Ah, Prague. The fairytale land you knew you’d one day visit – and that day is almost here. So, make the most of it. Without being fooled and going broke.
A winter visit to Prague comes with smells, sights, tastes, and sounds that enchant you to your core. Just throw on your most photogenic scarf, a pair of comfy shoes, trust us with the following “DOs & DON’Ts,” check out our full list of recommended experiences to have in and around Prague for some inspiration… and you will have a wonderful time.
Below are some tips and tricks from a helpful Brit who was once a traveler through Prague, but who decided to stay. It’s that Prague effect: once you’re there, it can get a bit difficult to leave…
1. DO use the Prague public transport network. Tickets start as low as 24 CZK and can be used on trams, buses and the metro lines. From the airport, you can take the Airport Express (60 CZK for a one-way ticket) directly to the Main Train Station (Hlavni Nadrazi). Night buses run every day of the week. Google maps can provide details of the connections throughout the city.
2. DON’T immediately jump in a taxi at the airport. Prices to the city center can be as expensive as 1000 CZK or more. If you want to get to your accommodation quicker than via public transport, it is advisable to check the prices offered by Uber, Taxify
3. DO enjoy the wonderful local beer, but be careful not to pay Western European prices for it! A standard beer outside of the most touristic areas will cost you around 30-50 CZK. The same beer, and in some cases even smaller measures, may set you back 100 CZK or more in and around Old Town Square. One way to be sure to find the best local beer is by following a local guide, like on this mountain bike and beer tour!
4. DON’T rely solely on Google when choosing what to see and do. Nothing can replace the knowledge and tips that a local can provide. Even if it’s a friend of a friend, try to get someone living in Prague to give you recommendations, or find a guided tour focused on what you’re hoping to do and see. These tours are almost always led by a local with a passion for his/her home who knows exactly where to take you – and when – to make your day memorable.
5. DO enjoy some hot wine (svařené víno or svařák), grog and the warm honey liquor (
6. DON’T miss out on amazing views of the city from places like Vyšehrad, Letna Park, Riegrovy Sady
7. DO check out the shows at the National Theatre (Národní Divadlo). Whether it’s Opera, Ballet or a Play, you will enjoy the show in this iconic setting.
8. DON’T hire a car unless you plan a day trip outside of the city. Not only would you miss out on the stunning architecture you will see when walking around the city, but parking in the center is both difficult and expensive. A great way to make the most of your day without a car is also by going on a city tour, which shows off both the highlights and the hidden gems of Prague.
9. DO keep a close eye on your belongings. Prague is a very safe city, but just like other capital cities, petty theft can sometimes be an issue. Be especially careful around crowded tourist areas and don’t leave expensive items inside vehicles.
10. DON’T just eat in the very center of Prague. The city is home to many fantastic restaurants. Venture out to areas like Zizkov, Letna, Andel