Public Transport Information: Travel around Prague
Public transport in Prague is cheap, efficient and highly integrated.
While the easiest way to travel into the city from Prague Airport is by taxi, you can also take a bus then change to the Metro.
Once checked in to your hotel, it is simple to travel around Prague by public transport.
Travel into Prague from the Airport by public transport
|There is no metro station at Prague Airport, so to travel into Prague by public transport requires taking a bus then a metro.|
There are two routes. Both take around one hour:
Route 1: Bus 119 from either Terminal 1 or 2 at Prague Airport to Nádraží Veleslavín metro station (line A), then change to the Metro.
Route 2: Bus 100 from either Terminal 1 or 2 at Prague Airport to Zlicin metro station (line B), then change to the Metro.
Fare: 40 CZK. Purchase tickets from one of the orange ticket machines located by the airport exit doors, at airport bus stops, and inside buses.
Prague Airport (PRG)
|You can also purchase tickets and get travel information from a Public Transport Information Centre. At the airport these are located in the arrivals halls at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.|
Open: Daily 07:00-21:00.
|Note: If you have a lot of luggage or prefer a faster, smoother journey we advise booking airport transfers.|
Travel around Prague by Public Transport
The city centre is compact. After dropping your bags at your hotel, it is easy to travel around Prague either on foot or by public transport (use taxis with caution, they 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.
All tickets permit unlimited switching between the modes of public transport.
WHERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Purchase tickets from an orange ticket machine, which are located inside trams and buses, at metro stations, at major tram and bus stops, and Public Transport Information Centres.
Ticket machines inside trams and buses accept payment by contactless credit card and mobile device.
Other ticket machines accept payment by contactless credit card, mobile device, and in cash (Czech Crowns (CZK)).
Note: Passengers intending to purchase a ticket inside a tram or bus using contactless payment are required to board the vehicle by the door with the contactless payment symbol on.
Public Transport Ticket Machine
Once you have a ticket, it must be validated at the time of travel:
-Tickets bought from a machine inside a tram or bus are validated automatically.
-Tickets bought elsewhere must be validated manually by punching them in a yellow or orange ticket validation machine. These are located inside trams and buses, and at the entrance to metro stations.
The following table lists public transport tickets available to tourists (discounted tickets available to local residents are not shown).
Contactless Payment Symbol
| 30 minutes
| 90 minutes
| 24 hours
| 72 hours
| Petrin Funicular Railway (one-way)
|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 be ready to present it for inspection if requested by a transport official.|
PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION CENTRES
Public Transport Information Centres sell tickets and provide information and maps.
The main centres are located at:
-Prague Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2);
-Nádraží Veleslavín metro station (line A),
-Můstek metro station (lines A & B) (bottom of Wenceslas Square by metro exit "28. října");
-Prague Main Station (Praha hlavní nádraží).
Open: Daily 07:00 to 21:00.
MODES OF public 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 outside Prague, both from within Czechia and from other European countries.
The Prague Metro serves all areas of the city centre, and extends well into the suburbs. The Metro is safe and reliable, with trains travelling at high speed.
Prague Metro operates 05:00-24:00.
There are 3 metro lines: A (green), B (yellow) & C (red).
Each metro line runs a service every 2-4 minutes during peak times, every 4-10 minutes off-peak.
Prague Metro map
| Prague Metro information
The Prague tram network serves all areas of the city centre, and extends well into the suburbs. Trams are safe and reliable, and provide a reasonably quick means of transport.
Daytime trams operate 05:00-00:30.
Trams run every 4-8 minutes during peak times, every 5-20 minutes off-peak.
Night trams operate 00:30-05:00, and run every 30 minutes.
Most useful trams for tourists:
-Tram 9 runs through Wenceslas Square
, onto the National Theatre
, and across the river to the Lesser Town
-Trams 22 and 23 run by the National Theatre
, across the river to the Lesser Town
, and travel up to Prague Castle
Prague tram map
The Prague bus network transports people into the city from outside Prague, from areas not served by the Metro and trams.
Buses terminate near metro stations and tram stops, to facilitate onward travel around the city by tram or metro.
One example is the journey from Prague Airport (see above
Daytime buses operate 04:30-00:30.
Buses run every 6-8 minutes during peak times, every 15-20 minutes off-peak.
Night buses operate 00:30-04:30, and run every 30 or 60 minutes.
Prague bus map
Petrin Funicular Railway
|| FUNICULAR RAILWAY|
The Petrin Funicular Railway runs from Újezd street (tram stop Újezd) in the Lesser Town to the top of Petrin Hill. There is a halfway stop at Nebozizek Restaurant, both on the way up and on the return journey.
At the top of Petrin Hill are landscaped gardens, the Petrin Tower, a mirror maze, an observatory, and a carousel (in summer).
There are two funiculars, which depart at the same time from each end: as one rises the other descends.
The Petrin Funicular Railway operates 08:00-23:00: every 10 minutes in summer, every 15 minutes in winter.
|FUNICULAR RAILWAY TICKETS|
Buy tickets for the funicular railway at the base (Újezd), at the halfway stop, and at the top.
Alternatively, as the funicular railway forms part of the public transport network, holders of 24 hours, 72 hours and 1-Month public transport tickets can travel for free.
|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 either in advance or on the day of travel from any Prague railway station. Tickets are generally available up to the time of departure.
For information on travelling to Prague: Travel to Prague.
For information on accessibility on public transport: Prague Accessibility Guide.
|£1 = 28 CZK|
|€1 = 24 CZK|
|$1 = 23 CZK|