There are a thousand and one reasons to visit Prague. And a thousand and two reasons to take a day trip from Prague.
The first place that comes to mind for most people when discussing the Czech Republic is Prague. Which is not a surprise, really. Prague is iconic, grandiose, and gorgeous. We lived in Prague for two incredible years, and we are counting down the days until we are lucky enough to do so again. So, if Prague is so awesome…why should you take a day trip from Prague?
As amazing as the city is, (and there really are a million things to do in Prague) many people visiting Prague never really leave its center, and spend a majority of their time in Old Town. That’s perfectly understandable as Old Town Prague is basically Disneyland for adults.
Yet, there is far more to see in the Czech Republic than just its magnificent capital. Thankfully, reaching many of these destinations is quite simple, making them ideal for day trips from Prague.
Some of the places we mention below can be seen in a couple of hours, but most of the towns listed deserve at least a day, and possibly more. So, if you have the time to stay longer you should definitely do so.
If your time while in Prague is rather limited, try to visit at least one of the places below. You’ll leave with a much greater appreciation and understanding of the Czech Republic. We promise!
If you guys are looking for a great hotel or hostel make sure to have a look at our guide to the best places to stay in Prague!
The Best Day Trips from Prague
Cesky Krumlov won us over before we ever set foot upon its venerable cobblestones. I mean look at the above picture! How can you not want to stroll through this living fairy tale? After seeing a few photos we abslutely HAD to visit, and Cesky Krumlov did NOT dissapoint.
We had the good fortune of spending a few days in Cesky Krumlov in the fall, and the views all around town were an incredible melange of color. So if you are in around in the fall, we highly recommend you go then.
However, you can pretty much visit Cesky Krumlov year round. If you go in winter you have a small possibility of encountering snow, and the huge bonus of encountering 50% less tourists.
Regardless of when you go, the fact remains that you must take a day trip from Prague to visit Cesky Krumlov. You can make it a single day affair, as the travel time is about three hours each way, but we highly recommend staying at least one night to get the most out of your experience.
So, as far as day trips from Prague go, Cesky Krumlov is a no-brainer.
For more on Cesky Krumlov, including additional pictures of the town draped in glorious fall foliage, go here!
Interested in visiting Cesky Krumlov? Here is our guide of the best things to do and see in Cesky Krumlov..
How to Get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague
We recommend taking a RegioJet bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov. Tickets are under $10.00 each way and the bus ride is 2 hours and 55 minutes.
Buses to Cesky Krumlov from Prague depart from the Na Knížecí station, which is easy to get to via public transportation. The bus station in Cesky Krumlov is located a 10-15 minute walk from the town center.
Day Trips from Prague – Karlovy Vary
This beautiful town has long been renown in Eastern and Central Europe for its hot springs and thermal baths. The secret is getting out to the rest of the world, however, and Karlovy Vary is seeing a steady increase of international tourism.
Come for Karlovy Vary’s hot springs, and stay for the incredible architecture and serene environment. Once you have walked all around town soaking in the ambiance, head up into the hills around town for some gentle hiking and some sweet views. Afterwards finish your day with a relaxing soak.
To get the most out of your visit we recommend at least one day in Karlovy Vary. If you can stay over night, even better! On your second day visit the Moser Glassworks museum to see fine glass made right in front of you. Afterwards take a 25 minute bus ride to the tiny medieval town of Loket to marvel at its impressive castle.
Read about our visit for more things to do in Karlovy Vary.
How to Get to Karlovy Vary from Prague
We recommend taking a RegioJet (formerly Student Agency) bus. Tickets are under $7.00 each way and the bus ride is 2 hours and 15 minutes.
RegioJet is our preferred bus company in this region of Europe because they have big comfy seats, personal entertainment systems (movies, shows, games, and music), and complimentary hot drinks.
Day Trips from Prague – Vysočina
The rolling hills of Vysočina, which means highlands in Czech, are dotted with forests and ponds; peppered with charming towns and verdant fields of grass and wheat.
