If you are about to leave for Prague and intend to plan your itinerary with visits to unmissable attractions such as Prague Castle, as well as activities to do, such as a boat tour on the Vltava River, you will certainly have to deal with entrance fees: city cards come to your rescue, making it easier for you to choose the attractions and saving you considerably on individual entrance fees.
A city card is nothing more than a personal card for tourists that will give you free access to various attractions and, in some cases, may also include unlimited use of a city’s public transport; the purpose of a city card is to make it easier and cheaper to visit the city!
To visit Prague, you can buy a city card from the following: the Prague CoolPass / Prague Card, the best-selling card, the Prague Visitor Pass, promoted by the Official Board, and the Prague Digital Pass, a combined ticket with essential attractions. We analyse them below, listing features, attractions included for each and finally suggesting the one most suitable for your holiday.
The best-selling of the Prague city cards is the Prague Card, which since 2020 has been enriched with a fully digital version, the Prague CoolPass. There is no difference in the services offered between the Prague Card and the Prague CoolPass; the only thing that changes is how it is used. With the Prague Card, you get a physical card that you pick up once you arrive in Prague, while the CoolPass is nothing more than a QR Code that you receive immediately on your smartphone.
Unlike the Prague Visitor Card, which we discuss later, it does not include unlimited use of public transport in the city.
There are more than 70 free attractions included in the Prague Card: museums, castles, palaces, churches, towers and more. Of these, 50 are completely free, including some of Prague’s most fascinating attractions such as Prague Castle, the Zoo, the Old Jewish Cemetery and synagogues, and many more.
Another advantage is that you can buy discounted admission tickets to more than 30 attractions, with discounts of up to 50 per cent.
Each site can only be visited once. Included attractions and tours are subject to change. For a full list of attractions and opening times, see the Prague CoolPass App.
Using the digital version of the Prague CoolPass is very simple: once you have purchased it by following this link you will receive it directly on your mobile phone. The pass will be activated when you first visit an attraction, i.e. when you scan your pass at the entrance to the attraction.
Your pass (as well as the physical card) can be activated at any time within a year of purchase, and has a variable duration depending on the pass purchased.
You can purchase the Prague CoolPass / Prague Card valid for 1 to 6 days. Each of these is available as an adult pass at full price or a child/student pass at reduced price. The price varies according to its duration, while the attractions and services included do not.
The Student/Child CoolPass is valid for children aged 6 to 15 years or full-time students up to the age of 26. You may need to provide ID to prove you are a student at the ticket counters.
If you have chosen to collect your physical card, once you arrive in Prague you should go to one of the drop-off points in the centre. Here are the addresses:
The Prague Visitor Pass is the official discount card of the Prague Tourist Office. Like the Prague Card, it includes free entry to various attractions and activities in the city, but also includes all public transport and transfers to and from Prague Airport. It is certainly a more comprehensive card but, of course, more expensive than the previous one.
The Prague Visitor Pass is also available in 2 formats: a physical card to be picked up once you arrive in Prague (Pass) and an electronic version (e-Pass) that you receive immediately on your smartphone. Thee-Pass is an electronic alternative to the physical card and will give you the freedom to activate and use it as you please, and you will also save having to go to a tourist office to get the physical card.
Over 60 attractions and activities are included free of charge in the Prague Visitor Pass. These include Prague Castle, the synagogues and the Old Cemetery in Josefov, the Jewish Quarter, as well as admission to the Old Town Hall with a climb to the Astronomical Clock Tower on Old Town Square, not included with the Prague Card.
In addition, with unlimited travel on public transport throughout Prague, you can save time, money and get to even more distant attractions quickly. Of course, transfer from the airport is also included, both on the outward and return journeys.
Here is a small selection of attractions for which your Prague Visitor Pass includes free admission:
Each site can only be visited once. The included attractions and tours are subject to change. For a complete list of attractions and opening times, see the Prague Visitor Pass App.
Using the Prague Visitor Pass is very simple: once purchased by following this link you will receive it directly on your mobile phone. The pass must be activated through the Prague Visitor Pass app or you can visit the information centres to activate it and get the physical card once you arrive in Prague.
Your Prague Visitor Pass can be activated at any time within a year of purchase, and has a variable duration depending on the pass purchased.
You can purchase the Prague Visitor Pass valid for 48 to 120 hours. Each of these is available as an adult pass at full price or a child/student pass at reduced price. The price varies according to its duration (in actual and consecutive hours), while the attractions and services included do not change.
The reduced price version for students and children is valid for children aged 6 to 14 or full-time students aged 15 to 26. You may be required to provide ID to prove you are a student at the ticket counters.
Once activated, the pass is non-refundable!
If you only want to receive your physical card and activate your pass once you arrive in Prague, go to one of the locations below.
The Prague Digital Pass is the Prague city card that includes the must-see attractions and activities for most visitors to Prague.
Unlike its predecessors, the Prague Digital Pass is exclusively digital: you don’t have to go and collect anything, but you will receive all your tickets by email.
Using the Prague Digital Pass is also very simple: once purchased by following this link you will receive all the tickets for the included attractions directly on your mobile phone.
All that remains is to go to the attractions on the days specified during purchase!
The Prague Digital Pass is not a traditional card, so it does not have a specific duration, but it is to all intents and purposes a combined ticket: when purchasing it, you will have to choose for each attraction and activity the day and time when you will use it, in other words not necessarily on the same day or at the same weekend!Buy the ticket from 56,00 €
The three cards we have discussed differ substantially in some aspects and each is suitable for a specific type of visitor; the simplest and cheapest, the Prague Digital Pass, is suitable for those who have little time to devote to planning their holiday and want to enter only the most visited attractions: the Castle and the Astronomical Clock, and then take part in a boat trip on the river of Prague. If you plan to devote yourself only to these 3 activities, you will certainly be better off buying the Prague Digital Pass instead of taking the tickets individually.
However, in case you would like to visit just a couple of attractions, both the Prague CoolPass / Prague Card and the Prague Visitor Pass are more suitable. For just a few euros more you will have a huge choice of attractions, museums and activities that will certainly enrich your holiday.
The main difference between these two cards is in the transport: with the Prague Visitor Pass they are included (even the transfer from the airport, round trip) while they are not with the Prague CoolPass / Prague Card.
Prague CoolPass / Prague Card
Prague Visitor Pass
Prague Digital Pass
|Castle & Astronomical Clock
|1 to 6 days
|48, 72 and 120 hours