Are you planning to solo travel in Prague but don’t know where to start?
Few things are as liberating and exhilarating as exploring a new city on your own. You can go where you want, when you want, and spend as much or as little time as you please at each location. No need to worry about coordinating with anyone else’s schedule!
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the thought of planning a trip on your own, don’t worry – Prague is the perfect city for solo travel!
The Czech Republic capital draws travellers from all over the world. With its fairytale cast, dreamy bridges and endless captivating architecture, it’s easy to see why.
But what if you’re trying solo travel in Prague? No worries!
This city is PACKED with things to do for the lone traveller. There’s so much to see and do and you’ll never find yourself bored or feeling alone.
In my guide, I’ll share some of my favourite tips for navigating solo travel in Prague so you can have the perfect trip.
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- A little bit about Prague
- How Safe is Prague for Solo Travellers
- Why Solo Travel in Prague is Easy
- Essentials for Solo Travel in Prague
- Where to Stay when you Solo Travel in Prague
- What to do on a Solo Trip to Prague
- In Summary: Solo Travel in Prague
A little bit about Prague
Prague is the largest of Czech cities, located in central Europe. The city has a distinctive atmosphere combined with beauty, history, and romance like no other place.
Located in Central Europe, and crossed by the Vltava river, Prague is made up of many different neighbourhoods, each with their own unique character.
The Old Town, for example, is home to the city’s medieval core and is full of Gothic churches and cobbled streets. While the New Town is where you’ll find many of the city’s museums and art galleries, as well as upscale shopping and dining.
How Safe is Prague for Solo Travellers
Prague is one of the safest European cities for solo travellers and, in fact, a recent study by Tourlane found that it’s in the top 20 safest cities for solo female travellers in the world!
The study analysed various factors such as connectivity and security. Prague ranked highly in all of these categories, making it a great choice for those travelling to Prague alone.
Of course, when visiting any city for the first time, there are always things you should be conscious of:
- Be street smart. As with any city, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and not flash any valuables unnecessarily. The crime rate is very low in Prague, but not nonexistent. There’s still some petty crime.
- If you’re worried about walking around alone at night, consider taking a taxi or using public transportation instead. The metro system is safe and efficient, and taxis are relatively inexpensive.
- Know where you’re going. It can be easy to get turned around in a new city. Before heading out for the day, take a minute to map out your route so you know where you’re going and how to get back to your hotel.
Why Solo Travel in Prague is Easy
Prague is full of solo travellers!
You’ll never be alone in your travels (unless you want to be) because Prague is full of other solo travellers. This city is flush with solo tourists and digital nomads, all taking advantage of the low cost of living, fast internet, and endless things to do.
When I was Prague, I met people from all over the world who were also travelling solo. I met with some to do group activities and met others for a drink in the evening.
It’s easy to get around
Prague is also super easy to navigate by yourself. It’s a small city with a very walkable center. If you do need to take public transport, the metro and tram system is cheap and very safe.
If you’re arriving at Prague Airport and haven’t yet figured out public transport, I recommend hopping in an airport taxi or Uber (slightly cheaper than an airport taxi). Be careful not to take a ‘private’ taxi as this will cost you an arm and a leg!
English is widely spoken
If you’re an English speaker and worried that you won’t be able to understand anyone or communicate your needs, don’t fret! Prague is very English friendly. Most people working in the tourism industry speak excellent English and are really friendly too.
Essentials for Solo Travel in Prague
Now that you know a little bit more about travelling solo in Prague, let’s talk logistics. Here are a few things you’ll need to take care of before your trip:
Get travel insurance: This is an absolute must, especially if you’re planning on doing any adventurous activities while in Prague (like kayaking down the Vltava or hot air ballooning (I had a very minor crash landing in a hot air balloon some 12 years ago…)
Bring a book: If you don’t love eating alone, I always recommend bringing a book with you to restaurants and cafes. This way, you can enjoy a meal without wondering where to look.
Download offline maps: As I mentioned before, Prague is a very walkable city. However, it’s always helpful to have an offline map on your phone in case you get turned around or want to explore a new neighborhood.
Day backpack: If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking (which you should!), you’ll want to pack a few things each day, such as water, a raincoat, that book we spoke about. This is my backpack I’ve started taking everywhere – it fits a crap load of things!
A raincoat: My last trip to Prague was in September and it rained every second day. I was so glad I had packed my raincoat!
Comfortable shoes: You’ll find yourself doing a lot of walking in Prague, so comfortable shoes are a must.
Where to Stay when you Solo Travel in Prague
There are endless accommodation options in Prague, from hostels to apartments and everything in between.
For solo travellers, I recommend either staying in a hostel if you want to meet fellow travellers and/or staying in the Old Town area. This is the most central area of Prague and where you’ll find most of the attractions and it’s so easy to get around.
Here are a few accommodation options in Prague that I recommend:
Miss Sophie’s Downtown
Right by Prague’s main train station, Miss Sophie’s Downtown is a great option for those who want to be located within the Old Town, but without having to spend a fortune.
The quirky but modern rooms are simple and stylish, and some even come with terraces. This hotel is just 15 minutes’ walk from Old Town Square and 25 minutes’ walk to Prague Castle.
The Roadhouse Hostel
This one is the perfect budget accommodation for solo travellers looking for a fun and social place to stay, The Roadhouse is located right in the city centre so you’re within walking distance to pretty much everything you’ll want to explore.
Hang out to the shared lounge or outdoor terrace, and enjoy game night in the evenings. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and you’ll make plenty of travel friends here!
What to do on a Solo Trip to Prague
Take a walking tour
No trip to Prague is complete without taking a walking tour. If you’re on a budget (or even if you’re not), I recommend doing a free walking tour. The tours are tip-based, so you only pay what you think the tour was worth at the end. They’re usually run by students or those training to be in the tourism industry. Check out some free walking tours in Prague here.
I also have some favourite paid walking tours which I can’t go on without mentioning. Walking tours are great for solo travellers as they’re usually small groups (10 people or less), so it’s easy to meet people. Check out these ones:
- Dark Shadows of the Old Town Walking Tour: this was my absolute favourite tour, taking you through the Old Town Square and Jewish Quarter at night and learning about all the ghosts, legends and superstitions that make Prague so unique.
- Alternative Prague Walking Tour: this one is for the art lovers! It’s a walking tour of all the best graffiti and street art in Prague and stop at a secret artsy café along the way.
- Walking Tour of Prague Old Town & Castle: If you don’t fancy strolling around by yourself, let a guide take you around some of the most impressive architecture in Prague – the Old Town Hall, Prague Astronomical Clock, St. Nicholas’ Church and of course Prague Castle Complex.
Wonder at the John Lennon wall
This was one of my favourite places I visited in Prague. And best of all, it’s completely free to see!
The John Lennon wall is a constantly evolving piece of art, located in Malá Strana. It started as a tribute to the former Beatle after his assassination in 1980 and has since become a symbol of freedom and peace. Every day, people from all over the world come to add their own artwork and messages to the wall.
If you’re visiting Prague solo, it’s the perfect place to chill and take in the creative atmosphere. It’s also a great place to meet people – I got chatting to a guy from Canada and a couple from the UK.
People watch outside a café in Old Town Square
Prague Old Town Square is the BEST place to people watch in the city. It’s always full of tourists and locals, and there’s always something going on. Make sure you grab a seat outside a café so you can take it all in with a coffee or Czech beer in hand!
Stroll over Charles Bridge
Linked by 16 arches, Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most iconic landmarks. It’s also the perfect place to take a solo stroll. The bridge is pedestrianised, so there’s no need to worry about dodging cars and buses!
There are stalls selling souvenirs and paintings, and sometimes even musicians to serenade you as you walk. It’s especially beautiful at night when the bridge is lit up.
Visit a museum or two
Prague is full of museums, and they make for a great solo activity! If you’re interested in art or history, there’s definitely a museum for you. Some of my picks include:
Mucha Museum: dedicated to the work of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. The museum is small but perfectly formed and located in a beautiful Art Nouveau building.
Museum of Communism: this one is slightly controversial, but I think it’s essential to understanding Prague and the Czech Republic’s history. It’s eye-opening, to say the least!
Prague City Museum: for those interested in the history of Prague, this museum is a must-see.
Beer Museum: Well why not?! This museum is full of interesting information about the history of Czech beer. And of course, you get to sample some delicious brews along the way!
Meander through the streets of Prague Castle Complex
Visiting Prague Castle is almost a given when you’re in the city. It’s the largest castle complex and also the largest ancient castle in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The castle complex is huge, and there’s so much to see and do. I recommend getting there early to avoid the crowds, and taking your time to wander around the different courtyards, gardens and churches.
If you’re not interested in going into the castle or other buildings, it’s still a treat to walk around and take in the sights or be amazed at the fantastic views of Prague.
You can also book a guided tour of the castle complex – there’s so much history here that it’s really worth doing if you have the time!
Take a Day Trip
If you’re staying in Prague for a while and fancy getting out of the city, a day trip group tour to a nearby city is a fantastic way of meeting people and exploring a little bit more of the Czech Republic.
Here are some day tours you should consider:
- Kutná Hora: This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the Sedlec Ossuary, otherwise known as the Church of Human Bones!
- Terezen Concentration Camp: A sobering but important day trip from Prague. Terezin was used as a Jewish ghetto during WWII and is now a memorial to those who lost their lives.
- Cesky Krumlov: A beautiful medieval town located in South Bohemia. It’s often compared to Prague because of its castle, but it’s much smaller and less crowded.
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In Summary: Solo Travel in Prague
As you can see, Prague is a great destination for solo travellers and I hope my Prague solo travel guide has inspired you to get booking!
Whether you’re looking for history, culture, or just a beautiful place to wander around, there’s so much to see and do there, you’ll never find yourself bored or alone.
Vourneen is a travel junkie and chronic illness warrior. Although she was late to game in terms of travelling, she has picked up numerous tips and tricks from the almost 30 countries she has visited in the past 5 years.