Cheap Flights to Prague, Czech Republic
- Area Urban : 496km² (192 sq mi)
- Area Code : (+420) 2
- Currency : Czech Crown
- Population City : 1,282,496 (2017)
- Official Language : Czech
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
- Airport : Václav Havel Airport (PRG)
‘PRG’ is located around 17km from the centre of Prague city. Passengers can take a bus, train, taxi, minibus, transfer or rent a car to get to their destination. The ‘Airport Express’ bus travels to the city’s main train station connecting with Metro line C, taking around 35 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at transport counters in arrivals halls 1 & 2 from 07h00 to 22h00; from bus drivers and from automats at bus stops with the latter two taking only cash. There’s a bus stop at Terminal 1, and at Terminal 2 in front of the arrivals hall. Contact information for taxi operators is available in the arrival halls of Terminals 1 & 2. Taxi operators include ‘Fix Taxi’ and ‘Taxi Praha’. Car hire offices are situated in a separate hall on the ground floor of ‘Parking C’ and comprise: ‘Avis’, ‘Budget’, ‘Czechocar’, ‘Dvořák’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Hertz’, ‘RENT plus’ and ‘Sixt’.
Travellers can fly to Prague from Cape Town International with the following airlines, with one + stops:
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 14h 40m+
- Air France (via Paris) 15h 0m+
- British Airways (via London) 15h 5m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 15h 25m+
- South African, Lufthansa (via Johannesburg, Munich) 16h 5m+
- Air Namibia (via Windhoek) 16h 15m+
- Ethiopian, Austrian (via Addis Ababa, Vienna) 16h 35m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 17h 25m+
- Swiss (via Zürich) 17h 55m+
- Kulula (via Johannesburg) 18h 15m+
- Qatar (via Doha) 18h 45m+
- CSA (via Frankfurt) 18h 50m+
Additional airlines reaching Prague include:
- Aer Lingus
- Air Berlin
- Air Canada
- Air Malta
- Air Serbia
- Sichuan Airlines
Reasons to Visit Prague:
- Nicknamed ‘the City of a Hundred Spires’, Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Founded during the 6th century it was the historical capital of Bohemia; the primary residence of several holy Roman Emperors and played an important role in the ‘Bohemian’ and ‘Protestant Reformation’. An indescribably beautiful city, it drips with history that every avid traveller wants to experience. It ranked sixth on the world list of ‘best destinations’ in 2016 by ‘Tripadvisor’ and its historic centre is on the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ list.
- Besides its ‘Old Town Square’, the heart of its history with phenomenal red-roofed olden structures, visit Prague’s ‘New Town’, built 600 years ago and founded by king Charles IV in 1348; its home to ‘Charles Square’, the ‘Dancing House’, the ‘National Theatre’, the ‘State Opera’ and more. Soak in elegance in the prestigious residential area of ‘Vinohrdy’ that covers Prague 2, 3 and 10 with impressive Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Pseudo Baroque and Neo-Gothic buildings from the latter half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century; stroll through attractive parks and gardens in the ‘Old Town’ and around the city; nothing beats seeing the city from the river, indulge in a tranquil riverboat cruise with lunch or dinner; take in the land’s rich artistic heritage at its many galleries and museums that house large collections of art covering all eras and styles; go shopping at stores and malls in the city centre until 22h00.
- Accommodation comprises hotels, apartments, hostels and camping. The 4-Star ‘Unitas Hotel’ in the ‘Old Town’, housed in a former convent affords large, clean, air-conditioned rooms and good value; soak in luxury in a 13th century monastery, part of the ‘Augustine – Luxury Collection of Hotels’ with accommodation in seven historical buildings; the intimate ‘Alchymist Prague Castle Suites’ afford plush, spacious rooms and excellent service. There’s a good range of hostels and over 10 campsites that include ‘Camp Drusus’, close to the city and the riverside camp of ‘River Camping Prague’ in the green belt of Praha-Troja with easy access to the city centre by public transport, foot or bicycle.
- Restaurants encompass an amazing variety of international cuisines and the city offers a great combination of breweries with eateries. Beer drinkers should try ‘Klášsterni pivovar Strahove’, a large brew pub and restaurant with its brewery going back to the 17th century that serves delicious ‘St. Norbert’ beer and good food; for typical pub grub and authentic Czech beer, ‘U ĉerného vola’ (At the Block Ox) is small and popular with locals and tourists; for a superb Czech fare in a smoke-free zone, ‘Pivovarský Dům’ offers flavoured beers of coffee, banana, blueberry and others including Czech lager and unfiltered wheat beer.
