Get a train to Prague, the stunning capital of the Czech Republic lying on the Vltava River in the north-west of the country. The city is known for its rich history as a cultural, political and economic centre in central Europe, and was once capital to the kingdom of Bohemia. Visitors can weave through the maze of hidden courtyards and cobbled lanes to the countless historical and cultural attractions dotted around the city, with infinite potential for exploration. Additionally, the area is also known for producing some of the best beer in the world and for its numerous art galleries.
Prague's main train station, Praha hlavní nádraží, is the largest station in the city. It was built in an Art Nouveau style between 1901 and 1909 and has undergone several refurbishments and extensions since. The station is located in Vinohrady, which is historically the vineyard region of the city. The station is a five-minute walk from Wenceslas Square and just 15 minutes from the Old Town Square, meaning that travellers are ideally located to start exploring all the city has to offer as soon as they get in to Prague.
Travellers can even make use of the luggage storage at their convenience, as well as many of the other facilities the station provides, such as pharmacies, restaurants and fast food outlets. A number of trains operate from the station, including long-distance express services to mainland Europe, regional services and suburban services to connect visitors to other locations in Prague and the Czech Republic.
This means that upon arrival, visitors will be optimally placed to continue on their journey whether they need to get across town or plan to travel on to another country after a day spent soaking in the rich history of the city. Thanks to the well-connected mainland train network throughout Europe, travellers can get from London St Pancras to Prague, by train in just 12h 38 mins!
Arriving into Praha hlavní nádraží, visitors are fantastically located to continue on their journey, thanks to an excellent transportation system known as one of the best in Europe. The station is a brief five-minute walk from the centre of town and within walking distance of the Old Town centre, if visitors want to fully launch themselves into their explorations of this stunning city as soon as they get in. Equally, there are plenty of onward connections to all sorts of destinations by several modes of public transport, offering comfort and convenience and meeting the needs of all kinds of passengers.
There are bus stops located in front of the train station that offers services operating through to Tábor, Český Krumlov, České Budějovice and a number of other destinations. There is even an express bus service to Václav Havel Airport Prague, the international airport of the city, that departs from in front of the historical building. Thanks to a well-developed bus network and frequent services, travelling by bus in Prague is both a convenient and comfortable travel option for visitors arriving into the train station and needing to travel on to a further destination in or near Prague.
Travelling by the Prague metro is another convenient alternative for public transport in the city. The metro comprises three lines (A, B and C) and serves 61 stations around the city. The network is accessible from the railway station, as Praha hlavní nádraží is one of the oldest stations on the Prague Metro network and lies on Line C. Tickets operate on a proof-of-payment system, which is identical for the entire Prague Integrated Transport: visitors must buy and validate their tickets before entering the paid area of the station. The stations themselves are quite large and their entrances can be spaced quite far apart, so it is advised that travellers check which one they will need upon arrival.
Finally, visitors can also travel around Prague by tram.
Tram services offer access to downtown Prague and destinations that the buses do not serve. The tram network operates day and night in the city centre, with some changes to operation during the night between midnight and 4.30AM. Services operate at intervals between two and 20 minutes, depending on the peak hours and whether it is the weekend. Tram stops marked with “M” offer connections to the metro, and more specific details giving details of the tram schedule for each stop around the clock can be found online. The tickets used or the tram is the same as those for the bus or metro, and must be bought before getting on a tram and validated after getting on.
After arriving into Praha hlavní nádraží, visitors can either first drop their bags at their hotel using any of the great connections offered by public transport, or deposit their things into a luggage locker and go explore. Walking through the Vrchlického sady, visitors can head into the centre of town and stop at one of the numerous museums, depending on what is particularly of interest. Walking to the iconic 14th-century Charles Bridge, visitors can pass the City Hall and see the 600-year-old Prague Astronomical Clock displaying the twelve apostles. Travellers can then cross over the Vitava to visit the Franz Kafka Museum and see the 9th-Century Prague Castle, which is surrounded by numerous parks and gardens. Visitors can then explore St Vitus Cathedral, which is the Gothic resting place of saints such as Vitus, Adalbert and Wenceslas, as well as the state treasury.
There are also numerous art galleries within walking distance of the castle and cathedral if travellers head westwards. If visitors continue walking west, they will be spoiled for choice on which palaces in Prague to visit, as the area is positively littered with them, including the Archbishop’s, Tuscan, Martinic, Hrzánsk, Černín and Zahrada Černínského palaces. This is also a popular location for travellers wanting to stay in the historic centre when visiting Prague, enjoying a laidback and calm atmosphere.
Alternatively, Prague’s Old Town is also a popular destination in which to stay because it's in the centre of the action. However, those looking for a more alternative and less touristy experience are recommended to seek accommodation in Vinohrady back by the train station itself. To wind up their active day exploring the city, visitors can wander through the numerous gardens east towards the Prague Metronome, which features panoramic views and a sculpture of a giant working metronome.