Prague’s city transportation is one of the most efficient in all of Europe. Almost two-thirds of its people avail of these transport services. Dopravni podnik hlavního města Prahy or the Capital City of Prague Transport Company is the city’s major transport carrier.
Airport to downtown
If by any chance you opted to avail of a car rental service, it will take you approximately 25 – 30 minutes (40 minutes in heavy traffic) to get to Prague’s city proper. But public transport is also available and in this case it takes 30 minutes by bus plus subway. It’s for sure the cheapest choice if you want to get to the city center, but it will require some walking and crowd can be thick during peak hours. Having too many baggage will make you want to ride a cab or take a door-to-door transfer service
Taking a Taxi in Prague
Taxi rides are not quite recommended due to a scar in reputation of most taxi drivers. Moreover traffic situation has also gone so bad that taxi fares can become too expensive. Among Prague transportation, the major advantages of taking a cab are when you have a lot to carry while travelling, when the weather is too cold, when you need to reach a distant area in the city, or when travelling at night where public transport have stopped running for the night. Plus, if you’re a foreigner, there is a great chance that you might get screwed by taxi drivers, but this happens everywhere and Prague is no exception.
To avoid these circumstances, we have provided a few helpful tips to save you the hassle and the expense.
• Avoid taxis parked in front of the train station or at a tourist site because these are known to charge higher than the usual taxi fare.
• You need to watch out for fake and unregistered taxis. Legitimate taxis have yellow roof lamp intact and in good condition. They are marked with bold black TAXI on both sides and company name, license number and rates are all reflected on the taxis two front doors.
• Know the cost of the taxi ride before getting in. If you’re getting a cab by phoning in a taxi company, ask the dispatcher for a fare estimate.
• Upon getting into the cab, check the taximeter if it reflects the same price list as posted. Call the driver’s attention if the price doesn’t match, politely ask him to stop and then get off the taxi.
• The driver’s refusal to issue you a printed receipt entitles you to refuse to pay the fare.
• It pays to phone in reliable taxi companies instead. Here’s some that you may try to reach:
Below are listed some taxi services in Prague:
- AAA Radiotaxi tel. 140 14 or 222 333 222 www.aaa-taxi.cz
- City Taxi tel. 257 257 257 www.citytaxi.cz
- Profi Taxitel. 140 35 or 2 61 31 41 51 www.profitaxi.cz
- Halotaxi tel. 244 114 411 www.halotaxi.cz
- Sedop tel. 777 666 333 www.sedop.cz