There are a number of options available when it comes to getting around Prague. Getting in can be just as convenient as going around Prague. By air or by land, there are a wide variety of ways for tourists to come to this beautiful city of the Czech Republic.
By air, tourists would likely go through the Ruzyne International Airport which is located 20 kilometers northwest of the city. By, car it would take about 30 minutes to get into the city from the airport. A number of European carriers can take you to this beautiful city headed by the country’s own carrier, the CSA (Czech Airlines).
There are also a number of public transport choices available for visitors as well as the locals to use when getting around the city. There’s the train system, the buses as well as taxis and even rental cars.
The City is the hub for the country’s railway system. It provides the location where rail services are offered not only to the city but also to all parts of the Czech Republic as well as in the neighboring countries. Aside from the intercity rail service, two international railway stations also operate from Prague.
Prague also has an integrated transport system that consists of streetcars, busses and subway systems. The city operates three main subway lines as well as numerous bus and streetcar lines which are interconnected with each other. There are a total of 54 stations located all around the city.
Operation of this integrated transport system in Prague usually starts around 5 a.m. up to 12 midnight. The Prague Metro opens daily from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight. Train departures usually come about 3 minutes in between trains during the rush hour and 4 to 10 minutes during off peak times.
Trams and the buses have day and night operations. The trams or streetcars operate in the day from 4:30 a.m. and serves the public until 12 in the midnight. Its night operation starts at midnight and lasts until 4:30 a.m.
The interval times between trams coming in at each stop can be 30 minutes for each one. Buses also operate using the same schedule as the tram system in the city. Both usually have their schedules located at each of the individual stops al around the city.
There are also taxis that operate all around the city. But it is not advisable to get a taxi on the street. Some taxis may charge more than they should, especially if they know that their passenger is a tourist.
It would be better if visitors to the city call one of the major Prague taxi services that can be found in most hotel front desks to ensure that visitors don’t become victims of some deceptive taxi drivers that seem to be rampant around the city.
The best and most affordable means of going around the city is still the public transport system. It may not be advisable for visitors to make use of private cars when going around the city although they might be available. The city suffers from heavy traffic especially during rush hours and tourists might be better off going around using public transport so as not to be caught up in such a headache instead of enjoying the sights that this beautiful city can provide.