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Getting around Prague




Transport in Prague

Central Prague is a small area, and can best be seen on foot. If you want to reach the tourist sights and hotels located outside the historic center, Prague's public transport system is efficient and inexpensive.

The Prague Metro System

The three-line metro system is simple, but will not take you to many of the most frequented hotels or tourist attractions. Trains run 5 a.m. to midnight and leave every 2-3 minutes during peak hours.

The Prague Tram System

Trams (tramvaj) cover Prague and operate between 4:30 a.m. to midnight, with a late night service, running every 40 minutes from. Detailed maps can be found at tourist offices.
This is the best way to Prague. The 22 Tram route includes Vinohrady and Hradcany. The 51 and #58 pass through Lazarska in Nove Mesto. Just beware of pickpockets!


 

Metro and Tram Tickets

One inexpensive ticket works on both systems, and can be purchased in tobacco shops, kiosks, metro stations, and hotels. There are also machines at most metro and tram stops.

By Public Transport

Prague's public transport system of buses, trams, and subway is extensive and relatively cheap. A single ticket costs 20CZK and is valid for 75 minutes on all transport from the moment it is "validated" by the on-board ticket machine.
But, you might think, that perhaps you don't need to validate it. However, beware the many undercover ticket inspectors travelling round the city, who keep a lookout for evaders. They are zealous and totally unsympathetic to people who claim to be confused by the system.


By Taxi

Taxis have gained a bad reputation for overcharging tourists, but the government is trying to overcome this. Good advice is to avoid taxis whose drivers approach you on the street, make sure that the taxi has a roof light, and ask how much before getting in, and get a receipt. Ask at your hotel/hostel for details of reputable firms.