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
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
| 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:
|Single Ticket for 90 minutes travel
|Single Ticket for
30 minutes travel
|1-Day Pass (24 hours)
|3-Day Pass (72 hours)
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.
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
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
|| 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).
Our Prague travel guide has information on how to get to Prague.
| £1 = 28czk|
| €1 = 25czk|
| $1 = 22czk|