- There’s a plethora of pubs, clubs, lounges and cafes for night time fun that offer alcohol choices beyond the imagination, some with live music or DJs. For jazz lovers there’s ‘Reduta Jazz Club’, thriving since 1958, it presents the best local jazz and international musicians; ‘Jazzboat’ cruises through historical and outer Prague with top jazz bands and guests.
When to Visit Prague:
The best months for exploring this city are from June through September (with rain). July and August are generally the warmest with July the wettest. June highs average 22°C; July and August 25°C and September 20°C.
Places to Visit Prague- with too many to mention, a few top attractions not to be missed are:
- ‘Prague Castle’s’ area covers more than 7ha with 3 courtyards and numerous resplendent buildings. Founded around 880 by prince Bořivoj, visitors should be prepared for a fair amount of walking to see all it reveals.
- Connecting the ‘Old Town’ with Malá Strana, the grand ‘Charles Bridge’s’ construction started in 1357 – with egg yolks mixed into the mortar for strength – where the previous ‘Judith Bridge’, built in 1172 collapsed in 1342 due to flooding. ‘Charles Bridge’ has overcome numerous floods including the most severe, in 2002.
- A marvellous treasure to the city is the medieval ‘Prague Astronomical Clock’ that still amazes people with its procession of moving statues.
- A sight to behold is the incomparable ‘St Vitus Cathedral’ at a height of 97m it was built over a period of 600 years and is one of Europe’s most ornately endowed cathedrals.
- The impressive ‘Church of Our Lady Before Týn’ in the ‘Old Town’ with its twin Gothic spires and height of 80m is a prominent landmark.
- One of the most visited museums is the 1906 ‘Prague Jewish Museum’. Its management was implausibly taken over by the Nazis during WWII.
The city transport system comprises buses, trams and the Metro with ‘tourist passes’ available that include: 24 or 72 hours; monthly, quarterly, 5-monthly and annual. Passes are applicable for all public transport with children under 6 years travelling free. They can be purchased at ticket offices at some Metro stations or tourist information centres.
The Metro is clean and efficient with about 62km of tracks that run mostly underground. Three transfer stations comprise Můstek, Muzeum and Florenc. It comprises three lines: Line A (Green) operates east to west with 17 stations; Line B (Yellow) also runs east to west with 24 stations and Line C (Red) operates north to south with 20 stations. Stations are continually being added with construction for Line D (Blue) commencing in 2017.
Trams traverse along 500km of tracks and start operating from 04h30 until midnight with intervals of 8 to 10 minutes and on weekends, 8 to 15 minutes. Night trams No’s 51 – 58 operate from 00h30 until 04h30 with 40 minute intervals. Tram 22 travels along the most scenic routes while ‘Nostalgic Tram’ No. 91, is an historic tram that runs over weekends and holidays (from April to mid-November) and departs on the hour from Vozovna Střešovice from 12h00 until 17h30.
Buses reach areas the city’s outlying areas that trams and the Metro do not. They operate from 04h30 until midnight with 6 to 8 minute intervals during peak periods; 10 to 20 minute intervals in off-peak time and over weekends 15 to 30 minute intervals. Night buses (No’s 501 to 513) operate from midnight until 04h30 with 30 to 60 minute intervals. The ‘Zoo Bus’ operates between Nádraží Holešovice (Metro C) and the zoo over weekends and holidays (April to September). Departing every 10 minutes with no stops along the way, it’s also free.
Travelling to the top of ‘Petřín Hill’ the funicular starts off at the Újezd tram stop in Malá Strana and operates each day from 09h00 to 23h30 every 10 to 15 minutes.
Taxis are ideal when you’ve have a lot of luggage. They can be waved down or booked telephonically. Avoid taxis parked outside tourist sites and the train station; ensure they’re registered with a permanently installed yellow roof light, TAXI in black lettering on both sides including the name of the driver, license number and rates printed on both front doors. Ascertain the cost before getting in and always get a receipt. Recommended companies include: ‘AAA Radiotaxi’, ‘Profi’, ‘City Taxi’, ‘Halotaxi’ and ‘Sedop’.