Is Prague Safe for Tourists? A Guide to Safety in Prague as a Tourist, with Tips for Staying Safe in Prague. Written by a Canadian Woman Living in Prague.
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Before visiting Prague you may be wondering, is Prague safe for tourists and solo female travelers? Is Prague dangerous? Do I need to worry?
This post should put your mind at ease. But first, a story….
Is Prague safe for tourists and solo female travelers?
My first memory of Prague is from the summer of 1998. Having just arrived on a late evening flight from London, my mum and I were wandering through a forested park somewhere in one of Prague’s neighborhoods.
We must have looked obviously lost, because we were approached by a lone older man who offered to help us find our way.
In what could have been my mother’s worst parenting moment, she graciously thanked the man and we began following him through a dark, abandoned forest of an unfamiliar city. At 10pm at night.
And people wonder where I get my adventurous spirit from.
Happily, we weren’t murdered in the forest. Instead, the kind stranger led us to the hostel we’d booked, and we went on to have a wonderful time in Prague.
We shopped for garnets, enjoyed Prague’s many beautiful views, and enthusiastically worked our way through the best things to do in Prague.
We had a wonderful time in Prague…until my mom was pick-pocketed on one of Prague’s famously long escalators. She lost her passport, bank card, and credit cards.
Pretty much everything we needed to function in a foreign country, and everything we needed to catch our flight home in two days, was stolen.
Back then, pickpocketing in Prague was fairly common. Unfortunately, we were “treated” to a first-hand experience.
Flash forward 14 years later. My husband and I planned to spend a few days in Prague as part of a whirlwind trip that also included Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw. We planned to explore Prague’s Old Town and take some day trips from Prague. We were especially excited to visit the Kutna Hora Bone Church.
This was before we had moved to Prague to live, and I have to be honest…I was a bit hesitant to return.
On the train from Bratislava, I relayed the story of this previous pick-pocketing in serious tones, using words like ‘wallet’ and ‘careful’ and ‘teenaged punks’ to deliver the message: Prague could not be trusted.
When we arrived in Prague — 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 graffiti-ed tunnel that I now know cuts under Wilsonova near the National Museum, and coming up to the graffiti-ed 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 regretted not arranging to arrive during the day. I wondered whether we had chosen the safest place to stay in Prague.
Arriving in the dark, I also had to wonder, is Prague safe at night?
Well…Is Prague Safe at Night?
I was thinking about this all last week, when I chose to make a 25-minute walk home alone, at 11 at night, across Prague. My husband was at home working, and I’d gone out to meet some friends. Rather than take a taxi home, I walked.
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 in Prague for a year, and listened to many other expats and Czechs talk about how safe Prague is, I’d say Prague is safer than most cities of the same size.
While I take the usual precautions — walking along busy streets, staying aware of my surroundings, not wandering drunkenly through dark alleys, and taking care of my belongings to prevent pickpockets — I feel perfectly comfortable walking alone in Prague at night.
I also feel safe taking public transit, and just generally going about my business, without giving it much though, at any time of day or night.
To me, Prague feels very safe at night (and during the day).
How Safe is Prague Compared to Other Cities?
In 2018 (the most recent year available), the Global Peace Index ranked the Czech Republic 7th in the world, defining it as a country with “very high” peace and safety.
The GPI measures “the absence of violence or the fear of violence across three domains: Safety and Security, Ongoing Conflict, and Militarisation.”
While this is not exactly standard tourist stuff, it’s worth taking into consideration. To put the Czech Republic’s 7th place ranking into context, Canada ranks 6th, Ireland ranks 10th, Australia 13th, the UK 57th, and the USA ranks 121st. For further context, Japan – a country that pretty much no one even thinks twice about visiting for safety reasons – ranks 9th, two spots behind the Czech Republic.
What about other indexes and measures of global safety? What do they say in terms of Safety in Prague?
According to Numbeo’s Crime Index and Safety Index (2019), which are based on surveys from visitors, Prague has a crime index of 25.95 and a safety index of 74.05, making it the 47th safety city measured on their list of 319 cities.
Cities like Tokyo (safety index of 84.14), Vienna (77.45), Quebec City (85.28), Taipei (84.14), Munich (83.02), Basel (82.87), Zurich (81.73), and Copenhagen (76.17) rank ahead of Prague in terms of the safety index.
