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Navigating Public Transportation in Prague, Czech Republic

Before you jump to conclusions about transportation in Prague, let me show you what the city of Prague can offer you when you just need a lift. While you wouldn’t think that a city like Prague would have ample transportation, it is a city overflowing with transportation such as the metro, tram, bus, and taxi.

 AAA Taxi at the airport

In most U.S. cities, a taxi is the most expensive means of transportation. True even in Prague, the taxi is expensive compered to the other means of public transport, but it is definitely the most effective if you are in a hurry. But be warned not all taxis charge the same! If you travel to the Czech Republic, only use AAA taxis. These taxis are the fairest and most economical way to get around Prague. If you find yourself in a non-AAA taxi, you might just be paying double the regularly charged price.
 Namesti Miru Metro Stop A

Prague also has many train stations but the most popular are the Main Station (Hlavní nádraží), Holešovice Station (Nádraží Holešovice), and Smíchov Station (Nádraží Smíchov). You may find it surprising, but trains in Europe are expensive! Depending on where you’re headed to, airline tickets might be a cheaper alternative.

 Tram 4 line

By far, the most traveled means of transportation are the metro and trams. The metro, trams, and buses are used by over two thirds of Prague’s population, so it can get a little crowded sometimes, but the city’s transpiration covers the majority of the city and its outskirts. If you are visiting Prague for a few days, you can buy a tourist pass, that will enable you to use all of the mass transit as many times as needed.
If you’re looking for an off-the-path experience, there are river cruises on the Vltava River. Seeing Prague from the Vltava River is a truly unique experience. In a matter of an hour, you can leave the loud city behind and come out to some of Prague's quieter areas.
With all that being said, my favorite mean of transportation is the taxi.  While it may be the more expensive of the bunch, it is the fastest and most efficient way to get around Prague. However, if you are on a more cost conscious lifestyle, the tram, bus, and metro are the way to go.

Joseph Notowich is the CEA Spring 2014 MOJO in Prague, Czech Republic. He's currently a junior at the University of Indiana Bloomington.

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