Getting around Prague
Public transportation and walking are, without question, the most common way to navigate and get around Prague. The Prague public transportation system includes the Metro (subway system), the bus, and the tramway. Students can expect to use public transport, especially the tram and bus, on a daily basis, and sometimes, several times a day.
Commutes around 15-30 minutes and sometimes more are commonplace and expected--it is simply a part of everyday life in Prague!
Aside from public transportation, most Prague locals walk from one place to another. While the public transit is convenient, the city is pedestrian friendly and walking is a great way to see the city, avoid too many connections, and get some exercise. Walking, rain or shine, is the norm when you would typically only need to go a few public transit stops away. A twenty- or thirty-minute walk is not long for local residents!
To learn more about the different ways to get around Prague, please read the descriptions below.
Types of Transportation
Most useful tram routes: No.9 runs across the city via Wenceslas Square and onto Mala Strana. No. 22; No. 23 runs from Mala Strana to the rear of Prague Castle. To view a map of the metro, please visit the Prague Public Transportation website and click on the "Metro and Trams" pdf file.
In the taxi, make sure the car displays the name of the company and that the car has an official, working meter. Before you get into the car, you should tell the driver where you want to go to make sure they know how to get there.
It is certainly more expensive to travel by taxi on a daily basis than walking or taking the public transportation system. There is no standard price for taxi services, but the drivers are required to display their prices. It is a good idea to agree on a price before you commit to a ride. Be sure that the meter runs while you are in the taxi! It may also take longer, due to traffic. In general, cabs are very expensive, but worth it if you are very tired, returning home late at night, or carrying a lot of luggage.
Transportation passes work for all types of Prague's public transportation (tram, bus and metro). Individual tickets and transportation passes are sold in select metro stations, most tram stops, Prague Public Transportation centers, hotels, convenience stores, travel agencies and more.
It is highly recommended that students purchase a monthly or quarterly transportation pass to be used throughout their program duration instead of purchasing individual tickets. Passes are valid for unlimited travel on the bus, tram or metro within Prague.
NOTE: Before the program starts students will be given the option to pre-pay for either of the following options on their student portal:
For more information on fares, maps and more, please visit Prague Public Transportation website.