A Guide to Exploring Prague on a Budget

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A vibrant hub of culture and entertainment, Prague is a joy to explore. Besides being an exciting city, it is also one of the cheapest in Europe. There’s plenty to see, do and eat in the Bohemian capital, and you don’t have to fork out hundreds of crowns to experience it all.
From savouring Prague’s hearty street food to choosing the right attractions, here’s how you can save money when visiting this gorgeous city.

Planning to do a lot of walking while in Prague?

Accommodation

You won’t have problems finding affordable lodging in Prague. There are many youth hostels and cheap hotels throughout the city, and the metro being fast and efficient you’re never too far from the centre. Alternatively, you can set up a tent in one of the many campsites on the outskirts of Prague.
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Eating out

Czech cuisine is probably one of the most underrated in Europe. Traditional dishes are based on a generous portion of beef, pork or duck, drowned in a tasty cream or sauce and served with a starchy side dish, normally dumplings. Czechs are also soup lovers and no meal is complete without having the ‘soup of the day’ as a starter. As you can probably guess, you’ll never go hungry in Czech Republic – meals are often filling, hearty and cheap.
While eating out in Prague won’t drain your wallet, there are still ways of reducing food costs while you’re out exploring the city. The Farmers Market on Náměstí Republiky is a great place to stop for a quick bite. Besides the fruit and vegetable stalls set up by local growers, you’ll also find food stands serving salads, sandwiches and pizza, amongst other snacks, prepared on the spot with fresh ingredients.
Another cheap way of keeping your stomach happy while you’re busy walking around Prague is to pick up something sweet. There are sweet shops and chocolatiers throughout the city centre, making it difficult to resist the sugar cravings that strike after a meal.
One thing you’ll see quite often in Prague is the trdelník. This popular Slovak and Czech pastry consists of yeast dough rolled in cinnamon, sugar and a spice mixture. Trdelník is sold by street vendors all over Prague and you can watch it being baked to perfection over coals or a low gas fire. Try it with nutella and wash it down with a glass of mulled wine for just 90 CZK (€3)!

Getting around

Unless you’re staying in the outskirts of the city, you don’t really need to use transport to get around Prague. You can explore most of the city centre on foot – just watch out for the segways in pedestrian areas!
If you have to get the metro into and out of the city centre, you can just buy a ticket valid for 30 minutes which costs 24CZK – less than €1. You’ll need to get the date and time stamped on the ticket before entering the subway.
You’re bound to get lost in the streets of the Old Town at least a couple of times, but you won’t regret it.

Free attractions

Prague boasts many historic sites, including the largest castle complex in Europe, but you’ll be amazed to learn that the city’s top attractions are free. Here are some places that you shouldn’t miss.
1. Karluv Most (Charles Bridge)
It might be a tad crowded, but you can’t go to Prague without taking a walk over Charles Bridge. The view from the bridge is stunning and the atmosphere unbeatable.
2. Prague Castle
The castle grounds, including the gardens, are free to roam through. You can easily spend an hour walking around the castle complex and absorbing the view of the city from the ramparts.
3. Vyšehrad
A less touristy part of Prague, the historical fort of Vyšehrad has its own charm. Built in the 10th century, Vyšehrad is home to the oldest surviving building in Prague; the Rotunda of St. Martin.
4. Letna Park
If you want to get away from the crowds or give your legs a break, the large woodland of Letna Park is the perfect place for having a picnic and enjoying a beer. You can also get the best view of Prague from the top of the hill.
5. Josefov
Another less-visited part of Prague, the Jewish Quarter dates back to the 10th century and most of its historic buildings, including six synagogues, remain well-preserved. Josefov is also the birthplace of the famous writer Franz Kafka.

Other attractions

Prague is bursting with all sorts of attractions, including some really weird ones. You’ll need more than two days to visit most of the city’s historic sites and other attractions. If you don’t have enough time to see everything, make sure you go up the Astronomical Clock and Petrin Tower for some stunning views of Prague. I also recommend visiting Clementinum, a historical complex which houses the beautiful Mirror Chapel, the Baroque Library Hall and the Astronomical Tower.
Prague is bursting with all sorts of attractions, including some really weird ones. You’ll need more than two days to visit most of the city’s historic sites and other attractions. If you don’t have enough time to see everything, make sure you go up the Astronomical Clock and Petrin Tower for some stunning views of Prague. I also recommend visiting Clementinum, a historical complex which houses the beautiful Mirror Chapel, the Baroque Library Hall and the Astronomical Tower.
If you’re planning to visit more than five museums and historic sites, it’s worth getting a sightseeing pass for free admissions to top attractions, plus other perks.
For more ideas on fun and cheap things to do in Prague, I recommend reading this post by Jan from The Crazy Tourist. If you’re spending more than two days in Prague, you might be able to tick off all 25 things on the list!
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Hi! I'm a Maltese blogger based in Scotland. I created Grumpy Camel to help travellers connect with places through culture, history and cuisine.
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