A Budget Long Weekend in Prague
How to do 72 hours in the Czech Republic capital city
A visitor to Prague may be mistaken to think they have just stepped into one of Han Christian Andersons fairy tales. A city break to magical Prague whisks you back 1000 years with a myriad of surprises around every corner, its cobbled streets, hand-painted building facades, clocks and turrets attracts tourists in droves. And we haven’t even mentioned the cheap beer yet!
If you’re on a budget, a weekend away in this fairytale city should not cost you an arm and a leg, so here are some tips to keep your costs down but still allow you to experience the best of the city.
Grab a cheap flight
Ryanair offer cheap flights to Prague from Stansted or there is Wizzair from Luton. Flights can be found for less than £100 at the right time. Prague is a great city to visit all year round. If you book early enough you can often find flights for under £30 each way.
Couch surf or stay in a hostel
Prague is a city full of hostels and hotels so there's no shortage of beds. Clown and Bard Hostel in the lively neighbourhood of Prague 3 have mixed dorms from as little as £7 per night and private rooms from £15 per night. You’ll have all the best nightclubs and bars right on your doorstep too.
Eat locally and drink locally
In cities such as Rome and Paris you can easily end up spending over £30 per person for a decent meal, but in Prague you’ll be lucky if you spend £15 and that will include enough beer to start the night on a happy note. Avoid tourist trap restaurants located around the main squares and head into the back streets to find local restaurants where the locals hang out. A traditional meal of goulash can be had for less than a fiver and a whole duck for less than £8. Want to taste some of the greatest beer in the world? You can drink here for less than 80p a pint!
Things to do on a budget
Prague is a wonderful city to wander around and most of the attractions don't cost a penny to see. Start off in its medieval town square, the centre of all the hustle and bustle. Wait in anticipation and join the crowd for the famous astronomical clock and its procession of the Twelve Apostles. Chiming every hour on the hour, this 15th Century old clock is one of the city’s most striking attractions so be sure to get there early if you want a good front seat of the action! Take a wander through the winding streets to the river for a stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge and hike up the steep hill to the castle for great panoramic views across the city.
If you’re still feeling energetic come nightfall, Prague has a super charged nightlife to enjoy too, with plenty of bars and nightclubs to keep you dancing the night away. For a vibrant night head to one of Dlouhá’s iconic bars such as Lokal the city’s longest bar or bar crawl with the likes of the Drunken Monkey who will ensure you have a night to remember.
Or for a peaceful night head into one of Prague’s residential district of Vinohrady for a quite drink in one of its many quirky bars. By avoiding big nightclubs you avoid paying entrance fees, although you’ll find most clubs only charge entry for men, us women can get in for free! Also if you drink local beer you’ll avoid the high prices on imported beer such as Corona, Stella Artois and Heineken. In Prague water is more expensive than beer!
About the author
Samantha has a love for travel and has been working in the travel industry for over seven years. She is a full time travel blogger at The Wandering Wanderluster and has a passion for eco-tourism and sharing travel inspiration to off the beaten path places. She is currently based in Prague, Czech Republic.