This post provides information about several different Prague Castle tours you can take, including both free and paid options.
Prague Castle is one of the most historically significant landmarks in the city, and it’s made up of several important buildings including cathedrals, churches, palaces and more.
It’s important to note that the castle grounds are entirely free to visit.
There are some areas you need a ticket to enter, but most of the castle won’t cost a thing to see and learn about.
The free areas of Prague Castle include multiple courtyards, gardens, the Deer Moat, the entrance of St. Vitus Cathedral, and more. The Golden Lane is free after 5 pm.
If you’re looking for a live guide to show you around, one of the best options is to take a free tour of the landmark.
These outings typically include a lot of historical information about both the castle grounds and the surrounding district.
Free tours do not include admission to buildings such as the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica or Daliborka Tower (although you can see the entrance to St. Vitus Cathedral).
If you’re interested in seeing the interior of these locations, you can get tickets that provide entry to these areas with a paid tour.
These outings run the gamut from short orientations to half-day excursions which cover a lot of information about the historic site.
Prague Castle has both an official guided tour and an official audio guide you may want to consider. There are even night tours you can take.
If you’re more interested in the self-guided route, there are three different types of tickets that provide admission to certain areas of the castle: Circuit A, Circuit B, and Circuit C.
While Circuit A and B include special exhibitions, Circuit B is the most affordable choice which covers the cost of admission to sites such as St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and Daliborka Tower.
There are a few different ways to save money on both Prague Castle tours and tickets. We cover these options in the discounts section below.
This section covers free tours of Prague Castle. These outings are pay-what-you-wish, which means there is no cost to join and you get to decide what to pay after it’s over if anything.
These services do not include admission to any of the landmarks. Instead, they provide historical information from outside each building.
However, you can expect to see at least the entrance of St. Vitus Cathedral for free!
This tour is perfect for anyone who needs a basic orientation of Prague Castle.
These outings cover many locations in and around the castle grounds, including:
Note that Charles Bridge is outside the castle grounds. As the tour covers both the castle grounds and the surrounding district, you’ll need a tram ticket (24 CZK) to take this tour.
During the tour, your guide shares details about the history of Prague Castle and each of the landmarks you’ll visit, including information about royal secrets and mysteries you may not learn about on a self-guided tour.
There tours free to join and operate on a pay-what-you-wish model, which means you are free to pay whatever you feel the tour was worth after the tour is finished.
Free Prague Walking Tours
This company offers a similar tour daily at 13:00 (1 pm).
Whether you’re interested in learning more about the castle grounds and district or you want to get a deeper look by entering some of the buildings at Prague Castle, a paid tour is definitely worth consideration.
While some paid outings include just basic highlights, as well as skip-the-line admission to the castle, other outings are half-day guided tours that include an in-depth history of this area.
This section covers the best-paid tours of Prague Castle, including official tours provided at the landmark and as well as a night tour.
Whether you’re looking to save some money or you want just a brief overview of Prague Castle before exploring both the interior and exterior on your own, this is an excellent option.
In addition to providing an introductory overview from a professional tour guide, this outing includes a Circuit B ticket to Prague Castle which covers entry to the following locations:
This is a great way to get skip-the-line tickets before heading to the castle.
Even better, your guide will tell you where the shortest security check queues are located so you can get into each building quickly.
Keep in mind that your guide won’t provide much of an actual tour. This service is more about preparing you to take a self-guided trip around the castle complex complete with a ticket to Prague Castle.
Also, if you’d rather discover this historic site on your own, this is an excellent alternative to a traditional paid tour.
This is one of the most highly-rated tour companies in Europe, and they currently offer a tour that covers the Prague Castle grounds.
The Sandemans tour does not include a Circuit A, B, or C ticket, but you can always purchase those tickets separately if you want to spend even more time visiting the various landmarks included.
Visitors can expect to see and learn about several notable sites including the following:
Sandemans provides a slightly longer tour than some of their competitors, and they cover locations that aren’t included on other tours of Prague Castle such as Wallenstein Palace and the Deer Moat.
Much like their competitors, this tour also includes a walk across the Charles Bridge and covers the district surrounding the castle. As such, you’ll need a tram ticket (24 CZK) to take the tour.
If you’re looking for a slightly more in-depth tour which includes admission to some of the most notable buildings surrounding the castle, this half-day outing is an excellent option.
In addition to learning about the Prague Castle grounds, you’ll also enter the following locations with the included Circuit B ticket:
While on this tour, you’ll also see and learn about sites such as the home of Franz Kafka, the vineyards of St. Wenceslas, and hear the story of the Philosopher’s Stone.
One thing that sets this outing apart from the others is that you don’t need a tram ticket and they offer hotel pick-ups/transfers by air-conditioned bus from the city center.
As you can see, tickets for this tour are a bit more costly than some of the other options we’ve mentioned, but it’s also much longer and it includes a ticket to enter Prague Castle.
