Prague is a city that has a little bit of everything. It has some of the most beautiful architecture and unique landscapes. Prague can be expensive or cheap, depending on how you want to travel. In this budget friendly travel guide to Prague we share how to best visit Prague on a small budget without missing any of its main attractions.
How to get to Prague?
The best way to get to Prague depends on where you are traveling from. We have been in Prague twice, once coming from Madrid, Spain via airplane and the second from Vienna by bus. You can also travel by train, which is often the more expensive option when traveling within Europe.
Once you arrive in Prague it is really easy to move around on a budget as there is great public transportation and Uber. The tram, busses and metros are inexpensive or free with the Prague Card, which is a visitors card that allows you to visit many museums and activities for one price.
Prague provides a different atmosphere in each season and is worth visiting multiple times throughout the year. Highlights include the Christmas Markets in Prague in winter and Easter markets in the spring.
Where to stay in Prague?
Traveling as a couple we normally skip over hostels for added privacy and the cost is comparable to other budget hotels. To get the most budget friendly accommodations in Prague we stayed at what is now the comfortable Le Petit Hotel Prague, situated 3 km northeast of historic downtown. We opted for the 30 minute walk each direction, but there is also a nearby tram for an easy commute. If you are more into luxury, we loved the K+K Hotel Central in the heart of Prague.
What to eat in Prague?
While in Prague there are so many different types of food to try. Our favorite are the fruit dumplings, potato soup, roast pork, Langos and of course the goulash. If you are more of a desert fan, do not miss out on the delicious Trdelnik. You of course cannot leave Prague without trying the Pilsen Beer from the Pilsner Urquell Brewery!
What to visit in Prague on a budget?
Prague has a lot to visit and explore for free, with thousands if years of history to offer. So, it depends on your preferences on what are the most interesting places for you to visit. We have selected our favorite activities in Prague on a tight budget.
Prague is the definitely one of those cities where you could easily spend a week but if you only have a weekend to explore Prague make sure to hit the main things to do such as the Charlie Bridge and the John Lennon Wall.
Where to go in Prague Map
Cross the Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge was completed in the early 1400s and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Prague. Crossing over the bridge you can see 30 statues and a stunning view of the city and the Prague Castle. You can climb 138 steps up the Old Town Bridge Tower to its viewing gallery of the city.
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square houses two of the most famous landmarks in Prague, the astronomical clock and the Our Lady Tyn Church. You can climb the Old Town Hall Tower for a 250 CZK and enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view. The fee also includes entry to the Old Town Hall‘s underground, historical halls and the Chapel of the Virgin Mary.
If you prefer spending your money on a coffee, go to the rooftop terrace of the U Prince Hotel, to sit back and relax with wonderful views of the Astronomical Clock tower and the church.
The Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the entire. You can go inside the Prague Castle complex for free and explore, but if you want to visit the Golden Lane, the St Vitus Cathedral and the Royal Palace there is an entrance fee. The Golden Lane is beautiful but it is often crowded so if you choose to go make sure to go early in the day avoid the crowds.
John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon Wall is a continually evolving display of graffiti from people and artists from all around the world with a general theme of peace and love.
The Dancing House is one of Frank Gehry’s most prominent and unique buildings, as the architectural design resembles a pair of dancers along the Vltava River. The Dancing House is now partially a hotel with rooftop restaurant and terrace bar providing panoramic views of the city and river.
Jewish Museums & Neighborhood
Even though you need a ticket to visit the synagogues and Jewish museums it is well worth the money. No contemporary built synagogues today in Prague pretty as the colorful Jerusalem Synagogue or the 19th century Spanish Synagogue. From the destruction of the Second World War there are not many of these historic synagogues still standing. Do not miss out on the Old New Synagogue, built in 1270 and home of the Golem of Prague. If you are interested in visiting the Jewish neighborhood we have a complete guide to visit all the Jewish Sites in Prague.
Lastly, the best budget friendly thing to do in Prague is get lost cobblestone streets, find beauty around every corner and take your fully charged camera with you!
The Prague Card allows for free access to the 60 best attractions in the city, including the Prague Castle, the Five Synagogues, the Jewish Cemetery, the Lobkowicz Palace, and much more. Unmissable!
The most popular attractions included with the Prague Card are:
- Prague Castle, including St. Vitus Cathedral, St, George’s Basilica, Golden Lane and Old Royal Palace
- Lobkowicz Palace
- Jewish Museum with all the synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery
- 2-hour bus tour around the historical city
- River Cruise
- National Museum
- National Gallery, including St. Agnes Convent, Sternberg and Schwarzenberg Palaces
- Petřín Viewpoint
- Prague Zoo
- Powder Tower
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