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Central Prague is ideal for walking—provided you have enough leg muscle to handle the hills. If not, there's reliable public transit (www.dpp.cz). Basic, transferable tickets (good for 75 minutes) on city subways, buses, and trams are 26 Kč. Single-ride tickets, costing 18 Kč, allow one 20-minute ride on a tram or bus without transfer, or one 30-minute subway trip covering up to five metro stations.
The network is easy to negotiate: The caveat is that after buying your ticket you must time-stamp it at one of the machines found in stations or aboard trams. Miss this step and you potentially face a 950 Kč fine. Repeat riders should consider an unlimited-use transit pass. Prices start at 100 Kč a day. Like regular tickets, they're available from main stations, dispensing machines, and select newsstands.
Prefer taxis? Be warned. Local cabbies are notorious for overcharging, especially if hailed on the street or from a stand in touristy areas. Scams include doctoring the meter or "forgetting" to turn it on; then demanding an exorbitant sum. (FYI most rides should cost no more than 150 Kč to 250 Kč.) To avoid rip-offs, confirm an approximate fare up front. Better yet, call an honest radio-operated firm like
AAA Radiotaxi (Prague, Bohemia. 222–333–222. www.aaa-taxi.cz.)
If you're interested in exploring beyond the city, check our "Top Tours" or review the train and bus schedules at www.idos.cz.
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