The Best Way To Get Around Prague
It’s no secret that this once overlooked gem is now on every traveler’s ‘must see’ list. Prague is a city who’s identity has much to do with its lengthy and brutal history. From when Prague was the capital of Bohemia, to the great fire in the mid-1500s, to decapitations taking place in its city center (the Old Square) in 1612, and when Hitler’s troops occupied Prague in WWII the city has centuries of history to share with traveler’s. Luckily the Czech Republic sits within the walls of the Schengen Area which means that US citizens can travel here with no visa, only a valid passport, for a maximum of 90 days.
As a city with so much for travelers to see, what’s the best way to get around Prague? Luckily for us, Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in all of Europe that includes the metro, trams and busses. Public transportation is used by nearly 2/3 of Prague’s population seeing as it flows in the city center and to the outskirts of the city walls. And it’s affordable price will help you understand why!
How to Get Around Prague
There is no need to take a taxi within the city center, and for budget traveler‘s that is a dream come true! With the amount of traffic that suffocates the city roads, it would also drain your wallet to pay for. Luckily there are affordable options for travelers.
The tourist pass will be your best friend for getting around the city. For a 3-day pass, which is formally known as a ‘short-term tourist pass’ traveler’s only have to pay 310 CZK which is about 12 Euro. This allows traveler’s to ride all any mode of public transportation an unlimited amount of times within your 3 days. Of course, there are other options if travelers are staying for a longer or shorter duration of time.
Another option for transportation would be to take the Short River Cruise on Vltava. For about 12 Euro traveler’s can take a 1.5 hour cruise to get a new perspective of the city from the water. The cruised does not offer commentary, but the price does include bus transportation to the dock of the cruise. This is a view that travelers can not miss.
Passport & Visa Requirements for Travel to Prague
You will not need a visa for travel to Prague, but you will need a valid passport. Be sure to apply for your passport early as 2017 is projected to be the busiest year for passport applications and processing times may be impacted by the large number of applicants. Expedited passport processing is available for travelers that need a passport quicker than 4 weeks.