A Budget Traveller’s Guide to Prague

Exploring Prague on a budget is quite easy. Besides being an exciting and vibrant place, Prague is also one of the cheapest cities in Europe.

Having said that, the city centre is full of tourist traps – from over-priced restaurants to cheesy attractions. While I do recommend spending some time in Prague’s city centre and visiting the main attractions, there are other and cheaper ways to experience the city.

From savouring Prague’s hearty street food to visiting free attractions, here’s how you can save money when visiting this gorgeous city.

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Central Prague. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

Budget accommodation in Prague

You won’t have problems finding affordable lodging in Prague. There are many cheap hostels in Prague, 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 in Prague.  

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Cafes in Old Town Prague. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

Eating out in Prague

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.

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.

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Charles Bridge. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

Free attractions in Prague

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.

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.

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Prague Castle Grounds. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

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.

View from Letna Park, Prague
View from Letna Park. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

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 enjoy one of the best views 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.

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View from the Astronomical Clock. Photo by Daniela Frendo.

Saving money on 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.

If you’re planning to visit more than five museums and historic sites, it’s worth getting a Prague City Card for free admissions to top attractions, plus other perks.  

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Daniela Frendo

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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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