Scattered into the rustic and rolling landscape of Vysočina lay relics of the past. Countless castles, churches, walled towns, and towers have withstood the tests of time, and serve as reminder of centuries long gone. Much of Vysočina’s past is either preserved or restored, and stands proudly on display amid the trappings of modern society.
Vysočina is home to three UNESCO Heritage Sites. From the historic and tragic Jewish Quarter in Třebíč, to the star shaped pilgrimage church in Zdar, to the sprawling old town center of Telč, these Heritage Sites are a time capsules into various points of the past.
The best way to explore the the history and beauty of the region is to chart a course combing three destinations. The cities of Telč, Třebíč, and Žďár all make excellent day trips from Prague, and can be melded into an epic road trip if you rent a car and plan your day out efficiently.
Since there aren’t very many place in the world where you can visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day so you should probably (definitely) take advantage of that while you are visiting the Czech Republic. We, of course, recommend you spend as much time as you can in each location, but if all you have is a single day in your itinerary to explore the region, do it anyway.
For more on the region and its UNESCO sites check out our article on Vysocina. And then check out our latest article for more information on exploring all 12 UNESO World Heritage sites in the Czech Republic !
Brno – The Czech Republic’s Second Largest City
Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, is a lively town with plenty of things to see and do! This city of about 400,000 has multiple beautiful squares, breathtaking churches, hidden treasures, and a thriving nightlife.
Since Brno is only a two hour train ride from Prague you can absolutely visit it on a day trip if you don’t have a lot of time. However, if you can devote at least a few days to this city we highly advise doing so.
The top things to see in Brno include a fantastic farmers market, a weird astrological clock, the second largest ossuary in Europe, and a castle with a dark history. Want to know more? Check out our complete guide of awesome things to do in Brno.
How to Get From Prague to Brno
The easiest way to get from Prague to Brno is by train. Trains depart several times a day from Prague’s main trains station (Praha hlavní nádraží) to Brno’s main train station (Brno hlavní nádraží). Once you arrive in Brno you can easily walk to the center in just a few moments. You can check schedules and pricing here: RegioJet.
Day Trips from Prague – Karlstejn Castle
Karlstejn Castle, a mere 40 minute train ride from the capital city, is one of the easiest day trips from Prague.
Likely due to its proximity to Prague, and its fairy tale beauty, the castle is the second most visited destination in the Czech Republic. While we do recommend you pay the castle a visit, prepare yourself for crowds of tourists, souvenir shops, and overpriced restaurants near the castle. Despite that, the landscape and nature surrounding Karlstejn is stunning, lush, and peaceful.
Karlstejn Castle was built by Charles IV between 1348 and 1365 to house royal treasures and the crown jewels. Over time the castle has been through a number of reconstructions with the most recent occurring in the 19th century. The updates were led by Josef Mocker with the intention of returning it to the original style, however a great deal of controversy exists around his updates as his imagination, rather than any historic references, were his only guide. Despite that, the resulting updates are likely the only reason the castle still exists in its pristine state.
The interior of Karlstejn Castle is only accessible through guided tours which must be arranged in advance. We recommend the 100 minute tour which includes entrance to The Chapel of the Holy Cross, a gold encrusted and precious jewel decorated chapel where the Crown Jewels were stored for nearly 200 years.
How to get to Karlstejn Castle from Prague
Karlštejn Castle is a direct, 40 minute train ride from Prague. You can find train schedules and buy tickets here. Ticket prices start at about $2.00.
Day Trips From Prague – Bohemian Switzerland
It would be a real shame to visit the Czech Republic and not get to see any of its natural beauty. Thankfully Bohemian Switzerland is just a couple of hours outside of Prague, and crams a ton of gorgeous scenery and great hiking into a relatively small region.
Home to verdant gulches, towering sandstone cliffs, peaceful swaths of farmland, quaint little villages, and majestic rock formations Bohemian Switzerland is a delight for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Among the many highlights of the region is the Pravcicka Brana (Pravcicka Gate), pictured above, which is the largest sandstone arch formation in Europe. It is a towering monument to the beauty and organic creativity of mother nature, and is not to be missed when visiting Bohemian Switzerland.
