How to Use the Prague Park And Ride System

Using Prague Prague Park and Ride Facilities (and other overnight parking options)

There are several “Park and Ride” car parks around the outskirts of Prague (as shown on the DPP website). They open 0400-0100. You can get up to date info on sites with Free spaces at http://en.tsk-praha.cz/wps/portal. Just for your info, I use the terminology COVERED/OPEN/GUARDED/PATROLLED. All P&R close at night so after that time the location is locked/fenced and monitored by cameras which I call GUARDED. The P&Rs built into shopping centres are part of the building and have greater security as well as getting regular security visits which is what I call PATROLLED. COVERED is internal parking and OPEN is not. This is how the Prague P&R system works.

P&R sign chodov park and ride
Chodov P&R

IMPORTANT NOTE: From December 2022 the P&R system is being upgraded with new ticket machines. In the case that you have one of the newer machines then they accept coins, notes and cards. They are very easy to use like insert ticket, change language, pay etc. The process of entering, paying for parking and exiting is on my video guide to using Prague P&R below or How it Works! – Prague Park and Ride

Prague Park and Ride – How it Works – Entering/Paying/Exiting


The 2023 P&R upgrade brings two main changes. Firstly the day rate is only for the first 24 hours. Secondly there is no more “night rate”. Instead, if you are using the Prague P&R for longer than 24 hours then you pay a fixed rate for each extra hour and this charge varies depending on which P&R you use although CZK10/hr is the most common. Currently the day options i.e. name/capacity/cost are below (zdarma means free).

Prague Park and Ride charges from January 2023

Coming from the South (Austria and Brno)

Chodov Park and Ride – COVERED/PATROLLED (south Prague on the D1 motorway towards Brno and Vienna) is accessed by the lower entry next to the motorway. If coming from Brno you get off at Sporilov and turn off as if you are going to the MOL petrol station. Stay to the right and you join a two lane road. Go under the bridge and turn left at the traffic lights. The P&R is the SECOND entry on your right. It’s part of a shopping centre so all locked up and patrolled 24/7. Transfer to town by Metro.

Opatov Park and Ride – OPEN/PATROLLED. (south Prague on the D1 motorway towards Brno and Vienna) is accessed by exiting D1 at Junction 2b Opatov/Haje and following signs for Opatov. AFTER the traffic lights stay in the right lane and take the next right. The P&R entry is now on your left. Transfer to town by Metro next to the P&R.

prague park and ride sign

Coming from the North (Germany Berlin/Dresden)

Letnany Park and Ride – COVERED/PATROLLED (North East Prague at the base of D8). Just follow the signs for Letnany shopping centre or “Tesco” at the time of writing. You’ll see the P&R signs as you get closer. Transfer to Town by Metro.

Holesovice Park and Ride – OPEN/GUARDED – (next to the metro/train station). WARNING…..Do not park in the “Vinci Park” next to the police station as you’ll be charged CZK40 PER HOUR as opposed to the P&R rate of CZK100 PER DAY. See Warning below.

Warning: If you are thinking of using the Holesovice P&R note that Taxi drivers may direct you to the car park next to the police station. This is NOT the Holesovice P&R which charges CZK100 per day. Instead they’ll try an get you into the Vinci Park which charges CZK40 PER HOUR. The P&R signs are very clear and pictured above.

Ladvi Park and Ride – OPEN/GUARDED (North East Prague at the base of D8). Transfer to town by Metro.

Coming from the West (Germany Munich/Nurnberg)

Zlicin 1 and 2 Park and Ride – OPEN/GUARDED (west Prague at the base of D5 from Germany/Plzen). Zlicin 1 is closer to the metro. Zlicin 2 is a little further away but not much. Take the signs from D5 to Zlicin. After the traffic lights you’ll see the signs for the P&R on your right and the Metropole Shopping centre will be on your left. Transfer to town by metro. As you approach the IKEA turn you’ll see P&R signs showing available spaces at Zlicin and Nove Butovice.

Nove Butovice Park and Ride – OPEN/GUARDED (go past the Zlicin turn right to the very end of D5 and then turn left towards Nove Butovice). This is the smallest P&R in the city and fills up fast in the morning. I recommend Zlicin.

Coming from the East

Cerny Most 1 and 2 Park and Ride – OPEN/GUARDED (at the base of motorway D11) Car park 1 is closest to the metro and fills first. As you approach the area the signs show how many spaces are available at each. Transfer to town by Metro.

Depo Hostivar Park and Ride – OPEN/GUARDED (south east Prague) accessed via the Jizni Spojka with is the south ring road. Mainly for traffic coming from the Kutna Hora and Podebrady direction. Transfer to town by metro or tram.

Skalka 1 Park and Ride – OPEN/GUARDED (south east Prague – WARNING…..use only Skalka 1 as Skalka 2 is unguarded and not 24 hour accessible. Transfer to town by metro.

Entering the car park

Green “Volno” means spaces available
Red “Obsazeno” means it’s full and you’ll need to wait.