But it’s still a very respectable showing. Some big cities you probably wouldn’t hesitate to visit rank below Prague on the safety index, including: Galway, Ireland (71.38), Lisbon, Portugal (69.22), Edinburgh, Scotland (69.13), Calgary, Canada (68.61), Amsterdam, Netherlands (65.52)….
I think you get the idea.
If you’re comparing how safe is Prague compared to other cities, Prague does pretty well.
Safety Issues in Prague: What to Consider if You’re Wondering About Prague Safety
Are Taxis Safe in Prague?
Generally speaking, you’re more likely to get overcharged in a taxi in Prague than feel unsafe or physically threatened.
Even foreigners who’ve lived in Prague a long time tend to avoid taxis in Prague. Unless you speak Czech like a native-speaker, the thinking goes, taxi drivers might try to rip you off.
When we lived in Prague, we took public transportation and Uber, rather than using the taxis.
If you do need to take a taxi, don’t hail one on the street. Instead, ask at your hotel or hostel for them to call a taxi from a reputable company, such as AAA, Profi-Taxi or Halo
If you’d like to avoid the hassle of a taxi when you arrive in Prague, you can book a private transfer from the airport here for a very reasonable cost.
Is Public Transportation in Prague Safe?
Public transportation in Prague is safe, and generally quite good from a convenience point-of-view.
You’re unlikely to experience any physical threats while taking public transport in Prague, but we do recommend you mostly stick to the city centre, and not go too far into the outskirts, especially at night.
On Line A (green), the following stops are considered relatively central: Dejvická, Hradčanská, Malostranská, Staroměstská, Můstek, Muzeum, Náměstí Míru, Jiřího z Poděbrad, or Flora.
On Line B (yellow), try staying near Křižíkova, Florenc, Náměstí Republiky, Můstek, Národní Třída, Karlovo Náměstí, and Anděl.
When you get to Invalidovna and Palmovka on one end, and even to Smíchovské Nádraží going the other way, they start to feel a bit gritty. I probably wouldn’t walk around these areas by myself at night.
On Line C (red), Vyšehrad, I. P. Pavlova, Muzeum, Hlavní Nádraží, Florenc, Vltavská, and Nádraží Holešovice are central and convenient.
Beyond physical safety, the bigger consideration about taking public transportation in Prague is petty theft and pickpockets.Take precautions to protect your phone, wallet, and other valuables, especially when it’s busy. Here are some great tips on avoiding pickpockets.
Are there Any Unsafe Areas and Neighborhoods to Avoid in Prague?
As above, your best bet is to stay in the city centre, in a relatively central neighborhood. In these areas, you’re likely to have people around at all times of day; the central residential neighborhoods are filled with regular locals going about their day-to-day.
The areas around the train station (Hlavní Nádraží), and around the central bus station at Florenc, also have a slightly bad reputation.
If you arrive at night in these areas, just be aware of your surroundings. Even better, arrange a private transfer to your hotel in advance.
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.
It’s a good idea for women to use a cross-body style bag that zips securely closed – this one is a great choice. This style of bag makes it much harder for someone to grab it and run, or snag anything from inside.
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.
Many of our friends had run-ins with the mafia at nightclubs in Taiwan. (Yep, seriously.)
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 life-threatening illness after a night of drinking in Bangkok, and as the story came out, it became clear that 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.
Frankly, even if safety is not a concern, it’s just a pain in the butt to make your way through the city using public transportation, while toting around all your luggage.
Prague DOES have public transportation that goes to the airport, which consists of an airport bus + metro combo, or an airport express bus.
But it’s actually not that much 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 is a company I really like for booking tours and transfer – they have a private transfer option or a shared transfer at very reasonable prices. And they have great reviews!
Where should you stay as a solo female traveler 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. Of course, these hotel recommendations work well for anyone that’s concerned about safety.
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 a bit rowdy 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 travelers, 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!
Recommendations – Safe Hotels in Prague
Budget & Extreme Budget Options
(Save your koruna for things that matter more than a bed…like Pilsner!)
Safestay Prague Charles Bridge
Safestay Prague — (Starting at $19 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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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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Dahlia Hotel Inn
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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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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Design Metropol Hotel Prague
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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Hotel Leonardo Prague
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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The Dominican Hotel Prague (previously Savic Hotel)
The Dominican 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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Hotel Golden Crown
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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Archibald at Charles Bridge
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 traveler 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 booking a tour through Get Your Guide – they have a great selection of tours to offer and are known for great customer service.
Here are a few of my favorite options!
