Transport in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Transport

Getting There

By air: Ruzyne, Prague’s airport, is situated 10km northwest of the city and is where all international flights arrive in and depart from. The cheapest way to get to the city is on bus #119 which leaves every 10-15 minutes. This bus takes you to the Dejvická metro station. An express minibus going to the same station leaves every 30 minutes and is a bit more expensive.

By train: Trains coming in from the west of the country set down in Praha hlavní nádraí at Nové Mesto in the city centre. Express trains passing through Prague stop off at Praha-Holesovice on the north side of the city centre.

By bus: If you travel to Prague on a bus you will finally reach your destination when you get to Praha-Florenc, the main bus station on the east side of Nové Mesto.

Getting Around:

On foot: Prague, and in particular the city centre, is extremely compact and you can walk between all the main sites.

By metro: The metro is very efficient and reliable, arriving every 3 to 4 minutes. Its 3 lines run daily from 5am-midnight.

By bus and tram: The normal bus and tram services operate from 4.30am-11.30pm. Night trams 51-58 and buses run all night; look for the dark-blue signs at the bus stops.

The transport authority DP (Dopravní Podnik) provides metro, tram and bus services throughout the city. Tickets for all forms of public transport can be bought from newsstands, ‘tabak’ kiosks, vending machines in stations and DP kiosks. The basic 8Kc ticket allows you to travel on only one means of transport for up to 15 minutes. The 12Kc ticket gives you 60 minutes (90 during off-peak hours) and you can change your means of transport within the three services. Remember to validate your ticket in the machines above the escalators or you will be liable for a 200KC fine.

By taxi:
You can catch a taxi at the taxi ranks or book one by phone. Beware that some taxi drivers who may try to rip you off. Check the meter is set to zero and always ask for a receipt with distance travelled and price paid. If possible, try to use the ‘AAA’ taxis, one of the city’s best-known taxi companies.

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