Hello friends! I’m starting a new series of posts dedicated to providing travel tips for specific destinations, whether they be cities, regions or countries. I’m always looking for tips when I travel somewhere new – the best places to eat, how to save money on transportation, where to find a superb city view, how to maximize sightseeing when time is limited, etc. You can find posts in this new series under Destinations – Travel Tips in the menu bar.
Travel Tips: Prague
I’m kicking off this series with travel tips that I collected from my recent trip to Prague, Czech Republic.
Food & Drink
- The food in Prague is excellent. There is lots of variety in terms of cuisine – traditional Czech, modern Czech, Italian, Vietnamese, you name it.
- Prague is known for its coffee culture, so do stop in at a café and enjoy the ambiance. Check out my recommended restaurants, bars and cafés in Prague for some inspiration.
- Want to try some local Czech cuisine with the help of a knowledgeable guide? I highly recommend taking a food tour with Eat with Locals. We had a blast on our 4 hour tour and learned so much about Czech food, history and culture from our guide Lenka.
- Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. It’s easy to get around on the numerous metros, buses, and trams throughout the city. You can use your transit ticket on all the different types of public transportation.
- The standard transportation ticket is the 90-minute ticket, priced at 32 CZK. However, I found that you can reach most destinations in Prague by using the 30-minute ticket, priced at 24 CZK. Consider your final destination and stops in between before purchasing your ticket since you may be able to get where you need to go on the cheaper ticket. Tickets are sold at the yellow ticket vending machines (which also have English instructions) in metro stations, but they only take coins. You can also purchase tickets at ticket offices located in some metro stations, at some newsstands, and at tourist information centres. I found it easiest to buy tickets directly from the vending machines.
- If you’re going to be in Prague for a few days, you may want to consider buying a 24-hour or 3-day transit pass. When pricing out the value of these passes versus buying individual tickets, I found it cheaper in the end to buy the 30-minute tickets as needed throughout our trip.
- Important: Make sure to validate your ticket at the top of the metro station before going down the escalators or as soon as you get on a tram. If you’re caught without a ticket, you can face a heavy fine. The transit authority checked our tickets twice during our 3.5 day trip in Prague.
- The metro lines are located far underground so you need to take long escalators down to reach them. The escalators move incredibly fast – just be aware!
- I found this video helpful in learning more about the Prague transportation system:
- I found Prague to be generally quite safe. That being said, you still should watch out for pickpockets (as in any large city). Don’t carry large amounts of cash on you, watch your handbag and wallet, and be extra aware of your belongings in crowded tourist areas (Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, tram 22 (the cross-city tram), etc.).
- Car break-ins and car thefts (especially of foreign cars) is a big problem in Prague. Do not leave any valuables in your car. If possible, try to park in a parking garage or in a guarded parking lot (or don’t bring your car at all!). In our first 10 minutes in Prague, two different locals warned us against car theft when we asked if we were allowed to park on a particular street. Be forewarned!
- On every first Wednesday of the month at noon, there is an air raid siren that sounds throughout Prague. After the siren, there are announcements over loud speakers in Czech and in English explaining that they are only a drill. We couldn’t hear the announcements properly and were panicking slightly until we found out they were just practice sirens. Don’t be alarmed if you hear the siren!
- More of a comfort tip (but also a safety tip) – pack clothes according to the season. We went to Prague in early January and experienced the city’s first snowfall of the season. Luckily we had scarves, gloves, hats, and boots with us, but a surprising number of tourists didn’t. Appropriate and comfortable footwear is a must in this cobblestone city. On our way up to Prague Castle, we saw a bunch of tourists slip-sliding down the steep path and holding on to the railing for dear life on the packed, slippery snow.
My Top Activity Recommendations
- Check out my top sightseeing spots in Prague for ideas of what to see in the Czech capital.
- Try a free walking tour to see the key sights in a short period of time. I really enjoyed our 2.5 hour free tour with Discover Prague. The tour covered the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, Charles’ Bridge, the Old Jewish Quarter, the Old New Synagogue, Prague Castle and much more.
- Definitely see a concert of some kind in Prague! The variety is astounding and the prices are extremely affordable. You can browse concerts online and purchase tickets ahead of time or you can buy tickets at the concert venues directly.
For more great tips about Prague (the best time to visit, info on museums & galleries, shopping tips, etc.), visit this helpful Prague guide by My Czech Republic.
What are your top Prague travel tips? I’ve only ever been there once so further tips are always welcome!