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Comparing the Prague Card and the Prague City Pass

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. As the historic capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and home to multiple tourist sites, this city sees nearly 6.4 million international visitors per year – making Prague a top tourist destination spot. In fact, in 2016, TripAdvisor ranked Prague as the sixth best city in the world to visit. European cities like Prague, however, can become quite expensive to tour, which makes the Prague Card a very useful tool for travelers. What with the discounted rates or free of cost tours to popular and iconic attractions like Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace and nearly 80 other attractions, as well as free rides on public transport, including bus, metro, tram and river ferries (and even free rides to the airport!), this pass is the perfect companion to wanderlust.

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Prague City Pass vs Prague Card


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  • Choose between 2, 3, or 4 days and visit as many of 39 attractions as you like.
  • Valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
  • Control the number of days you would like to sightsee Prague.
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  • Visit as many of 15 attractions as you like.
  • Valid for 30 days from date of first usage.
  • Control the number of attractions you would like to see in Prague.
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Attractions

50 attractions including Prague Castle, Antonín Dvořák Memorial, Astronomical Observatory, Old Town Hall, Vyšehrad, City tours, Cruises and more.

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15+ attractions including Prague Castle, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and Convent, The Vladislav Hall, St. Vitus Cathedral, Maisel Synagogue and more.

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Validity

The card is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

The card is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.

What is the Prague Card?


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The Prague Card is a one-stop-for-all pass that allows tourists to visit 50 tourist destinations for free, as well as nearly 40 others at highly discounted rates. Additionally, the card provides the holder with unlimited use of the City Public Transport network - Buses, Metro, Trams, River Ferries and Petřín Funicular - and also provides users with free airport rides.

Each card is valid for a year, and comes with a guidebook in seven different languages on different tourist attractions covered. You also get a two-hour historic city-wise bus tour, and up to 50% off on tours, cruises, concerts, and meals at restaurants. The Prague Card is the best way to experience Prague, not only because it saves time and money, but also because of its hassle-free and easy-to-use nature.

List of Attractions Covered by Prague Card

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Where To Purchase Your Prague Card

Prague Card

  • Access to over 80 attractions with just one card.
  • Choose between 2/3/4-day cards.
  • Enjoy unlimited travel on local transport, along with airport transfers.

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What is the Prague City Pass?


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The other pass that is widely used by tourists is the Prague City Pass. You might think to yourself, "Is a Prague City Pass worth it?". Well, it has many benefits. It can be bought at several locations all over Prague (like the Prague Card), but it can also be printed out from your own computer. It includes a free guided bus tour through the historic parts of Prague, discounts at restaurants and shopping centres, discounted rides to the airport, and a free cruise on the Vltava River.

List of Attractions Covered by Prague City Pass

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Where to Purchase Your Prague City Pass

Prague City Pass

Starting from €54

What convenience factors do these passes bring?


Flexible: The Prague Card is valid for a year from the date of purchase, and is activated when the starting date is marked, after which it can be used for 2, 3, or 4 days. Student passes are also available, making it a great choice for your college backpacking trip. The Prague City Pass is valid 30 days from the date of purchase, and is activated when the starting date is marked.

Cost Effective: The Prague Card and City Pass are the most cost-effective way to travel around the city, either for heavily discounted rates or entirely free of cost since it is included with the card.

Hassle Free: Thanks to the Prague Card’s free public transport access, you can save valuable money and time by making use of the buses, trains, metros and trams that Prague has to offer. The Prague City Pass also saves a lot of time and worry, as you don’t have to stand in queues at ticket offices.

Guide: If you’re still confused about what to see in Prague, the card comes with a guide book in seven different languages packed with information on tours, sightseeing locations, restaurant suggestions and more, making for an excellent travel buddy. The Prague City Pass guide can be downloaded on the website, along with a leaflet and a handy map.

Travelling with kids: If you want to introduce your children to the mysteries of Prague at a slow relaxed pace, the Prague City Pass is the best way to do it. On the other hand, if you’re up for an energy-charged adventure with free transport (no lugging the kids around in expensive cab rides!), the Prague Card is for you!

What is the cost-benefit analysis of these passes?


Prague Card

With a 3-day Prague Card, you can visit multiple locations all over Prague, like the ones below for three days.