It’s also nice that you don’t need to pay for any additional tickets or services, as this tour covers everything you need to enjoy the experience.
While most people will visit Prague Castle during the day, there’s something magical about seeing the beautiful landmark lit up after the sun goes down.
This tour covers the Prague Castle grounds but does not include admission to any of the buildings.
You will, however, hear detailed information about the grounds and learn about the Old Town neighborhood of Prague.
In addition to the castle, you’ll also see the following sites:
Although this tour does not include admission to any of the buildings at the castle, it does cover the cost of a tram ticket, allowing you to reach all of the locations on the trip.
Whether you’re a night owl or you want to discover the most historic landmarks in the city after dark, this is an excellent opportunity to experience Prague Castle and the city in general from a different perspective.
If you’d rather take a self-guided tour of Prague Castle, it’s worth noting that the castle grounds are open until 10 pm each night.
The historical buildings are only open until 5 pm each night (4 pm in the winter), so you’ll need to visit them during the day if you plan to purchase a Circuit A, B or C ticket.
Official Prague Castle Tours
In addition to all the paid guided tours provided by independent professional tour guides and companies, you can also take one of the tours offered directly from Prague Castle.
The standard tour is available in Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. This outing covers sites such as St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Royal Palace.
While it’s not as extensive as some of the other tours on our list, it’s more affordable than most of the options we’ve already mentioned. It provides one with a very good overview of the landmark.
Tickets for this tour can be purchased only at the Information Centre in the Third Courtyard of Prague Castle.
The only problem with this tour is that you have to purchase tickets at the castle, which means you won’t be able to skip the line and it might take a while to get them during popular times of the year.
If you’re short on time, you may want to consider another option.
If you’re really interested in taking a self-guided tour, you may want to consider picking up the official audio guide provided by Prague Castle.
This guide covers details about a total of 96 different spots at this historic location, and it takes about 3 hours to hear all of the information provided.
The official audio guide is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Czech.
Topics covered include both the exterior and interior of the castle.
While the tour itself will take 3 hours to enjoy, that doesn’t account for the time it will take to walk from one spot to the next while using the audio guide.
If you want to take your time, we recommend purchasing a full day audio guide so you won’t have to worry about missing out.
Prague Castle audio guides can only be purchased at the Information Centres in the Second and Third Courtyard.
As with the official tours, you have to get these at the castle, which means you can’t skip the line. If you’re looking to save some time, consider another option.
We’ve already covered some great tours, but there are even more options you may want to consider.
Many guided tours are run by well-respected tour companies. Others are led by independent professional guides.
If you’re interested in seeing more than just Prague Castle, you can also get a combo package that includes admission to the castle as well as other attractions or activities in Prague.
Alternatively, you could take a self-guided tour to explore the landmark and see the most significant sites in the area.
Visitors planning out a self-guided trip should keep in mind that Circuit B tickets are included with some tourist passes, allowing you to save some money on this activity. Read the discount section below for details.
Whether or not you’re planning to get Circuit A, B, or C tickets to see some of the interiors at Prague Castle, you can save a lot of money on a tour of the structure by simply guiding yourself around.
One of the best things about going by yourself is that you don’t have to join a group. You won’t be locked into a specific arrival time.
It is also an ideal option for those who prefer to visit the castle in the evening.
There are several options for self-guided tours, and we will be creating our own breakdown of the most notable sites on and around the castle grounds very soon.
Until we produce the guide, please consider using this fairly in-depth Prague Castle self-guided tour to explore the area at your own pace.
This section lists some of the best deals you can get on tours and tickets to Prague Castle, including tourist passes, combo packages and opportunities for free admission.
If you’re planning to visit more than a few attractions while in Prague, it may be a good idea to purchase a tourist pass, as admission to Prague Castle is included with the following two services:
Each pass includes a Circuit B ticket to Prague Castle, allowing you to visit several notable buildings on the castle grounds.
If you’re also interested in a tour of the castle, you may want to consider either the official tour or the official audio guide as a supplement to this ticket.
Depending on which pass you choose, you could save 50% or more off ticket prices for several different landmarks and activities in the city.
While the Prague Card is an excellent choice for anyone planning on visiting for a few days, you might want to choose the Prague City Pass if you’re going to be in the city for a week or more.
The only real disadvantage of the City Pass is that it doesn’t include as many attractions as other Prague tourist passes.
If you’re wondering about some of the other locations and activities are included with these passes, here are a few of the most notable options:
For more information about how to save money with these services, please check out our post on Prague tourist passes.
Prague Castle tours are included in a few different hop-on, hop-off bus tour combo deals and in packages with other notable landmarks in or around the city.
This section covers some of the best combo packages which include tours of the castle.
City Sightseeing + Prague Castle
City Sightseeing + Prague Castle + Jewish Quarter
City Sightseeing Bus & Boat + Prague Castle
City Sightseeing Bus & Boat + Prague Castle + Jewish Quarter
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Prague Castle + Cruise
Prague Castle + Lobkowicz Palace