Our picks for the best day trips from Prague! Take some time to get out of the city and see the countryside, medieval villages, centuries old castles, and much more on one of the many amazing day trips from Prague!
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After a long delay, I’m finally getting around to posting this blog (which I started a year or so ago, when we still actually lived in Prague) with recommendations for great day trips from Prague.
What motivated me to finally write this post is all the emails we get from readers asking for this info! I chose 6 different day trips from Prague to recommend, but there are, of course, other possibilities. Of the 7 recommended day trips from Prague, we’ve personally done 5 of them. The other 2 are day trips I want to do, or are simply popular destinations close to Prague that we think it’s important to include!
I’ve really tried to keep in mind everyone’s different travel styles, so I’ve included information for independent travelers, and for travelers who’d prefer to take a tour. As always, the tours we recommend are through Get Your Guide, not because we’ve personally done them (we haven’t), but because Get Your Guide gives a lot of work to bloggers, and in general really supports the travel community. Because of that, I also want to support Get Your Guide.
Because we haven’t done the tours ourselves (we tend to stick to DIY travel), I really can’t guarantee how good they are. BUT, I’ve only included tours with lots of reviews from previous guests, where the majority of the reviews are positive. So basically, I tried to do all the research for you, so you can just click and book if something looks like a good day trip from Prague that you’re interested in!
Also worth noting, one of the ways Get Your Guide supports travel bloggers is by offering affiliate income (they also hire bloggers as writers, photographers, videographers, and on-air hosts, including many of our good friends!). That means if you book a tour through one of the links in this post, we get a small commission, and you pay the same price. That’s awesome for us, and affiliate income is a big part of how we make money off this blog…but I think it’s important to be honest about that. So if you have questions, leave a comment!
And now, without further adieu…
Our Picks for the
6 Best 7 Best Day Trips from Prague
1. Kutna Hora
Take a day trip from Prague to Kutna Hora, and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Town and the Bone Church. The Bone Church in Kutna Hora, as it’s colloquially known, is one of the first day trips we did from Prague when we visited in 2012, and it remains a highlight. An ossuary with very creative decorations (chandeliers, coats of arms) made from human bones, it’s an impressive and sobering site, although we didn’t find it creepy. Click to read more about our daytrip from Prague to Kutna Hora.
Do It On Your Own: Kutna Hora is about 1 hour outside of Prague, on the train, making it possible to visit as a long day trip from Prague. Leaving from the main station in Prague, you can catch a direct train, but sometimes you have to switch, so pay attention and be sure to look at the tickets. Once you arrive in Kutna Hora, there are a few stops you can disembark at, depending on where you want to go first. The trains returning to town aren’t that frequent, so it’s worth checking the train schedule before you leave. We’ve done this trip twice on our own, and both times we ended up messing something up, and having things take far longer than they should have! That said, it’s well worth it – just be sure to plan for a full day if you do it on your own.
Take a Tour: Get Your Guide offers day trips from Prague to Kutna Hora that include a visit to the Bone Church and a trip through the pretty historical centre of the city. The Kutna Hora Daytrip from Prague includes transportation, entrance fees, and guides, and is probably worth it if you’re short on time. Getting to Kutna Hora on your own is kind of a pain!
2. Cesky Krumlov
Take a day trip from Prague to Cesky Krumlov, an insanely pretty ‘mini Prague’ in South Bohemia, and yet another UNESCO World Heritage site. Cesky Krumlov is a spectacular medieval town a few hours south of Prague, and I’d go so far as to suggest it’s a “must-see” if you’re in the Czech Republic. It’s easy to visit on an overnight trip on your own, or as a day trip with a tour, and really is worth the time: it’s just so pretty. If you go in the summer, one of the popular activities is floating down the winding river, looking up at the castle! We visited in October, and kept ourselves warm with Czech food in traditional pubs!
