Prague

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Prague?

Do you need a car in Prague > Should you rent a car in Prague Czech Republic > Prague ( PRG )

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?

Do you need a car in Prague? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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Why should you rent a car in Prague?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? 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


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€70

 #47/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €130

64/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1072 - of which 75 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

7%

#286/300

 

To follow

 

Why not? Visiting Prague without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Prague public transport quick facts

Train score

 

50%

Water travel score

40%

Overall public transport score

80%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Prague. 

70%

  • 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.

Ratings

Car rental in - Prague Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Prague?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/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 questions, if you are here for the first time AND 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?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Prague if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Prague on the Carornocar scale?

3

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

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?

Have you driven in Prague? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Prague?
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