Visiting Prague using public transportation is a breeze. Approximately two-thirds of the population of the city relies on the public transit system, which consists of buses, trams and the metro. For a nominal fee, you can travel all over the city and even into the outskirts.
Flying Into Prague and Traveling to a Hotel
The international airport is located 9 miles outside the city and connects Prague to other major European cities such as Amsterdam, Rome and London. Most visitors rely on a taxi to get to their Prague hotel, especially if transporting suitcases, but the most economical option is to take a bus to the metro and ride it into the heart of the city.
There is a Public Transport Information desk located in the airport terminal where you can purchase bus tickets and get information. Most major hotels in Prague also have an airport shuttle to take guests back and forth. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the city by taxi or shuttle, or about one hour by bus and metro.
Prague Transportation Options
Once at the hotel, there are several transportation options that you can use to get around the city using public transport. You can rely on taxis or purchase a pass that allows you to travel for a designated time period on the city’s trams, buses and the metro.
The trams operate daily from 04:30 to 24:00. Most trams run every 4 minutes, but in some areas they average 8 to 10 minutes. At night, the trams run from 24:00 to 04:30 with an average wait time of 30 minutes.
Prague has three metro lines: Green (A) , Yellow (B) and Red (C). The metros run every 2 to 3 minutes during the day and every 4 to 9 minutes during the night.
There are two train stations in Prague: the Praha Hlavni Nadraz and the Praha Nadrazi Holesovice. The trains travel to outlying areas and further.
The funicular railway takes passengers from Prague’s Lesser Town up to the gardens and observation tower on Petrin Hill. The funicular is part of Prague’s public transport system, so if you have a pass for the city’s metro, trams and buses, you can also use it to ride the funicular railway.
Prague’s public transportation system is one of the easiest and safest in Europe. Transit system directions are printed around the city in English, Czech and German.
This post was posted by Fiona Moriarty on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on July 2, 2015.