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 you are in the city centre and checked into your hotel, it is simple to travel around Prague by public transport (by metro and tram).
Travel into Prague from the Airport
|Fare: 40 CZK. At Prague Airport, purchase your ticket from one of the orange ticket machines located by the airport exit doors, at the bus stops, and inside the buses.
Alternatively, you can buy tickets and get travel information and maps from the Public Transport Information Centres located in the arrivals halls at both Terminal 1 and 2.
Open: Daily 07:00-21:00.
Travel around Prague: Public Transport Tickets
|The city centre in Prague is compact. After dropping your bags at your hotel, it is simple to travel around Prague either on foot or on 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, 90 minutes, 24 hours, 72 hours and one month.
Tickets permit unlimited switching between the three transport modes.
Purchase tickets from the orange ticket machines located inside the trams and buses, at metro stations, at major tram and bus stops, and at Public Transport Information Centres.
Public Transport Ticket Machine
|The ticket machines inside trams and buses accept payment by contactless credit card or mobile device.|
Other ticket machines and kiosks accept payment by contactless credit card, mobile device and cash - Czech Crowns (CZK).
The full fares structure for public transport tickets in Prague is complicated by reductions offered to holders of Czech issued ID.
Therefore, the following table is a summary of public transport tickets available to tourists.
|Petrin Funicular (one-way)
|Ticket Validation: Once you have a ticket, it must be validated at the time of travel:
-Tickets bought inside trams and buses are automatically validated.
-Other tickets must be validated manually: punch your ticket in one of the orange validation machines located inside trams and buses, and at the entrance to the metro.
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 a funicular ticket at the base, halfway stop, and top of the funicular. Holders of 24 hours, 72 hours and 1-Month tickets can travel for free.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION CENTRES
Public Transport Information Centres sell tickets and provide information and maps.
Locations: Prague Airport (Terminal 1 and 2); Můstek metro station (bottom of Wenceslas Square - metro exit: 28. října street); and Prague Main Train Station (Praha hlavní nádraží).
Open: Daily 07:00/08:00 to 20:00/21:00.
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 transport people into the city from suburbs and outside Prague.
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 = 27 CZK|
|€1 = 24 CZK|
|$1 = 22 CZK|