Tips on How Not to Spend a Lot of Money in Prague and Cesky KrumlovRuss Bily
All over the world, the Czech Republic is considered a rather cheap country for tourists. Going on a trip, each tourist tries to spend less and to see more. In order to develop the tourism business, the governments of different countries launched the so-called guest cards. The Czech Republic is not an exception.
On arrival in Prague it is worth looking into one of the Tourist Offices (in Czech—Turistické informační centrum) or to the municipal information service (Prazska informacni sluzba at Rytířská, 31 in Prague).
Here you can get a free map of the city and a lot of informative brochures. Also in these information centers every week they hang out a list of free events in the city.
In my Previous articles, I wrote about Prague: 33 Little-Known Facts about Prague for the Travelers, Top Cities to Visit in Central Europe-Prague and Munich, as well as about Český Krumlov: Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov and Hluboka Castle from Prague.
In this article, I’m going to tell you about these and many other secrets that can help save more money in Prague and Český Krumlov.
Tickets are valid for all types of transport in Prague, the most popular of which are trams and metro. Prices for these tickets vary, depending on the duration of use: minimum – 30 minutes, maximum – a week.
But I need to say that Prague, as well as Český Krumlov, are fairly compact cities and all major attractions are located not far from each other. This, by the way, is a big advantage, as you can just stroll around and view all the city highlights.
Therefore, it is useless to take a pass for an hour. However, do not forget, if you take a ticket, validate it at the entrance to the transport, as if you get caught you’ll pay fine.
Prague Card and Prague City Pass
- Prague Card has several types: for 2, 3 and 4 days. Its cost is consequently 58, 68 and 78 euros for an adult, and 43, 50 and 57 euros for a child or a student. The cost of the card is calculated depending on how many days you plan to spend in Prague, whether you need additional services and whether there are children with you. Students under 26 and children from 6 to 16 years old receive a discount. Children under 6 travel with their parents for free. If you plan a trip with friends or a group of 8 people, then you also get a 10% discount.
Tip: On Monday, many museums do not work, so try to avoid buying Prague Card this day.
Important: Prague Card is validated when you indicate your name and start date on it. The card starts to operate from 00:00 on the first day to the 24:00 of the final day. Together with the card, you will be given a sticker (mark) on which the Info Center employee will mark the beginning of the card action at your request and paste it on it. The card is not considered active without the specified date.
You may purchase Prague Card at the city’s information centers (there you can also take a free city map and a lot of advertising booklets), or order online
When buying an online card, you need to specify the date when you want to pick up a card in a special field, and also specify the name and surname of the user as it is recorded in his or her passport. There is no difference in the price when buying online or on the spot.
If you are going to buy cards in the info center, then you should have the passports or ID of all people who will use them (it concerns children as well). Remember: one card is valid only for one person because each card is registered.
After payment, you will receive a special notification (voucher) with which you can collect your card upon arrival at Prague airport (Terminal 2), order a delivery to a convenient address or pick up your card at one of the information centers in Prague, which usually work from 10 am until 6 pm and are located in the city center.
Prague Card gives discounts for visiting historical places of the city, museums, restaurants, and shops. You will receive large discounts (up to 50%) in more than 30 museums of the city, discounts on steamship cruises and sightseeing tours (up to 40%), free entrance to the 50 most popular tourist sites, free bus sightseeing tour in Prague, free travel on all types of public transport, and an audioguide in several languages.
Please visit the following link for a complete information about Prague Card, its benefits, its selling points throughout the city and current prices.
- With Prague City Pass you’ll receive a free admission to the most important attractions in Prague such as Prague Castle, Old Royal Palace with Vladislav Hall, St. George‘s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral. Jewish museum in Prague – Maisel Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Klausen Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall. In addition, you’ll receive a free guided bus tour through the center of Prague and a free guided cruise on the Vltava River.
Prague City Pass also provides offers from both luxury and traditional restaurants and shops in Prague. It gives you enough time to see everything at a relaxed pace, as is valid for 30 days following the date of purchase.
Its price for an adult is 1390 CZK, which is approximately € 55, and 990 CZK for a junior, which is € 40.
