A Budget travel guide to Prague
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With its stunning classical architecture, quaint cobblestoned streets, non-stop nightlife, and cheap prices, Prague is often considered the jewel in the crown for budget travelers in Europe.
Millions of tourists visit every year to experience the special blend of charm that only Prague can offer.
“The Golden City” combines one of the most dramatically beautiful cityscapes of Western Europe with the mysterious charm of Eastern Europe, giving those with wanderlust a city to be inspired by.
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Budget Guide to Prague
To help you get the most of your stay in Prague, as well as find even more ways to save, we’ve gathered together the following budget tips.
The Charles Bridge dates back to the 1400s. Photo: Andrew
Prague’s international airport (Vaclav Havel International Airport) is conveniently located just nine miles from the center of the city. Travelers can take a taxi or public transport for the short ride into the city, but be careful about hailing a taxi from the taxi line, as many tourists report being overcharged.
Getting to the city center by taxi
If you do need to take a taxi, the budget option is to order a ride via Uber or Taxify through their app at a cost of around $15-20. Or you can pay more to arrange a taxi at a fixed rate (around $30) via one of the taxi company stands inside the airport.
By public transit
You can get from the airport to the center of the city just as fast as a taxi, but at a fraction of the price, by taking public transport. Simply buy a ticket from the DPP (Prague Public Transportation) window in the airport at a cost of about $1.60 and then find Bus 119 located directly outside of Terminal 2.
From the airport, Bus 119 will take you to the Green Line metro station Veleslavin in about 15 minutes. From this metro station, you can use your same ticket you purchased at the airport to ride another 10 minutes by metro into the Prague city center (Staromestska) or switch to either the Red Line or Yellow Line.
Arriving by train or bus
If you arrive by bus, you will almost certainly be dropped off at the UAN Florenc Bus Station. This station is very small and located in the central district of Prague only a few minutes to the city center by metro or tram via the public transport station Florenc. This station is served by several budget international bus companies that can take you virtually anywhere in Europe, however, the main companies are Flixbus and Eurolines.
If you are arriving by train you will be taken to the main station Praha Hlavni Nadrazi. This station has a metro line and several tram connections to bring you to your destination. As with the airport, it’s best to avoid hailing taxis from the train station as there are many drivers who overcharge tourists.
Another cheap, as well as social option, is car sharing. Check out BlaBlaCar and hitch a ride at a nice price with someone who’s headed for Prague.
Tip: To find the cheapest travel options to Prague, check out the website goeuro.com, where you can compare prices for trains, buses, and flights to any destination within Europe.
An old-school tram rolling through the streets of Prague. Photo: Dmitry
Getting around Prague
Prague is a comparatively small city next to most major European capitals, making it ideal for traveling by foot. Most people can see the main attractions within the historical center in a day or two of casual walking. If you do want to travel using public transport, you will find Prague’s system (DPP) incredibly cheap and easy to use.
Subway fare & fines
A single fare which covers you for 90 minutes costs about $1.80, while a 30-minute ticket costs about $1. This ticket will allow you to ride across any form of public transport in Prague, including the metro, tram, bus, or even a ferry boat!
You should buy your ticket in advance of getting on the vehicle, either from an automatic ticket dispenser near the stop or from a convenience store or a shop selling tobacco and newspapers. Once on the bus, subway or tram, look for the ticket validating machine to punch your ticket.
Tip: There is a chance you will be checked by a public transport official, who will identify themselves with a badge and ask to see your ticket. These inspectors are in the most tourist-heavy transport lines, so best to get that ticket validated and avoid the fine which comes to about $35, paid on the spot!
Things to do in Prague
Prague is absolutely packed with amazing world-class sights to see. Just pick a direction and start walking to discover the city’s many historic attractions and beautiful parks. Here are the best free and cheap things to do in Prague.
The famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. Photo: Jorge
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