Spending 2 days in Prague? From the best things to do, best places to eat, where to stay, how to get around and more, here’s everything you need to know to plan the perfect Prague itinerary!
Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Filled with fairytale architecture, charming cobblestone lanes, and medieval squares, the city will not fail to steal your heart.
There’s plenty to see and do in Prague and spending 2 days here will allow you to experience some of the best of what the city has to offer. Prague is home to the largest castle complex in the world, as well as one of Europe’s best preserved old towns. In addition, it boasts some world-class museums, delicious local food, and a lively beer drinking culture.
And if you’re visiting in the winter, Prague is home to some of the best Christmas markets in Europe! Plus, the fairytale vibes are extra magical in the winter.
You won’t get to experience it all in a weekend, but it is just enough time to see the city’s highlights and help you fall in love with it!
Here’s everything you need to know to plan your 2 day itinerary for Prague, including what to do, see, and eat, along with useful travel tips such as where to stay, how to get around, and more.
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Some quick tips for your 2 days in Prague
- Prague is a city best explored on foot. Many of Prague’s top attractions are located within walking distance of each other, and it’s the best way to soak in the city’s beauty and charm. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! My favorite travel shoes are from Allbirds and Rothy’s.
- Download Bolt: I noticed that there weren’t that many cars available on Uber. I suggest using Bolt instead, which works exactly, but is more popular in this region of Europe. You’ll find many more cars available, and it’s a bit cheaper than Uber as well.
- Get yourself a Prague Cool Pass: This is the best way to save money while visiting all the top attractions in Prague. The pass gets you free or discounted admission to over 70 of the city’s top sights and experiences, including many that are included on this itinerary. Some of the included attractions include: the Prague Castle Complex, the Old Jewish Cemetery, Old New Synagogue, the National Museum, a Vltava River cruise, and much more.
- Prague’s official currency is the Czech koruna (CZK). Czechia does not use the Euro. Most establishments accept credit cards, but some smaller establishments don’t. I took out cash at the train station upon arrival, and was greeted with a very high ATM fee (300 CZK tacked onto a 2000 CZK withdrawal). Not sure if it’s just that ATM or city-wide, but something to keep in mind.
- The official language in Prague is Czech – however, many people (especially younger folks) speak English in the main tourist areas. Czech is a difficult language so no one really expects you to speak it, but it’s definitely appreciated if you know a few words or phrases here and there!
- Electricity: Like the rest of Europe, Prague uses 230 V Type E plugs. If coming from the United States, be sure to pack a power adapter.
Prague in 2 Days: The Perfect Itinerary
DAY 1 (Old Town + New Town)
One of Prague’s most iconic sights, the Charles Bridge connects the city’s Old Town with the Castle District.
Dating back to 1357, the bridge was commissioned by King Charles IV. The bridge spans 500 meters across the Vltava River with fortified towers at each end, and is lined with statues of saints that look down on people walking by. You’ll also catch some incredible views of the city from both sides of the river.
I *highly* recommend getting here as early as possible, as it is Prague’s most popular tourist attraction and it gets super crowded, especially as the day goes on.
I came here for sunrise, and while it was freezing cold in December (a balmy 28 degrees lol), it was absolutely magical. It was so beautiful to see the vibrant shades of pink and purple in the sky, and then to see the sun come up above the bridge.
There were a few people out and about, but it was nothing compared to the giant crowds I encountered when crossing the bridge again later in the day. It was nice to enjoy the bridge without being swarmed by people, and really getting to take in the beauty of the bridge and the views. It was definitely a highlight of my weekend in Prague!
You can also climb the towers on either side of the bridge, for even more amazing views of the city and river. It costs 190 CZK to visit one tower, or 280 CZK to climb up both.
Prague Old Town (Staré Město)
Prague’s Old Town (also known as Staré Město) is one of the best preserved in Europe, and is the heart of the city. There’s just something truly magical about walking through this part of the city, with its charming cobblestone streets and medieval architecture – it’s straight out of a fairytale!
In December, the Old Town is home to the city’s largest and most popular Christmas Market. If you’re here during this time, you absolutely need to check it out! It’s got a spectacular Christmas tree, which makes a dazzling display against the historic backgrounds surrounding the square. It’s a magical sight!
You can easily spend a whole day exploring the area, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the very least, spend a few hours wandering the picturesque streets, hanging out in the squares, and visiting some of the historical attractions in Staré Město.