Do It On Your Own: Cesky Krumlov is several hours from Prague, and it’s possible to do it as a (long) day trip from Prague, but we’d actually recommend you stay overnight if you’re travelling independently. We did it as an overnight trip from Prague, and we’ve sent friends to do the same – they were happy they stayed overnight and didn’t have to rush! The main issue with doing it on your own, as a day trip, is the transportation…often you have to make changes, which adds to the time it takes to get there. If you travel independently to Cesky Krumlov, we’d suggest you take the Student Agency bus company – that’s how we traveled in the Czech Republic when not on the train, and it’s quite comfortable and affordable. In Cesky Krumlov, we stayed at Penzion Amadeus, which was well located and a bit cheaper than staying right in the centre, and provided a nice walk!
Take a Tour: Get Your Guide offers day trips from Prague to Cesky Krumlov that take the hassle out of the transportation part of the trip, and allow you to visit the city as a full-day (leaving at 9am, and returning around 7pm). Plus, you get the benefit of having tickets taken care of, and you get a guide! The Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague gets excellent reviews from past participants, and is pretty affordable, starting at less than $100.
Stay in Cesky Krumlov…
Ubytování u BÍLÉ PANÍ
Ubytování u BÍLÉ PANÍ – A renovated, family run 18th century hotel with five rooms, all with private bathrooms, toiletries, TVs and even a small fridge. A daily breakfast is served every morning and the hotel is right in the middle of the medieval old town with just a five minute walk to the castle. This is an old building so there is no lift, parking is available a short walk from the hotel.
Pension Amadeus – This is where we stayed for a weekend and quite liked it. Our room was a decent size, cozy, clean & quiet with a noce moder bathroom. The town is quite small, so it looks a bit far out on the map, but it’s only a five minute walk or so to the old town square and ten minutes to the castle. We found the location to be perfect, it’s not too far from the bus station, if you come down on the Student Agency bus, or there is free parking on site if you are driving.
Penzion Gardena – A very well located property with both rooms and apartments for larger groups or longer stays. They serve a great breakfast and it has a wonderful billiards room as well as a garden with a kids play area (trampoline!). Free parking is available on site, a five minute walk from the bus station, a five minute walk to the old town center, and a minute or two more to the castle.
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3. Karlstejn Castle & Town
Take a day trip from Prague to Karlstejn Castle and town, the closest castle to Prague (other than Prague Castle itself), and a pretty village in a pastoral setting. Karlstejn is one of the easier day trips from Prague, and in our opinion, it’s really no problem to do it on your own, without a tour! The castle itself is pretty, but my favourite part of our day trip to Karlstejn was the views…it’s a really pretty area! Click to read more about our day trip from Prague to Karlstejn.
A view of Karlstejn Castle from the town
Do It On Your Own: Karlstejn is pretty easy to get to from Prague’s main train station, taking 40 minutes and costing CKZ 99 per person, round trip. Once you arrive at the Karlštejn train station, you can follow the signs (and the crowds) to the main village and castle. Of all the day trips from Prague in this post, this is probably the easiest one to do independently (Dresden is really easy too).
Take a Tour: I personally don’t think it’s necessary to take a tour for a day trip from Prague to Karlstejn, but if you prefer to not worry about anything, if your tight on time, or you’d like a guide to learn the history of the town and castle (which, to be fair, is really interesting), then a tour might be worthwhile. Get Your Guide‘s Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip gets good reviews, and seems to be a good option if you’d prefer to take a tour!
4. Terezin Concentration Camp
Take a day trip from Prague to Terezin Concentration Camp, to witness the dark WWII and Nazi history of the area. I have to be totally honest here: we haven’t been to Terezin. After visiting some of humanity’s darkest sites, such as the Killing Fields in Cambodia, Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Berlin, our hearts just couldn’t take it, and Terezin has a particularly sad history. That said, I do kind of regret not going, as many of the Stumbling Stones you see around Prague have Terezin listed as the victim’s final known location, or place of death. Indeed, it’s an important part of Czech history.
Do It On Your Own: As we haven’t been to Terezin, I can’t comment on how easy or difficult it is to get there as an independent traveler doing it as a day trip from Prague. However, this blog seems to be a good resource and offers specific directions!
