Travel Around Prague by Public Transport
Public transport in Prague is cheap, efficient and highly integrated.
The easiest way to travel from Prague Airport into Prague is by taxi.
Once in the city and checked into your hotel, it is simple to travel around by metro and tram.
Travel into Prague from the Airport
|Fare: 40 CZK. At Prague Airport, purchase tickets from a Public Transport Information Centre, which are located in the arrivals halls at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, or from an orange ticket machine. The machines are situated by the airport exit doors and at the airport bus stops.|
Travel around Prague: Public Transport Tickets and Passes
|The city centre in Prague is compact. After arriving in the centre and dropping your bags at your hotel, it is simple to travel around Prague on foot or by public transport (use taxis with caution - taxis hailed on the street can overcharge).|
A ticket for the Prague public transport network permits travel on the Prague Metro, trams and buses for a set period of time: 30 minutes or 90 minutes.
There are also 1-Day, 3-Day and 1-Month passes.
All tickets and passes permit unlimited switching between the three modes of transport.
Buy tickets at Public Transport Information Centres, metro stations, newsagents, and from the orange ticket machines located inside trams and at major tram stops and bus stops.
Public Transport Ticket Machine
|Payment must be by contactless credit card or mobile device only from certain ticket machines, for example inside trams.
Other ticket machines and ticket sellers accept payment by credit card, mobile device or in cash (Czech Crowns).
In addition to selling tickets, Public Transport Information Centres
also provide information and maps.
The centres are open every day from 07:00/08:00 to 20:00/21:00 at Prague Airport (Terminal 1 & Terminal 2), at Můstek metro station (bottom of Wenceslas Square, by the exit for 28. října street), and at Prague Main Train Station (Praha hlavní nádraží).
The full fares structure for public transport tickets in Prague is quite complicated, due to reductions offered to holders of Czech issued ID.
Therefore, the following table is a summary of the public transport tickets available to tourists.
30 minutes travel
|Ticket for 90 minutes travel
|1-Day Pass (24 hours)
(includes Petrin Funicular)
|3-Day Pass (72 hours)
(includes Petrin Funicular)
|Ticket for Petrin Funicular (one-way)
|Ticket Validation: Once you have bought a ticket, it must be validated at the time of travel. Punch the ticket in one of the orange or yellow machines located at the entrance to the metro, or inside trams and buses.
Free Travel: Seniors 65+ years and children 0-14 years are eligible for free travel, and do not require a ticket. They must carry a passport/photo ID with their date of birth (DOB) and present it for inspection if requested by a transport official.
Buy funicular tickets at the base, top and halfway stops of the funicular.
You can travel on the funicular for free if you buy a 1-Day, 3-Day or 1-Month Pass.
Travel around Prague: Modes of Transport
The Prague Metro and trams are the main modes of public transport in the city centre.
Buses and trains bring people into the city from the outskirts of Prague and further afield.
The Prague Metro covers all areas of the city centre, and extends some distance into the suburbs.
There are 3 metro lines: A (green), B (yellow) & C (red).
The Metro operates 05:00-24:00.
Each metro line runs a service every 2-3 minutes during peak times, every 4-9 minutes after 19:00.
The Prague Metro is safe and reliable, with trains running at high speed from one side of the city to the other.Prague Metro map
| Prague Metro information
The Prague tram network covers all areas of the city centre, and extends some distance into the suburbs.
Daytime trams operate 04:30-24:00.
The most popular trams run every 4 minutes. Other trams run every 8-10 minutes during the week, every 8-15 minutes at weekends.
Night trams run every 30 minutes from 24:00-04:30.
Most useful trams for tourists:
-tram 9 runs from Wenceslas Square
to the National Theatre
, then crosses the river to serve the Lesser Town
-trams 22 and 23 run from the National Theatre
, over the river to the Lesser Town
, then up to Prague Castle
.Prague tram map
The Prague bus network serves the outskirts of Prague, areas where the Metro and trams do not reach.
Buses terminate at metro stations and tram stops situated in or near the city centre, to facilitate onward travel around Prague by tram or metro.
An example is the journey from Prague Airport into the city, which involves catching a bus then a metro (see above
Daytime buses operate 04:30-24:00.
Buses run every 6-8 minutes during peak times, every 10-20 minutes off-peak, and every 15-30 minutes at weekends.
Night buses run every 30-60 minutes from 24:00-04:30.Prague bus map
|Train Times & Ticket Reservations|
Check train times and book tickets at České dráhy (Czech Railways). Information is in English and Czech.
Alternatively, purchase train tickets in advance or on the day of travel from any Prague railway station. Tickets are generally available right up to the time of departure.
For information on travelling to Prague: Travel to Prague.
|£1 = 28 CZK|
|€1 = 24 CZK|
|$1 = 23 CZK|