Getting Around Prague

Catching the Tram and/or Bus

Tickets can't be purchased on the bus or tram so you need to make your purchase at any major tram stop. If you ask the driver they would most likely ignore you.

(The three-day pass is a good value and can be bought at a booth in the airport arrivals lounge. Stern warnings about pickpockets in the subway encourage travelers to enjoy trams and buses, but here too one should be careful.The public transportation map shows tram and subway routes clearly, but bus routes are a bit more difficult to decipher. It's worth the effort!)

Remember there are trams, buses and trains. The best way to understand Prague is by understanding it has regions, so regions 1, regions 2 and so on. Regions 1 being in the centre of the city.

At each stop it will have a list of places that the tram/bus travels too and it will give the number of the tram at the top. So you need to look for that number on the tram that you need to catch.

The name underlined in the list is the name of the stop you are at. The list of names above the stop you are at, is where the bus/Tram has been, underneath is where it is going too. This will help you, as you will need to know what side of the road you should be catching the tram. Remember this number as this is the tram you will need to catch to return home.

These trams do not loop, so when it get's to the last stop you have to get off. If you are caught without a ticket you'll be fined, but it's not just having the ticket in hand it's also endorsing the ticket when you get on the tram/bus. Some locals buy the 24hr ticket and don't endorse it until they see the inspectors get on the tram. You run a risk doing this, as if you aren't near the ticket stamper at the entrance then you may get caught.

Near the driver is a electronic display. The name in the red outline box is where you are or the next stop, the preceding names are the next stops. If your destination doesn't appear, it simply means there are more stops than boxes on the display. You need to wait until the display clears for the new destinations to appear. This will help you to know how many stops until you need to get off.

Now the tickets that you purchase can be used on bus or trams or metro trains. However the tickets are timed, so 15 minutes through to 24 hours and so on. Once they have been endorsed the time is taken from that point onwards.

Here are some tram numbers to popular tourist destinations for you to get started:

Major shopping centres

PALLADIUM - old town 200 stores
Address: náměstí Republiky 1, Prague 1
Getting there: Metro B to náměstí Republiky. Or any tram heading to main station.

Palác Flóra
Address: Vinohradská 144, Prague 3
Getting there: Metro A or tram 5, 10, 11 or 16 to Flóra

Galerie Harfa
Address: Českomoravská 2420/15a, Prague 9
Getting there: Metro B to Českomoravská

OC Chodov
Address: Roztylská 2321/19, Prague 4 
Getting there: Metro C to Chodov

Nový Smíchov
Address: Plzeňská 8, Prague 5
Getting there: Metro B or tram 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 or 20 to Anděl

 

Main Museums

National Museum - main building Address: Václavské náměstí 68, Prague 1
Getting there: Metro A/C or tram 11 to Muzeum
Antonín Dvořák Museum Address: Ke Karlovu 20, Prague 2
Getting there: Metro C to I. P. Pavlova

National Technical Museum - Address: Kostelní 42, Prague 7 
Getting there: Metro A to Hradčanská, then tram to 1, 25, 26 Letenské náměstí or Metro C to Vltavská, then tram 1, 25 to Letenské náměstí 

Exhibitions: transport, astronomy, printing, architecture, construction and design, photo studio