ARCO Guesthouse is close enough to the city center to reach it easily in a 10 minute tram ride, and far enough to avoid the clamour of the city’s nightlife.
Walking uphill Donská street gets you to the next tram stop on Francouzská street in less than five minutes. It’s tram 22 which is the best tram line in town for you. You get on on the opposite side of the street to go uphill. (This is also a stop for bus 135 which gets you directly to ÚAN Florenc, the central bus terminal, see “Directions“).
- After two stops you’re at náměstí Míru, „Peace Square“, with its restaurants and cafés and the nearest metro A station,
- After three stops you reach I.P.Pavlova metro C station and Týlovo náměstí square with its farmers’ market,
- You pass Karlovo náměstí to reach metro B and the New Town City Hall, and,
- after altogether seven stops you come to Národní třída, where you have a Tesco supermarket and department store, a (not the only one) Kafka sculpture, Ú medvídku restaurant and brewery, Café Louvre or simply the ideal spot to start cruising the historical city center.
- Tram 22 goes on passing the National Theatre, Národní divadlo, and Café Slavia,
- crosses the river and passes Café Savoy,
- the funicular on Petřín hill,
- the main square in the Lesser Town, Malostranské náměstí, close to Charles’ Bridge – Karlův most, to finally reach
- Pražský hrad – Prague Castle, Loreta, and the Strahov monastery.
- And if you know the city’s history a bit, Bílá hora – the White Mountain – is the line’s terminal station. It’s the location where, in 1620, the fate of Europe was decided for centuries.
Metro A station náměstí Míru is a 15 minute walk away. Metro A gets you right downtown to Old Town Square – Stároměstské náměstí, to the Lesser Town – Malá strana, and to the airport bus (See “Directions“).
Metro C from I.P. Pavlova station gets you to Hlavní nádraží, the central railway station or ÚAN Florenc, the main bus terminal, and to Vyšehrad, Prague’s second castle hill, or to nádraží Holešovice where you can change to bus no. 112 to reach the award winning Zoologická zahrada – the Zoo, Botanická zahrada – the Botanical Garden, or Troja Chateau, a baroque jewel.
Metro B from Karlovo náměstí brings you to a quite unique attraction – Kolbenova flee market, a huge picturesque mess where you get virtually everything you can and can’t imagine, but only on weekends from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m!
- A single ticket for CZK 24 for 30 minutes including transfer
- A single ticket for CZK 32 for 90 minutes including transfer
- A day pass for for CZK 110 for 24 hours
- A 3-day pass for CZK 330 for 72 hours
- Check the Prague Card offerings for discounts on attractions including ticket options.
Tickets are on sale at the booths and the ticket machines in metro stations, at tobacconists’ shops (Trafika) and at many small grocery stores, like the one at the corner of Donská and Francouzská streets.
CZK means Czech Crowns. For rough calculation, €1 or $1 is about 25 Crowns (See “Money”).