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Travel Guide: 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 to travel around by public transport.

Travel into Prague from the Airport

There is no metro at Prague Airport, so to travel into Prague by public transport requires taking a bus then the metro. If you have luggage or prefer a smoother journey, we advise booking an airport transfer.

To travel 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 a metro to your destination.

Route 2: Bus 100 from all terminals at Prague Airport to Zlicin metro station (line B), then a metro to your destination.
Prague Airport
Prague Airport
Fare: 32czk if you board the bus with a ticket (on sale at the Public Transport Information Centre at the airport, and at 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 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.

Purchase tickets from metro stations, Public Transport Information Centres, newsagents, and from orange/yellow ticket machines located at major tram/bus stops and inside newer trams.
Public Transport Ticket Machine in Prague
Public Transport Ticket Machine
Public Transport Information Centres 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 (Main 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:
Public Transport Tickets
(valid on metro/trams/buses)
Adults, Seniors & StudentsOlder Children
(10-15yrs. Must carry Photo ID)
Young Children
(0-9 yrs. 6yrs+ must carry Photo ID)
Single Ticket for 90 minutes travel32czk16czkfree
Single Ticket for 30 minutes travel 24czk12czkfree
1-Day Pass (24 hours)110czk55czkfree
3-Day Pass (72 hours)310czk310czkfree
1-Month Pass670czk670czkfree

Ticket validation: you must validate your ticket by punching it in the orange machine at the top of the escalators on the metro, and inside trams and buses.
Prague Metro METRO
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 Metro
Prague Metro
Prague Trams
Prague Trams
Prague Trams TRAMS
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 and every 8-15 minutes at weekends.

Night trams operate 24:00-04:30 and run every 30 minutes.

Trams cover all areas of the city centre.
The most useful trams are: tram 9, which runs from Wenceslas Square to the National Theatre, then over the river to the Lesser Town; tram 22, which runs from the National Theatre, over the river to the Lesser Town, and up to Prague Castle.

Prague Tram map.
Prague Funicular Railway 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 at Petrin in Prague
Funicular Railway
Prague Trains
Prague Trains
Prague Trains TRAINS
Praha hlavní nádraží train station
The main train station in Prague is Praha hlavní nádraží, which is near Wenceslas Square.
Metro: Hlavní nádraží - metro map (line C).

Nádraží Praha-Holešovice train station
A second railway station is located just outside the city centre, Nádraží Praha-Holešovice.
Metro: Nádraží Holešovice - metro map (line C).

Train Times & Ticket Reservations
Check train times and book tickets at České dráhy (Czech Railways). Information is in Czech, English and German (select 'en' or 'de' on the top right-hand corner of the website). Or, buy tickets from any train station.
More Information
Our Prague travel guide has information on getting to Prague.
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Exchange Rate GBP £1 = 28czk
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Exchange Rate Euros €1 = 25czk
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Exchange Rate US Dollars $1 = 20czk

Prague public transportation is cheap, efficient and highly integrated

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