Prague is unfortunately as congested as most of the other European cities, and finding a parking spot can be a challenge. Most of the parking spots are reserved for local residents only (those with the blue line on the road) and you could get a ticket for parking there. We recommend using public transportation as much as possible. But if you have to drive and park, here are some tips:
Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. The metro, trams, and buses are used by two-thirds of Prague's population and cover the majority of the city and outskirts. The metro especially makes getting around town a breeze since it enables you to cover long distances in a matter of minutes. If you can't continue to your destination on foot, you'll be able to catch a tram or bus from near the subway station. It’s easy, reliable, and affordable.
Despite being an extremely walkable city, there are still places in Prague that are better reached by public transportation. In this case, you will need to purchase a transport ticket.
For one off-trips, we recommend buying a single, short-term ticket. You can choose from either a 30-minute ticket or a 90-minute ticket, depending on the length of your journey. Once your ticket is validated, you have unlimited transfers between any mode of public transport, which includes the metro system and all city trams and buses. Tickets are also valid for night trams and buses, as well as the Petřín funicular.
Tickets are sold at yellow vending machines in all metro stations. Older ticket machines only accept Czech coins (koruna) while tickets from newer machines are payable by cards. Tickets are also available at most tobacco shops (tabák) and some tourist information centers around the city.
In addition to short-term tickets, 24 and 72-hour passes are available for purchase. Depending on the length of your stay, this may be your most worthwhile option. Passes are valid for 24 and 72 hours from the time of validation and are accepted on all city trams, buses and the metro. Passes are sold at ticket offices located at some of the major metro stations and at tourist information centers.
Ticket offices are located at the following metro stations: Dejvická, Hradčanská, Můstek, Florenc, Hlavní nádraží, Nádraží Holešovice, Náměstí Míru. Most offices are open from 6:30 am- 6:30 pm.
Although Prague’s public transportation system appears to run on the “honor system”, meaning you are assumed to have a ticket or pass, don’t take your chances. Ticket inspectors regularly check passengers in the metro as well as the trams and buses. If caught without a valid ticket, you’re looking at a hefty fine of up to 1500 Kč ($69.00 USD)or 800 Kč ($37.00 USD) if paid immediately.
All tickets must be validated with a stamp by inserting them in the yellow validation machines. In the metro, you will find them just before the escalators, and in busses and trams they are located on the holding poles near the doors.
Again, once validated, tickets and passes do not need to be re-validated when transferring services or at any time within the validity period.
It’s highly recommended not to catch a taxi directly on the street in the city center as you might be charged much more than necessary. It’s always better to order the taxi in advance via your phone. There are several apps that might help you with that:
The best way to get from the Prague airport to the apartment is by taxi service Apartment Transport