Prague will be our last stop before heading to Frankfurt for the flight back to the US. Since we're traveling light, we'll likely take the Metro to the Dejvicka or Zlicin station then the bus to the airport. Does anyone know how frequently buses run--119 at Dejvicka or bus 100 at Zlicin? Additionally how crowed the busses will be at 3:00 in the afternoon (we each have one carry-on).
Jon I don't know the formal timetable but have used the 119 from Dejvicka several times and never waited more than a few minutes. I'm guessing they are at least 3 an hour. On the one occasion I took one in the afternoon it was busy but by no means full. Have a great trip. Prague is wonderful. Alan PS If you are the kind of traveller that is happy to get the metro / bus you might like this restaurant site http://www.lunchtime.cz/ It's especially good for finding lunch deals
Thanks. I never cease to be amazed at the insights provided on the Helpline threads. I took a peak at the lunchtime.cz site; its fun. I'm going back to check out other locations. As you are well-informed on Prague, if you had two and a half days in Prague what/where would you recommend my wife and I visit the first day, and what do we postpone until the last half-day. Also, we'll be staying in a hotel recommended by fellow Helpliners on a different thread, is it customary for small hotels to to stow guests' luggage at the hotel after one checks out and before departing the city (in our case around 14:00)?
Prague transit routes, timetables: http://spojeni.dpp.cz/ConnForm.aspx?tt=PID&cl=E5 I can't comment on how crowded at 3, we took the 100 (after Metro from Andel) to the airport at about 1PM in the summer, with our one carry-on each, no problems.
What to postpone to the last 1/2 day depends on what you wish to see. The Castle in full and the Jewish Museums require more time than a 1/2 day. The main idea is remain within comfortable reach of getting to your bus.
Jon I'm sure the hotel will hold your luggage for you. It's prettty much standard practice in Europe. I'm probably the worst person to comment on what to do when, but I'm sure other people will have good ideas. I go to Prague regularly to see friends and often don't actually get round to visiting anything of historical interest at all! (It's so easy to while away time in bars catching up.) Having said that, if I was going to make a long flight I would probably want to do something outdoors on my last morning. Letna Park is a really nice walk with great views of the city. There's a beer garden there but you can ignore it if it's too early in the day. http://prague-stay.com/lifestyle/review/97-letenske-sady-beer-garden/ Or, depending on which bits of the castle you've already done, get the 22 tram up to Pohorelec and then walk down either through the castle grounds or down Nerudova Street. There are various options for getting to the castle by tram here http://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle/prague-castle-tourist-information/how-to-get-to-prague-castle.shtml Finally, if you don't already have a guidebook, Frommer does a good 'day by day' series which aims to answer just this sort of question by bunching sites together and recommending routes between them. I've found the series useful for cities I don't know. Alan
It's a long story that I don't want to get into, but our plans have hit a snag. We're not going to fly out of Prague, but rather take a City Night Train. There is a train that departs Prague relatively early in the afternoon, and gets into Frankfurt Süd really early around 4:00am. The night train is okay and we can even handle the super-early arrival; but to ease my wife's anxieties about a NT, I need to reserve a deluxe 2-bed compartment (with lavatory and wc). I've been to several train timetable websites (including DB Bahn) and can't find a deluxe 2-bed compartment reservation class. Does the CNT from Prague to Frankfurt not offer such an accommodation? If not, can I reserve a deluxe compartment on a NT from Vienna, if so, we'll simply switch the order of visiting Vienna and Prague so we can depart Vienna for Frankfurt--the schedule in a bit more humane, arriving Frankfurt around 6:00 am. I'm also going to post this with a different heading as the Bus to Prague Airport likely won't get the help I'm looking for.