There are a lot of things that draw people to Prague. Maybe it’s the fascinating mixed bag of Instagram-worthy architecture (from gothic to art nouveau to baroque), or maybe it’s the abundance of picture-perfect cafés, or the many gardens and parks that seem to beckon aimless travellers looking for a spot to decompress after a long flight. Or maybe it’s the just all the beer (oh, the glorious beer). No matter your reason for visiting — and then likely falling in love with — the city of Prague, we’re here to help you out throughout your adventure.
Your best option for getting to and from the airport in Prague is to take the bus to the metro, which then gets you easily into to the city centre. You’ll be taking bus number 119, which will take you to Nádraží Veleslavín (on metro line A) in about 15 minutes. From there you can proceed with the same ticket towards Malostranska, Starometska, or Mustek stations (all on line A), as there’s a good chance your accommodations will be near those metro stops. Trains depart every 10 minutes from 4am to midnight and a ticket costs CZK 32. The trip (bus and metro combined) should take 45 minutes.
If you have a lot of luggage or you’re travelling during peak times, gabbing a taxi to your destination might be a better option. A taxi to the city centre should cost between CZK 660 and 800, depending on traffic. The most trustworthy taxi company is AAA and the bright yellow cabs can be found outside the terminal.
You have a few options for getting around while visiting Prague. Since central Prague is so compact and much of what you’ll want to see is there, you’ll likely find yourself doing a lot of walking. When you’re not hoofing it, Prague is well-serviced by a network of trams, buses, and its efficient metro system. Single trip tickets can be purchased for 30 minutes (CZK 24) or 90 minutes (CZK 32), or you can opt for a 24-hour pass for CZK 110 or a 3-day pass (72 hours) for CZK 300. Tickets and passes can be used on all modes of transportation and can be purchased at many metro stations, newsstands, and shops.
Trams run from 4:30am to midnight every 8 to 10 minutes, and night trams (numbers 91–98 ) run from 12:30am until 4:30am every 20 to 30 minutes. The metro runs from 4:45am to midnight and buses from 4:30am to midnight. Night buses (numbers 901–913 ) run from around midnight to 4:30am so you have lots of options no matter what time you need to be getting around.
During the summer, make like a local and spend some time along the riverside at Naplavka. There’s always something interesting going on in the warmer months along this scenic stretch next to the banks of the Vltava River. This is a great spot to sample some local beers from various beer tents and bars, or nab some sidewalk café-style seating and watch the world go by. In addition to people-watching and beer drinking, there’s almost always a different kind of live music playing at Naplavka.
What would be more local than going to a movie theater? A local favourite is Kino Svetozor, surrounded by a lovely garden and amazing pastry shops. The centrally located theatre shows Czech movies with English subtitles, alternative movies, and documentaries. There’s a popular bar here as well where you can grab a drink before or after the show (or take a beer into the theatre with you).
Spend some time exploring Prague Castle, the largest coherent castle complex in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage site is comprised of courtyards, palaces, museums, and gardens. Admission to the grounds is free, but some of the individual sites charge for entry. Stop by the castle’s Picture Gallery to check out the permanent collection of European paintings from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Old Town Square is charming enough for an aimless wander, but it’s also home to some of the most historic attractions in Prague. Here you’ll find the Old Town Hall and the Prague Astronomical Clock, Týn Cathedral, and several restaurants with patios that open onto the square in the summer.
Looking for more things to do? Urban Adventures offers day tours in Prague and beyond, all led by local experts that will give you a taste for local life:
Enjoy the ‘Greatest Hits of Prague’ on this tour which acts as a great foundation for your Czech journey. Tuck into some hearty Czech fare, see the icons of Prague, sail on a replica 19th century sailboat, and sip a locally-brewed pilsner – it doesn’t get more Czech than that!
Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour
Beer. Cerveza. Bier. Brewski. Biru. Pivo. It doesn’t matter which language you say it in, beer could just be the official drink of choice for travellers. Unite with other beer appreciators on this Prague tour to sip local ales, and learn why Prague is arguably the best city in the world for drinking beer.
Bohemian Tastes and Neighbourhoods
Bohemia is a Czech state with one of the most distinct cultures in Europe — extravagant, political, passionate, and fueled with Czech Water. Join this Prague tour that takes you to all the city’s boho spots, sampling beer as well as traditional and modern Czech snacks along the way.
Prague Food by Foot
Many guidebooks speak solely of Prague’s hearty, carnivorous, traditional fare, relaying only outdated information of our city’s bursting food scene. We’re here to show you otherwise. Step outside the city centre and get to know Prague the best way we can think of: through your belly. We’ll taste everything from traditional to inventive, including a Michelin Bib Gourmand honouree.
Prague Parks and Views Tour
This tour is an interruption to the bustle of Prague’s city centre, so you can admire its beauty from just the right distance. We’ll take you on a leisurely stroll through parks and gardens, along small streets, and past tall towers, a monastery, and a moat. What more could you want? Add coffee, food, and a beer or two into the mix and you have a day to write home about.
Total Prague Tour
Prague has more than one side to take in – and our Total Prague Tour showcases both the historical and architectural beauty of “the city of gold,” as well as some pints of the golden liquid it’s built on. This tour takes you through it all, from the main city highlights to the cultural underbelly of the pub. This tour is a combination of our best-selling Prague Discovery and Czech Beer & Tapas tours, so you can get the full Prague experience all in one epic day!
Watch for a sneak peek of our Bohemian Tastes and Neighbourhoods tour!
Watch a movie set in Prague to get yourself in the mood for your trip. Some good ones to add to your list include Mission: Impossible (1996) and Amadeus (1984).
Though he was born in Vienna, Mozart spent a lot of his time in Prague and fell in love with the city. His Symphony No 38 might be a good listen before your trip since it’s purported to be a symphony for Prague.
Stock your e-reader with some books set in or about Prague before you hit the road. Add The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek to your reading list.