Take a Tour: When we visited Auschwitz in the winter, we opted not to take a tour, and spent the time visiting the site on our own. Personally, we enjoyed having the freedom to visit the site on our own timetable, and that outweighed the downsides: knowing that we missed some information that a guide would have provided, and the inconvenience of getting there, and then getting between the two sites. With Terezin, I’d probably do the same, but I know that my travel style isn’t for everyone! This Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague gets great reviews, and is pretty reasonably priced, starting around $50 US.
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5. Karlovy Vary Spa Town
Take a day trip from Prague to Karlovy Vary Spa Town, to bask in the natural hot springs. Karlovy Vary is another town we haven’t made it to, despite many weekends talking about how “we should really go to Karlovy Vary this weekend!” And honestly, we’ve heard mixed reviews. If I had friends coming to Prague for 2 weeks, I’d suggest they took the time to visit Karlovy Vary as a day trip from Prague. However, if I had friends visiting Prague for 1 week, or even less, I’d probably suggest they give it a miss, and focus on some of the other day trips I’ve suggested in this list (Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, Dresden, Terezin).
That said, to each their own! If you love hot springs and spa towns, then, of course, you should visit Vary (as it’s sometimes shortened to). Just because it isn’t the number 1 thing that appeals to us, doesn’t mean it’s not an awesome day trip from Prague for someone!
Do It On Your Own: Just like with Terezin, we haven’t made it to Karlovy Vary yet, so I can’t comment with any authority in terms of how easy or difficult it is to get there as a day trip from Prague. However, when we looked into going in the past, we found the bus is a much better option than the train. Again, we’d recommend the Student Agency Bus Company!
Take a Tour: If you don’t feel like figuring out the bus on your own, or you’re travelling with a group, Get Your Guide offers a few day trips from Prague to Karlovy Vary and back that get good reviews, and are reasonably priced from around US $70 per person. Check it out here.
Stay in Karlovy Vary…
Pension Villa Rosa
Pension Villa Rosa – Located on a hill with splendid views. Clean and cozy rooms have private bathrooms, some have a balcony, all have comfortable beds according to past guests. Hotel is well located between two well known spas, the castle towner is walkable from the hotel, although a bit of an uphill walk back but there is a bus stop right out front. Daily breakfast and free parking on site.
Hotel Palatin – Guests of the hotel get discounts to some of the spas in town, but has its own massage parlour offering various treatments. Basic but comfortable rooms and bathrooms of a decent size, past guests feel the value is good, and in a great central location, but not if you have a car as it’s located on a pedestrian street. Two minute walk to Castle Tower, Market Colonnade and loads of other central attractions.
Hotel Ontario Garni
Hotel Ontario – A wonderful old hotel located on the Mill Colonnade offering rooms of the city and the Tepla River. Free parking on site, a daily breakfast, wifi and and an elevator in the hotel. Spacious rooms and clean and modern bathrooms, there is no restaurant on site, but there are plenty very close by. Walkable to most of the central attractions
6. Dresden (Germany)
Take a day trip from Prague to Dresden Germany! I know – I’m getting crazy over here, suggesting day trips to entirely different countries! But Dresden is REALLY cool. And it’s not a top tourist destination for many people who visit Germany, so visiting as a day trip from Prague is actually not a bad way to see Dresden. We’ve done this ourselves, and we’ve sent visiting friends up to Dresden as day trips, all to great reviews!
Do It On Your Own: Dresden is super easy to get to, and you can either take the bus (we recommend Student Agency) or the train for the 2 to 2.5-hour journey (I prefer the train, but Geoff prefers the bus, which has Wifi while in the Czech Republic). Once you arrive in Dresden at the central station, it’s about a 15- to 20-minute walk into the centre, and is easy to see most things on foot, with a few trips on the tram.
Take a Tour: I think the benefit of taking a tour, over going it alone, to Dresden, is you’ll be sure you’ll see all the main sites while in Dresden. For example, we definitely missed out on seeing the Zwinger Old Masters Gallery in Dresden, because we didn’t know it was there until after we left (we definitely take a “see what happens” approach to travel, rather than a “plan everything” approach!). So it really just depends whether you want to see the sites in Dresden, or just walk around and get a feel for the city! If you want to see the sites, Get Your Guide’s Dresden Daytrip from Prague looks like a winner!