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- Český Krumlov Card offers entrance to 5 museums:
– Castle Museum and Castle Tower
– Český Krumlov Regional Museum
– Museum Fotoatelier Seidel
– Egon Schiele Art Centrum
– Monasteries Český Krumlov
The validity of this card is 1 year from its first use, so you don’t have to try to take in all attractions in one day. You have 12 months to get to know the local history and contemporary sights that this Card offers you. And if you don’t use the Card for all four attractions, you can pass it on to someone else to use it.
Important: The Český Krumlov Card saves you up to 50% off the total price of admissions.
You can buy the Český Krumlov Card in cash at any of four included above attractions (besides Monasteries) or at the Infocentrum on the town square. When taking more cards (over 20 pieces), please send an email request to [email protected]
You can find more info and prices here.
Free Attractions in Prague
Offering a great number of museums and galleries, Prague offers plenty of opportunities for museum discounts on its already fair admission prices. These discounts include special reduced-price hours and even free hours.
Periodically, museums of Prague arrange open days. The most up-to-date information is best known in tourist information offices, but here are some examples:
– National Gallery (reduced every afternoon). Hours: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (daily except Monday). Admission: 80-150 CZK (adult), 40-80 CZK (reduced), free (first Wednesday of the month, 3 pm-8 pm)
– Prague Castle Picture Gallery (free Monday afternoon). Hours: 9 am-6 pm (summer), 9 am-4 pm (winter). Admission: 150 CZK (adult), 80 CZK (reduced), free (Monday from 4 pm to 6 pm during the summer).
– Museum of Decorative Arts (free Tuesday afternoon). Hours: 10 am-7 pm (Tuesday), 10 am-6 pm (Wednesday to Sunday). Admission: 120 CZK (adult), 70 CZK (reduced), free (Tuesday evenings).
– Václava Špály Gallery (free Thursday night). Hours: Noon-8 p.m. (Tuesday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday), noon-10 pm (Thursday). Admission: 60 CZK (adult), 30 CZK (reduced), free (Thursday from 6 pm-10 pm).
– The Golden Ring – City Gallery Prague (free exhibit). Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Admission: 120 CZK (adult), 60 CZK (reduced).
– Wallenstein Palace: free entrance from January to March every first Saturday and Sunday of the month from 10 am to 16 pm, from April to December on Saturdays and Sundays – from 10 am to 5 pm.
– The City of Prague Museum: free entrance every first Thursday of the month for schoolchildren, students, and pensioners. For the rest—a symbolic price of 10 CZK (€ 0.39). The museum is open until 8 pm.
– Fashion Museum: the entrance is free. It is open from 11 am to 6 pm (on Sundays – from 12 am).
– The Czech Museum of Music, located in the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena, offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month. Spend an afternoon admiring handcrafted instruments and original scores.
Bonus Museum Tips: Most galleries and museums in Prague offer a family discount (you usually have to have one kid and two adults) as well as discounts for students, seniors, and groups. Often, children under a certain age can get in for free.
More information about Prague’s museums can be found here.
Also, you can always join free sightseeing tours around Prague, which can be viewed here.
Free Prague Tours offer a free three-hour walking tour, leaving from Old Town Square at 10 am, 10:45 am, and 2 pm daily.
Besides the museums, there are a lot of things to do and places to visit for free in Prague.
Here are some popular places to visit in Prague:
– The Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Free tours are available, just arrive before the cathedral opens at 9 a.m. to beat the crowds.
– With free admission (donations are welcome) to the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, tourists can pay a visit to the grave of the astronomer Tycho Brahe.
– Northwest of Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter is where writer Franz Kafka was born. The six sites that make up the Jewish Museum charge admission, but anyone can walk around the district that once was home to nearly all of Prague’s Jewish population.
– Vyšehrad, the tenth-century castle ruins, and accompanying graveyard offers free entry to the historic grounds where some of the Czech Republic’s most notable scientists, poets, playwrights, composers, painters, and other visionaries are buried.
– You can view the works of David Černý—the controversial artist who in 1991 illicitly painted a commemorative Soviet tank pink and in 2000 temporarily installed giant climbing babies on the Žižkov Television Tower. The babies are still visible today, free of charge, of course.
