Is Prague Safe for Solo Travelers? Thoughts about visiting Prague as a solo traveler from a Canadian woman expat living in the city.

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Is Prague safe for tourists and solo female travellers?

My first memory of Prague is from the summer of 1998: my mother and I were wandering through a forested park somewhere in one of Prague’s neighborhoods, having just arrived on a late evening flight from London. We were approached by a lone older man who offered to help us find our way, and in what could have been my mother’s worst parenting moment, she graciously thanked the man and we began following him through an abandoned forest of an unfamiliar city at 10pm. And people wonder where I get my adventurous spirit from.

We weren’t murdered in the forest, being led instead to the hostel we had booked, and went on to have a wonderful time shopping for garnets and enjoying Prague’s many beautiful views,  enthusiastically working our way through the best things to do in Prague, and learning about the history.

It was all so awesome…until my mom was pick pocketed on one of Prague’s famously long escalators (Vinohrady District has the longest escalator in the EU at Namesti Miru!). She lost her passport, bank and credit cards, and pretty much everything we needed to function or catch our flight home, which was in 2 days.

Is Prague safe near Charles bridge prague

Heavily touristed areas, like Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Old Town Square are notorious for pick pockets

Flash forward 14 years, when Geoff and I spent a few days in Prague, and then took a day trip from Prague to the Kutna Hora Bone Church, as part of a whirlwind trip that also included BratislavaBudapestKrakow and Warsaw via train.

On the train from Bratislava, I relayed the story in hushed, serious tones, using words like ‘wallet’ and ‘careful’ and ‘teenaged punks’ to deliver the message that Prague could not be trusted. And when we arrived in the city — again, late at night, and again, with very little idea of how to get to our accommodation — I remember feeling uneasy getting off the Metro at Muzeum, walking through the dark and graffitied tunnel that I now know cuts under Wilsonova near the National Museum, and coming up to the graffitied dark streets of Vinohrady.

I wasn’t scared, but I definitely remember feeling uneasy. I think I would have felt even more uncomfortable if I was traveling on my own, and would have definitely been regretting not arranging to arrive during the day.

Is Prague Safe Article

Most expats and Czechs agree that Prague is quite safe compared to other large European cities

I was thinking about this all last week, as I walked the 25 minutes home alone from a pub at 11 at night. Geoff was at home editing a video, and I’d gone out to meet some friends.

Since moving to Prague 1 year ago, I now have a very different idea of safety in Prague than I did as a tourist: while I was never scared as a tourist in Prague, I definitely remember feeling uneasy arriving at night. While Prague’s old town is pristine and well-preserved, the rest of it hasn’t necessarily been as well cared for, and there is plenty of grit and grime to go along with the pastel-coloured buildings and occasional communist-style concrete block. As a resident, this is part of what I like about Prague, but as a tourist, it’s hard to know if what you see is indicative of being in an unsafe area, or simply normal.

Having lived here for a year, and listened to many other expats and Czechs talk about how safe Prague is, I’d say it’s safer than most cities of the same size. While I take the usual precautions — walking along busy streets, staying aware of my surroundings, and not wandering drunkenly through dark alleys — I feel perfectly comfortable walking home alone late at night, taking transit, and just generally going about my business without giving it much thought.

Safety Tips for Visiting Prague as a Tourist or Solo Traveler

Keep a Close Eye on Your Belongings

Property crime is unfortunately an issue in Prague, and not only for tourists. I know Czech people who have been pick pocketed, or had their phones stolen after leaving them on a coffee shop table and walking away for only a minute. Since moving into our current flat in January, the building has been broken into once, with one apartment having items stolen. The usual precautions – like keeping your wallet in a hard-to-access place and securing your bags as much as possible — are fine. I’ve never heard of extreme measures, like bag slashing, in Prague: it’s enough to be sensibly vigilant.