It gets very crowded here, so come as early as you can! I came here straight after sunrise at the Charles Bridge, and it was so nice to be able to enjoy the beauty of the area without being swarmed by people.
Here are some of the attractions to visit in Prague’s Old Town:
- Old Town Square: One of Europe’s most well-known town squares, Prague’s Old Town Square has been the city’s central gathering point since the 12th century. It’s surrounded by some of the most significant historical attractions in town, and hosts a number of concerts, festivals, and events throughout the year (including the city’s main Christmas Market). It can get a bit busy here, but it’s a fun place to people watch and soak in the beauty of the surrounding monuments.
- Astronomical Clock: The most popular attractions in Old Town. The Astronomical Clock sits in front of the Old Town Hall, and is the oldest-operating in the world. It dates back to 1410 and shows the time and date, as well as astronomical and zodiacal information. At the top of every hour, it chimes and a mechanical procession of the Twelve Apostles sets it into motion.
- Old Town Hall Tower: You absolutely need to check out the view from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower – it was my favorite view in the city! The tower stands 70 meters (~230 feet) tall, and from the top you’ll gaze down at the fairytale buildings surrounding Old Town square, as well as a sea of orange rooftops throughout the city. It really lets you take in the beauty of Prague!
- Church of Our Lady before Týn: The twin Gothic towers of the Church of Our Lady before Týn dominate Prague’s skyline, and is one of the most important historic landmarks here.
Nearby the Old Town is Prague’s Jewish Quarter, also known as Josefov. Dating back to the 13th century, when the city’s Jewish people were forced to live in one area, it’s Europe’s largest Jewish ghetto, and one of the best preserved (along with the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba, Spain). The entire area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The area has a complicated history, with the population experiencing persecution, devastation, and expulsion over the years. To really get an understanding of the history here, I highly recommend taking a guided walking tour, which also includes admission into some of the important sites in the area.
Tip: Admission to many of the top sights in the Jewish Quarter are included as part of the Prague Cool Pass. If you’re looking to save some money, I highly recommend picking one up!
Some of the notable attractions in the Jewish Quarter include –
- Old Jewish Cemetery: The final resting place of over 100,000 Jews, who are buried under 12 tightly packed gravestones. Because of limited space, they are buried in up to 12 layers, which gives the cemetery its hilly appearance. A must visit in the area.
- Pinkas Synagogue: There are six synagogues located in the Jewish Quarter. The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest in Prague. There is a memorial commemorating the lives of 80,000 Czech Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
- Old-New Synagogue: Dating back to 1270, this is the oldest and most important synagogue in Prague. It’s one of the earliest Gothic buildings in the city, with rich stonework and antique furnishings, from wrought iron gills and chandeliers. The Golem of Prague is stored here, making it an important place of worship.
- Spanish Synagogue: Known as the most beautiful synagogue in Prague, with Moorish architectural details similar to what’s found at the famous Alhambra in Granada, Spain. You can even see a classical music concert here!
The Klementinum is the second largest complex of buildings in Prague, a collection of Baroque and Rococo halls that was once a former Jesuit college. Today, many of the buildings belong to the Czech National Library.
The most well-known of these is the Baroque Library Hall, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world (right up there with Trinity College in Dublin!). It houses over 20,000 rare books spanning hundreds of years, including the Latin coronation Gospel Book, which is valued at $40 million Euros, making it one of the most expensive manuscripts in the world.
You’ll see stunning frescoes, and ornate wood carvings in the stunning library, along with a collection of antique globes.
The only way to see the library is by booking a 50 minute guided tour. One thing to note about the tour is that it doesn’t actually take you inside the library – you get to take a peek at it from behind a rail. Photography is also prohibited (although I’ve heard that there are guides who will let you take photos here – but the official rule is no photos).
Because of this, some will say that it’s not worth visiting the Klementinum. I think it’s worth a visit if you are a book lover, or if you enjoy visiting libraries on your travels. If not, it’s fine to skip it, especially if you find yourself limited on time (understandable if you’re trying to see Prague in 2 days!)
In addition to the Baroque Library, the tour also takes you to the Meridian Room, a small room that used to determine exactly when noon is by using a small ray of sunlight through a hole. You’ll finish your tour with a visit up to the Klementinum’s astronomical Tower, which I thought was cool to see! Here, there’s a collection of 18th century astronomical instruments, along with a panoramic view of the city and the Old Town.