– You can stroll through private collections in numerous venues free of charge. Hunt Kastner Artworks is a gallery devoted to cultivating the careers of emerging Czech artists. It contains visually dazzling pieces that are often, at the very least, thought-provoking. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 pm and Saturday from 2 to 6 pm.
– Other private museums include the Jiri Svestka Gallery, which displays its collection of contemporary and modern art free to the public Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Galerie Display offers free admission Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 pm.
– Film lovers can catch free screenings of independent and documentary movies at the American Center, part of the American Embassy in the Prague 1 area. Films are shown Thursdays at 6 p.m.
– Several nightclubs in the city offer free entertainment. Radost FX, the workplace of many famous DJs, offers free entry for ladies every Thursday. Fans of trance and international music will enjoy Roxy, free every Monday.
– The Franciscan Monastery near Wenceslas Square has gardens and a courtyard playground where throngs of local families come to relax and play. The comfortable benches, trees, and rose bushes make it a peaceful haven in the middle of the city.
– Čertovka, a playground at the western end of the Charles Bridge, is ideal for families. The modest park is open from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
– Žluté lázně, an outdoor venue where visitors can swim in the Vltava River or relax on the grass, has free entry after 5 pm. There is also a pool for children.
– For a great panorama of the city’s skyline, nothing is better than Petrin Hill. Walk up the wooded path or take the funicular (about $1 for a public transport ticket) to the top.
Climb the tower—a miniature of the Eiffel Tower—for a postcard-perfect view of Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle. Petrin Park is an ideal spot for picnics, lounging, and taking a break from hurried city life. In winter, it’s a popular spot for sledding, and winter sports enthusiasts are known to leave sleds and large plastic bags for tourists’ sledding enjoyment.
– Closer to the city center is Stromovka Park, King Premysl Otakar II’s former hunting grounds and a favorite of biking and Rollerblading locals.
– Letna Park is another preferred spot for fresh air and outdoor pursuits.
– Divoká Šárka Park is a nature-filled paradise for water and wildlife lovers. Dotted with waterfalls and hiking trails, the park offers swimmers an opportunity to paddle around the park’s lake for free.
– The numerous open-air markets in Prague are another reason to spend time outdoors. These include Holešovice Market (food, clothes, and electronics), as well as the indoor/outdoor Pankrác Market (seasonal produce, dry goods, and home appliances), and the touristy but enjoyable Havelská Market (seasonal produce, souvenirs) in the heart of Old Town.
– For a stroll along the coronation route of Bohemian kings, begin at Mihulka Powder Tower, located on the north side of the St. Vitus Cathedral. Cross Old Town Square and Charles Bridge, then head toward Prague Castle to complete this majestic walk, called the Royal Way.
Related: Jewish Prague Private Walking Tour
Cesky Krumlov Free Tour
Wiseman Free Tour is Cesky Krumlov free walking tour, with the help of which you can save your money. After the tour, you will be thinking about the mysterious stories and legends you heard or about the great historical facts you just got to know. Guides will show you the best highlights in the city and also take you to narrow romantic streets and places you will not find in any guidebook.
Free tours start in front of the tourist INFOCENTRUM office on the main square (Namesti Svornosti). They start daily at 10:30 am and 2 pm from April to October. For November to March please check the website.
Please note that guides wear red shirts and have red umbrellas with a Wiseman logo. The tour takes about 2 hours. Please visit for a detailed information.
Eating and Drinking in Prague
Eating in Prague, as in all other European capitals, is better away from the tourist center, in the institutions where the locals eat. However, there are some restaurants in Prague’s Old Town, which are relatively cheap. Please pay attention to some tips for free or cheap food and drinks in Prague:
– The restaurant U Sádlů, which is close to the Old Town Square and the Powder Tower, has a good reputation. It is famous for its large portions and reasonable prices.
– On Havelská street there is something like a dining room with national dishes. The institution can be found on the sign “Czech Cuisine” (Česká kuchyně).
– Maso a kobliha bistro offers cheap meals, such as the Scotch eggs, the gravlax on toast or daily sandwiches and meat pies, all under CZK 200.
– In many local bars, happy hours are held from 8 pm to 10 pm, during which you can buy cocktails and famous Czech beer at half price. By the way, the prices for beer in Prague are quite acceptable even without discounts.
