Transport by Private Car

Transport by private car is recommended only if you need to cover longer distances or travel outside of the city.

Up-to-date information on Prague traffic

If you travel by car in Prague, we recommend finding out about current traffic situations in individual localities via the city camera system. Apart from regularly up-dated records and traffic volume, you will also learn about traffic restrictions in Prague and its environs which areas are currently subject to speed-checks. The application enables you to create your own routes, save them and check them prior to every departure. During winter you will find warnings about icy conditions on the website TSK Praha with meteo detectors measuring temperature and providing information about road dangers in selected parts of the city.

Parking in the city – maps showing paid parking areas

Parking in the centre is significantly restricted. If you see a blue parking strip painted on the ground, be aware that this is a restricted zone designated for local residents. These zones can be found in many parts of Prague especially in Prague 1, 2, 3 and 7. Maps showing paid parking areas can be downloaded if you click on the relevant city district Prague 1, Prague 2, Prague 3, Prague 7 and Prague 10.

As a rule, in paid parking areas parking meters are installed. You can pay either by cash or by Opencard. The price is usually CZK 40 per hour; you can also opt for a shorter time, 15 or 30 minutes.

Advantage of P+R car parks

If you enter Prague during the morning rush-hour between 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m., you can count on a significant delay. Therefore, it is advisable to make use of P+R car parks where you can leave your car for the whole day and also buy a subsidized public transport return ticket. Some of the P+R car parks are located directly at the terminal metro stations, others can be found in key places convenient for drivers. You can download an up-to-date list including the availability of free spaces in P+R car parks here.

When your car is towed away by police

Your car is at risk of being towed away for unauthorised parking in residential zones or if you park in paid zones, and if you park in paid zones without paying, your car can be clamped and you will be fined afterwards. You can find out if your car has been towed away if you send a request via wap, by using the internet form or by calling city police number 156. You can learn how much your fine is here.

Road cleaning

Drivers who leave their cars parked in a street where block cleaning is under way  also risk a fine. Application informing of dates of cleaning for individual streets for the current year is available here (only in Czech).

Important Phone Numbers for Drivers:

  • Emergency number – tel. 112
  • Czech police – tel. 158
  • City police – 156 (towed cars)
  • Ambulance – tel. 155

Help in emergencies – road and vehicle rescue services:

  • ABA – Auto club Bohemia Assistance – tel. 1240
  • Ústřední automotoklub (central automotoclub) – tel. 1230
  • Servis 24 – tel. 261 104 477 (for buses, lorries and trucks)
  • Škoda Assistance – tel. 261 104 666