn it around with the means.

Having said that, if for any reason you can't do without it, know that to drive in Prague a driving license obtained in a European country is enough and remember to bring the international RCA with you, the so-called Green Card. traffic rules they are similar to the Italian ones and the direction of travel is right-hand drive and left overtaking. The main obligations are: headlights on even during the day, front and rear seat belts fastened, having the triangle, first aid kit and reflective vest on board. Strict observance of right of way, speed limits, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. Pay close attention in the give way to buses and trams.

ZTL

In Prague there are Low Emission Areas, or areas of the city to access which it is necessary to be in possession of environmental badges based on regulations and any local exceptions in force.

In the environmental zone Prague 1, the area that covers almost the entire area of ​​the administrative district of Prague 1, there is a traffic ban for buses and trucks, while vehicles of the EURO 4-6 classes can circulate, but they must register with the city of Prague in good time . In the environmental zone Prague 2, which covers almost the entire area of ​​Prague 1 and Prague 2 and extends between the Vodičkova - Lazarská - Myslíkova - Masarykovo nábřeží - Resslova and Karlovo náměstí streets, there is a traffic ban for trucks (N2, N3), while the vehicles of the EURO 4-6 classes can circulate, but they must register with the city of Prague in good time. Access to the aforementioned areas without prior registration entails sanctions ranging from € 60,00 to € 100,00.
You can find all the necessary info and regulations on the official website of the city of Prague.

Stops and parking

Park your car in Prague it is not easy. Most of the street parking lots are paid and are divided into zones with different colors: blue, orange and purple. The blue zone is reserved for residents with season tickets. In some areas, duly indicated with specific road signs, non-residents can park their car for a maximum of 3 hours after paying for parking (online payment only). In the orange areas, residents and non-residents can park for a maximum of 2 hours, paying online or via the nearby parking meters. In the purple zones, residents with a season ticket can park without restrictions, while non-residents can use the parking lot for up to 24 hours, paying online or via nearby parking meters. Minimum of CZK 20,00 (€ 0,75) for a 2 hour stop.

To avoid risks and problems, the most convenient solution is to park near the metro stations where the very convenient ones are available P + R (Park and Ride): leave your car and use public transport with a discounted ticket.

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