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Prague: a travel money guide

By Zuzana Hajska | Marketing Officer at ICE

Perfect for a weekend city break, Prague is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The city is filled with history, the beer is world class, the architecture takes your breath away... and the prices won't ruin your savings!  

Want to know how much it is for a pint? Or where to stay in Prague on a budget? In our Prague travel money guide, we've outlined the cost of travelling essentials while visiting the Czech capital. 

The basics- what is the currency of Prague? 

Currency: Czech Koruna

Language: Czech (most people speak English as well) 

Prague's population: 1.3 million 

Cash and currency exchange in Prague 

At the time of writing, 1 Pound Sterling (GBP) will get you 29.72 Czech Koruna (CZK).

Cash or card? Generally speaking, you can find ATMs easily in the city centre and even in the more remote parts of Prague. Most restaurants and bigger shops will also accept credit cards without any issues. However, it's always a good idea to carry cash with you (even if it's only a few hundred Korunas), as some public transport and inexpensive restaurants won’t accept credit cards.

Even though the Euro isn't the official currency of the Czech Republic, you can still pay in Euros in some restaurants and popular tourist places. Don't get fooled though - always pay in Korunas if you can as the vendor's exchange rate might be far from reasonable. 

Looking for a good deal on your travel money?
For great rates and maximal convenience, you can buy your Czech Korunas using home delivery or in selected ICE stores using click & collect.

Flights to Prague 

Flights from the UK to Prague take just under two hours and are reasonably priced. 

Where to stay in Prague 

Mala Strana

Are you after a romantic, quiet kind of a city break? Then Mala Strana is the place to stay. Also known as 'the Little Quarter', Mala Strana with its tranquil atmosphere is also great for visitors who want to stay in the historic centre of Prague. 

Vinohrady

Beautiful historic buildings, tree-lined streets, many pubs and coffee shops- that's Vinohrady for you. Super popular with young and international people, this part of Prague is vibrant and stylish.   

Vrsovice

Trendy Vrsovice is known for its laid-back atmosphere with indie boutiques and dance clubs. If you do decide to stay in Vrsovice, make sure to visit the Havlicek Gardens with vineyards to get an amazing view of the whole city.

Holesovice

North of the city centre, Holesovice is one of Prague's hip neighbourhoods. Reasonably priced, Holesovice is full of beer gardens and cool street art. 

Food and drink in Prague 

Prague has a reputation for being a good value when it comes to travelling, and eating out in the Czech capital is no exception. Based on the spending habits of previous travellers, an average cost of food for one in Prague is around £16.50 (490 CZK) a day. 

  • Dinner at a mid-range restaurant for one - £7.88 (235 CZK)
  • Classic Czech lunch in a pub (meat, sauce, dumplings) – £5 (150 CZK) 
  • Fast food meal - £4 (120 CZK) 
  • 3 course dinner in a mid-range restaurant for two – £20 (600 CZK) 
  • 8 course meal at a Michelin star restaurant - £115 (3450 CZK) 
  • Cappuccino - £1.30 (40 CZK) 
  • Soft drinks – £1.17 (35 CZK) 

How much does a pint cost in Prague? 

Prague is well known for its delicious beer that is famous all around the world. Local beer (0,5 litre draught) will cost you £1 to £2.68 (30 to 80 CZK) depending on the restaurant and the type of beer.  

Fancy trying something that's got a bit more of a kick to it? Order a shot of Slivovice, a traditional Czech spirit made out of plums, or Becherovka, a high quality herbal liquor. A shot (0.04l) will cost you £1.50 (45 CZK) each.

And remember- if you're looking for an authentic Czech pub, the local beer on tap should always be less expensive than bottled water. 

Transport in Prague 

The Czech Republic's capital has a very efficient network of trams, buses and underground, so there's no need to pay for an overpriced city taxi. Public transport is very affordable, but make sure to validate your ticket as soon as you get on. It's not worth risking it without a ticket as public transport inspectors often check and the fines are far from little. 

You can use a same ticket for all of Prague's public transport - trams, buses, the underground and even a cable cart going up to Petrin Tower

And what about getting from/to Prague airport? You can take a quick taxi ride from the taxi rank outside of the Arrivals exit to the city centre for roughly £20 (600 CZK). Travelling on a budget? Opt out for a much cheaper Bolt or Uber, or get a shuttle bus to Prague's main train station (Praha Hlavní Nádraží) for only £2.70 (80 CZK) per a single ticket. 

What to see in Prague 

You can find the famous Prague Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Square. Wait around a bit to see the world's oldest astronomical clock in action as the figures and ornaments move every hour. 

Visiting the Prague castle and the phenomenal St. Vitus Cathedral is a Prague must-have. Especially when you can do it for free!

Despite the crowds, there is something magical about walking across the beautiful Charles Bridge. Not a big fan of crowds? Wake up a little bit earlier and enjoy this spectacular site with a cup of coffee and no tourists. 

Visit the Petrin Tower, hidden in parks right next to the Prague castle, to get the best view of the whole city. A fun fact- you can take the cable cart up there!

Hard to be missed, you can find the National Theatre by the Vltava riverbank. Magnificent, isn't it. 

If you are coming to Prague for a weekend, make sure to visit the Organic Farmers' markets by the Naplavka riverbank. Every Saturday morning, there are many stalls selling everything and anything, from delicious freshly-baked pastries to local goodies you can take home with you as gifts.   

Not too far from the Old Town Square, you can walk to Wenceslas Square. Spend your afternoon wondering around the National museum before hitting a nearby quirky pub or a rooftop bar. 

Tucked away in between the cobbled street, you can find the Clementinum Library, one of Prague's many hidden gems. This Baroque library, which is one of the Europe's oldest, is only a five minute walk from the Charles Bridge.

What to do in Prague 

Whether you want to stay inside exploring Prague's many museums and galleries or spend your time out and about getting the feel of the city, there is always a lot of going on.

When is the best time to visit Prague? 

The best time to visit is in between the seasons as the weather will be just perfect for wondering around the city without getting too cold or too hot. Plus coming to Prague in the April-May or September-October period will also mean there will be less crowds. 

  • The busiest months to visit Prague: July and August 
  • The coldest month: January (-1°C) 
  • The warmest month: August (26°C)

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