At full price, these would cost:

Historical Prague Bus Tour:
€15.33
Prague Castle Tour:
€9.83
National Gallery – Sternberg, Salm Palaces, Schwarzenberg:
€17.29
Old Town Hall and Tower:
€9.83
Jewish Museum:
€12.97
Kinsky Palace and St. Agnes Convent:
€14.54
Stone Bell and Golden Ring House:
€10.61
National Museum and Prague City Museum:
€13.76
Troja Chateau and Veletržní Palace:
€14.54
3 Day Transport Pass:
€12.18
Total
€130.88

With a 3 day Prague Card, you can visit all these places for a total of €71, without having to carry large amounts of cash – it’s all there in the card! Without a 3 Day Prague Card, however, it will cost you €130.84 – almost twice the amount!

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Prague City Pass

On the other hand, the Prague City Pass also covers a variety of important tourist locations across the city at discounted prices.

At full price, visiting these locations would cost:)

Prague Castle Tour:
€9.82
Jewish Museum in Prague:
€12.96
Historical Prague Bus Tour:
€15.33
River Cruise:
€19.50
3 Day Transport Pass:
€12.18
Total
€69.79

This adds up to €69.79, without any benefits! With a Prague City Pass, you can visit all of the above locations at a price of €54.9, and avail discounts on travel, a discounted ride from the airport, and the countless benefits at various restaurants and shopping centres around Prague.

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Which Prague Pass should I go for?


So, is the Prague Card worth it? The Prague Card is the best bet for tourists wanting to squeeze in as much as possible in limited time. It is valid for a year after purchase. Once you have punched in your card, it is valid for 2, 3, or 4 days depending on your card. If you’re a student, all you need is your student ID and you can get a discount on the price of this card. Compared to the Prague City Pass, the Prague Card offers far more benefits - it includes free public transport, a free two-hour historical guided tour, free airport express, free entry to the Prague Castle and Jewish Museum and almost fifty other attractions, discounts at thirty attractions, and a handy guidebook. It can be bought online and collected at various centres around Prague on presentation of the mobile voucher and valid ID (like your passport).

The Prague City Pass is valid thirty days from first entry, which is perfect for those who want to visit Prague at a relaxed pace. This pass is for people who want to skip the lines and spend their time wandering the streets of this historic town! It is also a good idea for those travelling with children. Kids often get tired very easily, and the relaxed pace of this pass is best suited for them (and their parents!). While it doesn’t give you access to as many attractions as the card, it includes the most famous ones - the Prague Castle, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral, The Jewish Museum and surrounding synagogues, a free 45-minute historical guided bus tour and even a cruise through Prague on the river Vltava! It also offers countless benefits at various shopping centers and restaurants, and discounts on tours around Prague.

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Comments (8)
  1. Aayushi says:

    Hey Manisha,
    This was a lovely brief about the two cards and has helped me sort out a lot of queries. I will be visiting Prague in the next 10 days and wanted to know if the Prague card would cover my trip from the airport to the city center.

    1. Manisha Choudhari says:

      Hi Aayushi! Yes, the Prague Card gives you free travel on the airport express for your airport transfers, among other benefits.

  2. Frédérique says:

    Thank you for all the informations, it’s no easy to choose ! 🙂

  3. Carol says:

    Hi, thanks for the informative comparison of both cards. My sisters n myself will be visiting with mom in 2 weeks’ time.

    Just to clarify, does the city card includes public transportation? Mom is 70yrs, walking much will tired her. Tot of going for a more relaxed trip for her. Which would you recommand?

    1. Lakshmi Menon says:

      Hey Carol,

      The Prague City Card has a 3 Day Transport Pass which gives you free unlimited travel on Buses, Metros, Trams, River Ferries and the Petřín Funicular.
      You also have free airport Transfers on the airport express with this card. If you’re interested in a historic tour of the city, you can even hop on a bus tour that comes free with the card! Hope you enjoy exploring Prague with the pass!

      1. Carol says:

        Thank you for the clarifications.

  4. Giorgos says:

    Thank you for all informations! I’m interested to buy a 4 day “Prague Card” and i wonder if includes unlimited public transport for those 4 days?

  5. Beatriz Pineda says:

    Hi, you mention that Prague City Card has a 3 day transport but I don’t see any of this when I went to the Prague City Card website, where do I collect the transportation pass ?

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