Where is Prague ?
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. If you look at a map of Europe, Prague is right in the centre, which is why some Czech people find it slightly insulting when visitor say ‘Prague is in Eastern Europe’.
The term is more likely to refer to the political division of Europe before 1989, than the geographical location, but I would still say, that Prague is in the heart of Europe, not in the East.
Countries bordering Czech Republic
Czech Republic shares it’s borders with Slovak Republic (until 2002 Slovak Republic & Czech Republic were one state – country), Austria, Germany and Poland.
Distance & travel times to Prague
Whilst most people will use airplane to travel to Prague, it’s actually fairly easy to get to Prague from other European cities by bus or train. I’m mentioning this because, if you are already in Europe and want to visit Prague for one day on the way to your next destination, it’s quite easy!
Direct train connections are linking Prague with Vienna (about 4 hrs) or Dresden (about 3-4 hrs). You can also get to Poland and Slovak republic by international trains.
Flights to the main (and only) Prague airport – Vaclav Havel (previously Ruzyne) are regular from most larger European Cities, where the travel time is no more than 2 hrs.
- Vienna – 50 minutes
- Munich – 50 minutes
- Krakow – 1 hr 10 minutes
- Warsaw – 1 hr 20 min
- Amsterdam – 90 min
- Budapest – 1 hr 10 minutes
- London – 2 hrs
- Paris – 2 hrs
- Barcelona – 2 hr 20 min
- Lisbon – 3 hrs 30 min
Longer flight distances from Prague
Whilst Prague has great flight connections with European Cities, there are not that many direct flights further field. When travelling from other destinations, you might need to find a connecting flight and change where necessary.
Dubai – 6 hrs
New York – 9 hrs 20 minutes (for travel from other USA destinations either travel to New York for a direct flight to Prague or go via any major European City such as Paris or London)
Seoul – 10 hrs (South Korea)
Prague location within Czech Republic
Prague is not quite in the middle of Czech Republic, instead, it’s positioned slightly to the west. This is because throughout history Prague was the capital of the Bohemia region only and the capital of Moravia was (and still is) Brno.
Prague is surrounded by several hills and it’s slightly in a dip.
This makes Prague quite protected against high winds, rains and snow, but it also means that pollution can be sometimes high and in the summer Prague can suffer many heatwaves. There are still plenty of ways of staying cool in the Prague’s heatwave, but it’s worth mentioning it, just in case you are not too keep on travelling when it’s really hot.
Prague has a great public transport system within the town, but also great connections to pretty much any place within the Czech Republic.
These connections (both trains and buses) are often directly linked to Prague, which is great for the day visitors, but slightly frustrating for the locals. You can pick any little town and you’ll see the direct bus to Prague, but there might not be a bus that will take you to the next village.
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