The good alternative is a public transport, especially trams. There’re 24 daytime routes in Prague and a lot of them go next to most important places in the city which makes sightseeing from the tram’s window a great thing to do when it’s raining big time outside. Tram stops can be easily found all over the center, the service is frequent and trams routes cross each other so hopping from one tram to another is not a problem. It’s also a fairly cheap option – 24 hours ticket costs 110 czk, 72 hours – 310 czk. Tickets can be bought in press selling points all over the cities (it’s better to avoid ticket machines as they are old, confusing and they were reported to keep the money without selling the ticket). The whole map of Prague’s public transport can be found here but there are some tram routes that can be a great use when visiting Prague!
Line 22 can get you from Prazsky Hrad (the castle) via Malostranske Namesti (with amazing St. Nicholas’ church) to Ujezd from where you can take the cable car to Petrin hill with breathtaking views all over the city (the cable car is part of the city’s public transport and so the 24/72 hours tickets are valid there too). Lines 12 and 20 also run between Ujezd and Malostranka but go to Holesovice instead of Hrad. If you want to see a lovely neighborhood on that side of Vltava river (yet without tourist) take trams no 6, 9, 12 or 22 from Ujezd to Andel and you’re in Smichov that I personally really like (there’s a big shopping center too if you need to buy some things).
Line 17 runs along the Vltava river from Cechuv Most (on steps to the Letna Park) to Vysehrad. Along the way it passes Charles Bridge, The National Theatre, The Dancing House and it offers amazing views to the other side of the river, with Hradcany Castle and Mala Strana. It must be the most picturesque tram line in Prague!
From the National Theatre take the tram no 9 that would take you to the Wenceslas Square via narrow streets of the old town. You can continue to the Main Train Station and to Zizkov district which must be the most real neighborhood in Prague (there’re also trams no 5 and 26 going there).
Another lovely area that is not on the main tourist tracks and can be reached by trams is Nove Mesto. To get there take tram no 22 from the National Theatre (or continue from Prazsky Hrad) or trams no 4, 6 and 10 from Andel and go as far as Namesti Miru.
Nice option is also taking tram no 14 from Andel to Masarykovo Nadrazi where you can change to tram no 24 and go to Strossmayerovo Namesti. This way you can travel from Smichov to Holesovice via the old town.
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There are so many options to travel around Prague by tram and no matter which one you choose it’s certain the view you’re gonna see will be pretty lovely. The routes I wrote about are only my favourite ones but I’m sure you’ll find your own ones to enjoy!
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Rob Morris26/09/2017 at 13:40
hi I’m staying at the Parkhotel and wondering if tram no. 6 & 17 are the best 1s to use from my hotel. is this true.
kami11/10/2017 at 11:51
yes, according to the map at the website of Prague’s public transport company https://www.dpp.cz/en/transport-around-prague/transit-schematics/ these two trams should be the best!