Should you rent a car in Prague?

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The Czech capital is undoubtedly most famous for its historic cobbled streets, Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square and stone bridges crossing the x River. Prague also has a modern Metro and a comprehensive tram network. So it should be pretty obvious that there is no need to get a hire car in Prague for a quick city break, but what about for getting out of the city and staying around a bit longer?

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Why should you rent a car in Prague?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Prague?

Prague Car hire summary

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Why not? Visiting Prague without a car

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Prague public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • Historic city – Prague has more than enough cultural attractions to offer without needing to even think about getting a hire car.
  • Organised excursions
  • Historic towns and cities by rail
  • Rail/bus/excursions
  • Multicity trip – Prague is also somewhere you can visit on a multicity itinerary, and the emphasis here is almost certainly going to be on visiting historic city cores. In particular, Prague is well connected to the Eastern reaches of Germany and especially to Dresden and Berlin, but another great combination is to head south to Vienna in the same trip. Bear in mind that the Czech Republic and Slovakia used to make up Czechoslovakia, prior to the “velvet divorce”, and you can easily reach Bratislava either direct from Prague or via Vienna.


Car rental in - Prague Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Prague?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Prague?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Prague?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Prague if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Prague if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Prague if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Conclusion – Prague really isn’t somewhere that needs to be visited with a hire car, as there’s just no point in bringing one into the city centre. If you are staying longer and getting out and about, then you certainly can pick up a hire car at Prague airport, but many of the popular places to visit outside the Czech capital can also still be visited by bus or train.

Should you rent a car in Prague? Verdict – no

Would you hire a car in Prague?

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