Travel Around Prague: Public Transport
Prague public transport is cheap, efficient and highly integrated.
It is safe to travel around Prague by tram and the metro, both during the day and at night.
|From Prague Airport, the easiest way to travel into the city is by taxi. But once in the city and checked into your hotel, it is simple to travel around Prague by public transport.|
Travel into the city from Prague Airport
There is no metro at Prague Airport, so to travel by public transport into the city involves taking a bus then the metro. If you have luggage or simply prefer a smoother journey, we advise booking a taxi using our Prague airport transfers service.
By public transport, there are two routes. Both take around one hour:
Route 1: Bus 119 from all terminals at Prague Airport to Nádraží Veleslavín metro station (line A). Then the metro to your destination in the city.
Route 2: Bus 100 from all terminals at Prague Airport to Zlicin metro station (line B). Then the metro to your destination in the city.
Fare: 32czk if you board the bus with a ticket (on sale at the Public Transport Information desk at the airport); 40czk if you buy a ticket onboard the bus (exact change required).
Travel around the city centre by public transport
Prague is a compact city, so it is a pleasure to travel around the city centre on foot or by public transport. Use taxis with caution - taxis hailed on the street can overcharge, plus there is often considerable traffic congestion.
A ticket or a pass for the public transportation network permits you to travel on trams, buses and the metro for a set period of time. Plus, it permits you to switch between the three transport modes.
There are single tickets, and 1-Day, 3-Day and 1-Month passes.
Buy tickets at newsagents, metro stations and Public Transport Information Centres. The information centres are open daily 07:00-21:00 at Prague Airport terminals 1 and 2, at Muzeum metro station (at the top of Wenceslas Square), and at Praha hlavní nádraží (main train station). Information centres also give out 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 a tourist:
|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: validate your ticket before you travel by punching it in the orange machine located at the top of the escalators on the metro, and inside trams and buses.
The Prague Metro operates daily 05:00-24:00. Metro lines operate a service every 2-3 minutes during peak hours, and 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, transporting passengers at high speed from one side of Prague to the other - Prague Metro map
| Prague Metro information
Daytime trams operate daily 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 nightly 24:00-04:30. They run every 30 minutes, and are numbered 51 through 59.
Trams cover all areas of the city centre. Most useful trams: Tram 9 runs from Wenceslas Square
in the New Town
via the National Theatre
, over the river to the Lesser Town
. Tram 22 runs from the National Theatre
over the river to the Lesser Town Square
, and up to Prague Castle
(a nice scenic route) -
Prague Tram map
| PRAGUE FUNICULAR RAILWAY|
A funicular railway runs from Újezd in the Lesser Town to the top of Petrin Hill. At the summit, set in landscaped gardens, is Petrin Observation Tower, a mirror maze and an observatory. The funicular also stops half way up the hill at Nebozizek Restaurant.
The funicular operates daily 09:00-23:30, every 10 minutes in the summer, 15 minutes in the winter.
The funicular railway forms part of the Prague public transport network, so tickets and passes used on trams, buses and the metro (see public transport tickets) can also be used to ride the funicular - more info.
|For information on travelling to Prague by aeroplane, train or bus: Prague travel guide.|
| £1 = 34czk|
| €1 = 26czk|
| $1 = 24czk|