Prague Travel Guide

Are you looking for useful information about Prague but do not want to spend time reading long travel guides? Then you have come to the right place!

In this guide, you'll get a number of tips from our editor, who has personally lived in Prague. You will not find these pieces of advice in any general travel guides.

Our hot tips include:

  • where to stay in Prague
  • best places to see
  • who are the Czechs
  • what to do in Prague - besides sightseeing
  • a little about airport transportation
  • average prices in Prague and helpful examples
Where to stay in Prague
If you are thinking about the best place to stay in Prague, try to find 3 or 4 star, historical hotels near the Lesser Town Square.

The ancient cobbled streets lined with luxury shops and restaurants tempt you to walk in.

The unique atmosphere is complemented by street artists, old cars, horse drawn carriages and thousands of tourists marveling at every detail.

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The best of Prague in a nutshell

Prague city is the most significant heritage zone on the planet, proudly represented by the world's largest castle complex – Prague Castle (Pražský hrad).

Hundreds upon thousands of people stand in front of the world-famous Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj) in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), waiting for the hour to strike. Charles Bridge (Karlův most) – a remarkable ancient stone bridge built hundreds of years ago, still draws in unending crowds of excited tourists. 

More tourist information about the monuments mentioned above can be found on a separate page about the must see places in Prague.

Prague is very similar to Paris (check out our helpful article about where to stay in Paris), so you can expect an abundance of historical places, cafes, museums and some awe-inspiring architecture.

Where to stay in Prague - which areas are the best?

The answer is simple, anywhere in Prague 1, but especially near the Lesser Town Square, Prague Castle or Kampa

And do not worry about high prices because there are many hidden jewels in these locations for excellent value, for example, check this link.

The best districts for a stay in Prague are:

  • The Old Town
  • Josefov (the Jewish Quarter)
  • The Little Quarter
  • Hradčany and New City 

If you want to save money choose from these districts:

  • Holešovice
  • Vinohrady

Like any other tourist place, Prague offers different accommodation options to suit everyone’s budget. 

When selecting a hotel, hostel, guest house or motel, it is always advisable to consider the length of the stay and the party or group with whom you are traveling. 

For example, while a couple will appreciate a romantic hotel with wellness, a group of friends will probably go for a cheap hostel in the city center, right in the middle of all the sights. On the other hand, a family with children might choose a guest house which is more suitable for their little ones, or perhaps a nice big hotel apartment.

The prices of accommodation are naturally related to the location.

The Old Town or Little Quarter tend to be considerably more expensive than those outside the historical city center.

The cheapest options can be found on the outskirts of Prague. 

Sometimes you'll be lucky enough to find a beautiful hotel in the city center right below Prague Castle for a reasonable price!

Where to stay in the best Prague neighborhood

If you wish to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, the Vinohrady district (Prague 2 area) or Holešovice district (Prague 7 area) are good choices. 

The area where every Prague citizen would like to live, but cannot afford to because of the high price of apartments is, of course, near Kampa and Lesser Town Square.

 
 

Where to stay in luxury hotels

Hotel Intercontinental with a beautiful view on Prague Castle and Vltava River
Hotel Intercontinental with a beautiful view of Prague Castle and the Vltava River.

Prague won’t disappoint even the most demanding of tourists. It has many luxury hotels that proudly compete with some of the best hotels around the world.

They are mostly located in the center of Prague, the “TOP” ones being Four Seasons, The Grand Mark Prague, or the Hilton.

You can choose from one of many of the hotels which have maintained their original ancient architecture or even the more modern ones.

The main advantage is the relatively low cost for superior accommodation standard (compared to Paris).

In Prague, you can find quality accommodation in a lovely hotel with convenient access to the city center for under $226 (€200) per night. The hotel rooms are well-equipped with excellent furnishings and incredible designs.

Best 'middle stream' accommodation

Hotel Royal Prague - new 4-star hotel, everything is excellent for a nice price
Hotel Royal Prague - new 4-star hotel, superior quality for an excellent price.

It's quite possible that Prague has the highest number of 4 star hotels compared to all the European cities.

These hotels are in great competition with each other, and only tourists can benefit from it.

For example, Hotel Royal Prague, built in 2017 and just on the metro station station "Křižíkova", is a modern hotel with excellent services for around $113 (€100) in season. Amazing. Check here for prices and more photos.