Wenceslas Square connects Prague’s Old Town with the New Town, and is one of the city’s oldest and most significant squares. At first, it seems like a long street rather than a square, thanks to its long, rectangular design that stretches 500 meters long. There are a number of historical monuments and buildings here, and a statue of Saint Wenceslas stands in the center of the square.
Throughout the years, Wenceslas Square has served as a commercial and administrative hub in the city, and many demonstrations, demonstrations, and celebrations have taken place here. This is where the Velvet Revolution took place in 1989, which marked the fall of communism in the Czech Republic.
At the end of the square is the National Museum, housed in a striking 19th century building. If you only visit one museum on your Prague 2 day itinerary (and there are many of them in the city!), make it this one.
The extensive collection features over 14 million artifacts, with interactive exhibits about history, natural history, arts, and music. You’ll gain an understanding of Czech history, from prehistoric times to present day.
A popular option is to combine a visit to the National Museum with a walking tour of the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, which gives you skip-the-line access.
Visit Some Quirky Attractions in New Town (Nové Město)
The newest and largest of Prague’s six districts, Nové Město has played a part in some of the nation’s most significant historical events in the 20th century. Today, the vibrant neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best museums, cool restaurants, trendy bars, and vibrant shopping districts.
It’s also home to some of the city’s quirkiest attractions, which are unique to Prague. Some of these include:
- Dancing House: The unique modern architecture of the Dancing House stands in stark contrast to the fairytale buildings of the Old Town. Designed by Frank Ghehry with Czech architect Vlado Milunić, the design is inspired by Fred Astairs (stone building) dancing with Ginger Rogers (glass building). It’s worth a quick stop for a photo op, but you can also go inside to check out a gallery featuring works from both Czech and international artists.
- Kafka Head: Designed by David Černý, this rotating sculpture of Franz Kafka’s head is made with 42 layers of steel, representing the ever-turning pieces of the writer’s mind. The layers twist into his face for a few seconds, before distorting again. The mechanism is inspired by Czech clockwork, similar to what is found in the Astronomic Clock in Old Town.
- Cubist Lamp Post: Cubism flourished for a time in Prague, in the years leading up to World War I. You’ll find the only cubist lamp post in the world a short walk away from the Kafka Head. The lamp post also doubles as a chair and is a prime example of the era, featuring zigzag motifs, a geometric shape, and rectangular notches.
Vltava River Cruise
One of my favorite ways to see a city is from the water, and taking a Vltava river cruise allows you to see Prague from a different perspective. There’s just something magical about seeing the fairytale architecture of the city while relaxing on a boat (*especially* after a full day of walking!).
You’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of Prague and its top sights, and appreciate the beauty of the city in a new way. One of my favorite parts of the cruise was being able to sail under the Charles Bridge, such a cool way to see it!
There’s also informative commentary about the city, its history, and its most iconic attractions, which will allow you to learn some fun facts about Prague.
Light snacks and beverages are available on board – I especially enjoyed sipping my Bailey’s hot chocolate (a perfect winter treat) while sailing by and taking in the views!
Dinner at Mincovna
Cap off a busy first day of your 2 day Prague itinerary with some delicious Czech food! My suggestion for dinner is Mincovna, located in the heart of the Old Town.
Mincovna has a menu full of traditional Czech cuisine with a modern twist. They also have an extensive selection of Czech beers and wines to wash it down. I ordered the goulash here, and it was such a hearty, comforting dish, and perfect to end the day with (and really hit the spot on a cold day!).
The building that Micovna is housed in is also of note, and has an interesting history – it housed the Prague Mint back in the 18th and 19th centuries. The name “Mincova” refers to this as well. So cool!
Try a Trdelnik
Chances are that when researching your trip to Prague, you’ll come across a photo of one of these super Instagrammable pastries. You may also catch the scent of cinnamon and freshly baked pastries as you wander through the streets of Old Town (or even at the Christmas Market).
A Trdelnik, or chimney cake, is made from dough that is wrapped around a stick, then baked over hot coals. It is then topped with cinnamon, sugar, and a walnut mix. You can order them with a variety of fillings and toppings – anything from Nutella, whipped cream, ice cream, strawberries, and more.
