ABGT350 Travel Guide

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About Prague

Situated in Central Europe, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It’s renowned for gothic architecture, a picturesque Old Town and the many bridges that criss-cross the Vlatva River. It’s part of the European Union, but uses its own currency.

Getting around

Prague has excellent public transport. A valid ticket or day pass is required for travel on all metro trains, trams and buses. Tickets and passes are sold from machines at metro stations and some tram stops (coins only). A full-price ticket costs 32Kč per adult. Full-price tickets are valid for 90 minutes of unlimited travel, including transfers. For shorter journeys, buy short-term tickets that are valid for 30 minutes of unlimited travel. These cost 24/12Kč per adult. Day passes are available for one or three days. One-day passes cost 110/55Kč per adult/child and senior; three-day passes cost 310Kč.

Be sure to validate your ticket using the stamping machines in stations and on trams to avoid getting a fine.

Metro Map

Trams are a great way to see the city and run practically everywhere. Trams make every stop so you don’t have to hail them. Be wary of pickpockets and keep your valuables close to hand.

Download the app "pubtran" which shows the next and nearest connections on getting from A to B (Android only).

We also recommend downloading Google Maps and saving an offline version of Prague to your device. Good for your roaming data allowing!

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Taxis

It’s a popular sport among European taxi drivers to rip off tourists and Prague is no exception. While it’s not as bad as Amsterdam (still fuming about one ride from ADE two years ago!), there’s a few things you can do to avoid getting done over.

  1. Don’t get in unmarked taxis
  2. Ask for a receipt before you get in
  3. Ask for an approximation of the fare and request the driver run the meter - some drivers may openly refuse to do this or claim ‘they forgot’. To avoid an argument, don’t get in the car if they refuse to run the meter

Uber works in Prague and remains the best way to get from A to B safely and at the right price.

If taxis are unavailable, two reputable services we can recommend are +420 257 257 257 , +420 222 333 222.

Never take a taxi from the drivers hanging around Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. They are scammers and have been known to charge up to 10 times the normal price.

To and from the airport

Avoid any taxis outside the airport also, unless you want to try and bargain with them and tell them that all they're getting is maximum 600Kč - pay more than that and you’re probably getting a bad deal. It's better to use Uber or call a taxi from a reputable provider.

Public transport to the city centre is also a great option if you’re light on luggage.

Come out of the arrivals terminal, cross the road to where the buses are. Bus 119 takes you to the metro green line station Nardazi Veleslavin. From there, you can get mostly anywhere in Prague.

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To and from O2 Arena

Metro

Take Metro line B to Českomoravská station. The main entrance is located just a few meters outside the station exit; turn right toward the bus station and Ocelářska Street.

Tram

By a tram, take the 8 or 25 and get off at Multiarena Praha.

Bus

By bus, take one of the following buses: 251, 127, 158, 166, 259, 280, 302, 305, 348, 351, 354, 3, 66, 368, 375, 376 or 377 and get off at the Českomoravská station. Or take one of the following buses: 136, 145, 177 or 195 and get off at the Nádraží Libeň station.

Car

Drive to the Českomoravská in Prague 9 and you can park your car for 200 CZK (around 8 Euro).

To and from Anjunadeep Open Air

The fountain is by stop Výstaviště Holešovice, which is on Metro Line C and accessible on trams 12, 17 and 6.

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Currency

While the Czech Republic is in the European Union, it does not use the Euro. Czech koruna is the local currency. Use a currency converter to check (pun intended) the local exchange rate.

When withdrawing currency from a foreign ATM (particularly those in tourist areas) it’s generally best to decline the currency conversion offered by the ATM and opt for your bank’s exchange rate. Watch this video for more details on how to be money smart in Prague.

Do not exchange cash with random blokes on the street. In particular, we don’t recommend changing money in any of the exchange shops around Wenceslas Square. Locals have recommended a place called eXchange on Kaprova 14/13, in the Old Town area near the river.

At stores, be careful with your money in more touristy areas. Pay attention to the exchange rate.