– Tuesdays starting from 7 pm, Bukowski’s in the Prague 3 area offers free sangria to ladies.
– One of the best things bargain-seeking foodies can also do is to book a hotel with free breakfast.
– Bohemia Bagel offers free coffee refills. There are three locations in the city center: Lesser Town, Old Town, and Holešovice.
– Throughout the city there are drinking fountains, so you can take along a plastic bottle and replenish it from time to time with clean and cold water. Also in local fast food restaurants KFC there is a free refill service, thanks to which you can drink carbonated drinks without any restrictions.
– You can also find some budget coffee shops in Prague. Muj Salek Kavy serves great coffee and reasonably priced lunches and snacks during the day, some of them gluten-free. Just a street away, Proti proudu bistro combines cool design with really nice breakfasts and sandwiches, soup and something sweet. On the other side of the river, Cafe Lounge serves consistently solid coffee, a daily soup all day and popular lunch specials up until 3 pm.
Eating out in Césky Krumlov
Eating out in Césky Krumlov is compatible with small budgets and the menu is very meaty. Large size meat dishes will satisfy the most voracious appetites without spending too much money.
Actually, among the great variety of local cafes, bars, and restaurants, there are simply no bad ones. The examples of the low-cost and decent restaurants can be Hospoda Na Louži, Krčma v Šatlavské Ulici, Eggenberg Pivovar and Restaurace Konvice.
– The cuisine of Hospoda Na Louži is about classical Czech dishes such as roast pork, goulash, and beef in cream sauce, roast duck, and other local specialties. Check the prices here.
– Krčma v Šatlavské Ulici is one of the nicest taverns in Český Krumlov. This medieval barbecue cellar is hugely popular with visitors. The grilled meats served up with gusto in a funky labyrinth illuminated by candles are excellent and perfectly in character with Český Krumlov. For more details, visit this page.
– The Eggenberg Pivovar offers light and dark Pilsner, and the variety of food. Here you can have a great evening in a typical and cheap Czech restaurant. This is a cool brewery, recommended by the tourists.
– Restaurace Konvice is good for home-made cakes and pies with a freshly brewed coffee.
For a cheap, tasty treat on the go, try the trdelník, made from rolled dough wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with a sugar and walnut mix. The shops and stands are all around the city.
In the Czech Republic, the local currency is koruna, but, in some cases, you can pay by euro. I advise you to take both cash for exchange and a card for non-cash payment. Wherever there is such an opportunity, pay with the card, as exchanging a rather big amount of money may bring you money losses.
When it comes to currency exchanging in Prague, thing happens the same way it is in most European cities: the best deals come from the exchanging with ATM machines. Use your ATM or credit cards to withdraw local currency from ATMs.
Don’t worry about the international transaction fees your home bank charges because after all, what you get are still better than what you can receive from exchanging with money changers.
ATMs are everywhere in Prague but should be used with caution. You should always check the machine for the presence of a skimmer before inserting your card and enter your PIN. Similar to currency exchange bureaus in Prague, read the exchange rate and fee details carefully before completing the transaction.
Finally, it’s always wise for you to avoid using Prague’s many street ATMs at night as many are poorly lit and provide opportunities for pickpockets and thieves to ambush unsuspecting tourists. If you must use an ATM during the evening hours, it’s best to use one located in a hotel lobby or one that is enclosed and secured within a bank.
The exchange offices of banks and hotels take a very large commission (in some tourist places it reaches up to 25%). And even the inscriptions “No Commission” should not be particularly trusted. Thus, I advise you to exchange currency at small exchange offices (many of them can be found on Wenceslas Square), as they take a minimum commission.
For example, Interchange is right in Wenceslas Square and near the police station. Address: Wenceslas Square 2, Prague 1. Chequepoint is an international company that offers currency exchange and money transfer services. It is also located in Wenceslas Square. Address: Václavské Namesti 799/48.
The Czech Republic is one of the greatest European countries tourists have to discover. This amazing country is now well known as a major destination for art, history, and culture. Despite it is still considered a rather cheap destination, naturally, its prices are growing along with its reputation. However, with my tips, you can enjoy the best of “the golden city” without spending an ounce of gold.
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