While Trdelniks aren’t technically of Czech origin, they have become synonymous with Prague. You absolutely *must* try a Trdelnik sometime during your weekend in Prague. I can honestly say that they are as tasty and decadent as they look (and are super photo-worthy as well)!
You’ll find a ton of shops selling Trdelniks as you walk through Old Town, but the best ones come from Good Food, Coffee, and Bakery. They have a Trdelnik to suit everyone’s tastes here, from pina colada, pistachio, salted caramel, mango, even savory ones. They have gluten free Trdelniks as well.
DAY 2: (Castle District + Malá Strana)
Breakfast at Cafe Savoy
Cafe Savoy is probably *the* prettiest cafe in the city, and the perfect spot to kick off the second day of your Prague itinerary. Housed in a 19th century building, it has a stunning neo-Renaissance interior, with a painted stucco ceiling.
I recommend ordering one of their breakfast platters here, which come in several varieties and include everything from eggs, pastries, and even Prague ham. They also have pastries, egg dishes, and open faced sandwiches.
The food is delicious here, but the best part is definitely the atmosphere. I really enjoyed savoring my breakfast and coffee here, while taking in the beautiful surroundings.
Petrin Lookout Tower
Prague has no shortage of amazing views, and you’ll find one of the best at the top of Petrin Tower. Built as part of the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891, the tower was loosely inspired by the Eiffel Tower.
Located at the top of Petrin Hill, the tower stands about 63.5 (~208 feet), which together makes it roughly the same height of the Eiffel Tower. From the top you’ll find breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city and its orange rooftops, along with its famous landmarks.
You can walk from the bottom of the hill to get to the Petrin Tower, or you can skip the uphill climb and just take a funicular to the base. From here, it’s another 299 steps to climb to the top…or you can skip the steps and pay 150 CZK, on top of the 220 CZK admission fee, to take the elevator.
I’m not gonna lie – my 2 days in Prague were at the end of my Europe trip, and after walking 30,000 steps every day for almost a week, I was not about to huff and puff my way up 299 steps. So I paid for the elevator, and it was a 150 CZK well spent…even though the elevator guy totally made fun of me hahah.
However you decide to climb up to the top, it’s absolutely worth it for the epic views!
John Lennon Wall
At first glance, the John Lennon wall might just look like another wall filled with colorful graffiti. But the ever-changing mural was originally used as a means of protest against the communist government in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
The wall features images of the famous musician, along with spray-painted graffiti lyrics from his songs. This was a statement against the communist authorities, who frowned upon Western music. The wall kept getting erased, but graffiti would always reappear.
Today, the wall is owned by the Order of the Knights of Malta, who just let the wall be. It’s the only place where graffiti is legal in Prague, so you can come by and make your contribution to the wall as well. If anything, it’s a fun photo spot!
Do note that the design of the wall is always changing, so the current iteration may not be the same as what you see online. I, for one, was surprised to show up to the wall and have it completely different from all the photos I had saved on Instagram.
St. Nicholas Church
The St. Nicholas Church is the most famous Baroque church in Prague, as well as one of the most valuable Baroque buildings north of the Alps.
It has an impressive dome spanning 20 meters, and the interior measures 49 meters high, making it the tallest interior in Prague. The church has a stunning Baroque interior, with incredible frescoes on the dome and ceiling, and walls adorned with sculptures and artwork.
There’s also a historic organ dating back to the 18th century, which was once played by W.A. Mozart. Concerts are still played here year-round.
You can also climb up to the top of the tower, which has an impressive view of Mala Strana. You’ll also get to check out numerous rooms as you make your way up towards the church’s spire.
Note: Do note that there’s also a Church of St. Nicholas in Old Town, so make sure you’re going to the right one. The correct one is named St. Nicholas Church, and is located in Mala Strana.
Prague Castle Complex
Perched on a hilltop, the Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century and is the largest castle complex in the world. The complex spans 45 hectares (111 acres), and is comprised of historical palaces, offices, churches, gardens, and picturesque spots.
It once served as the seat of power for the Kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor. Today, it is the official seat of the present day Czechia, but is also basically a real-life fairytale.
While it is free to visit the castle grounds and see the courtyards and gardens, it is highly recommended to buy an admission ticket to see its highlights. There are several ticket options based on how many attractions you want to see. I highly recommend getting this skip-the-line ticket, which includes access to all the castle’s main highlights and comes with an optional audio guide.
