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Prague has an integrated metro, tram and bus network – tickets are valid on all types of transport, and for transfers between them.
Extensive network of routes, best way for getting around shorter distances between neighbourhoods. Full service from 5am to 12.30am; limited service through the night.
Fast and frequent, good for visiting outlying areas or covering longer distances. Runs 5am to midnight.
Buses are not much use in the city centre, except for travelling to the airport or in areas not covered by tram or metro. They run from 4.30am to around midnight, plus limited night service.
Good value though prone to rip-off drivers in tourist areas, especially late at night.
Central Prague is compact and individual neighbourhoods are easily explored on foot.
A valid ticket or day pass is required for travel on all metros, trams and buses. Tickets and passes are sold from machines at metro stations and some tram stops (coins only), as well as at newspaper kiosks and DPP information offices at the Můstek, Anděl, Hradčanská and Nádraží Veleslavín stations.
The automated ticket machines at metro and some tram stops can be tricky to use. To get started, first press the button for the ticket you need – probably the 32Kč PLNOCENNÁ (full fare) at the top left – once for one ticket, twice for two etc. You will see the price clocking up in the display. Put your coins in the slot – as soon as the correct fare (or more) has been inserted, your tickets will be printed, and change given if necessary. If you make a mistake, press the STORNO (cancel) button and start again.
To supplement the metro, the Prague Public Transport Authority (DPP) operates a comprehensive system of trams (streetcars) and buses that reach virtually every nook and cranny in the city. The DPP website has a handy 'Journey Planner' tab in English to enable you to plan your route.
Prague's transport system is excellent but, sadly, prone to near-constant rerouting and line cancellations brought on by construction and maintenance projects. Depending on the day or the week, some trams disappear, others are rerouted and, mercifully, a few stay the same – but figuring out which is which is nearly impossible.The Prague Public Transport Authority website lists changes, but you need to know the system well to get much out of it. If you do find yourself on a tram that zigs when it should have zagged, just settle in and enjoy the ride.
No 22 The classic tram line that climbs to Prague Castle from Malá Strana, though you can board it in Vinohrady, at Národní třídá, or Národní Divadlo (National Theatre) too.
No 9 One of Prague's busiest cross-city tram routes, linking Žižkov, the main train station, Wenceslas Square, the National Theatre and Smíchov. Transfer to line No 22 at Národní třídá, Národní Divadlo or Újezd.
Walking is the best way to see the centre of the city. Indeed, much of the centre is closed to vehicular traffic, meaning walking is sometimes the only option for getting around. Cars and vehicles are prohibited from crossing Charles Bridge. Cobblestones and the long hill on the approach to Prague Castle play havoc with heels, though. The best bet is to opt for comfortable walkers or sneakers.