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Basic information

  • Area: 496 km² (191.5 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +420
  • Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
  • Population (EST): 1,249,026
  • Official language: Czech
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Prague – Getting Around

Buses and Trams

Prague has an extensive fleet of buses and trams that traverse the city and surrounding suburbs.
Operated by Dopravní podnik hlavního město Prahy, visitors can obtain detailed maps, directions and tickets from information offices located in the Airport and at Metro Stations. 24 hour, 3 day or 5 day tickets are available, and allow visitors unlimited travel on all public transport for the selected time period. Remember to validate your ticket before boarding.

Long distance buses arrive and depart from Florec Bus Station, with services to many regional destinations and major European cities. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus companies (Student Agency and Megabus) directly.

Metro

Prague metro system with its comprehensive network and reliable service is a great way of getting around the city. Numerous lines connect 50 stations throughout the city centre, with trains running every few minutes. Operating from 5.00am through to 12.00am the metro system is by far the most convenient mode of transport, but be aware it can get busy during rush hour. Tickets can be bought from manned booths on the station concourse, or from automatic kiosks.

Taxi

There are many official taxis that operate throughout Prague and can be hailed on the street, but it is often a better idea to pre-book by telephone or via a hotel. Be sure to only use licensed vehicles that display a phone number and company logo on the outside of the car. Predominantly operated by large companies, vehicles are usually fitted with meters – just make sure they are switched on before you set off. It is common for visitors to be overcharged, so ask at your hotel for a guide to what a fair price should be.

Trains

Most trains arrive and depart from Praha-hlavní nádraží train station, located three blocks northeast of Wenceslas Square. The station offers daily services to all of the Czech Republic’s major cities and other European destinations such as Berlin, Budapest, and Vienna. Tickets for domestic and International trains can be purchased from any station.