If you want to see more, you can also book a guided tour, which also includes skip-the-line admission.
The Prague Castle has plenty to see, so expect to spend most of your afternoon here, seeing all of its top highlights. Here are some of the attractions that are not to be missed at the Prague Castle:
- St. Vitus Cathedral: The highlight of visiting Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral dates back to the 14th century and took 600 years to build. Throughout the years, coronations and burials of royalty, nobility, and patron saints have taken place here. It is an absolute marvel – the massive Gothic facade left me with my mouth open in awe. The interior of the church is equally impressive, with gorgeous stained-glass windows, paintings, and sculptures.
- St. George’s Basilica: The Romanesque church is the second oldest church in Prague, dating back to the 10th century. While it may seem plain in comparison to the St. Vitus Cathedral, the St. George’s Basilica has its own merits that make it worth a visit, from the charming red Baroque facade (which was added in the 17th century), to the white stone interior.
- Golden Lane: I’m a sucker for cobblestoned streets and colorful facades, so it’s no surprise that I loved Golden Lane. The picturesque lane is lined with 16th century houses, which were originally owned by goldsmiths. You’ll even get to peek inside some of them, which depict period scenes with various antiques that display how life was like for its inhabitants, which include Franz Kafka (#22) and film historian Josef Kazda (#12), who hid thousands of films from the Nazis here.
- Old Royal Palace: Catch a glimpse of the opulence and grandeur of the Bohemian court at the Old Royal Palace. While I thought that the palace wasn’t as extravagant as some of the others I’ve seen in Europe, I still thought it was worth a visit. The highlight here is the main hall (Vladislav Hall), a magnificent Gothic hall used for coronation banquets, and other royal events.
- Views: An unexpected highlight for me in visiting Prague Castle was checking out the incredible views of the city. As the castle is perched high on a hill, you can pretty much see the entire city here, along with its top landmarks, and a seemingly endless sea of orange rooftops. Be sure to set aside some time to walk around the grounds and take in the views!
Dinner at Lokal
After a busy afternoon exploring Prague Castle, head on over to Lokal for hearty Czech pub fare. There are a few locations around the city, but there is one located about a 15 minute walk from the castle complex.
Lokal is a traditional Czech pub with a traditional twist, offering hearty specialties made using quality, local ingredients. It’s a great spot to try some Czech pub fare, like fried cheese, which is what I ordered and is as amazing as it sounds!
They’re also known for their beer list here, which make the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
Experience the Czech beer culture
And speaking of beer – what better way to end your Prague 2 day itinerary than experiencing the Czech beer culture here.
Upon arrival in Prague, my Uber driver told me on the way to my hotel that Czechs love two things – sex and beer. As it turns out, Czechs drink the most beer per capita than any other country in the world!
The beer of choice here is Pilsner, a pale lager with a light flavor with crisp, refreshing finish and a lot of foam. It originated in the city of Pilsen, and is almost like the Czech national beer.
Beer is a huge thing here and nearly everyone, from famous authors and politicians, love it and consume a lot of it. It’s a source of national pride, and a HUGE part of the culture here.
There are many ways to take in the beer culture in Prague, from the traditional to the offbeat. However you want to experience it, it’s the perfect end to this 2 day Prague itinerary.
Here are some suggestions:
- Břevnov Monastery: Did you know that the oldest brewery in Czechia is actually a monastery in Prague? The Břevnov Monastery started brewing its own beer back in 993 AD, by monks who were allowed to consume it while fasting. The monastery still brews its own beer today, and you can tour the facilities and taste its beers. This came highly recommended by friends!
- Beer tour: One of the things I enjoyed doing most was taking a beer tasting tour. Our guide was super fun and I learned so much and met tons of cool people! We got a lesson in the history of Czech beer, a rundown of the brewing process, and learned about the most popular beers here. We also made stops at a few different pubs, and did a tasting at each. The tour that I went on is sadly no longer available, but here is a similar tour that gets excellent reviews!
- Beer spa: For one of Prague’s most unique experiences, why not visit a beer spa and soak in a 30 minute beer bath? Yes, you totally read that right – it’s said to promote increased circulation and metabolism, along with softer hair and skin. Each person gets to soak in their own keg of beer, and you’ll be able to enjoy a cold glass of beer as you soak.
