How to Visit Prague on a Budget


Filled with fairytale castles, magnificent cathedrals and charming city squares, Prague is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. The Czech capital draws over 8 million visitors each year, all of them enamoured with the cobblestone streets and medieval charm. But despite the influx of tourism, it’s still possible to visit Prague on a budget.

Read on for our best money-saving tips, including cheap things to see and do, and where to eat and stay in Prague on a budget.


Prague on a budget: Know before you go


Prague is one of the best places in Europe to visit on a budget

This European capital is much more affordable than its counterparts of London, Paris and Amsterdam. At the time of writing, $1 equals approximately 21 Czech Koruna.


For centuries, this city has been famous for its beer

In fact, beer lovers can even bathe in suds at one of Prague’s beer spas. Visit during the month of May to experience the Czech beer festival, a 17 day long event where you can sample over 100 different kinds of local and international beer.


Skip the summer and come in the spring or fall

Prague is overrun by crowds in the summer, meaning that hotel and flight prices skyrocket. Save your wallet and visit in shoulder season!


Nightlife is a big deal in Prague

Where else can you visit a 5 story nightclub complete with a basement bar where EVERYTHING is made from ice? Prague has one of the hottest nightlife scenes in Europe, and you’ll have no problem finding a place to dance the night away.




Free and cheap things to do in Prague


Explore the Old Town Square

The vibrant, bustling Old Town Square has been an integral part of life in Prague since it was established as the city’s original marketplace in the 12th century. Now, it’s a great place to stroll and check out some of Prague’s most iconic attractions, including the Old Town Hall and the world’s oldest working astronomical clock.




Catch the city’s best sunrise at Riegrovy Sady

This less-touristy spot is a personal favorite of DFC Team Member Hannah. Not only is Riegrovy Sady both a popular beer garden and a public park, but it’s also one of the city’s best places to watch the sunset. Pack some food and wine in your bag and grab a seat on the hillside for what is arguably Prague’s most beautiful sunset.


Visit the world’s largest castle

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle holds the title of the world’s largest coherent castle complex. Probably Prague’s most popular attraction, the castle’s spires dominate the city skyline. Today, this sprawling complex houses the office of the Czech president, as well as several museums, galleries, and historical buildings.




Experience Prague’s unique architecture

From Romanesque and Gothic to Communist and Deconstructivist, Prague’s rich history makes it an incredible place for architecture lovers. Spend some time seeking out some of Prague’s most unique architectural feats including the National Theater, Saint Vitus Cathedral, or the famously quirky Dancing House.




Chill out in a beer garden

Enjoying a cold drink at one of the city’s many beer gardens is one of the best things to do in Prague on a budget. Sit back and soak in the atmosphere, have a light meal and experience Prague at its finest.

Top picks include Letna, Riegrovy Sady, and Strahov Monastery, which is exactly what it sounds like – an old monastery converted into a beer hall!




Take in the views from Petrin Hill

The 200 meter climb to the top of Petrin Hill is worth it for the views alone! Located inside a park of the same name, this green space is a peaceful oasis from the crowds in the city, and the perfect place to watch the sunset over Prague’s magnificent skyline. Within the park you’ll also find Petrin tower (which resembles a mini Eiffel Tower), the Church of Saint Michael, and the Štefánik Observatory.


Cruise the Vltava River

There’s no better way to take in the city than from Prague’s iconic river. It’s touristy, but still one of the best things to do in Prague on a budget. Boat cruises are an affordable $14 (much cheaper than a Seine cruise in Paris!), or you can rent a paddleboat for just $9.




Where to stay in Prague on a budget


Sophie’s Hostel

Sophie’s Hostel is the more budget-friendly sister location to the incredibly popular Miss Sophie’s hotel. This upscale hostel is as modern, clean, and polished as hostels get. It’s got comfortable rooms that are available in shared, apartment, or private options, plus lively common areas and a convenient location in the New Town.


PLUS Prague

PLUS Prague is a laid-back hostel that’s perfect for meeting fellow travelers. PLUS boasts a unique array of common areas that include an indoor swimming pool, outdoor BBQ area, volleyball court, and sauna. The affordable rooms are airy, clean, and can accommodate solo travelers, couples, and even families.


The Roadhouse Prague

This brand new hostel is already standing out in a city full of competition. Already considered by many to be the city’s best hostel, The Roadhouse Prague has all the amenities you could ever need, plus a few thoughtful touches like a chill communal lounge, comfy hammocks, and delicious nightly family dinners.




Cheap flights to Prague

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New York City (JFK) to Prague (PRG)

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Where to find cheap eats in Prague

Sad Man’s Tongue Bar & Bistro

This retro burger joint is unassuming from the outside, but one of the best places to eat in Prague on a budget. The food is delicious, the portion sizes are generous, and the waitstaff are friendly to locals and tourists alike. Customers rave about Sad Man’s speciality ‘Prager’, a Czech-style burger with house pickles, marinated Hermelín cheese, and homestyle mustard. Bring cash, as they don’t accept credit. And come early, because it’s popular!


Mr. HotDoG

Mr. HotDog is perfect for those looking for cheap eats on the go. Choose from a large menu of hot dogs, fries and vegetarian fare. Tables in the restaurant are booked in advance, so make a reservation before visiting if you plan to dine in. In the summer you can sit outdoors and people watch on the Prague streets.


U Magistra Kelly

If you’re looking for authentic Czech food on a budget, few places offer a better deal than U Magistra Kelly. Located right next to Saint Vitus Cathedral, this local favorite is both traditional and cheap. Choose a table on the street if you can (smoking is allowed indoors), and if you plan to visit for dinner, book a table in advance. You’ll be rewarded with an extensive menu and delicious meal. Don’t forget to try the local Goat beer!




Start planning your trip to Prague

Although the city has soared in popularity in recent years, it’s still possible to visit Prague on a budget. Many of the best sites are free to visit and enjoy. Explore the medieval streets, take in the scenery and enjoy some of the world’s best (and cheapest!) beer in this fairytale city.

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  • Zach Anderson

    Zach was a digital marketer, copywriter, and flight deal expert at Dollar Flight Club where he helped 1 million people travel more. As a digital nomad, he is deeply passionate about location independence, Thai food, and helping others see the world affordably.

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