Getting Around by Public Transport - Metro / Tram / Bus / Train:
The Prague public transport network is cheap, efficient and highly integrated.
Public transport is safe to travel on, during the day and at night.
Once in the city centre, it is easy to travel around Prague by metro and tram.
|Getting Into the City from Prague Airport by public transport|
There is no metro at Prague Airport, so to travel by public transport into the city involves taking a bus then a metro. If you have luggage and/or prefer a smoother journey, we advise booking a taxi using our Prague airport transfers service.
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 Dejvicka metro station (line A), then take the metro to your destination in the city.
Route 2: Bus 100 from all terminals at Prague Airport to Zlicin metro station (line B), then take the metro to your destination in the city.
Fare: 32czk if you board the bus with a ticket (on sale at the Public Transport Information desk at the airport). 40czk if you buy a ticket onboard the bus (exact change required).
Getting Around Prague by public transport
Once in the city centre and checked-in to your hotel, travel around Prague on foot (Prague is a compact city and highly pedestrianised) or take public transport. Use taxis with caution - taxis hailed on the street can overcharge and traffic congestion can slow your journey.
A ticket for the public transportation network permits travel on trams, buses and the metro, plus allows you to switch between these modes of transport. Tickets are valid for a set time period.
As well as single tickets, 1-Day, 3-Day and 1-Month passes can be good value.
Purchase tickets at newsagents, metro stations and Public Transport Information Centres. The information centres, which also have useful tram and metro maps, are open daily 07:00-21:00 at Prague Airport (terminals 1 & 2), at Muzeum metro station (lines A & C) (top of Wenceslas Square) and the main train station (Hlavni Nadrazi).
The full fares structure is complicated by reductions available to holders of Czech issued ID. For simplicity we have summarised the fares readily available to a tourist:
| Single Ticket: 90 minutes travel||32czk||16czk||free|
|Short-term Single Ticket:|
30 minutes travel
|1-Day Pass (24 hours)||110czk||55czk||free|
|3-Day Pass (72 hours)||310czk||310czk||free|
|1-Month Pass ||670czk||670czk||free|
Ticket validation: validate your ticket before you travel by punching it in the orange machine located at the top of the escalators on the metro, and inside trams and buses.
- Prague metro map
The Prague Metro operates daily 05:00-24:00. Metro lines run a service every 2-3 minutes during peak hours, and every 4-9 minutes after 19:00.
All areas of the city centre are covered. There are three metro lines: A (green), B (yellow) and C (red).
The Prague metro is a safe and reliable mode of public transportation. It can transport you at high speed from one side of Prague to the other - Prague metro
Daytime trams operate daily 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. They run every 30 minutes and have different numbers to day trams (51 through 58 are standard night tram numbers).
Trams cover most of the city. Most useful trams: Tram 9 runs from the New Town
via Wenceslas Square
and the National Theatre
, over the river to the Lesser Town
. Tram 22 runs from the New Town
via the National Theatre
over the river to the Lesser Town Square
, and up to Prague Castle
Public Transport Information Centres (see 'Getting Around Prague' above) have tram and metro maps.
| PRAGUE FUNICULAR RAILWAY|
The funicular runs from the Lesser Town up to the top of Petrin Hill. At the summit, set in landscaped gardens, is the Petrin Observation Tower, a mirror maze and an observatory. The funicular stops half way for passengers that wish to alight at Nebozizek Restaurant.
The funicular operates daily 09:00-23:30 from the bottom of Petrin, near Ujezd tram stop. It runs every 10 minutes in the summer, 15 minutes in the winter.
The funicular is part of the public transport network, so accepts the standard 32czk ticket and the passes used on trams, buses and the metro. You can also purchase a ticket before boarding (32czk) - more info
| £1 = 33czk|
| €1 = 27czk|
| $1 = 20czk|