So if you are a lover of the outdoors, take some time to get out of the city when visiting Prague, and give Bohemian Switzerland a shot. Check out our photo tour of Bohemian Switzerland for some extra motivation and inspiration!
How to Get to Bohemian Switzerland from Prague
Bohemian Switzerland isn’t the easiest destination to reach by public transportation, but it is certainly possible to arrange on your own. The best way of going about doing so is to take the train to the city of Decin (travel time 90 minutes), where you will need to transfer to a bus heading to the village of Hrensko. From there you can begin your hike, and enjoy your awesome day trip from Prague.
For visitors who don’t have time or the willingness to do so so this is one of those rare instances where we recommend you either rent a car or take a tour.
Day Trips from Prague – Bohemian Uplands
Located a short drive from Prague the Central Bohemian Uplands, or České Středohoří in Czech, offer unabashed beauty and a quick escape from the hustle and crowds of city life. The region is home to small mountains and steppes filled with quaint villages, affording many picturesque and easily accessible vista views. Its proximity to the city makes it an wonderful option for people looking to take a quick day trip out of Prague into the Czech countryside.
We visited this region in the winter and had a great time catching snow-capped views of ancient volcanic mountains, and rustic villages tucked into valleys. The mountains in the Central Bohemian Uplands are rather small, with the highest “peak” barely scraping 1,000 meters, but what they lack in size they make up for in charm.
We’re told that the Uplands are gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall so returning in one of those seasons is high up on our list of things to do next time we’re in Prague.
Check out Offroadsafari who offer an EXCELLENT and convenient trip out to the Bohemian Uplands. If a day of traversing out to volcanic mountains, sampling cheese at a local goat farm, and maybe even panning a river for precious stones sounds like fun, then these guys are your go to guides.
Offroad offers exceptional door to door service, and the tour can be structured around almost any physical level and ability. So if you want to sweat and hike you can do so, but if you are interested in a far more mellow experience Offroadsafari will cater to your abilities and desires.
Offroadsafari also leads two other extremely interesting tours, exploring the industrial side of the Czech country side, and a World War 2 history tour which is perfect for any student of human perseverance (and folly).
We reckon all of the above make the Central Bohemian Uplands quite a sweet option for a day trip from Prague, so when you visit the City of 100 Spires makes sure not to miss out!
Easiest and Fastest Day Trip From Prague – Divoká Šárka
Divoká Šárka nature reserve is by far the easiest day trip from Prague mainly because it’s actually located in Prague. Rather shockingly this sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life can be reached from the city center by Prague’s public transport system in about 40 minutes.
The reserve is an excellent way to spend a day hiking one of its many well-marked trails, wild landscapes of rocky cliffs, deep forests, and natural spring – which eventually empties into the city’s most beautiful public swimming pool. Additionally, there is, of course, also a beer garden where you can enjoy an icy brew after a long hike.
How to get to Divoká Šárka from Prague
Take the A (Green) Line metro to Nádraží Veleslavín and change to the 20 or 26 tram to their final destination on the outskirts of Divoka Sarka.
Day Trips from Prague – Pilsen
Do you LOVE beer? Are you visiting Prague soon?
If you answered yes to both those questions you should do yourself a massive favor and consider a day trip from Prague to Pilsen. Pilsen, or Plzen in Czech, is the home and birthplace of the iconic Pilsner Urquell brewery. As such it’s also the birthplace of 70% of all the beer crafted and consumed on our planet.
Touring the Pilsner Urquell brewery is a MUST DO activity for anyone with even the slightest interest in the history, creation, storage, and consumption of beer. Plus the tour ends with a beer pour, fresh from the massive barrels storing the freshest Pilsner you will ever taste. Yummy!
Beer isn’t the only thing to do in Pilsen. See our article on things to do in Pilsen for more ideas of how to get the most out of your visit.
Getting to Pilsen from Prague
Trains leaving Prague’s main train station depart for Pilsen every hour or so, and costs $5 USD one way. You can find train schedules here.
RegioJet runs buses out of Prague as well. They depart once per hour starting at 6 am, and take about 70 minutes to arrive, and cost $5 each way.
