Europe has some of the best public transport options in the world. From metro systems to intercity busses to budget travel in between countries, it’s easy to get around. That is, once you figure out how everything works.
Every European city is different as far as how their public transport options operate, and Prague was no exception. Our first encounter in the metro station had us extremely confused and looking very much like lost tourists. Luckily, after some time we figured out how the Czech Republic transport functions.
When you get to a metro station in Prague, there are machines that you can buy tickets from. Unlike a lot of other european cities though, the tickets aren’t based on location, but by time. The longer you need a ticket for, the higher the price. The trick is to figure out how many zones you have to pass through, which will give you a good estimate. Prague is broken up into 10 zones, with zone 1 being at the center with Old Town Square and zone 10 being in a more residential area.
The ticket options range from 12CZK (50 cents) for 15 minutes, all the way 84 CZK (3 dollars) for a 24-hour pass. You can buy as many tickets at once as you want, and when you’re ready to use one just stick the ticket in the machine to get a time stamp.
Getting around abroad is easy once you figure out the system. What are your public transport tips for traveling in new places?
Prague is one of my favorite cities in Europe, and a place definitely worth visiting! From the excellent cuisine to authentic tea houses and photogenic city views, Prague is a place that travelers should ‘czech out’.
1. Exchange Rate
Most currencies go a long way in Prague. The Czech Republic currency runs on the Koruna, which has a US exchange rate of about 23 koruna to 1 USD (2016). We found food, drinks, and accommodation to be a fraction of the cost that they were in the rest of Europe, and far less than in the US.
Prague is known for Charles Bridge, a stunning architecture piece in the heart of the city. It’s packed with tourists most days, but is not the only bridge in Prague. Where there’s a river, there are bridges in Prague. Taking walks through the city hold some of our favorite memories from the time we spent there.
Prague doesn’t joke around with their beer, whether in size or in quality. Best known for their Pilsner’s, visitors can find a variety of different beers at any of the bars throughout town. Beer is cheap in Prague, and you’ll be hard-pressed to pay more than $2.
Prague has some of the best street food and the variety is so great that anyone can find something they like. From the cinnamon sweet Trdelnik stuffed with fruit and ice cream to honey mulled sweet wine and dozens of stuffed sausages, Prague food will not disappoint!
5. City Colors
For photographers, Prague is the place to be. The city views are unreal, all of the buildings are painted different colors, and photos take on a whole new dimension and story. Even on the outskirts of the city apartments vary in color. Not only does it make directions easier, but creates an overwhelming sense of ‘fun’.
Czech ranks number one in the world for most beer consumed per capita, and the nightlife in Prague can be a wild experience. With crazy nightclubs, hundreds of pubs, rooftop bars, underground dive bars and cheap alcohol wherever you choose to party, the nightlife scene will satisfy any partygoer.
European cities are beautiful, but they aren’t all maintained to the same standard. One of the things we loved about Prague was how clean the city was. With minimal garbage on the street and tons of parks to walk through, Prague has a welcoming feel.
8. Markets and Festivals
Locals rave about the Christmas markets in Prague, and from the charm of the Old Town Square, I can see why. Prague locals pull out all the stops for festivals and holidays.
This list is short and in no way covers all of the amazing beauty that Prague and the Czech Republic holds. What are your favorite things about Prague?