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How to Get to Prague

How to Get to Prague by Air

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is the main gateway to the country, and people flying in enter the Czech Republic through Prague’s international airport, the Ruzyne International Airport. Ruzyne is connected to a number of European capitals by air, and is about 20 km from the city of Prague, taking approximately 25-30 minutes (you can cover that distance either by bus and metro, by the airport express minibus service, or by taxi).

All the information required on taxis, trains, metro and buses can be available from the information centre at the exit. Local bus 119 will take you from the airport to the Dejvicka Metro station (its terminus), from where you can reach any part of the city in a short while. The AAA taxi service (14014/www.radiotaxiaaa.cz) is also available at the exit that will take to the city centre (the Old Town Square) in about 650 CZK / 25 EUR (cost for a van carrying 5-6 people).

How to Get to Prague by Rail

If you’re coming to Prague on one of the international trains which pass through the city, you’ll have to disembark at any one of Prague’s numerous railway stations- fortunately, all are well connected by metro, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting to your destination.

The most widely used ones are the Main Station (Praha Hlavní nádraží), Holešovice Station (Nádraží Holešovice), and Smíchov Station (Nádraží Smíchov). Main Station (Praha Hlavní nádraží) located just 5 minutes walk from Wenceslas Square is the biggest and busiest rail stations in Czech Republic and has connections with Metro Line C.

Holešovice Station (Nádraží Holešovice) is the second largest railway station often used by trains coming in from the North and West such as Berlin and Dresden and is also connected with Metro Line C.

Smíchov Station (Nádraží Smíchov) situated on the western side of the River Vltava serve the rest of the trains coming into Prague. Direct rail links connect Prague with more than 20 European cities, including Munich, Vienna, Berlin and Paris. It is recommended that passengers reserve their seats on all services. Check train timetables and departure and arrival stations at www.id os.cz.

How to Get to Prague by Bus

Within the Czech Republic, all roads lead to Prague- there are plenty of buses that connect the city to the rest of the country, so getting to the capital is fairly easy. The main international coach operator is Eurolines. These coaches have limited facilities but they do have toilets and reclining seats. There are three departures per week from London Victoria Coach Station to the historic city of Prague.

Getting to many destinations within Prague is far quicker by coaches than trains offering smooth trips at excellent value. If you are coming to Prague on an international bus, you will most likely arrive at the Florenc bus station, (located in the New Town area) which is about 15 minutes walk from the Old Town Square located at the B/C line of the subway.

Getting Around Prague

Prague is an easy city to be explored on foot. Most historic places such as the Old Town Square and the Prague Castle are within pedestrian zones and can be covered by walking. Cobbled streets run through the entire city so make sure you carry comfortable shoes to save your feet. The main roads/ bridges are shared by both trams and cars, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself maneuvering across streets trying to give way to the trams nearby.

If you’d rather use public transport, Prague’s metro, bus and tram systems are fast and efficient- and have a good network. From the Dejvicka Metro station, it's a short Metro ride to almost anywhere in the city. Most tickets are valid for an hour (do buy a ticket- if you’re caught travelling without one, the fines are pretty hefty), and day passes are available for buses, metros and trams for 100 CZK. Get one from the kiosk at the airport before you go to the bus stop.

Prague’s taxi drivers are notorious for trying to rip off passengers; if you must take a taxi, avoid the ones in touristy areas like Wenceslas Square; instead, phone for a taxi from one of the more reputable companies like Taxi Praha, City Taxi, Speedcars, PAT Taxi and Halo Taxi.


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