Cheap hostels - Top of the list for backpackers and money savers!

Hostels, motels, and lodging houses offer cheap accommodation. Bear in mind that with this kind of stay, a lower standard of comfort is to be expected.

If you are a fan of camping, you don’t need to worry either. There are tons of campsites in Prague, not only on the outer edge of the city but also near the center (e.g., in Troja).

This type of accommodation is suitable if you just wish to stay in Prague for one night or if you are traveling onward to another country and only need a quick layover.

Prague is used frequently as a stopover. This type of stay is also beneficial for large groups, like schools, sports teams, etc.


What to do in Prague (instead of sightseeing)

Prague is not just famous for its historical monuments.

The city center is full of all kinds of restaurant, stylish pubs, modern cafés, music clubs, theaters, museums, and galleries.

Do you love jazz, rock, classical or contemporary music?

Are you a fan of the opera, ballet, and drama, or do you like to wander among famous paintings?

Prague offers a variety of cultural events and unforgettable experiences that come with them.

Prague is said to be the most tolerant city in the world.

It is not easy to come across a person born in Prague as people from all over the Czech Republic and the world live here.

Foreigners love Prague because it welcomes them with open arms and without bias. People come to Prague to study, work and most of all to have fun because Prague has a big heart.

For skeptics who are unsure about what to do in Prague, you will finally bring home countless experiences and lasting memories. Prague is not only beautiful but fun too. Prague is the city at the very heart of Europe and prides itself on a vibrant social and cultural life.


1. Visit Theaters

If you are a theater lover, you will appreciate the vast selection on offer here. 

For example, the National Theater (Národní divadlo), Stavovské divadlo, Divadlo na Vinohradech, Činoherní klub, Divadlo na Fidlovačce, Švandovo divadlo, Divadlo bez zábradlí are among the most prominent onces, but there are many others are the most prominent ones.

The National Theatre in Prague
The National Theater in Prague - a ceiling

You can pick from a selection of plays that will satisfy the lovers of classic works as well as those who prefer contemporary talents.


2. Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions

National Technical Museum in Prague
National Technical Museum in Prague

Visit some of Prague's museums and enjoy the fun and educational experience provided by these comprehensive sources of information.

Learn about Prague's history or modern day Prague, or anything else that you have ever wanted to know about this great city.

The principal museums are Národní muzeum Prague Museum (Muzeum hlavního města Prahy).

Specialized expositions are presented at the National Technical Museum National Technical Museum (Národní technické muzeum), the Postal Museum (Poštovní muzeum), Kampa Museum or the Wax Museum (Muzeum voskových figurín).

Prague galleries present various art expositions and exhibitions across all art forms and cultural fields.

The Prague City Gallery (Galerie hlavního města Prahy), the National Gallery (Národní galerie), the Vyšehrad Gallery or the DOX Center of Contemporary Art Museum are the most interesting ones.

If you are looking for what to do in Prague, these museums are essential when exploring Prague.


3. Concerts

Your music ambitions can also be fulfilled in Prague, thanks to the hundreds of local concert halls and music clubs.

Some of them have been operating for over a hundred years.

For instance, you can enjoy classical music concerts at the Neo-Renaissance building of the Rudolfinum, the State Opera or the Municipal House.

Clubs and large halls offer modern music performances and mega concerts of worldwide music celebrities.

The selection of clubs with a “reputation” is very diverse in Prague and they provide spaces for the more famous bands but also to new musicians and popular dance parties.

The most popular Prague clubs are Akropolis at Žižkov, Lucerna Music Bar, Karlovy lázně or Roxy and Vagon (rock music) in the center of Prague.


4. Cinemas

Needless to say, cinemas belong to the most widely visited cultural institutions.

Those who focus on film quality will appreciate the modern multiplexes (Palace Cinema, Village Cinema, Cinema City or IMAX) with huge screens and comfortable chairs. These cinema complexes usually have discounted admission on Monday.

There are also smaller cinemas with a nostalgic ambiance resembling the days of the previous century. The Lucerna, Modřanský biograf, Kino Oko and Aero Kino are favorites among movie lovers.


5. Nature and Relaxation

Even though Prague is a modern city, you don’t need to spend the entire time strolling through its narrow streets.

