The Prague Card (Prague Tourist Card)
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There are two different Tourist Prague Cards. This page explains about the Original Prague Card.
Latest City Tourist Prague Card Prices in Euros:
2 day child – 43
2 day adult – 58
3 day child – 50
3 day adult – 68
4 day child – 57
4 day adult – 78
The 2, 3, 4 day Prague Card versions are now available from the main city tourist centres. You can also Buy the Prague City Tourist Card online and collect when you arrive at the airport or tourist offices. Public transport now comes included in the price of the Prague Card for the duration of the card. TIP: Check the Praguecard PDF document to get an idea of potential savings. It contains a comprehensive listings of locations and free/discounted entry.
IMPORTANT NOTE: the validity of the card is based on days, not calendar time. For example for the card to be validated it must have the “first date” of use. So be aware that your time starts on the morning of that first day and not “x” days from the time you first started to use it.
Who would use it?
Prague Card Primary offers: Most offers are free entry with a few tourist discounts and mostly to Museums, Galleries and main attractions but it is expanding more into “tour” discounts and transfer discounts etc.
Public travel pass is included in the basic offer.
Possible user: Primarily somebody on a long weekend trip who wants to visit the whole of the Prague Castle complex and the major museums/galleries on a free-entry basis. Somebody who is not bothered about using public transport but, wants it as an option. See the Prague card test lower down the page.
NOTE: Try to avoid using the card on Mondays as that is the day of the week when many museums close.
Places where it was bought:
I bought my first Prague Card at the Cedok office in Na Prikope. This was not as easy as I thought it would be. I asked from which desk I could buy the card and was directed to 16-17 (no ticket required). I waited until a desk was free and asked for the Prague Card. Then I was told that this desk only sold the whole package i.e. Prague card and Transport ticket (total 960kc) so to get the “Card only” I had to take a ticket, wait for it to be called (last desk on the left) and the cost was 740kc. Of course the price has gone up since then but the way of buying it has stayed the same
A second Prague Card I bought from the old American Express exchange office in Wenceslas Square (now closed). This was straight forward enough. You go to a desk and ask (in English) to buy the card without the transport ticket. You get an invoice for the cost of the card which you pay at the cash counter. Take the receipt back to the desk and you get the Prague Card package.
How it works:
You get a booklet when you buy the Prague Card (6 languages combined). Throughout the booklet are described the tourist attractions and if it is a free or tourist discounted entry. At the rear of the Prague card booklet are “coupons” which you tear out of the booklet when you want to use them. You present your signed and dated Prague card and the relevant coupon at the attraction entry or ticket office. And that’s it.
1) Cedok staff in their “Na Prikope” office did not speak English. That’s no problem for me but tourists should buy/collect from a tourist information office.
2) Both places wanted me to sign the card there and then (probably so that if you lose it, it is less likely to be used by somebody else) but, you don’t have to sign and date on the day of purchase, only on the first day of use.
3) I had the booklet with me during my walk and had torn out the required coupons before entering the attractions. Nobody asked to see the booklet, only the Prague card.
4) Only the ticket office at Prague Castle asked for ID when looking at the Prague Card and my driving licence was enough.
I was aiming to recreate an average tourist user which meant visiting a concentrated list of main tourist attractions areas including the castle, some scenic points, galleries and museums etc. I was not intending to do any parachuting or visiting strip clubs so I didn’t want to be paying for tourist discounts that I would never use. The other main reason was that I hate carrying around a pocket full of small change so I went for the primarily “free entry” Prague Card (you’ll find this out when you keep having to fish out between 10kc and 50kc in small coins because the tourist attraction cashier “doesn’t have change for a note”).
How I used my Prague Card:
I did not buy the optional 3 day pass so the cost was 740kc (2008 price would be the equivalent of 1150kc this year and as a rough guide add 50kc to all of the entry prices below). I was only interested in the “free-entry” tourist attraction options and that is primarily why I bought this Prague card. I decided on a fairly standard tourist route (Petrin, Prague Castle, Mala Strana, Charles Bridge, Old Town, New Town). I started at Petrin Tower (50kc) and mirror maze (50kc). I walked over to Strahov Monastery and then over to the castle where the card is valid for route A (350kc). I went in St Vitus, Old Royal Palace, St Georges Basilica and Golden Lane. I walked back to the front of the castle and over to Sternberg Palace (150kc). I walked down the hill into Mala Strana and to the St Nicholas Church (50kc) then over to the Charles Bridge towers (50kc each). The Matilda Prague card had now paid for itself. I walked to the Old Town Square town hall (50kc) then over to the Stone Bell house (90kc). After lunch I went in the Fine Arts Museum (50kc) and then went up to the National Museum in Wenceslas Square (100kc but, does not include special exhibitions). I only used it for one day and it had paid for itself within 6 hours. I imagine if you sat down and made a plan, that you could see a lot for free in a long weekend. I see no reason to buy the travel pass if you plan your route well. Even if you went to Troja Chateau you could do the return journey on the 112 bus (Holesovice).
You can explore the Prague Card website where there’s also a venue calculator so you can see the savings that you can make when using the card. Even paying 78 euros for an adult 4 day pass will still work out cheaper if you intend visiting a lot of the attractions. Just plan it well.