When you first come up with an idea to move to Prague, you need to find a place to live. You have to consider what is the best for you. Do you want to be surrounded by nightlife or do you prefer quiet area? Touristic or not? Low budget or is you budget unlimited?
Below you can see short descriptions of Prague areas. Choose the one that suits you the best.
Prague 1 and Old Town
By staying anywhere in the Prague 1 district you will put yourself within 20 minutes walk of most of Prague’s tourist attractions. Prague 1 comprises the Old Town, Josefov (the Jewish Quarter) and HradA?any. This area of town is by far the most expensive in the city and while it can be a convenient location to live in, it is often noisy and overcrowded. Most expats prefer to live in the other central suburbs, most of which are within walking distance or a few tram stops from Prague 1. If you want to live in Prague 1, you will likely want to avoid the overcrowded and noisy areas of the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and the region around Charles Bridge.
Prague 2 and Vinohrady
South and south west of central Prague extending about 1km further than the Prague 1 boundary following up the river. Partly located in Prague 3 and Prague 10 as well, Vinohrady is one of Prague’s most pleasant districts. Why? There are at least 3 reasons: its proximity to the city center, its easy access to public transport, and its culinary offerings. That’s why also it is one of the city’s most upmarket districts and the higher rental prices reflect this. As far as public transport goes, Vinohrady largely revolves around the metro stations I.P. Pavlova and NA?mA�stA� MA�ru, both of which are one stop away from the very center of the town. Vinohrady is mostly composed of grand nineteenth-century buildings. There are plenty of quiet streets, restaurants, pubs, and shops in the area, making the district one of the top choices for expats.
Prague 3 and A?iA?kov
Bordering progressively upscale Vinohrady is the more working-class A?iA?kov. It boasts similar architecture to Vinohrady, although it is, in some areas, rather more run down. However, the district is extremely popular among expats partly due to its great abundance of pubs and nightlife venues. Comparing to Vinohrady, A?iA?kov is equally trendy, if not a bit grittier, with cheaper apartments for the urban-minded and plenty of after-hours action for night owls. A?iA?kov is also home to the 216 meter-high Prague TV Tower. Western A?iA?kov ends near the top of Wenceslas Square and the National Museum making much of it in walking distance from the Old Town. This area is served by three metro stations on Prague’s Line A (the Green Line). These are JiA�A�ho z PodA�brad (at the TV tower), Flora and A?elivskA�ho.
Prague 4 andA�VyA?ehrad and Nusle
Prague 4 is a huge district extending far into the outskirts. Going upriver for 3km, on the other side of Prague 2, you come to Prague 4. Lower level accommodation for tourists (pensions and hostels) are largely grouped around Podoli and Branik on the river. However, the inner regions of the district comprise the areas of Nusle and VyA?ehrad, parts of which are located in Prague 2. This area of town is somewhat further from the center than the previous ones mentioned but transport connections are very good and it is often considerably cheaper. VyA?ehrad is home to a 10th-century castle and the St. Peter and Paul Basilica. This very historic and attractive area of Prague is ideal for those looking for a quieter and cheaper area to live in Prague. Nusle, just to the east, is home to many fine nineteenth century buildings and various pubs, restaurants and shops.
Prague 5 and SmA�chov
SmA�chov is located to the southwest and just across the Vltava River from the Old Town. It is also considered as a convenient location for many expats. It is very well connected by public transport and the main area of the district revolves around the AndA�l and SmA�chovskA� nA?draA?A� metro stations. You can find there shopping mall and plenty of pubs, shops and restaurants. This region of Prague is often crowded and noisy although- what’s important, the prices are typically far lower than the neighboring Prague 1.
Prague 6 and Dejvice
Even though a little bit far out of town for some people, Dejvice is well-connected to the rest of Prague and the airport and with lower rental prices than much of the wider center. This part of Prague is bordered by the quiet suburb of LetnA? to the east. The suburb largely revolves around a large roundabout with the DejvickA? metro station.
Dejvice is similar to Vinohrady in expat popularity (NebuA?ice is especially favored by expats) and landscape. Rents are typically cheaper and pubs and eateries are decidedly more “Czech” in the atmosphere. Prague 6 is an ideal place for families with many schools and parks nearby. OA�echovka and Hanspaulka are two of the nicest residential areas in the city, characterized by luxurious houses and villas. Prague 6 is also home to many diplomats and ambassadors.
Prague 7 and LetnA? and HoleA?ovice
HoleA?ovice is situated quite near the city center. It’s home to Prague Zoo, the National Gallery of Prague and the Praha-HoleA?ovice international train station. Some of its neighborhoods are just a short walk from lively LetnA? and Stromovka parks where dog-walkers, rollerbladers, and beer gardens are plentiful. LetnA? is one of the favorite places for expats in Prague, particularly among Americans, although it is relatively expensive compared to neighboring HoleA?ovice. Not all LetnA? residences are eye pleasing but it can still be a very convenient place to live. It is home to many quiet and leafy streets and many expat-friendly bars and international restaurants. It is also home to the famous LetnA? beer gardens which offer splendid views of the Old Town just across the Vltava River.
Prague 8 & 9 and Karlin, Kobylisy, Prosek, LA?dvA�, and LetA?any
On the other side of the river from Prague 7 and the other side of the highway from Prague 1 you are in Prague 8. Most people know the area as Karlin although it begins at Florenc and extends down to an area called Invalidovna. After this, it becomes Prague 9.
KarlA�n in Prague 8 was the district worst hit by the 2002 floods but has experienced an amazing renaissance thanks to the massive River City development, an office-building and luxury apartment complex. Thanks that, Karlin is now an up and coming area with a lot of investment in local businesses over the last 10 years and hence the hotels, bars and restaurants have followed. The stylized living spaces, cafA�’s, and state-of-the-art gyms cropping up as a result of the development will continue to draw yuppie types while a strong presence of die-hard locals keeps the mix interesting. Kobylisy, Prosek, LA?dvA�, and LetA?any in Prague 9 are a good distance from the center, although Metro line C now extends to LetA?any. So if you are prepared for a 20-30 minute walk or use of public transport, you can check out if those could be your parts of Prague to live in.
Prague 10 andA�VrA?ovice
Prague 10 has borders with Prague 2, Prague 3 and Prague 9 and is the last Prague area before entering the Prague-East district of the Stredocesky area. It has metro stations at Zelivskeho, Strasnice and Skalka. VrA?ovice has a Vinohrady feel but is a bit further from the center. Usually with quite low rents, but as the neighborhood becomes increasingly popular, prices have begun to rise. Eateries, entertainment, and access to public transport links aren’t plentiful but do exist. HostivaA� is a quiet residential area dominated by HostivaA� Dam (great for swimming and sunning in the summer) and surrounded by a well-maintained forest that is perfect for hiking and biking. Nevertheless not really popular part of Prague among expats.