7 Must-Have Apps For Visiting Prague

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Diana Bocco

Whether you’re visiting Prague for a week or a month, local apps can make your life a lot easier. Getting around, learning the lingo, and even finding the best beer – it’s all easier with these apps.

Transportation: Pubtran

Although there are several public transportation apps available, this is the most popular one among both locals and visitors. It’s also very intuitive and easy to use: you simply enter your starting station/stop and the station you want to reach, and you’ll get the best options to get you there. Pubtran will offer tram/metro/bus options and combinations – whatever is the fastest way to get you where you’re going. Once you’re shown a route, you can also see how many stops there are between the two points and what time you’ll arrive, so you can plan things accordingly.

Price: Free

Android only

Public transportation in Prague

Getting directions: Mapy.cz

Mapy is a sort of local version of Google Maps – only much better. Mapy allows you to enter any address and shows you how to walk there. If your phone’s GPS is on, it will also show where you are, so you can follow the path. And while Mapy is great for finding places in any city in the Czech Republic, it’s even better if you go hiking or mountain biking (yes, it includes biking trails). Download the actual map to your phone, and you don’t even need an internet connection for the app to work.

Price: Free

iOS and Android

Finding your next beer: Pivní Deníček

In a country where beer reigns, it’s perhaps no surprise that there’s a specific app to help you find your next drink. No matter where you are, just open the app and see what bars are around, which beers they’re serving, and how much they’ll cost you.

Price: Free

iOS and Android

Pausing for a pilsner along the Vltava River, Prague

Getting a ride: Liftago

While there are many taxi companies in Prague, a good number of them have a less than stellar reputation. A major complaint about Czech taxis is that they overcharge you, which is why Liftago is a very good choice. The app allows you to enter your destination and then shows you an estimated price, the route, and how long it will take to get there.

Price: free

iOS and Android

Cycling: Prague on Bike

Prague is harder to discover on bike than other European cities for two reasons: it’s hilly and full of cobblestone streets that make it hard to bike, and it has few bike lanes throughout the city, so you have to fight your way through traffic. That said, biking is still popular in the warmer months, and there are many places to rent a bike to discover parks and streets. If that’s what you’re hoping to do, then this is the perfect app for you. Created especially for urban cyclists, Prague on Bike will show you the best city routes, alternate routes, and a chance to post a report for other cyclists to read.

Price: Free

iOS and Android

Trams and bikes in Prague

Transportation, part II: Prague SMS Ticket

Forgot to buy a ticket to ride the tram or metro? You can buy one with just one click through this app, no extra charge.

Price: Free

iOS and Android

Learning the language: Learn Czech. Speak Czech

Czech is a very difficult language to learn, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a few words here and there. And while most people in tourist areas speak English, not everybody on the street does (especially the older generations), so knowing how to say a few simple sentences can get you a long way.

Price: Free

iOS and Android

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