Prague, a gem in the crown of Czech Republic, is a popular travel destination. It is renowned for excellent gardens, traditional monuments, and heritage palaces.
Staying in the city is much enjoyable if you are familiar with the mediums of transportation. By choosing the appropriate mode of transport, you can save your precious time and visit more places, neighbourhoods of this picturesque city.
Modes of transportation in Prague
Bicycle: Visiting many spots by bicycle can be a wonderful experience. It is easy to rent a bicycle and is also one of the cheapest modes of transportation. Most prefered by the tourists who are on budget trip. Additionally, you get to explore the city in details and the way you want.
Taxi: A major step is being taken by introducing ‘fair place taxi’ concept by the Prague city council. This facility is available at taxi stands where you are sure to get reliable and quality services. For customers’ convenience, major companies have the facility of call centres. Vaclavske namesti, Franz Kafka Square, Marianske namesti, Na Perstyne and Staromestske namesti are some of the popular taxi stands in Prague.
Rental car: Exploring the city by hiring a car is a very enthralling experience, but you must know some facts about basic traffic rules. The city follows traffic rules similar to most of the other European countries. Since Prague follows right-hand traffic regulation, vehicles are required to drive on the right side unless overtaking. One must wear seat belts while driving in towns and villages as well and must follow the speed limit. For passenger vehicles, this speed limit is up to 90km/hr. Alcohol consumption while driving is totally prohibited. If you are driving on the highways, then you must use special toll stickers that are easily available at border crossings, post offices or fuel stations.
Train: The city has well-maintained rail transportation with four major railway stations namely Hlavni (Wilsonovo) nadrazi (the Main Railway Station), Masarykovo nadrazi (Masaryk Railway Station), Smichovske nadrazi (Smichov Railway Station), and Praha-Holesovice. These railway stations are a lifeline of the city and serve thousands of passengers. Prague has a wonderful European EC train Network with a maximum speed of 120-160 km/hr. It connects the other European cities like Berlin, Munich, Vienna, and Bratislava etc. The Praha hlavní nádraží is a central point for the arrival of all international trains.
Bus: Tickets are available at the kiosk near Bus stops. One can also buy a ticket from the bus driver, but it a bit more expensive. Traveling in the city by bus is cheaper, but if are caught travelling without a ticket, you have to pay a hefty fine. Foreign currencies for buying a ticket are not accepted by the bus drivers. Some popular bus stations are Florenc, Na Knizeci, Holesovice, Roztyly, and Cerny Most. However, Florenc is the main bus station for international buses.
Many parts of the city are also connected by underground trams and metros. Praha Ruzyně airport is located around 20 kilometers from the city center on the northwest outskirts of Prague.