Is Prague Safe street scene in mala strana

It looks safe, and it is safe

Avoid Complete Debauchery

Whenever I talk to long time travelers about times they got into real or almost-real trouble on the road, I’d say 9/10 times they were doing something stupid. Geoff and I and many of our friends had run ins with the mafia at nightclubs in Taiwan. I was recently talking with some other travel bloggers about people they knew, who were abducted from a nightclub in Russia. A friend-of-a-friend picked up a light-threatening illness after a debauched in Bangkok, and as the story came out, it became clear prostitutes were involved.

Prague is a both a cultural and a party destination. While 99.99% of the tourists that come here to party have no problem, there are definitely some pretty tragic exceptions to the rule. Any time you buy drugs or hire prostitutes, you’re opening yourself up to doing business with shady characters, and there are a lot of shady characters peddling all sorts of illicit options in Prague. Similarly, strip clubs and “casinos” in Prague often have ties to shady characters, and are best avoided.

Use Common Sense

This applies to every destination, whether you’re on your own or with a group. The bottom line is I feel really safe going out on my own as a woman in Prague, but I’m always aware of my surroundings, and tend not to follow strangers into back alleys and other silliness.

Consider Airport Transfers For Late-Night Arrivals

Honestly, this advice makes sense even if you’re travelling with a group, and for people of any gender. It just sucks arriving late at night to a new city.

Prague DOES have public transportation that goes to the airport, which consists of an airport bus + metro combo, or an airport express bus.

Consider picking up a Prague Card, which includes unlimited use of public transit AND the airport express bus.

But it’s actually not insanely more expensive to just arrange a private transfer, which is quite possibly worth it for not having to deal with the bus and/or metro, and especially for getting right to your hotel, and not having to drag your suitcase across cobblestones.

Get Your Guide offers a few options that get really great reviews. Obviously, you need to decide if you feel safe taking a private transfer, but these are the options via Get Your Guide:

Prague Airport Private Transfer and Prague Airport Shared Transfer seem to be the best bets….they both get awesome reviews.

Where should you stay as a solo female traveller in Prague?

From what I’ve seen, Prague doesn’t really have any “bad” neighbourhoods like many big cities, but there are some areas that are slightly rougher than others. For example, I probably wouldn’t stay right by the train station, in a dark street off Wenceslas Square, or near the metro stop Invalidovna if I was travelling by myself.

It’s not that those areas are particularly UNSAFE, it’s just that I personally feel they are less safe than some other areas.

If you’ve read my guide about Where to Stay in Prague, you know that most tourists stay in Prague 1 in either Old Town or Malá Strana, which is the heart of the centre and where many of the tourist attractions are located. Many expats live in Prague 2 close to Namesti Miru (Vinohrady District) or Jiriho z Podebrad (Zizkov District) metro stations, and we lived in Prague 5 near Anděl metro station. Some other areas that are nice to live in Prague – such as near Vysehrad fortress or up near Letna beer garden – probably aren’t great places to stay if you’re only in the city for a few days (although they could be good options if you’re coming to Prague for a few months, and can take the time to get to know the neighborhood).

That said, I totally understand that solo female travelers to Prague have unique things to consider, and I’ve gotten lots emails from readers asking specific questions, and for recommendations and opinions on hotels. For that reason, I’ve put together this list of hotels and hostels I’d recommend you consider staying in as a solo female traveler to Prague.

Criteria For Making It On My Recommendations List:

  • It’s in a busy area with lots of people around, meaning you won’t have to walk down dark alleys by yourself. For that reason, I’ve only recommended places in Prague 1, which is the center of the city. If you’re interested in more off-the-beaten-path areas of Prague, I’d suggest you check out my Where to Stay in Prague Guide!
  • It’s a proper hotel or a hostel, with reception, rather than an apartment-hotel. I just figure when you’re on your own, it’s nice to be in a place where there are staff just in case!
  • It’s within walking distance to either a metro or a tram, so you won’t have to rely on taxis. Taxis in Prague don’t have a great reputation, and many taxi drivers will try to overcharge foreigners. Also, the metro is SO GOOD and very convenient…there’s no need for a taxi (Prague also has Uber, which is great if you don’t feel like taking transit)
  • It looks nice, and like a place I would stay personally if I was in Prague by myself, or that I would recommend to my BFFs or female family members if they were in Prague
  • It’s not across from a “party” bar or club, as far as I know (I may make mistakes on this…check reviews yourself!). Prague is a popular stag location for UK and German men, and it often gets debaucherous and embarrassing. Not to say that it’s dangerous, but at the same time – and if it was me – I’d want to avoid it
  • It gets “superb” or “very good” reviews from past guests of all types (families, couples, solo travellers, etc).
  • It meets any “special consideration” need – i.e. easy to access if arriving at night, etc.
  • It’s affordable for a single person travelling on her own, or for two females travelling together. I’ve tried to keep it below $100 max (thinking that would be a shared price between two), or $50 per person, but I’ve also given some extreme budget options. And then everything in between!

Budget & Extreme Budget Options

(Save your koruna for things that matter more than a bed…like Pilsner!)

Extreme Budget

8.5 / 10 on Booking.com

Hostel Mango — (Starting at €10 per person per night) — This hostel has 1 female-only dorm room, as well as mixed dorms and several double and twin rooms. It’s location is solid, on the western side of Charles Bridge, where there are always a tonne of people around, and I would comfortably walk everywhere from this spot, including to the nearest metro stop, which is 5 minutes away, or to the other side of Charles Bridge, where there are lots of trams and another metro. The majority of the Trip Advisor reviews by solo travellers (both female and male) are good or excellent.

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Extreme Budget

8.4 / 10 on Booking.com

Safestay Prague — (Starting at $12 per person per night) — Another really nice looking option with awesome reviews, this is in a really busy location with a metro station within one stop. The hostel has a female-only dorm room, as well as mixed dorms and several double and twin rooms. Reviews are fantastic.

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Budget

8.7 / 10 on Booking.com

Hostel Downtown — (Prices in the $30 range) — This place looks awesome, and the reviews are fantastic. It’s on on a busy road, which I think is a good thing, as there will always be people around when you’re coming and going. It’s also super close to a tonne of things: you could walk to Old Town, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and (a bit longer) the Castle. It has a female-only dorm room, as well as mixed dorms and several double and twin rooms.

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Budget

9.0 / 10 on Booking.com

Dahlia Inn Hotel Prague — (Prices in the $40 range) — This place gets fantastic reviews, and it’s in a good location 3.5 blocks from the IP Pavlova Metro station (red line – C). IP Pavlova isn’t a bad area to consider if you’re arriving by train at night, or have an early train out in the morning, as it is only 2 stops on the metro from the main train station (Hlavni Nadrazi) with no changes. From here, you could walk to Old Town in 15 minutes or so, and to the river in 10 minutes. There is Starbucks, Paul bakery, and restaurants nearby, plus one of my favorite coffee shops: Anonymous Coffee!

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Budget

8.2 / 10 on Booking.com

Hotel Orion Prague — (Around $40 per night) — This place gets good reviews, and is in a nice area filled with expats. It’s only 2.5 blocks from Namesti Miru, which is a pretty square (Namesti means square in Czech!) surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Namesti Miru is also a stop on the green Metro line, and it’s only a few stops to Mustek, where you can go for access to Wenceslas Square and Old Town. Namesti Miru also has a lot of trams, including night trams if you’re coming home late.

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Mid-Range Options

Mid-Range

8.1 / 10 on Booking.com

Design Metropol Hotel Prague— (Prices in the $55 to $85 range) — This place is in an awesome location right in the heart of it all, and close to Mustek and Narodni Trida metro stations. You could easily walk pretty much everywhere from here, or jump on transit, and you’d be close to lots of (touristy) restaurants and cafes. Reviews are “very good” from past guests.

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Mid-Range

8.9 / 10 on Booking.com

Hotel Leonardo Prague— (Prices in the $80 range) —  Hotel Leonardo is a chain, and while we’ve never stayed in this particular location, we have stayed in other locations, mostly in Germany, and found them to be really good value for the price. This particular location is in Prague 1, right near a spot on the river with absolutely fantastic views of Prague Castle. You’re in strolling distance of Charles Bridge, and relatively close to three different metro stops, plus the tram! Reviews from past guests are “superb.”

