The area of Prague 1 stretches roughly from the Lesser Town to the Old Town. But I don’t know too many daredevils from my surroundings who go to the city center to park there. Most of them are already instructed, so they prefer to park their vehicle somewhere else, where they don’t have to circle around for hours and wait for one small place where they won’t drive their SUV anyway, because they won’t fit there.
The historic streets are beautiful, but not so much when you sit behind the wheel. In the center almost you will not find free parking spaces, which would not fall into any zones – in this case mostly the blue one, but in some places there is also a purple (mixed) zone, which is characterized mainly by the fact that an hour of standing is cheaper. But even if you have a disability card, you are far from winning in parking.
Where to try to park?
If you want to save, it will definitely not be in Prague 1. If, however, you are ready for a hefty fee and you definitely don’t have to stand there all day, then you can try circling the historic center and praying for a vacancy. The worst parking situation usually morning and morning, over lunch it’s better and of course it’s best in the early evening.
Apart from parking on the street, you can try to park in one shopping center. In this area you will find, for example, Palladium, where an hour of standing costs 55 crowns. Right opposite Palladia is Kotva, which also has underground garages and pays the same for an hour, and from 8 pm to 7 am the price is 30 crowns. Fortunately, the garages at the National Theater are being repaired some Friday. Parking there has always been a punishment. When you can drive in and find a place, it was not at all certain that you would leave with the help of a large car.
A big emergency is parking in Rudolfinum, there will be parked by almost everyone who is going to a show or has a meeting in the area. The parking lot is not exactly for beginners with a fresh driver and you pay 60 crowns an hour.
And in addition, you can use the services parking houses. Some require advance booking. However, such a house is, for example, Central Park Prague, which is located in Nové Město near Charles Square and an hour of parking here costs 30 crowns or Parking in Florence, where an hour of parking for a person costs 45 crowns. However, both places are a bit of a compromise, because they are located a little further than, for example, the Old Town Square. Among other things, in Paris there is a lot of luck with parking.
How and where to pay the zone?
No matter what zone you stand in, you have to pay for parking and don’t think that you will be lucky and will not catch you. So it is better to spend a few ten crowns than to pay a greasy fine. So either you come across a slot machine that also takes 99% of the cards, or you have to deal with it online – fortunately there is also an application virtual parking meter, where the payment process is completely simplified.
Standing in the blue zone it usually costs 80 crowns per hourif you manage to find out in the city center purple (ie mixed) zone, then you pay 60 crowns. You can find it, for example, on Alešovo nábřeží, Dvořákovo nábřeží, Dušní Street, Platnéřská or Řásnovka. The blue is everywhere else.
These parking permits are suitable for individuals living in the area. Unfortunately, even the card does not guarantee that they will always park at their house. All you need there is someone else who has paid the fee, no one can knock him out. So the parking lot is nice just because you don’t have to pay for each parking space separately. Authorization can be obtained by anyone who proves himself permanent residence or domicile in the defined zone. But beware, you have to have paid permission to Prague 1, it does not mean that it applies to you for another part.
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