My Favorite Prague Tours
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
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 Prague Tour and River Boat Cruise
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? Tell me in the comments.
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Thank you for the great article! Prague has been on my to-visit list and this article answers my concerns and doubts. Just like every other city in other countries, there could be crime everywhere, we must maintain our own healthy stance of alertness where ever we go, even in our home town…
I’m really glad we could be of help. After living here for a year, it seems so “obvious” to me now that Prague is safe, but I know lots of people may have concerns or want to be sure before booking a trip, just like with any large city!
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I was just in Europe for almost 4-weeks, traveling solo. I started in Belfast and finished in Istanbul, with Prague being somewhere in the middle. To say that I felt safe is an understatement.
I am asked regularly about safety, and the number one thing that I always emphasize is: be smart, use common sense. Even in the States, where I live, I almost never walk with headphones (come to think of it, I don’t even think that I brought any headphones with me on my recent adventure), and I generally avoid doing anything to draw attention to myself.
Also, don’t be shy or overly cautious. People in general, and Eastern Europeans in particular, tend to be extremely friendly and hospitable. While sitting in a cafe, I asked the girl at the table next to mine if she spoke English, and that was that: she not only spoke English, but invited me to an art gallery where a famous Czech artist (I wish that I remembered his name) was debuting a new series. One of her friends then invited me to a concert where a fantastic indie rock band from Belgium played. Hell, the girl in the band and I met, hit it off and let’s just say that I now have an open invitation to visit her when she’s not touring with the band. All of this because I asked a girl in a cafe if she spoke English.
I do think that my being by myself made it more possible for me to have random, spontaneous experiences such as I did in Prague, as opposed to being in a large, boisterous crowd.
Great advice, and sounds like an awesome adventure! I completely agree with you about striking a balance between cautious and open to meeting new people. And I’ve found in the past the same thing, that it is sometimes easier to meet people when you’re travelling solo. I used to do a lot of solo travel, and was never alone for very long. Now that we travel as a couple, I’ve found we tend to meet lots of couples too!
I’m planning on doing a solo trip to Prague this spring vacation. It is my first time as a solo traveler and this just made me feel better in a safe way. I really hope to enjoy Prague as much as I can. Thank you for your advice :)
That’s awesome – totally made my day that this post made you feel more comfortable about your upcoming solo travel experience. Have a fantastic time, and enjoy every minute of it :)
Hi – I’m so glad I found your post. I’ll be in Prague for work and have about 2 days of leisure time. I believe I will be staying in or near Prague 4. Any recommendations for places to visit/things to do?
That’s great! It’s so hard to recommend places to go and things to see without knowing what you like, and also what time of the year you’re visiting. However, this should get you started :) — we wrote this guide for Expedia about things to do in Prague…our recommendations if you only have a few days! http://www.expedia.co.uk/vc/72-hours-in/prague/ – I hope this is helpful!
I’m glad I came across your blog, because I am planning to go to Prague towards the end of April in order to search a job. This is a long shot not knowing where to start, how and also how to find the decent place to live whilst searching for a job. Ive researched around alot online, but none the wiser, I’m so confused and worried so if you could guide me urgently I’d be grateful.
Hi Alina! Thanks for getting in touch, and congrats about the choice to go to Prague. It’s such a beautiful and fun city, with lots to keep you busy! Re. your questions, there are a couple of options. First, re. accommodation: #1, you can join the Facebook groups that are dedicated to accommodation, apartments, and flat share in Prague. Here are some of them, but you may also want to do a search in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629406607332648/ AND https://www.facebook.com/groups/524182954269921/ AND https://www.facebook.com/groups/546350292130277/ AND https://www.facebook.com/groups/housinginprague/. #2, you could use Airbnb’s long-term rental service, which you can find at https://www.airbnb.com/sublets. Here is our guide to different neighbourhoods in Prague: https://www.wandertooth.com/where-to-stay-in-prague-neighbourhoods/ Second, re. searching for jobs, it really depends on what kind of work you are searching for, and your country of origin (European or non). Some places you can look are, again, Facebook groups. I don’t know them, as they vary for professions a bit (i.e. there are specific groups, I think, for teaching English and for IT), or expats.cz. If you do need a visa, be sure to check out our post on getting it, and contact Veronika from 4expats for help! https://www.wandertooth.com/zivnostensky-list-work-in-prague-not-eu/
I hope this is all helpful, and good luck with your adventure! Prague is an amazing place, as is the Czech Republic and smaller cities and villages. Have fun!
Thanks for replying. You have left me many useful links. Yes indeed Prague is a wonderful place. As for job hunting I am a Uk citizen, and I was hoping to find a job related to teaching I.e teach English as a foreign language or teachers assistant. I have a degree in Criminology but I want to get into education.. Failing that I don’t mind getting a job that does not require formal qualifications. Just something to support myself whilst I live in prague? This is one big step, one in which I’ve never contemplated in doing so..so I am very apprehensive and highly worried and scared.
Anything else you can inform me of..I’d be grateful.
Okay, awesome info. We know many people who’ve used teaching English as a second language as a springboard to then get into education more broadly, and we also know many people who’ve decided to specialize in TESOL, and have created interesting and successful careers. It’s exciting!!! So to give you a bit more info… 1) We found that most employers in Prague wanted you to have some sort of credible TESOL qualification. I’m not saying it’d be impossible to get a job without it, but we found we were very in demand after getting our CERT TESOL at Oxford TEFL in Prague. I wrote a post about our experience here: https://www.wandertooth.com/tefl-prague-review-oxford-tefl-prague/. 2) In terms of finding work teaching English, if you do a qualification through a credible school, they will help you find a job. Also, there are some Facebook groups. There are actually a tonne of them – these are just a few. Group 1: https://www.facebook.com/EnglishTeachersInPrague/?fref=ts Group 2: https://www.facebook.com/TeachingEnglishInPragueRocks/?fref=ts Group 3: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285331051629151/ 3) For non teaching English jobs, many foreigners work in hostels, as tour guides, and in restaurants and hospitality as well!
Does this help a little more? Another group you may want to join is https://www.facebook.com/groups/crowdsauce/ – it’s a Q&A Facebook group about life in Prague!
Good luck! Prague is a great city, and there are so many wonderful things about living there as an expat. I’m excited for you :)
Thank you Katie. Most kind of you.
No problem! And best of luck to you :)
Hello again :) I will be shortly arriving in Prague shortly. First and foremost (apart from desperately needing a job) I need an apartment/flat, I’d rather not check into a hotel upon arrival and search from there. The links you had provided me with were very helpful, however alot of the posts were old and no one really got back to me, and time is running out for me. Could you private message me urgently on my email address if you don’t mind please.
Give me a shout with questions! You can email me at [email protected] – note we aren’t in Prague anymore, so the help I can give will be based on my knowledge of the city and my memory! I will help as much as I can though :)
Katie, thank you so much for this article! I am planning on traveling to Prague the last weekend of June and I was having a lot of growing concerns from articles I was reading. People posting about the red light district, brothels, etc., and if this was going to be a good idea as I’m traveling alone. I live in a crime-ridden city in the US so I am used to watching myself when out at night, however, I want to make sure I stay in an area that I will enjoy so I can love the city. It looks like Old Town or Vinohrady sound like the areas I should focus. If you have any suggestions for pubs, nightlife spots for those of us no longer in our 20s I would love to hear them!
Hi I’m planning a solo trip (my first)to Prague and possibly Vienna/Budapest. Am a woman in my thirties traveling from India and was told to be cautious due to the recent immigration crisis. How safe would you rate the city right now for brown Indians like me?
Looking forward to your response as I’ve got to book my air tickets ASAP.
Wonderful question – thanks for bringing that up. Honestly, I don’t know whether I’m qualified to answer. I’ve asked emailed 2 women in Prague that I think might be able to answer, and have asked the question in a few groups. I will respond ASAP as soon as I have an answer! Keep trip planning :)
Hello Again! I have received many answers to your question! I have copied them below so you can see what others have to say:
“Well to be honest, I have found Prague to be quite safe for women. I have travelled on public transport late at night too and haven’t felt unsafe. So yes just be confident and follow some normal safety precautions like you would when alone. Plus this wasn’t the first time I was travelling alone so probably I was better off. Interestingly, I saw quite some Indian tourists around so that’s good. Yes, language was a problem for me because even items in the supermarket were in Czech so I really struggled because of the language barrier. Knowing a few phrases would be useful though. I haven’t been to Vienna/Budapest yet so can’t comment on that.”
“Nothing to be scare as long as you have proper documents to be honest. It is still well safe enough…ust recently one of my friends family from.India made a trip to Budapest and vienna from Prague.. they didnt notice anything as such. Of course, they are checking randomly your passports in train but as i said if you have all proper visas, should be all good.”
“Prague is still one of the safest cities. I occasionally feel some weird looks in villages far away, but nothing much really.”
“I don’t think she has anything to worry about. I book trips for Indian clients to Prague Vienna and Budapest every month and non of them have had any problems other than more frequent checks of tickets on trains….[to ensure documents are correct]”
“We were in Vienna just a couple weeks ago (in the center, near Stephansdom) and there were many, many people of all colours and nationalities and no one was being accosted, or treated poorly (in my view). You would see dark skinned women with light skinned women having lunch and chatting. It was a very natural and nice atmosphere.”
I hope this helps – I will respond with more comments as well if and when I recieve them!
More comments, with a different perspective (I’ll continue to pass on information as it comes through, but want to share as quickly as possible as I know you’re waiting to book flights, etc).
“‘m an Iraqi-Arab female and I can only speak from my experience. I have refrained from answering where I am from honestly due to the responses I get, the hostility, and the verbal abuse- and frankly, I’m not fond of enduring that repeatedly, so lying is easier. I am careful to never speak my native language outside, and I have never been aware of how I looked in ethnic terms until the migrant crisis started. Only then I understand the term “passing” – in this case passing for a white person- and that helped me feel a bit safer when out and about by myself.
Case in point, just last week I was color-printing scans of documents and the lady at the Tiskarna became quite aggressive as soon as she saw the scans I wanted printed. I had my scans and my change thrown at me, she suddenly stopped speaking English to me, and I understand enough Czech to understand what was uttered by her. And this isn’t exactly an isolated incident. Not by far.
I have also personally witnessed two instances of assault, once against two Azerbaijani students, where a woman started beating them with her purse and telling them to go home because Czech people do not want them, and once where a gentleman, I presume a Sikh Indian with a turban, was assaulted. Both happened in public transportation, and bystanders did nothing to help the victims of assault. A Syrian colleague at work had to stop wearing her head scarf after having two men pour beer on her while walking to the metro, and was chased for a bit, and is now generally mortified of anything that might reveal her identity.
Naturally, I don’t think this is a reflection of the entire population of the Czech Republic, and I’ve been living here for six years without real issues – mainly for being a pale, pierced, inked female who doesn’t fit the bill for an Arab immigrant in Europe, and for speaking English with an American accent (education is the culprit). Would I feel differently if I were “brown” /darker? Absolutely. Would I feel less safe? I don’t know, but I suppose I would definitely feel more vulnerable at least. It is quite likely just the byproduct of a profound awareness of how Arabs are regarded here, or throughout Europe now, as opposed to being Indian or any other nationality. Or the extrapolation of verbal aggression into a possibility of assault. Oh well.
It’s just my experience. Otherwise in terms of actual safety, it’s a very safe place, and I do think that save for very few exceptions who tend to make a strong impression, most Czechs would not resort to physical assault with disregard to political views.”
“My partner is Indian-American. We’ve never had any problems in the city center, but I’ve had friends of Indian descent who were treated rudely in the suburbs/villages. My partner was accused of theft at IKEA recently, which was pretty ridiculous and required a few calls to supervisors to clear up. From what my friends of color have experienced and I’ve heard, there is currently an increased risk of harassment (people whining in public, being followed in stores by security) but that they feel physically safer than in India or the US.”
“Vienna is far more multicultural than Prague, and there is a large and visible Muslim community there. She should have zero problems. Budapest is probably less open and tolerant (and the refugee crisis affected them more), but, as in CZ, people don’t usually hassle the tourists, especially in the capital city.”
Hello again! A few more comments. Also – we just published a “Where to Stay in Budapest” guide that is very similar to our “Where to Stay in Prague” guide, in case you need recommendations about what area to stay in. We should be publishing a “Where to Stay in Vienna Guide” next week :)
“The “gypsy” stereotyping of people with darker skin here in Prague is still common. You will get annoying stares and if you are unlucky enough harassment. Speaking about my observation”
“This is the safest large city I have ever been to in the entire world. My partner is Indian and I would feel 100% comfortable with her going for a walk at 3:00 a.m. anywhere in Prague. Not many places you can say that. Compared to India, Prague is a utopia for woman….”
did you go to prague as you planned.if you did ,plz share how was ur experience.i m planning on a solo trip in march.is it safe.do u get indian food.can u give some tips that might be useful.
I can’t answer for umeshwari, but I can say there’s lots of Indian food in Prague :)
Thanks a lot Katie
Hi! Glad i found your post. Am planning a trip to prague in late may but am wondering if it would be safe for an Asian Chinese female travellong alone in Prague. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for your comment. Of course, in any major city, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and careful :) That said, I found Prague to be very comfortable as a female, and never felt unsafe personally. Prague has many tourists from different Asian countries, and I don’t think you’ll feel uncomfortable. I think in general, you should take the normal precautions for travelling alone, which include being aware of your surroundings, not drinking too much alcohol, etc. However, in all likelihood you’ll have no problems and will have a wonderful time!
Thank you so much for getting in touch, and happy travels!
Hi Katie! I am an 18 year old girl from India, planning to study in ARCHIP in Prague 7. Would you say Prague is student friendly? and not just a tourist spot for foreigners?
Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, Prague is a very student-friendly city, and there are many international students from all over the world in Prague. I’m sure if would be a very fun place to be a student – good luck!
Thank you so much for that quick reply! I look forward to applying to colleges in Prague :)
Good luck :)
Nice article Katie! Must agree with all that. I also try to write a blog and start Prague because it’s a great city for backpackers :)
very informative article Katie and comments and replies also helped a lot. Do share a link if you have any for must visit places in Europe(based of Architecture , Food , Nightlife , One of it’s kind ) for a solo traveller.
Thanks very much for this article. It answered all my initial questions as a first-time traveler to Prague who is going there for work.
Thank you for writing this! I have been scouring the internet for places to stay in Prague that would also help me find other women doing the same thing. This was very helpful. Planning to bet there in a couple weeks. I will definitely take your hostel suggestions!
Excellent – glad to hear it, and hope you have fun in Prague :)
Hi Katie. I am a solo Asian American female traveler and was thinking of going to Prague, Hungary, Budapest and Poland this coming May-June. Thank you so much for this very informative and great article. I feel better about going to Prague and now have knowledgeable options for stays and things to do. Any recommendations on great local foods, fun and unique cafes, restaurants that are not touristy, but still safe to walk back to the hotel from? I’m a very adventurous eater. Also, what do you think about the safety concerns for Asian solo female travelers in Hungary, Budapest and Poland? I’ve been reading a lot about racial issues in a couple of those countries. Thanks for your help!
Great to hear you’re planning a trip to this part of the world! All three cities you mention are beautiful, and some of our all-time favorites! As for restaurants, etc. within walking distance of your hotel in Prague…it really depends on which hotel you choose to stay in :). As long as you are in the city, however, you should be fine and be able to find lots of options that you can safely walk to and from.
For Budapest, I think you will be fine too. We currently live in Budapest, right downtown, and find it very safe. The worst thing we’ve seen during our time here is a purse-snatching, during which the woman was knocked over and her purse was stolen. So, one incident in more than one year of living here. As a woman, I feel very safe walking around Budapest on my own, even in the evenings until midnight or so (and later if I’m on a busy street). That said, I am white, and blend in with Hungarians (as long as I don’t speak – my Hungarian is terrible!). There is certainly some anti-outsider mentality and racism here, and some of our friends have experienced it, including a friend who is Indian – nothing violent, but rather people saying things like “go back to your own country.” We have a few good friends here who are ethnically Chinese, and to my knowledge they haven’t experienced issues related to race, and generally enjoy living here and experiencing the city. To my knowledge, there is considerably more racism directed toward people who are (or look) ethnically middle eastern. There are currently anti-immigrant posters on many of the bus stops around the city in Budapest, as well as billboards, which as far as we know are part of a government anti-immigrant campaign related to the Syria crisis, the government’s desire to shape Hungary into a relatively ethnically homogenous country, and conflict with the EU for Hungary to take more refugees. Sorry for the long answer…but sometimes it’s helpful to have context. Short answer is, I think you’ll be fine in Budapest.
As for Krakow, we haven’t been for years, but I imagine it would be totally fine too, although don’t want to say for sure, as my experiences as a white woman may not translate to others’ experiences. If you’re concerned about it, I would suggest you join the Facebook group, Travel to Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Former USSR run by a few other travel bloggers, including Kami, who is a Polish blogger (she doesn’t live in Krakow, but can probably give you an idea of what to expect?). There are also many other travelers in that group, so you can probably get a sense of others’ personal experiences.
I hope this helps, and hope you decide to take the trip – it’s a wonderful part of the world and we love living here and traveling in the region!
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Prague is absolutely safe as any other city in the world. What helps, is having a local as a guide to show you your way through the city.
That is a nice advice