Parking in central Prague can be very difficult. Watch for the zones reserved for local residents and businesses and make sure you don’t park in them. If you park illegally, your car might be clamped or towed and you need to call Municipal Police 156 to get your car back.
The streets in central Prague are divided into three zones: blue zones, for local residents and companies; orange for paid parking for up to 2hrs; and green zones for paid parking for up to 6hrs. Meter zone fees range from 40 CZK to 120 CZK per hour and are mostly charged in 15-minute intervals. Coin-operated meters dispense tickets, which should be displayed on the dashboard.
There are car parks operated by Public Transport Company close to metro stations, plus underground car parks. To reduce congestion in the city, Park&Ride parking places are used on the outskirts of Prague at the following metro stations: Line A: station Skalka; Line B: stations Zličín, Nové Butovice, Palmovka, Rajská Zahrada, Cerny Most; Line C: stations Nádraží Holešovice, Ládví, Opatov. The parking fee here is significantly lower compared to parking in the city. For just 20 CZK at Park&Ride, you can park as long as you like but only during metro operation hours, and you are not allowed to park longer than that. The car parks here are guarded.
While parked, however, it’s advisable to keep valuables locked away and out of sight of would-be thieves. The roads are in reasonably good condition and petrol prices are comparable with other EU countries.
Penalties for illegal parking
If you park your car illegally, you are very likely to get a penalty or so-called ‘boot on your vehicle’, or it will be towed away. Then you will have to pay a penalty and also the vehicle‘s towing away fee. If your car has been towed away, inform the Police (156), tell them the number plate of the car and they will find out where your car is.
Some hotels including Marriot, Intercontinental and Hilton Old Town offer underground car parks, even for non hotel guests.
Prague Airport Parking
At Prague airport you can park in the block Parking C. Three above-ground levels offer over 3000 parking spaces, and it is just 70 metres from Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is connected with the car park via an above-ground covered walkway. Parking fees can be paid at self-service terminals in both dispatch halls by credit card or by cash. The car park is also accessible with baggage trolleys. Holders of a disability card can park for free. Opening hours are non-stop.
Florenc Parking lies on the metro C and B line, is just 80 metres from Masaryk Train Station, and caters for cars and buses. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and Sundays and public holidays, 9am-5pm. It’s possible to park motorcycles here with insurance included in the fee for all vehicles.
Novy Smichov Shopping Centre
In the basement of this shopping mall you can park for free up to five hours at the weekend, and up to three hours on other days. Excess hours are chargeable. Location: Plzeňská 8, Smichov.
Wilsonova Street Parking Complex
Main station parking. Cars and buses in the city centre can park here. Wenceslas Square is just 600 metres away. The Parking Complex is right next to the Main Station, and is connected to other public transport, such as the metro station C line and trams number 5, 9 and 26. Opening hours are non-stop.
Lesser Town Square Parking
This car park is situated in the heart of the historical part of Prague. Access is from the streets Tomášská and Valdštejnská from Klárov or Karmelitská and Újezd in the direction of Prague 5 and Legií Bridge. It’s used for short term parking by city visitors. It has limited capacity only for 74 vehicles, so it’s not unusual to find all the spaces taken. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7am-11pm, Saturday to Sunday and public holidays 8am-11pm.
Na Františku Parking
This public car park is accessible after passing through Letenský tunnel and from the embankment Ludvika Svobody. The car park is situated at the beginning of Revoluční street on the right bank of Vltava river, next to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and is located 500m from Republic Square, metro station B, Kotva shopping centre and the new Palladium shopping complex. Its capacity is only 44 vehicles. Opening hours Monday to Friday: 7am-11pm, Saturday: 8am-11pm and Sunday: 8am-7pm.
Parking Kotva (under department store)
Underground garages under Kotva shopping centre at Republic Square allow you to reach metro B and to walk around the city, especially the pedestrian zone in Na Příkopech Street, all the way to Wenceslas Square. Connections to trams are taken care of at Republic Square.
Approximately 200m from Charles Bridge and Old Town Square below Palach Square you can find this large underground car park. Its capacity is approximately 2000 cars; apparently it has never been full yet. You can always find parking there in the city centre, and it’s more reliable than trying to park on the street, as apart from early mornings it’s practically impossible to find a parking spot. Connections to public transport are via metro A – station Staroměstská, and tram numbers 17 and 18. This is very convenient when going out to events at the Rudolfinum. There is disabled access via a lift. Capacity is 460, and opening hours are non-stop.
Alšovo Quay Parking
This is a public supervised car park next to Manesův Bridge and near the Four Seasons Hotel. The entrance to the car park is over Manesův Bridge on the right bank of River Vltava. Connections to public transport are within 150m – bus 133, tram 17 and 18 and metro lines A, Staroměstská. Charles Bridge is 200m away over Mánesův Bridge. It has a very limited capacity of only 49 spaces. Opening hours are non-stop.
This is only a short stroll away from Wenceslas Square, with an entrance from Opletalova Street, and is open non-stop. It is used to its full capacity. During the week and especially in the morning it’s advisable to reserve a parking spot by calling these numbers: 224 210 879 or 224 211 511.
Parking below the National Theatre
Another interesting place for parking is available under the National Theatre. The only entrance is via Divadelní Street, its capacity is 216 and it’s used a lot during theatre visits, often even during the day as well. Opening hours are non-stop.
This is a stand-alone building next to the State Opera and is just 100m from Wenceslas Square. It is the largest parking lot in Prague 1 and is integrated into the overall traffic strategy of the city, including information and navigation systems. Its capacity is 468 over thirteen levels. Parking is available for short or long term. Its services are used mainly by businesses operating in the area, and by residents of Prague 1 and 2. Opening hours are non-stop. Location: Wilsonova 6, Prague 2 – Vinohrady
This parking area is located in the outskirts of Prague, near Metro Budejovicka. The hourly rate is 30 CZK. Address: BB Centrum, Building ALPHA, Vyskočilova 1461/2a