- Beer Museum: This isn’t your typical museum – the Czech Beer Museum is an interactive museum where you learn about the history and brewing process of Czech Beer. Your admission ticket comes with a self-guided tour of the museum, then ends with a tasting during which you enjoy four ¼ liter samples of beer! You can even bottle your own beer, which makes a unique souvenir. (Tip: Don’t confuse the Czech Beer Museum with the Prague Beer Museum, which is actually a restaurant).
Where to Stay for your weekend in Prague
You’ll find no shortage of accommodation options in Prague, from luxury hotels, hip boutique hotels, Airbnb apartments, hostels, and more.
I highly recommend staying either near the Old Town (Staré Město) or the Lesser Town (Mala Strana), near the Prague Castle. This will put you in close proximity to all the activities that are included on this 2 day itinerary for Prague, which makes getting around a breeze!
Staying in Staré Město
Staying in Staré Město will put you near all the sights for the first day of this itinerary, which is especially convenient to get an early start as I suggest. You’ll also get to stay in the most picturesque part of the city, which makes it seem like you’re in a fairytale!
Here are some suggested places to stay in Staré Město:
- Grand Hotel Bohemia: I almost stayed here, but it ended up being sold out for my dates. This boutique hotel is housed in a stunning 1920s building, with stunning rooms that blend modern design with old time elegance. Many of the city’s top attractions are within a 15 minute walk from the hotel.
- The Mozart Prague: Located in the heart of Old Town Prague, you’ll be steps away from the area’s top sights, and is a one minute walk from the Charles Bridge. This is a historic boutique hotel, housed in an 18th century palace, with majestic chandeliers and grand ceiling frescoes. It also once housed some famous figures, including Mozart and Casanova.
- Maximilian Hotel Prague: Situated in a row of 19th century buildings, this boutique hotel features refined design, with deluxe comfort. Find stylishly decorated rooms with modern amenities with friendly, welcoming service. You also can’t beat the location, minutes away from the attractions in the Old Town and Jewish Quarter.
Staying in Mala Strana
Staying in Mala Strana, on the opposite side of the river, will put you near all the activities on day 2. You’ll be minutes away from the Prague Castle, yet still relatively close to the Old Town.
I also found that the hotels on this side of the river were a bit cheaper, so if you’re on a budget, you might consider looking here.
Here are some suggested places to stay in Mala Strana:
- LH Vintage Design Hotel Sax: This is where I stayed, and I ended up booking it based on photos of the colorful, modern decor. They have various room types to suit a variety of budgets, from bunk rooms with shared bathrooms, spacious suites, and everything in between. It’s also a convenient location, super close to the Prague Castle, but easily walkable to the Old Town.
- Aria Hotel Prague: Located steps away from the Charles Bridge, this luxury boutique hotel is music themed, with each of its rooms being inspired by a different style of music, artist or composer. You’ll find elegantly decorated rooms, a beautiful rooftop terrace, and exceptional service. Upon arrival, you’ll also be offered a welcome drink, and they offer an afternoon reception with complimentary snacks and beverages.
- Hotel Pod Věží: This small boutique hotel is located in two historic buildings, located at the foot of the Charles Bridge. You’ll find super comfortable rooms, an exceptionally friendly staff, and a super convenient location!
Some FAQs for Traveling to Prague
How many days to visit Prague – is 2 days enough?
Yes – you’ll be able to see and do a lot in Prague in 2 days!
I thought it was the perfect amount of time, and was able to experience the city’s main highlights, from the Old Town, Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square, and more. Sure, maybe I wanted some extra time to be able to soak up the city’s charm (and drink some extra beer), but overall I think I was able to get a good sense of what Prague had to offer.
If you have extra days in Prague, I recommend taking a day trip – Cesky Krumlov is a popular option, and is said to be even more charming!
How to get to the city center in Prague?
Arriving by air: Václav Havel Airport (PRG), Prague’s international airport, is located 17km (~10.5 miles) west of the city center. The airport serves as the main international gateway to Prague, and connects the city to many other European destinations, as well as North America, and select cities in Asia and the Middle East.
The fastest way to get to the city center is via car. You’ll find taxis lined up outside the airport, but a cheaper alternative is to take a ride share. While Uber does operate in Prague, you’ll find that there aren’t many cars available. I suggest using Bolt instead, which works similarly but is more popular in this part of Europe. It is a bit cheaper as well.
