Prague - public transportation

Prague transportation system belongs among the best in the Europe. It is very well organized, efficient, reasonably clean and operates almost non-stop.

The metro/subway and tram network covers very efficiently the larger center of the city. Buses are serving mainly the outskirts.

Prague center is not large by size and you can explore it by walking. If you become tired you can find always a metro/subway or tram station close to you. Maps of the public transport system are available all over the city, especially in metro stations.

We do not recommend driving car. Due to very often traffic jams it becomes time spending and exhausting. Parking is another real problem especially in the center. More about driving car here.

Taking taxi could be on the other hand comfortable but quite expensive. Moreover some taxi drivers still do not have a good reputation, especially when it comes to serving foreigners. More about taxi here.

In order to feel really free and fully utilize the public transportation system we recommend to buy a 1/3/5 days tourist pass. You can use it unlimited times for any type of public transportation. More on buying tickets and ticket inspectors here.

As in other big cities, also in Prague we recommend to be careful about your belongings while traveling in public transportation.

Pickpockets are a usual phenomenon in trams (especially 22 and 23) and in busy metro trains.

Prague metro/subway/underground network

The metro is the most effective, very cheap, clean and fastest means of transportation in Prague. Operates from 5:00 to 24:00.

Prague metro consists from 3 lines in the total length of around 56 km and has 54 stations. All stations are equipped with escalators, some allow access for the disabled. Building of new stations is in progress.

  • Green Line (A) – between end stations Dejvická (east) and Depo Hostivar (west).

  • Yellow Line (B) – between end stations Cerný most (north- east) and Zlicin (south-west).

  • Red Line (C) – between end stations Ladvi (North) and Haje (south-east).

Important transfer stations with two lines crossing.

  • Můstek station (lower end of Wenceslas Square) - lines A and B

  • Muzeum station (upper end of Wenceslas Square) - lines A and C

  • Florenc station (main bus station) - lines B and C

While in the train you get travel information by illuminated text tables, announcing the current and next station. Above that you can also hear recorded messages in Czech:

1.The name of the actual station. For example “Muzeum”.

2.After entering the train, you can hear a warning. "Ukončete prosím výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají." It means “ Please finish exiting and entering the train, the doors are closing”.

3.The name of the following station (e.g. Mustek): "Příští stanice: Mustek" - “Next station: Mustek”. An announcement on transfer if applicable: "Přestup na linku A/B/C." - “Transfer to line A/B/C”.

Due to the length of escalators, (the longest is at Namesti Miru station – 87,2 m) the general habit is to stay at the right side and let others who want to climb the stairs up or down to pass you on your left. Some local passengers demand this rule quite energetically.

Map of metro network (gif file).

Prague tram network

The tram network consists from 26 lines operating during the day and 9 lines during the night and is well covering the large center and many suburban areas on a non-stop basis.

The day lines operate from 4:30 a.m. to midnight. The night lines from 00:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

The central interchange point of night trams is at LAZARSKÁ stop.

Just for interest the total network length is 560 km with 628 stops.

The timetable of trams is posted at every station.

Download maps of transportation networks.

Prague bus network

The bus network consists from 182 lines operating during the day and 13 lines during the night and serves all the zones not covered by metro lines or trams on non-stop basis.

The day lines operate from 4:30 a.m. to midnight. The night lines from 00:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Just for interest network length is 2 198 km with 2 510 stops.

The timetable of buses is posted at every station.

Download maps of municipal transportation networks.

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