Stay in Dresden…
The Star Inn
The Star Inn – The location can’t really get any better being located right at Altmarkt. A bit unconventional in that you have to go up one floor to reach reception, as there is a cafe on the ground floor. Daily breakfast, modern rooms with comfortable beds and TVs with a good range of international channels. A pleasant 15 minute walk from the train station, all of central Dresden is walkable but tram runs very closeby, and the main shopping street is just two minutes away.
Motel One Dresden am Zwinger
Motel One Dresden am Zwinger -A modern and trendy designer hotel with well appointed air conditioned rooms and nice rain showers. Past guests have noted that there is no coffee or tea facilities in the room, but the daily breakfast was great. Very central location across from the Zwinger building and just a five or six minute walk to the likes of Gruenes Gewoelbe, the Dresden Royal Palace, and more.
Innside by Meliá Dresden
Innside by Meliá – Trendy and contemporary rooms, spacious and comfortable, with modern bathrooms and rain showers. Many of the rooms have splendid views but the top floor cocktail bar is the place to enjoy the most spectacular views of the city and Frauenkirche Church. A fitness room, sauna, and restaurants on site. Walkable to all the central sites in 10 minutes or less, 20 minute walk from train station but the tram stop is just a five minute walk.
7. Pilsen! A (very) Honorable Mention
Take a day trip from Prague to Pilsen, or Plzeň as it’s spelled locally. I always thought Pilsen was a type of beer rather than a brewing style. Either way, the word is synonymous with Czech beer, and has been imitated the world over (think Beck’s or Heineken) and it all began here, in Pilsen, about 90km from Prague. Learn about the history of the famous brew on an entertaining tour that ends with a sample straight from the barrel!
Pilsen itself is a great opportunity to see another Czech city on your trip without investing a lot of time. It does not have the same appeal as Cesky Krumlov, but if you come for the beer and spend another hour or two, in the center of the old town square St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral is the highest tower in the country, and is surrounded by some beautiful buildings, and the Jewish Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in Europe.
Do It On Your Own: Pilsen is very easy to get to and from on a direct train from Prague. There are multiple direct trains daily, usually two an hour during peak times and once an hour outside of peak times. The direct trains take about an hour and a half and cost about 95kc ($4.00US) per person one way. When you arrive at the train station, you are just a 5-7 minute walk to the Pilsener Urquell Brewery and just a 15 minute walk to the old town square. Brewery tours are offered in multiple languages, so check the times of the English tours on their website.
Take a Tour: If you prefer to take an organized Brewery tour from Prague to save time and maybe a bit of hassle, you can choose a private or a small group tour. Viator offers a private tour from your hotel, starting at 9:30am and will have you back in about about 4 hours, prices are about $110US per car, or about $130US per minivan if you have more people in your group. Another option is to take a fuller day trip that includes time in the city as well as a brewery tour.
Stay in Pilsen…
Hotel Astory – We stayed at this hotel both times we visited Pilsen. The reason was price and location, and we feel we got decent value for that. In retrospect, there are better located hotels in the city, but Astory is between the brewery and old town, a 15 minute walk to the center of old town, and a 10 minute walk to the Pilsner Brewery. The hotel is fine, nothing fancy, the rooms are a decent size and functional and it served our purposes both in terms of visiting sites and budget, no complaints.
Hotel Rango – A family run establishment mere steps from the old town square. A nice cozy restaurant on site in the vaulted 16th century cellar! Being central, some past guests have commented on some street noise being an issue, but recently renovated rooms were a decent size and comfortable. A good breakfast, and many restaurants nearby. A 15 minute walk to the Pilsner Brewery, 10 minute walk from the train station.
Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen
Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen – Hotel has a bit of a business focus, but you can take comfort in an internationally recognized brand sometimes. Good breakfast, well appointed, modern rooms and bathrooms with coffee and tea making facilities, restaurant and bar on site. Very well located on the edge of old town, just two minutes walk, and just an eight minute walk to the Pilsner Brewery.
That’s it: the 7 day trips from Prague, that we’d recommend (and have recommended) to our friends and family, if they were planning a trip to Prague. If you think I’m missing one, I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment! And if you take one of the suggested tours, I’d also really love to hear how it goes!
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