Day Trips from Prague – Velká Amerika (Big America Quarry)
Velká Amerika, which translates Big America and is also called the Czech Grand Canyon, is an abandoned limestone quarry located 30 kilometers southwest of Prague. The quarry is a popular summer escape location for Pražáci (people who live in Prague), and on warm sunny weekends you’ll find crowds flocking to the location to swim and soak in the sun’s rays.
In addition to Velká Amerika there are a few other quarries in the surrounding area, including Malá Amerika (Little America) and Mexiko (Mexico). All are within a short hike and can be found by following the yellow and white trail markers.
It’s worth noting that the quarry is privately owned and activities like swimming or fishing are forbidden and could result in heavy fines.
How to Get to Velká Amerika from Prague
In Prague take the Metro B (Yellow) Line to the to the Zličín Station. From there take the 311 Bus to Mořina and walk for approximately one mile, following the yellow and white trail markers, to the quarry. Click here for Google Directions.
Day Trips from Prague – Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora
The Sedlec Ossuary is one of twelve UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Czech Republic. This small chapel is situated beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in the town of Kutná Hora.
So what makes this place unique? Well, the ossuary contains anywhere from 40,000 to 65,000 human skeletons. Not content to simply house the bones, the chapel is actually fully decorated in human skulls and bones. It’s pretty morbid, and extremely fascinating.
The Sedlec Ossuary is very easy to reach, and its proximity to the capital make it an ideal day trip from Prague. Leave Prague after lunch and be back before dinner (if you can stomach eating after all the bleached human remains you will see). A word of caution – this might not be a trip for the overly squeamish.
For more information about visiting Kutna Hora and the Bone Church on a day trip from Prague check out our complete guide!
Getting to Kutná Hora from Prague
Trains for Kutná Hora leave the main train station in Prague every two hours in the morning, and every hour starting in the afternoon. Travel time is about a hour each way.
Once you arrive in Kutna you will need to catch a local connecting train and take it one stop to “Kutná Hora-Sedlec”. Make sure to request the stop on the local train, or you might end up in the town center instead.
The trip takes about an hour and costs around $5 each way. You can find train schedules here.
Day Trips from Prague – Visit Olomouc
The Moravian city of Olomouc is quite off the beaten path for most foreign travelers. This university town isn’t one of the top destinations in the Czech Republic, but it is very much worth visiting. For one, the region of Moravia is known for having some of the most friendly people in the country. Additionally this city is home to a student population of over 25,000, which lends to a young, relaxed, and inclusive vibe.
But it’s not all about the vibe. There are plenty of things to see and do in Olomouc, including some historical architecture, funky fountains, impressive monuments (most notably the Holy Trinity Column and the Astronomical Clock), amazing modern art, fantastic wine, and plenty of lovely cafes to just sit back, relax, and get a taste of what life in Olomouc is like. We fell in love with Olomouc within hours of arriving, and highly recommend it as an excellent day trip from Prague.
Interested in visiting Olomouc? Here is our guide of the best things to do and see in Olomouc Czech Republic.
How to Get to Olomouc from Prague
The easiest and cheapest way to get to Olomouc from Prague is by train. The journey is a super easy 2-2.5 hour train ride from Prague. Trains run from the main train station in Prague to Olomouc one to two times an hour. The price of a ticket starts at 220 kc one way.
Day Trips from Prague – South Moravia Wine Region
If you think the Czech Republic is all about beer, think again. Czech wine is a thing, and it’s exceptional. If you don’t believe us just take a trip down to South Moravia and consume a bunch of yummy Czech wine. You’ll be hooked, we promise.
South Moravia, which is located in the southeast of the country, is the undisputed leader of Czech wine production. Representing 96% of registered vineyards, the South Moravia wine-growing region is around the 49th parallel; the same as the Champagne region in France. Visit our article on the region to find out much more about Czech wine and South Moravia.
So there you have it guys, that’s our guide to the best day trips from Prague. We will be updating this with more trips as we discover them, but rest assured there is a LOT more to explore in the Czech Republic. As always happy travels, and we’ll see you on the road!
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