Getting Around

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TRAVEL TIPS

Getting Around

Central Prague is ideal for walking—provided you have enough leg muscle to handle the hills. If not, there’s reliable public transit. Tourists will typically use one of three types of transferable tickets when riding subways, buses, and trams. The "Basic" is valid for 90 minutes and costs 32 Kč: the "Short Term" is good for 30 minutes and costs 24 Kč; while the "1 Day" covers 24 hours of unlimited rides and costs 110 Kč. Tickets are available from dispensing machines located in all metro stations and at select surface transit stops. They may also be purchased at tourist information centers, as well as at designated tobacco shops and newsstands. After buying your ticket you must time-stamp it at one of the machines found inside metro stations or aboard buses and trams. Miss this step and you potentially face a 1,000 Kč fine.

Trams are frequently rerouted to accommodate construction and general maintenance. Check the civic transit authority’s website (www.dpp.cz) for English-language updates.

Prefer taxis? Be warned. Local cabbies are notorious for overcharging, especially if hailed on the street or from a stand in touristy areas. Scams include doctoring the meter or "forgetting" to turn it on, then demanding an exorbitant sum. (FYI, most rides within the tourist zone should cost no more than 150 Kč to 250 Kč.) To avoid rip-offs, confirm an approximate fare up front. Better yet, call an honest radio-operated firm like

AAA Radiotaxi. Prague, Praha. 222–333–222; www.aaataxi.cz.

If you’re interested in exploring beyond the city, check our "Top Tours" or review the train and bus schedules at www.idos.cz.

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