Cheap parking in Prague: where to park in Prague?

Prague Parking 1

If you’re coming to Prague by car or renting one, it’s important to know where to find cheap parking in Prague and where to park.

Are you coming to Prague by car? Or are you planning to stay longer than 3 days in Prague and would like to visit some of the tourist or natural sites around the city and in Bohemia? In this case, using public transport may limit your possibilities, and having a car, whether rented or not, may become interesting.

Whether you have your own car or rent one, the question of parking will arise: where to park in Prague? what are the best parking lots? where to find cheap parking in Prague?

Parking in Prague: pay on the street

There are 2 parking zones in Prague:

  • Residents’ zones: these are marked by a blue stripe in front of the parking spaces. Reserved for city residents, you are not allowed to park in these spaces. Your car will be impounded and you will be fined CZK 2,500 (€100).
  • Zones equipped with parking meters: The color of the zone is indicated at the bottom of the sign, along with duration, times and days.
    • Orange zone: you can park for up to 6 hours. Prices vary from CZK 15 to CZK 30 per hour.
    • Green zone: you can only park for up to 2 hours. The price is CZK 40 per hour.

Paying to park on the street is not the best solution. We advise you to avoid the city center for parking or getting around, as public transport is much more practical and affordable.

Here’s a map of the streets where you can park in Prague’s Zone 1:

Parking Prague Zone 1

Parking in Prague’s Zone 1

Cheap parking in Prague: park on the street for free

If you don’t want to pay for parking in Prague, a second option is to park your car outside the paid parking zones, then take public transport into the city center.

There are free parking zones in the suburbs. For example, free parking is available around Nové Butovice station, in the surrounding residential areas.

On weekends, it’s possible to park for free in Prague 5 or Prague 6, just be sure to respect the blue zones reserved for residents. Signs indicate whether the street is free at weekends or not: « Po – Pa » means that from Monday to Friday parking is paid (« Po – So » = Monday to Saturday).

Here is a map of the different areas of the city to help you find your way around:

Zone de Parking Prague

Prague Parking Zone

Let’s move on to the best solutions for parking in Prague: public transport parking lots or paid parking lots.

Cheap parking in Prague

The best and cheapest way to park in Prague is to choose a « Park & Ride » or « P+R » parking lot. Most are guarded, but not all are covered.

They are located near the city’s most remote metro stations: Skalka, Zličín, Nové Butovice, Opatov, Chodov, Ládví, Rajská zahrada, Černý most, Palmovka, Nádraží Holešovice.

They’re open between 4 a.m. and 1 a.m. In fact, you’re expected to stay for a maximum of 12 hours, for CZK 20 per day (€0.80). You have a parking ticket to put behind your windshield, and you have to buy and keep a metro ticket until you leave the parking lot.

If you don’t collect your car the same day, you’ll have to pay a fine of CZK 100 plus parking for two days, i.e. CZK 140. This comes to 184 CZK (fine + day rate + metro ticket), or less than €8 per day.

This is the cheapest way to park in Prague during the week. At weekends, we recommend parking in Prague 5 or 6. You can find out more about P+R parking on the Prague public transport website. It also shows the current capacity of P+R parking lots.

Pay indoor parking in Prague

The other solution is to choose a paid parking lot in the center of town, where prices are generally higher (CZK 50 per hour and CZK 650 per day) and you’re not guaranteed a space. However, they are always covered and guarded.

Here is a list of the best paid and guarded parking lots in the center:

  • Central Parking Prague
  • Parking Palladium
  • Wilsonova parking lot
  • Parking Rudolfinum

Main photo credit: Flickr – Romain Boed