The cheapest hotel packages tend to be infested by stag parties – go for something a little pricier or book hotel and flight separately. Apartment hotels are often a bargain.
Avoid half-day tours that include the castle. Most are little more than a bus up to the castle, then a guide rushing you around too quickly. Use public transport and explore in your own time.
Despite the stellar reputation, Czech beer can sometimes be awful. Look out for pub signs saying “pivo z tanku”. That’s the ultra-fresh, unpasteurised stuff straight from the brewery.
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One or three day transport passes are by far the most useful for getting around – but ticket machines generally don’t sell them. Try Tabák shops and ticket counters at interchange Metro stations.
You’ll probably be charged for that extra bread, water or salad the waiter has put on your table. Leave it alone or send it back if you don’t want it (or the inflated bill).
Prague’s proud of its public transport – but keeps quiet on how hard the most useful one and three day passes are to find. Ticket machines generally DON’T sell them. Try Tabák shops and ticket counters at interchange Metro stations.
This was originally written for the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.
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