The central bus station Florenc is located in the city centre, very close to Prague Old Town. It takes only 15-20 minutes’ walk to get to Old Town Square. There are also numerous public transport options if you have luggage or don’t want to walk.
The border of Old Town is at Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square), 10 minutes’s walk from Florenc through a street named Na Poříčí. You can also get to Náměstí Republiky by metro (the station with the same name is on metro line B, one stop from Florenc) or by tram (the trams also go through Na Poříčí street).
The Old Town itself is mostly pedestrian and there is very little public transport except the metro. That said, the Old Town is also quite small and it is easy to get from one end to another in 10-15 minutes. Therefore, unless you have heavy luggage, it is best to get to Náměstí Republiky (by metro, tram, or walk) and then continue on foot to your destination in the Old Town.
Florenc to Old Town by Metro
If you are staying on the other end of Old Town (near the river, Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter, or National Theatre) and don’t want to walk, it is best to take the metro. The metro is also a good way to ensure you won’t get lost if you are in Prague for the first time.
Florenc station is the interchange of lines B (yellow) and C (red). Line B takes you to several places along the border of Old Town:
- Náměstí Republiky (1 stop from Florenc) – Powder Gate, Municipal House, and Celetná street, 5 minutes’ walk to Old Town Square
- Můstek (2 stops from Florenc) – the bottom of Wenceslas Square, 5 minutes’ walk to Old Town Square
- Národní třída (3 stops from Florenc) – National Theatre and Bethlehem Chapel
If you want to get to Charles Bridge or Jewish Quarter, change to metro line A at Můstek and go one stop to Staroměstská (which means Old Town station). There are also direct buses between Florenc and Staroměstská, but these go less frequently than the metro and are generally slower.
Exiting the Bus Station
When you exit the bus station via the new terminal building, you will see the metro entrance immediately.
If you want to walk or take a tram, it is also best to enter the underground and use it as underpass to get to the tram stops (just make sure you don’t get into the paid area of the metro). The tram stops are in Sokolovská street, in front of a bank building with big clock at the top. When you exit the underpass, you will also see a big motorway bridge with a McDonald’s right under this bridge. The trams in Sokolovská street pass under this bridge and the street becomes Na Poříčí on the other side – the one to take towards Old Town.