Visit one of the local parks and take a break from the city hustle and bustle, noise and dust.

The parks in Stromovka, at Vyšehrad or on the Petřín hill are the most popular ones. Both people from Prague and tourists come here to enjoy sports, a walk, relax, read and have picnics, particularly on hot summer days.

If you are thinking about what to do in Prague during your stay, don't forget to take a rest at this charming place.

Vyšehrad Park - best for picnic in the summer
Vyšehrad Park - best for picnics in the summer

You can also entertain yourself in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and in other sports complexes scattered across Prague.

The Zoo is also worth visiting and can be great fun, particularly for the youngsters.


Who are the Czech people?

In general, the capital city of Prague is outside the general average of the whole of the Czech Republic. Here you will come across more educated people who recognize democratic principles and are mostly pro-western

The Czechs are amiable people, especially in Prague.

The younger generation will have no problem in conversing with you in English.

Prague loves tourists, not only for the financial benefits but also because of multiculturalism. 

Do not be afraid to ask local people about good beer or some Czech specialty. The facial expressions of locals may appear like a frown, but don't worry, it's not the case, they are really sincere and ready to help you in any way they can.

Prague tastes good - try some traditional food

Czech cuisine is famous for its deliciously thick and high-calorie soups, sauces and most of all bread dumplings.

Svíčková (sirloin in cream-vegetable sauce) and roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings are among the most liked dishes.

And who could forget the classic snacks which go great with beer, such as fried cheese, pickled Camembert or , and pickled sausage slices?

Speaking of beer, it would be a sin not to have a chilled draft beer with thick foam that you will not see anywhere else.

Once you have tried Czech beer, you'll form a certain kind of love for it, forever!

Prague beer Pilsner Urquell
Prague beer Pilsner Urquell

Prague is bliss - offer you very nice ration price and value

Affordable prices are one of the particular advantages of Prague.

Accommodation options are more than diverse.

If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, you will find a wide choice of beautiful hotels, hostels, and motels. However, you can also go to luxury hotels. Here is a great price checker for Prague and New York: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Prague

Cafe Imperial, Prague 1 district
Cafe Imperial, Prague 1 district

You'll also experience attractive prices in high-quality restaurants, where you can enjoy copious amounts of food for next to nothing.

Entry fees to the omnipresent historical buildings are not expensive either, when compared to other cities of similar significance.

Don't forget to visit Café Imperial or Mincovna restaurant!

Practical tourist information

When compared to other European cities, Prague is smaller.

Even so, it has its “travel and transport” specifics which are useful to know. Thanks to our practical information your stroll through Prague will be more comfortable and completely stress-free.

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union and also a part of the Schengen Area, making travel very easy for the member state citizens who don’t have to present their passports or ID cards when crossing borders.

Prague map

At present, Google maps or Apple maps on your smartphone are the easiest and most helpful, because both platforms support Prague public transport, offline map, sightseeing descriptions, etc.

If you want an awesome map of Prague with all the major sights, download and print it here. This physical map of Prague public transport, might be good too

Transport

Prague airport

Prague's main airport is Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) ─ which is located in the northwest, about 15 km (12 miles) from the center of Prague. 

Flights to Prague - for example, from the New York - the best way is with a direct flight served by Delta Airlines or the other lines operated by European airlines (KLM, British Airways, also Czech Airlines, etc.)

A ticket cost around USD 500 per person. Get the best prices here for New York City check the best price here, as well as other destinations.

Tourists from neighboring countries often use their cars. Thanks to an extensive road and motorway network, Prague is easily accessible. Of course, you can also travel by train or bus. Prague has a very modern Main train station and bus station.

Both of these are located in the city center, and from here you can get to any area in Prague conveniently.

It is best to use air transport when traveling from further locations. Prague airport is situated on the outer edge of the city.

Transportation to and from the airport is provided by buses which run throughout the day and night.

Alternatively, taxis are equally available.

With annual passenger traffic of nearly 12 million, the modern Vaclav Havel Airport welcomes tourists from all over the world.

Public transport for everybody

Transport in the city is provided by a network of public transport – buses, trams, and metro.

The comprehensive network secures transport in Prague 24/7.

The metro operates daily from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. and at night, buses and trams are accessible.

