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Prague Travel Guide: Travel Around by Public Transport

Public transport in Prague is cheap, efficient and highly integrated.
The easiest way to travel into Prague from Prague Airport is by taxi. But 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

There is no metro station at Prague Airport, so to travel into Prague by public transport requires taking a bus then a metro. If you have luggage or prefer a smoother journey, we advise booking an airport transfer.

To travel by public transport into the city, there are two main routes. Both take around one hour:

Route 1: Bus 119 from all terminals at Prague Airport to Nádraží Veleslavín metro station (line A), then take a metro to your destination.

Route 2: Bus 100 from all terminals at Prague Airport to Zlicin metro station (line B), then take a metro to your destination.
Prague Airport
Prague Airport
Fare: 32czk if you board the bus with a ticket (on sale at the Public Transport Information Centre at the airport, from the orange/yellow ticket machines located by the airport exit doors, and at the bus stop).
40czk if you purchase a ticket onboard the bus (exact change is required).

Travel around Prague by Public Transport

Prague's city centre is compact, so once you have dropped your bags at your hotel it is simple to travel around on foot or by public transport (use taxis with caution - taxis hailed on the street can overcharge).

A single ticket for the public transportation network permits you to travel on the Metro, trams and buses for a set period of time. Plus it allows you to switch between the three transport modes.

There are also 1-Day, 3-Day and 1-Month passes.

Purchase tickets from metro stations, newsagents and Public Transport Information Centres, and from orange/yellow ticket machines located at major tram and bus stops, and inside newer trams.
Public Transport Ticket Machine in Prague
Public Transport Ticket Machine
Public Transport Information Centres are open daily 07:00/08:00-20:00/21:00 at Prague Airport (T1 and T2), at Muzeum metro station (top of Wenceslas Square), and at Praha hlavní nádraží (Main Train Station). Visitors can also pick up tram and metro maps.

The full fares structure is complicated by reductions for holders of Czech issued ID. For simplicity, we have summarised the fares readily available to foreign visitors:
Public Transport Tickets
(valid on Metro/trams/buses)
Adults & Students Seniors
70+yrs
(must carry a passport or photo ID)
Children
10-15yrs
(must carry a passport or photo ID)
Children
0-9 yrs
(6yrs+ must carry a passport or photo ID)
Single Ticket for 90 minutes travel 32czk free 16czkfree
Single Ticket for 30 minutes travel 24czk free 12czkfree
1-Day Pass (24 hours) 110czk free 55czkfree
3-Day Pass (72 hours) 310czk free 310czkfree
1-Month Pass 670czk free 670czkfree

Ticket validation: Validate your ticket by punching it in the orange machine at the top of the escalators on the Metro, and inside trams and buses.
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Prague Metro METRO
The Prague Metro covers all areas of the city centre, and operates 05:00-24:00.

Metro lines run a service every 2-3 minutes during peak hours, and every 4-9 minutes after 19:00.

There are 3 metro lines: A (green), B (yellow), C (red).

The Metro is safe and reliable, running at high speed from one side of Prague to the other.

Prague Metro map | Prague Metro information.
Prague Metro
Prague Metro
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Prague Trams
Prague Trams
Prague Trams TRAMS
The tram network covers all areas of the city centre. 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, and every 8-15 minutes at weekends.

Night trams operate 24:00-04:30, and run every 30 minutes.

Most useful trams: Tram 9 runs from Wenceslas Square to the National Theatre, then over the river to the Lesser Town; Tram 22 runs from the National Theatre over the river to the Lesser Town, then up to Prague Castle.

Prague tram map.
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Prague Metro BUS
The bus network primarily serves the outskirts of Prague, areas where the Metro and trams do not reach. Buses often terminate at metro stations or tram stops in or near the city centre, providing people living outside Prague with an efficient means of travelling into the city.

Travelling from Prague Airport into the city by public transport is one such journey (see above).

Daytime buses operate 04:30-24:00.
Buses run every 6-8 minutes in peak hours, every 10-20 minutes off-peak, and every 15-30 minutes at weekends.

Night buses operate 24:00-04:30, and run every 30-60 minutes.

Prague bus map.
Prague Metro
Prague Bus
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Funicular Railway at Petrin in Prague
Funicular Railway
Prague Funicular Railway FUNICULAR RAILWAY
The funicular railway runs from Újezd in the Lesser Town to the top of Petrin Hill, with a stop half way at Nebozizek Restaurant.

At the summit of Petrin, set amongst landscaped gardens, are the Petrin Observation Tower, a mirror maze and an observatory.

The funicular operates 09:00-23:30.
It runs every 10 minutes in the summer, and every 15 minutes in the winter, in both directions.

The funicular railway forms part of the Prague public transport network, so the same tickets and passes used on the Metro, trams and buses can also be used to ride the funicular (see public transport tickets).
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Prague Trains TRAINS
Praha hlavní nádraží train station
The main train station in Prague is Praha hlavní nádraží, which is near Wenceslas Square.
Metro: Hlavní nádraží - metro map (line C).

Nádraží Praha-Holešovice train station
A second railway station is located just outside the city centre, Nádraží Praha-Holešovice.
Metro: Nádraží Holešovice - metro map (line C).

Train Times & Ticket Reservations
Check train times and book tickets at České dráhy (Czech Railways). Information is in Czech, English and German (select 'en' or 'de' on the top right-hand corner of the website). Or, buy tickets from any train station.
Prague Trains
Prague Trains
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More Information
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