Travel Around Prague: Public Transport
Public transport in Prague is cheap, efficient and highly integrated.
The easiest way to travel into the city from Prague Airport is by taxi, but once in the city and checked into your hotel, it is simple and safe to travel around by public transport.
|Travel into the city centre from Prague Airport|
|Fare: 32czk if you board the bus with a ticket (on sale at the Public Transport Information Centre in the airport or from the orange/yellow ticket machines located by the exit doors and at the bus stop); 40czk if you purchase a ticket onboard the bus (exact change is required).
|Travel around the city centre by public transport
| Prague's city centre is compact, so it is simple to travel around either on foot or by public transport. But use taxis with caution - taxis hailed on the street can overcharge, and there is often traffic congestion.
A single fare ticket for the public transportation network permits you to travel on all metros, 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.
Tickets and passes are on sale at metro stations, Public Transport Information Centres, newsagents, and from orange/yellow ticket machines located at major tram and bus stops, and inside some of the newer trams.
Public Transport Ticket Machine
| Public Transport Information Centres are open daily 07:00/08:00-20:00/21:00 at Prague Airport terminals 1 and 2, at Muzeum metro station (top of Wenceslas Square), and at Praha hlavní nádraží (train station). They also stock free 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 tourists:
|Single Ticket: 90 minutes travel||32czk||16czk||free|
|Short-term Single Ticket:|
30 minutes travel
|1-Day Pass (24 hours)||110czk||55czk||free|
|3-Day Pass (72 hours)||310czk||310czk||free|
|1-Month Pass ||670czk||670czk||free|
Ticket validation: you need to validate your ticket by punching it in the orange machine at the top of the escalators on the metro, and inside trams and buses.
The Prague Metro 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) and C (red). These cover all areas of the city centre.
The Prague Metro is safe and reliable, running at high speed from one side of Prague to the other.
Prague Metro map
| Prague Metro information
| PRAGUE FUNICULAR RAILWAY
The funicular railway operates 09:00-23:30.
It runs every 10 minutes in the summer and 15 minutes in the winter, in both directions.
The funicular 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 railway forms part of the Prague public transport network, so the same tickets and passes used on trams, buses and the metro can also be used to ride the funicular (see public transport tickets).
Funicular Railway in Prague
|For information on travelling to Prague by aeroplane, train or bus: Prague travel guide.|
| £1 = 28czk|
| €1 = 26czk|
| $1 = 22czk|