Metro plan (click to show large): https://goo.gl/CrBSKZ

Tickets for individual journeys:

  • 90-minute ticket (basic) – CZK 32, children (aged 6-15) – CZK 16 (about $1.4)
  • 30-minute ticket (short-term) – CZK 24 ($1.1), children (aged 6-15) – CZK 12 ($0.6)

Time (tourist) tickets - probably the best way

  • 24-hour ticket – CZK 110 ($4.7), children (aged 6-15) – CZK 55 ($2)
  • 72-hour ticket – CZK 310, no special fare for children ($13.4)

Children and senior citizens over 70 are entitled to free transport.

Travelling by car

You can also travel with your own car or by taxi.

Guarded parking places and public garages address the issue of parking in the center of Prague and beyond.

It is also possible to park in the city center, but here you have to follow the parking zones and by the required parking ticket:

  • Orange zone: Maximum parking time 2 hours; Price about CZK 40 per hour, more information about parking meters.
  • Green zone: Maximum parking time 6 hours; Price about CZK 30 per hour. Both zones are equipped with parking meters for coins of CZK 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50, with written instructions.
  • Blue zone: Assigned exclusively to the residents or companies with their addresses in the district. Only vehicles with parking cards are allowed to park here.

Taxi!

For traveling around Prague, you can also use the personal taxi service cars. Maximum prices have been set by the government for protection.


The fares are as follows:

  • One-time fare of max. CZK 40
  • Journeys within the territory of Prague costs max. CZK 28
  • Taxi waiting max. CZK 6 per1 min.

There are tons of taxi service operators in Prague with different quality and colors of cars. You can pick them up any time day or night.

The taxis also use a special parking place, the so-called Fair Place, marked with yellow TAXI signs and an orange hand with a thumb up.

The operators of these parking places guarantee safe journeys, professional drivers, and fair prices.

Or the other option is to use Uber, Taxify or Liftago taxi (Czech app). Read more about transfers from Prague airport.

When to visit Prague?

Prague is a popular tourist destination all year round. However, the most tourists traditionally visit the city in July, August, and September.

The spring months are an excellent time to visit, too.

And if you want to save money, spring and autumn are the best months for it. And as a bonus, the weather is usually pleasant, and the city is not crowded with tourists as in the summer.

Prague weather

Prague and the Czech Republic are situated in the middle of Central Europe.

The average yearly temperatures are about 10 °C (50 °F).

The coldest months of the year are January, February, and December when the average temperatures in Prague are around -0.5 °C (32 °F).

On the other hand, the hottest months are July and August, with average temperatures between 25 - 30°C during the day (86 °F).
More about the average temperature in Prague (Czech Republic) can be seen here.

Prague currency

The currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (koruna or short format like USD is CZK, and sign like $ is Kč).

The exchange rate alter slightly throughout the year, but the fluctuation is not significant.
Table of Czech koruna rates is found here.

Prague prices

The average prices are usually very acceptable for tourists and traditionally Prague is one of the cheaper cities.

The reasonable prices relate not only to accommodation but also entry fees, food, drink, and other services.

Prices in Prague

Food with one drink for one person (in the historical center)CZK 350 ─ 650 ($15 ─ $28)
Food with one drink for one person (not historical center)CZK 250 ─ 400 ($11 ─ $17)
Ice creamCZK 50 ($2)
One beer (Pilsner)CZK 50 ($2)
4* star hotel (per night)CZK 2200 ($95)
3* star hotel (per night)CZK 1800 ($78)
Taxi per 1 kmCZK 32 ($1.4)

Tips in Prague

In restaurants, it is common to give a tip about 10% only when you are most satisfied. It is not necessarily an obligation.

Important contacts

Embassies

All the information concerning the respective embassies including addresses and updated contacts can be found on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic or specific Embassy websites.

Emergency calls

Fire Rescue Service – 150
Emergency Medical Service (Ambulance) – 155
City (Municipal) Police – 156
Police – 158
Integrated European number for emergency calls – 112

Lost and found

This service is a place where people or the police hand over items that have been found or lost, e.g., on public transport. The items are stored here for six months.
Contacts:
Karoliny Světlé 5, Praha 1 - Staré Město
Tel. +420 224 235 085
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed 8 a.m.–7.30 p.m.; Tue, Thu 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.–2 p.m. (closed for lunch 12–12.30)