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If you are going to travel to Prague with children, you will need to know how to move around the city, which are the fastest, cheapest or most practical means of transport, depending on your needs.
Are you going to Prague by plane? Check in this guide how to get from the airport to the center, so you don't waste time during your family getaway. Will you use the train? We show you all the information.
In the center of the old continent, Prague is a city very close to other countries such as Austria, Slovakia, Germany or Poland. If your intention is to know exclusively Prague, the best means of transport is, without a doubt, the plane. But keep in mind that once there you could move without complication to know other nearby regions.
The main entry point for tourists to the Czech Republic is the Prague or Ruzyne International Airport (PRG).
It is located 15 kilometers from the center of Prague and has 3 terminals. Once at the airport, you can take a taxi - the race will cost about 30 or 40 euros - or one of the various buses that go to the city.
The Airport Express Bus service drops travelers at Holešovice (link to underground line C), takes about 35 minutes and costs around 2 euros.
Cheaper are the regular line buses such as No. 100 that ends in Zlicín (links with metro line B) or No. 119 that leads to Dejvická (link with line A). Both cost less than a euro and take about 20 minutes.
The Czech Republic has one of the most extensive railway networks in Europe. The Prague train station is the gateway for travelers who use this means of transport to move around Central Europe, visiting other nearby capitals, such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.
If you have time, the train is a great option to get to know the old continent, since it is cheap and safe.
Traveling to Prague by car and with children is not a good idea, unless you are very close. From Madrid, for example, there is a distance of 2,300 kilometers, so don't even think about it.
Prague has a very efficient public transport network. Either by metro, tram, bus or on foot, you can explore the city comfortably.
The most common is to move both by metro and tram and, for the convenience of travelers, tickets are common for all means of transport.
A single ticket costs around 1.25 euros and allows the pass to all public means of transport for a period of 90 minutes.
The limited ticket is somewhat cheaper (it does not reach 1 euro) and allows the use of trams and buses (without changes) for 20 minutes or the metro for 30 minutes.
The daily pass that gives access to all public transport for 24 hours costs approximately 4.30 euros. But, without a doubt, the cheapest pass for families is the three-day pass. It is valid for 72 hours and costs about 12.12 euros but includes a free ticket for a child between 6 and 15 years old.
The Prague metro does not cover the entire city. Surely you have to combine a trip by metro with another by tram to get to some places, but this is not a complicated procedure at all.
The Prague metro dates from 1974 and consists of 3 lines with a total of 53 stations. It opens every day from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Line A (green) runs through the city from northwest to southeast, starting from Dejvická station, which is served by many tourists from the airport by bus. It passes through Staroměstská, very close to the Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter, and also stops at the National Museum.
Line B (yellow) crosses Prague from north-east to south-west passing through Florenc, the most important bus station in Prague, and Zličín, the arrival point for bus No. 100 from the airport.
Line C (red) runs north to south and stops at Florenc, the National Museum and Vyšehrad.
The Prague tram is part of the history of the Czech capital. It began to function in 1875 although at first it was drawn by horses. Today it is made up of 25 daytime lines (from 4:30 a.m. to midnight) and 9 night lines (from 12 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.) that work very well.
The most touristy tram line is number 22 that leads to Prague Castle and Strahov Monastery. There is also another tram, the 91, which operates mainly for tourists making a circular tour of the city. It only works on weekends and holidays from 12:00 to 17:00 and from March to November.
Buses in Prague are very practical to connect the airport with the center, as well as to travel around the city, for example, Karlovy Vary. However, to move around Prague with children during your family trip it is more comfortable to use the tram and the metro.
Taxi service in Prague is quite expensive, not so much because of the lowering of the flag, but because of the rate per kilometer, which exceeds that of other major cities such as Madrid or Rome.
There are several taxi companies and it is common for there to be large price differences between them. It is highly recommended to take the precaution of checking that the taxi driver turns on the meter correctly in the face of the usual picaresque.
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