Avoid crowds and heat exhaustion by booking late Spring or catching the last rays in October. Both are busy times of year for festivals and cultural events. If you fancy a Christmas break, wrap up warm and take advantage of clear streets and off-season prices. What could be more festive than being serenaded by musicians in the Old Town Square beneath the huge Moldavian Christmas tree with a glass of Medovina, a honey-infused mulled wine.
May-June: every year the Prague Spring International Music Festival is a major date on the international classical music scene. A wealth of world-class concerts championing home-grown composers in venues throughout the city.
October: Four + Four Days in Motion (Annual Festival of Theatre in Prague). An eight-day extravaganza of drama from around the world staged in offbeat settings.
Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.
From the UK:
As a capital city, Prague is well served by flights - British Airways, easyJet, Czech Airlines, Jet2, Wizz Air and Ryanair are just a few of the airlines that fly to Prague’s Ruzyne Airport from UK airports, including London, Manchester, Doncaster and Bristol.
From the US:
Czech Airlines fly directly from most major cities in the US including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington.
Delta Air lines have direct flights to Prague from New York JFK and Atlanta.
Alternatively, fly to any one of the major cities in Europe such as London, Frankfurt or Paris and take one of the numerous flights onward to Prague.
There are a number of direct flights available from all over Europe to Prague. For example,
Lufthansa, germanwings and Brussels Airlines all have direct flights from Germany; Wizz Air has direct flights from France. There are flights from Amsterdam, Paris, Lyon and Milan with easyJet.
From the Airport
Wheels are best for getting into the city (20km south-east of Ruzyne Airport) - there is no direct train or underground route. Catch one of the frequent express buses or cab it (fares from 600 Czech koruna=£12) (in 2009). All our partner hotels will arrange an airport transfer for you - some even offer it on a complimentary basis.
Prague is best seen on foot: the centre is compact enough to stroll between sights and spy hidden gems down medieval side alleys.
For the footsore, public transport is simple but effective. Investigate the 24 hour, 3 day, 7 day or 15 day multi-mode ticket options if you are a sight-aholic (available from the information offices in major metro stations). All tickets must be validated by stamping them at the machines in buses, trams and on station platforms. NB: You must buy an additional ticket if you’re transporting luggage.
OUTSIDE THE CITY
If you are exploring Bohemia and Moravia, you will need a car - see our car rental recommendations. Bear in mind that some of the roads are poorly signed and not as well maintained as in western Europe.