You can also take the Airport Express bus, which drops passengers off at the city’s main train station, and is the most direct public transit option. Buses run every 35 minutes, and the fare is 60 CZK (~$2.70 USD). An even cheaper option to get into central Prague is the line 119 bus, which costs 26 CZK (~$1 USD) and drops you off at the Nádraží Veleslavín metro station in 20 minutes. From here, connect to the metro to get to the city center.
Arriving by train or bus: Prague is connected via rail to many cities in the Czech Republic, Central Europe, and beyond. If you take the train, chances are you will arrive at Praha hlavní nádraží, the city’s main train station.
You can also take an intercity bus. I took an overnight Flixbus into Prague after visiting Munich, and arrived in Prague early in the morning at Praha hlavní nádraží.
From here, it is only a 5 minute walk to Wenceslaus Square, or 15 minutes to the Old Town. Otherwise, you can take metro line C, the tram, or bus to connect to your final destination. You can also call an Uber or Bolt car to get to your accommodations, as I did.
If arriving by bus, you may also arrive into Florenc station, which is Prague’s main bus station, and a 17 minute walk to the city center. Otherwise, you can take the metro or tram to connect to your final destination.
How to get around in Prague?
As I mentioned earlier, Prague is a city best seen on foot, with all the main sights being located fairly close to one another.
In addition, Prague has a relatively easy-to-navigate and CHEAP public transportation system, which will get you anywhere you need to go. The city has three metro lines, along with a network of trams and buses. Most likely, you’ll be taking the Line A metro (the green line), or tram lines 22 or 23, which serve the main tourist areas in the city.
A basic ticket costs 30 CZK (~$1.70), and is valid for 90 minutes of unlimited travel. For shorter trips, there is a single-use 30-minute ticket for 24 CZK (~$1.25 USD); however, you are not allowed to transfer. There is also a 1 day pass (120 CZK / ~$5 USD) or 3-day pass (330 CZK / ~$14 USD)) for unlimited travel on the metro, trams, or buses.
Ticket machines are located at major metro, tram, and bus stops – look for the yellow coin-operated machines. Make sure you stamp and validate your tickets before getting on board! Look for the yellow validating machines on board trams and buses, or near the escalators in metro stations.
You can also take ride shares around Prague. Uber is operational in Prague, but service may be limited. I highly recommend downloading Bolt instead, which works in the exact same way.
Is Prague safe?
Prague is a relatively safe city, and violent crime is rare. While violent crime is extremely rare in Prague, petty crimes do occur.
Pickpocketing is common in Prague, especially on tram lines 22 and 23, on the subway, and in crowded tourist areas such as Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. ALWAYS keep a close watch on your belongings!
Leave your valuables behind in your hotel safe, and never, ever leave anything out unattended! Make sure that your bags are zipped, and don’t leave stuff in your back pocket. If you are sitting down at a restaurant or cafe, hold on to your bag, and don’t leave things, like your phone, out on the table.
I visited the city as a solo female traveler, and felt very safe in Prague. That said, you should always exercise common sense and take basic precautions: don’t walk around alone late at night (especially outside of the main streets), don’t go anywhere with strangers, don’t get too intoxicated, and always watch your surroundings!
What is the best time to visit Prague?
Prague has become an exceptionally popular city to visit in Europe in recent years. Like many European cities, the most popular time to visit is during the summer (June-August). This is when the city is at its most crowded, and the prices are at their highest.
I highly recommend visiting during another time of year instead. Spring (March-May) and fall (September through November) are an ideal time to visit. Not only is the city less crowded than in the summer, the temperatures are super pleasant as well.
I visited in winter (specifically in December), and really loved it! It is an extra magical time in the city, as the Christmas markets pop up throughout the city. While Prague is beautiful at any time of the year, it is especially special when adorned with twinkling lights, festive decor, and holiday cheer. Sure, it does get chilly, but it is one of the best times to visit!
Have you ever been to Prague? What would you do on your Prague itinerary for 2 days?
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Caroline is a Southern California based traveler, writer, and photographer. She travels all around California, the US, and the world in search of the most colorful places, the most delicious food, and bucket-list adventures. Her aim is to inspire other travelers discover how to add more adventure and joy to their lives. On Pictures & Words, you’ll find detailed guides + itineraries, along with vibrant photos to help you plan the the most epic trips. When she’s not traveling, Caroline also runs half marathons.