There are motorway signs on D1, D5, D8 and D11 which show how many spaces are on the closest two P&R sites. In my experience if the number is in single figures then you will find that the entry is “coned” i.e. blocked and you have to wait at the barrier until the Park and Ride “ticket man” gets off his arse to let you in. Bear in mind that the ticket dispenser will be on the left side of the car. Make sure you do not park in any reserved spaces for disabled or, in some cases, resident parking. These will be clearly marked.

At the entry barrier you press the button and get a small “credit card” sized ticket with a magnetic strip on one side and date/time info on the other.

The Park and Ride Ticket Machine

NEW VERSION (Large Blue/Grey Machine) like the one in This Video. Change the language to English. Enter your parking ticket as directed. The machine LED screen will tell you what you need to pay and you have options for coins, notes and cards. You have the option of a receipt and I would take that you prove when you paid. On occasion I have been delayed from the point of paying to when I exit the P&R because of a traffic hold-up etc so if I exceed the 15 minute exit time I can show that I paid and the delay was outside my control.

OLD VERSION (Yellow Machine with separated card reader) NOTE: Flashing red light and/or the words MIMO PROVOZ mean out of order. There are payment machines on each of the stairs/lifts areas of internal parking or the exit of external parking. Make sure that you have the right money (in coins) and 50Kc coins are often rejected for some reason. If the transaction is cancelled by the machine i.e. if you’ve had a coin rejected too many times then the word “STORNO” appears on the screen, any money already deposited is returned and your card is returned. You then have to start again.

For any Prague P&R except Holesovice and Congress Centre press the button on the machine that says “50Kc” (for Holesovice and Congress Centre it will be a “CZK100” button). Press the button marked “Vydej” (which means enter). Insert the ticket with the magnetic stripe (magnetic strip down) into the small blue machine that will have “Vlozte listek” or something similar on it’s display i.e. insert ticket. This smaller machine will be separate to the larger ticket machine. If the ticket is accepted OK then you will now be asked to deposit the requested money into the ticket machine. After the money is inserted you will get two paper tickets from the machine which you’ll see most people will leave behind. You should keep them as a receipt even though your parking card has been time stamped. You must keep the original magnetic stripe card for your exit from the car park.
If you make a mistake you can press the button marked Storno/Cancel at any time. Once the card is stamped i.e. you’ve paid, you must leave the car park before it closes that night.

Leaving after staying OVERNIGHT

NEW VERSION (Large Blue/Grey Machine) i.e. the one in This Video. This will calculate your total cost including parking at night. Remember that in the new version you pay a flat rate for the first 24 hours and then another flat rate (commonly czk10) per hour after that. You pay at the machine.

OLD VERSION. If the P&R still has the yellow machines then for this option you do not use the ticket machine as you have to pay the guy in the booth (Dispecnik). You will be charged the night fee plus the day fee for each period that you have stayed i.e. commonly for two nights it would be 2×100 plus 3×50 i.e. 350Kc. My advice is to have the right money ready to pay and he will expect you to give him your type of car and registration number as he has a list of overnight stayers (Vauxhall drivers note, he knows it as an Opel) or just point to it on his list. The booth guy will validate the ticket and give it back to you. You can leave your car up to 14 days without issues.

Exiting the car park

OLD VERSION (yellow ticket machine) – Drive up to the exit barrier, insert the ticket with the magnetic strip (magnetic strip down) into the small machine. If all is OK, the machine keeps the ticket and the barrier opens.

NEW VERSION (Blue/Grey ticket machine) i.e. the one described in This Video – Your vehicle registration number was recorded when to first entered the car park so if you have paid correctly the barrier will open automatically. If the camera recognition is not working then you will need to insert the card into the machine at the exit. The machine keeps the card.

What if the barrier doesn’t open?

You speak Czech? Normally this is caused when you don’t pay for the parking. There used to be a fault whereby it was possible to get travel tickets without presenting the parking ticket but, this was fixed. The common faults are that you have inserted the ticket the wrong way round (magnetic strip) or if the ticket has been folded/torn. Don’t worry, there will either be a booth with a man sitting in it who should spend some of his precious time to help you out or else, as is becoming more popular, you will find an intercom button on the exit machine. Just speak English to the machine for 30 seconds and hey presto the barrier magically opens.

How safe is it?

20 years ago you wouldn’t see a western make of car on the road. Likewise, a car with a “CD player” was a target. So lets wind forward to the present. Prague is stuffed with high performance cars with all the latest security and gizmos etc so thieves are not going to go out of their way to break into your car unless you’ve left something highly visible which is highly valuable. P&Rs are basically car parks which are locked at night so you take the same chance as any other car park you’ve ever been to.

Other Overnight Parking Options

DAN Security has a open-air car park close to Ladvi station on the red “C” line. Details at www.parkovisteladvi.cz. At the time of writing they charged 50CZK per 24 hour period for car parking and they publish lorry/truck parking rates as well.

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