Whenever I’m in a new place, I can usually gauge almost immediately whether I’ve fallen instantly in love with it, or if it’s going to take me some time to love it.
When we arrived in Prague, my first thought wasn’t necessarily “I’m in love”. But upon reflection, I realise that I truly did fall in love with this Eastern European city. From its charming streets and ancient architecture, to all the amazing food that we devoured, Prague really did feel special.
As is common with many large cities, public toilets are in abundance when visiting Prague. However, the majority of them aren’t free so you can expect to be charged a small amount to access them almost wherever you go.
It seems that the charge differed in almost every public toilet, so there’s not really a set price you can expect to pay.
Generally speaking, they’re usually priced between 10Kč (34p) and 25Kč (85p), but as I said, it can differ quite drastically depending on where you are.
Some public toilets will also accept Euros so if you have any spare change in Euros laying around (like we did), then you can pay for the public toilets with that.
Toilets inside bars and restaurants are almost always free, unless you’re not actually eating or drinking in there, then you can often be expected to pay.
Riding the actual metro in Prague wasn’t confusing at all – there are only three lines: A (green), B (yellow), C (red), so you’d have a hard time getting lost as they’re incredibly easy to follow and navigate.
One thing that is confusing about Prague’s metro system, is the ticket machines as there’s so many different types of ticket you can get, when really you only need one.
It also appeared that no one but us were buying metro tickets. There’s little scanners when you walk down to the metros but every station we went in, they were open anyway and absolutely no one else was using tickets to gain access.
I’m not entirely sure how or why they were doing it, but we still bought tickets just in case (and because they were so unbelievably cheap). For most journeys, you only need a 30 minute ticket which will set you back about 24Kč (a whopping 82p…). If you do plan on taking a long journey however, then you can purchase the 90 minute ticket which costs 32Kč (£1.10).
Another one of my best travel tips for visiting Prague when it comes to the metro is that the escalators to get down to the trains are unbelievably steep and go so far down.
Perhaps it’s because I don’t live in London and don’t use the tube all that much, but the escalators in Prague really did seem to go on forever, and they are so steep that they’re practically vertical!
On our last day in Prague, we weren’t due to fly home until 9pm, but we had to check out of our apartment at 10am so we found ourselves looking for somewhere to store our luggage for the day.
There are plenty of luggage storage places situated across Prague and we found one that was located pretty much right in the centre of the city.
We paid 145Kč each for more than 3 hours – which is less than £5 each! It was such an easy to use service; the staff were lovely and helpful and we could even pay upon collection of our luggage.
One of my best travel tips for visiting Prague is that if you’re going to be arriving early or you need to check out of your accommodation early on your last day, then definitely make use of a luggage storage place.
When it comes to currency in Prague, it’s fairly easy to understand. For every £1, it equates to roughly 30Kč (depending on the current exchange rate).
This made it pretty easy to work out how much we were paying for everything while we were there. We were also delighted to find that most things were unbelievably affordable in Prague and we only spent around £300 between us while we were there!
Beer is remarkably cheap in Prague, and the food is also very affordable. Some of the attractions and sights were a little steeper but they were nothing compared to the prices you’d pay in Paris or New York, for example.
Overall, our trip to Prague was certainly one I’m not likely to forget anytime soon. We visited at the beginning of November and it was coat-worthy weather but it wasn’t overwhelmingly cold. I’m also still dreaming about all the delicious food we ate as I truly don’t think I’ve ever been somewhere where I’ve eaten as good as we did in Prague!
Have you ever been to Prague? What are your best travel tips for visiting Prague? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.