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Mid-Range

9.1 / 10 on Booking.com

Savic Hotel Prague— (Prices in the $75 range) —  This place looks really cute, and is smack dab in the prettiest part of Old Town. I have to be honest, walking home at night to this place, you’ll probably come across some drunkness. However, in my experience, Old Town has plenty of people around until 11pm or even midnight, which is nice. It also gets a Superb 9.2/10 on Booking.com from past guests.

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Mid-Range

9.1 / 10 on Booking.com

Hotel Golden Crown— (Prices starting in the $85 range) — This hotel has a boutique look to it in the photos, with nice design-focused features and muted colors. It’s really conveniently-located near Wenceslas Square (but not near the dodgy parts!) and Old Town Square, meaning you’ll be right in the heart of things! Prices get as low as $66 (and up!) and the reviews are fantastic!

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Mid-Range

9.1 / 10 on Booking.com

Archibald at the Charles Bridge Hotel Prague— (Prices starting in the $85 range) — This place looks really cute, and is right on Kampa Island, beneath Charles Bridge. If you want to wake up every morning in Prague and walk across Charles Bridge, this looks like a great place to base yourself! Superb reviews from past guests!

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What should you do for fun as a solo female traveller in Prague?

If you’re staying in a hostel, it’s pretty easy to meet other travelers, and you shouldn’t have too difficult a time meeting some people to go out with to explore the city during the day, get dinner or drinks in the evening, or take a day trip from Prague to one of the surrounding towns (or even a surrounding country!).

How can you meet people if you’re not staying in a hostel?

I usually find day tours are a pretty good way to meet people…you can strike up a conversation or a friendship on the tour, and then make plans to do things with that person (or group) the next day, or that evening, as well.

When it comes to day tours, we typically recommend 3 different companies: Sandeman’s (for free walking tours of varying quality), Get Your Guide (an aggregator that finds good tours like Booking.com is to hotels), and Context, which offers small group tours for “intellectually curious travelers.”

Why do we recommend these companies? We recommend Sandeman’s because of the price vs. value. We’ve completed Sandemans’ free walking tours in Berlin and Prague. One of them was awesome, and one not so much. It really depends on your guide.

We recommend Get Your Guide and Context because they are both big supporters of travel bloggers, so we want to support the company itself. We’ve been on Context tours and were completely blown away, plus we believe in what they’re doing, and so we like to support them :)

Okay…that said, here are some tours that look cool if you want to experience Prague with others, and hopefully make some travel buddies!

Half-Day Beer and Tapas Tour

Beer and tapas Tour Prague

Half-Day Beer and Czech Tapas Tasting Tour — This tour includes stops in Old Town, Vinohrady, and the neighbourhood of Zizkov, which is basically the heart of hipster Prague, but is ever-so-slightly off the tourist trail, making a tour a convenient way to experience it. It gets awesome reviews, and includes drinks, nom noms, and any metro tickets you need while on the tour.

Czech Beer Tasting in Prague

Beer tasting Tour Prague

Czech Beer Tasting in Prague — Less than half the price of the Prague Beer and Tapas Walking Tour, this one still gets great reviews from past guests. The main difference is this isn’t a walking tour and it isn’t a food tour – it’s all about the beer! This “tour” is more of a tasting experience in a single location, working your way through 7 different Czech beers.

Full-Day Tour and River Boat Cruise

Prague Walking Tour with Cruise

Full-Day Tour and River Boat Cruise with Lunch — This tour covers all the basics of a Prague experience…Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and the Castle. Plus, it adds in a cruise along the Vltava River (beautiful!) & lunch. Basically, you see all the “musts” in one long day tour, and then if you have more time in Prague, you can experience some of the more off the beaten path spots, or go back to your favorites :)

Have you ever been to Prague? Did you feel safe as a solo traveler, male or female?

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