PRAGUE — Overview

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and probably its most visited city. Since early times it has been a thriving town with a large market place and two castles. It has a history of murder and bloodshed with its best known patron saint — Wenceslas murdered by his brother in 935. During the Middle Ages the city of Prague was larger than Paris and London and under the reign of Charles 1V the city built many institutions including the first University of Central Europe. During the 16th century the rule of Prague was taken over by the Austrian Habsburgs and this lasted for 400 years. It wasn’t until 1918 that Prague became independent and then came the Communist rule and then once again in 1989 Prague became independent.

Prague is divided up into five main areas which cover both the Old and New towns, the castle area, the Jewish area and the Little Quarter.

Getting There
The easiest way to arrive from other parts of Europe is by air. The only international airport is Ruzyně which is 15 kilometres from the city centre. There is a regular minibus service called CEDAZ that you can take from the airport into the city and a one way fare costs between 280CZK to 880CZK depending on where you are going to and how many people are travelling with you. You will need to book this transport in advance.
To find out more information about CEDAZ and prices visit the website at:

Traveller's Tip

Probably the easiest way to get into the city centre if you are travelling by yourself or with a companion is by taxi. To get an idea of what the fare should be ask at the information booth in the airport.

You can also arrive in Prague by train and there are connections from many other cities in Europe. The main train station is Hlavní nádraží which is a short distance from the city centre.
For information about travelling to and from Prague by train visit the following website:

It is also possible to arrive in Prague by bus from other European destinations.
For more information about buses visit the following website: