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Prague is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations in Europe, but there are a few things you need to know before you start to solo travel in Prague.
The good news is that I’ve travelled to Prague alone, and I’m sharing all my top tips and tricks for solo travel in Prague with you!
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you plan the perfect trip to Prague!
And help you not make sure of the mistakes I made when I was visiting Prague alone!
1. Book Your Accommodation Early
This is the biggest mistake I made when I was travelling alone in Prague!
I was on a multi-month European trip and was in the habit of booking accommodation a few days before I showed up in a particular city.
That works in a lot of cities, but it bit me in the butt when I was partaking in my solo travel in Prague.
All the decent places were completely booked, and I was stuck in a hostel on the outskirts of Prague. It was a decent place, but I hate hostels and was not happy about having to stay in one.
Definitely my mistake though, but I want you to avoid it at all costs!
I highly recommend you book your accommodation in Prague at least two to three weeks before you arrive in Prague.
The earlier the better!
You don’t want to be booking accommodation that is out of your price range and also don’t want to be stuck staying someplace you’re not too keen on.
Especially when you consider you’re on the hook for the entire bill and can’t split it with a friend or family member if it is a little bit more expensive than you would like.
PS- my favourite place to book accommodation is through Hotels.com. It has an amazing loyalty program that rewards you free hotel nights!
2. Visit Terezín Concentration Camp
This probably seems like a dark thing to do on your solo trip to Prague, but I think it is extremely important that we as tourists take the time to visit sights like this and see the horrors with our own eyes.
Terezín Concentration Camp is a short train ride from Prague.
During the time Terezín was in operation, it held over 150,000 Jewish people while they waited to be taken to other concentration camps such as Auschwitz.
It wasn’t an extermination camp, so there are no gas chambers or anything like that, but tens of thousands of people did die in Terezín.
You can and should take a half day tour from Prague to Terezín.
It is important you go with a guide, so you can learn about the significance of Terezín and the history of the city both before, during, and after WWII.
I know it is a heavy thing to do, but, again, I think it is important.
3. Prague is Extremely Affordable
One of the best things about solo travel in Prague is that it is extremely affordable!
Your money goes a lot further in Prague than many of the other most popular cities in Europe.
This is a huge plus for people planning to do some solo travel in Prague! It is a great destination to college students, retirees, or anybody who doesn’t have a large budget.
You don’t have to sacrifice any of the experiences you want to have in Prague just because the cost is prohibative!
This goes for food too!
Don’t be afraid to eat out while in Prague. The food in delicious and very affordable.
4. Public Wifi Isn’t Readily Available
Unfortunately, public wifi isn’t readily available in Prague. 🙁
You have to either rely on restaurants providing complimentary wifi when you visit or bring your own pocket wifi device.
Or you can just go the old fashioned way and rely on public wifi. But do know you won’t have a ton of access to the internet while you’re out and about during the day.
If you need reliable access to the internet, then you need a plan on how you’re going to get access to it during your solo trip to Prague.
If you’re just an average tourist, then you can most likely live without having a pocket wifi device with you while in Prague.
The important thing to know is that public wifi isn’t the easiest to find so you may have to go back to your hotel if you desperately need to access the internet.
Or just visit a McDonald’s. They always have free wifi!
Be Internet Safe
No matter what your plans are for accessing the internet while on your solo trip to Prague, you need to be internet safe.
You will be relying on public wifi one way or another, and that puts you and your personal information at risk of being stolen and sold.
Yes. Wifi networks with a password are still considered public and put you at risk. Everybody and anybody can get those passwords!
The only way you can been you and your private information safe while using a public wifi network is by installing a VPN on your phone, laptop, and tablet.
A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices that keeps prying eyes out (including those dang Google bots).
It makes using public wifi just as safe and secure as using your personal home wifi where you’re the only one who knows the wifi password.
My Favourite VPN
As you can image, I’ve used a ton of different VPNs over my many years of solo travel.
And hated them all!
Until I discovered NordVPN that is!
I started using them in 2018 and have never looked back! They are the only VPN I enjoy using and the only one I recommend to my friends and family.
They are the fastest VPN on the market, which is so important for travellers.
It is painfully annoying when you have a VPN on your devices that slows your internet down to a snail’s pace.
I normally end up turning off my VPN and just leaving myself exposed because most VPNs are so slow.
But that’s not the case with NordVPN!
They are the fastest VPN on the network, and I hardly notice any slowdown in the internet speed when I have it turned on.
Plus it allows you to cloak your location. You can appear to be in another country than you actually are, which allows you to access Netflix and the like for another country!
You never have to worry about running out of things to watch and can discover a bunch of new, amazing Netflix libraries. I highly recommend checking out South Korea’s Netflix catalogue. It is the bomb!
My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to install a VPN on your devices.
It costs less than the price of a single latte for a month’s subscription, so there is no excuse!
5. The Prague Castle Circuit Ticket is Worth the Splurge
I know I said solo travel in Prague is inexpensive, but if there is one thing you should splurge on it is the Prague Castle Circuit ticket.
Prague Castle is without a doubt a must visit for everybody who visits the city, and you want to get the full experience!
The Prague Castle Circuit ticket allows you to visit every part of the castle including the cathedral, which is spectacular.
I suggest spending at least half a day at the castle to get the full experience and visit everything you ticket entitles you to.
As of May 2021, the cost of a Prague Castle Circuit ticket is 250 Czech Koruna. That is approximately $12.50 USD.
So, it isn’t that much of a splurge, but if you’re on a tight budget, that price can definitely make you wonder if it is worth it.
Let me tell you that it is!
As an extra tip, make sure you visit the cathedral early in the morning to avoid a long line and don’t visit on a Sunday as you’ll have to wait until the morning service is complete.
6. Get Lost in the Old City
The old city in Prague is stunning!
It is full of narrow alleys, winding streets, small shops, and has a fantastic vibe.
You can (and should) spend hours wandering around and getting lost exploring the old city.
You never know what you’ll stumble upon, and that is what makes it so much fun!
You’ll most likely get lost with all the twists and turns you take, but that’s part of the fun. I promise you’ll always eventually find you way back to the main square!
If you really want to get a sense of the history of Prague and the old town, you should take a free guided tour.
They take place every morning and last for about two hours. Your guide takes you through the old town and shares some of the hidden history you’d never know about if you didn’t take the tour.
Just be sure to give your guide a tip at the end of the tour as a thank you!
7. But Don’t Forget to Get Outside the Old City
There is so much more to Prague than just the old city.
Unfortunately, so many people miss out on the other side of Prague because they never get outside the old city and the most popular tourist attractions.
Don’t be that person!
There are 280 museums in Prague. Find one you’re interested in and check it out.
You can visit a Jewish cemetery, a Synagogue, a cathedral, the second ugliest building in the world.
The possibilities are practically endless!
Just be sure to get outside the main tourist area and see a different side of Prague. It is well worth the effort, and you’ll leave with a better understanding of the city.
8. It is a Safe City- Even for Solo Female Travellers
One of the best parts of solo travel in Prague is that it is super safe.
Even for solo female travellers!
You don’t feel on edge, uncomfortable, or like you need to be on the lookout. You can enjoy the city freely and feel comfortable as a solo traveller!
Of course, you still need to be aware of your surroundings and be aware of local scams.
But, in general, you are 100% safe in Prague as a solo female traveller!
Even at night after enjoying the famous Prague nightlife scene (if that is something that interests you).
The city is definitely a great choice for people who are new to solo travel and want to feel safe, secure, and be able to enjoy the city freely.
9. Make Time for a Day Trip
This may be the best tip I can give you for your solo trip to Prague!
Prague is a great city, but there are a bunch of great towns and cities just an hour or two away from Prague that deserve to be explored.
They show you a different side of Czechia that you don’t get in Prague. A more laid back side of the country.
My personal favourite day trip from Prague is Karlovy Vary.
It is about 90 minutes from Prague by bus and is my favourite town in Czechia (that I’ve been to so far!).
It is a small town, and the main tourist attraction is the hot springs. They are all over the town!
And by hot springs I mean thermal drinking fountains not thermal bathing fountains.
You can buy a special mug from one of the many kiosks in the town and drink as much thermal water as you want!
It is super fun wandering through the city and finding all the thermal fountains.
The city itself is beautiful. It is surrounding by hills that you can go hiking through it you want, and the architecture of all the buildings inside the town is unbeatable.
If thermal fountains aren’t your thing, Brno, Cesky Krumlov, and Olomouc are some of the most popular day trips from Prague.
No matter where you choose, you should take the time to get outside of Prague for at least a day and explore another part of Czechia!
10. Public Transportation is a Dream
If you haven’t gathered by now, solo travel in Prague is very easy! You can definitely go on a solo trip to Prague without being an experienced solo traveller!
And the transportation system in Prague makes you solo trip even easier!
There is an extensive transportation network throughout the city, and you can quickly and easily get anywhere and everywhere you want to go.
There are buses, trams, and an underground metro for you to choose from!
Plus the city is very walkable!
I love walking when I travel, and you can easily walk anywhere you want to go in Prague without much issue.
There are some hills in Prague though.
If you have mobility issues, you’ll want to stick to using public transportation rather than walking everywhere.
All of the public transportation in Prague is easy to navigate and has English options.
Solo Travel Myths You Probably Believe But Shouldn’t
So, are you convinced that you should take a solo trip to Prague?!
If it is on your bucket list, you should get there before it becomes even more popular and crowded!
I highly recommend you visit Prague during off-peak times and avoid the summer holiday season if at all possible!
You’ll never be able to experience Prague with no crowds, but if you can avoid it when it is busiest, your trip to Prague will be that much more enjoyable.
I hope this post showed you that solo travel in Prague is very easy and anybody can enjoy a solo trip to Prague.
It has great tourism infrastructure and in very affordable.
You won’t regret booking that solo trip to Prague!