Paid Parking zones – Parking in Prague
In Prague, parking is regulated by PAID PARKING ZONES (PPZ) in order to protect residents living in parts of town with a lot of traffic and to motivate visitors to avoid these parts of town and park in said zones only for period of time they really need. This way they will free up parking space for others. The founder of the PPZ is the city of Prague. The institute for technical maintenance of communications (ITMC) is the responsible supervisor of PPZ.
The new conception of PPZ offers three basic parking modes.
Blue zone (Residents)
The blue zone, marked with a blue line (vertical and horizontal signs) is designated for residents. Only residents with a valid parking permit and abonents may park on the blue zone. Others may use the blue zone for parking only after paying via the virtual parking clock web app, as there are no parking ticket machines installed in the blue zone. This way of use of the blue zone allows for maximum time of 3 hours. The city of Prague is divided into three price sectors, which determine the cost of parking. (Map of the price sectors) The pricelist is available for download.
Purple zone (Mixed)
The purple zone, marked with a discontinuous white line and a traffic sign with a purple stripe is meant for so called mixed parking. Owners of a valid parking permit may use the purple zone without limitations. Others may use it for a maximum of 24 hours and only after paying via the virtual parking clock web app or using the parking ticket machine. The city of Prague is divided into three price sectors, which determine the cost of parking. (Map of the price sectors) The pricelist is available for download.
Orange zone (Visitors)
The orange zone, marked with a discontinuous white line and a traffic sign with an orange stripe is designated for so called short time parking. All users may park on the orange zone for a maximum of 3 hours and only after paying via the virtual parking clock web app or using the parking ticket machine. The city of Prague is divided into three price sectors, which determine the cost of parking. (Map of the price sectors) The pricelist is available for download.
Visitor parking payment
Parking tickets can be paid for using either the parking ticket machine (payment by card or cash: CZK/EUR) or by using the virtual parking clock web app. Customers will be identified using the license plate number of their vehicle. Inspection of parking permits will be conducted automatically using a monitoring system. That way there is no need to display the parking ticket or the permit behind the windshield of the vehicle.
Opening hours of the paid parking zones
The general opening hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 8:00pm but this can vary depending on the city part and different locations. Out of opening hours the parking is not regulated.
Other possibilities for parking and transport around Prague
We strongly suggest using the public transport for travel around the city, especially the center. Park and Ride (P+R) parking lots are set up to help with this. They are situated close to large public transport stops and allow for easy transfer from vehicle into a bus, tram or metro.
These parking lots are strategically placed in proximity to stops of the public transport. Further information about the usage can be found on the webpages of ITMC of Prague.
There is also a possibility for a short stop (to drop people off or pick them up at a metro station for example) at the Kiss and Ride (K+R) parking places.
K+R short time period parking
Parking places for short stops K+R are placed by some metro stops and railway stations, these are meant specifically for dropping people off or picking them up at the station nearby. K+R parking spaces are not to be used for long time parking.
Other possible ways of parking in Prague
There are other ways of parking your vehicle in Prague. These include parking lots and secured parking spaces, both of which are maintained by private owners. Commercial parking lots like these can usually be found along main roadways, public transport stops or next to shopping malls and other places where lots of vehicles are expected (for example close to the airport). The prices and rules of parking in these parking lots are determined by their operators. Some even offer reservations. Further information concerning private parking lots can be found on the map of commercial parking lots in Prague.
Parking inside of a paid parking zone is priced according to the pricelist which you can find here. You will be able to see the amount you are to pay either on the screen of the parking ticket machine, when parking in a purple or orange zone, or in the virtual parking clock app.
It is intuitive and simple. Just follow the instructions on the display. A detailed explanation can be found here.
The virtual parking clock is a web application, which allows drivers to pay for short time visitor parking without the need to use the parking ticket machine. A detailed brochure can be found here.
It is best to use the PPZs outside of the opening hours, when they are for free, or the purple zone,. The orange and blue zones are also available, but considerably more expensive. In the purple zone, during opening hours, you can park after paying using either the parking ticket machine or the virtual parking clock web app. The maximum length of the stay is 24 hours. The orange zone works the same, but the maximum time period is shortened to just 3 hours with some locations having an even shorter maximum because of larger amounts of traffic. The maximum time period for the blue zone is also 3 hours and can be shortened in some locations as well. The payment in the blue zone is restricted to the virtual parking clock web app only as there are no parking ticket machines in the blue zone. Outside of the opening hours and during weekends, there are no parking restrictions in the PPZs and parking is for free. It is also possible to use the P+R parking lots and continue using the public transport when visiting. This is often the cheaper and more comfortable way.
Yes, you are. You have to identify yourself using an ID card and your temporary residence permit or the border crossing document. IMPORTANT: You also have to provide evidence for your legal relationship to the vehicle for which you are requesting the parking permit (ownership, renting from a car rental…). Detailed information can be found in the Methods for parking permit issuing or in the parking permit bureau.
Motorbike parking is free of charge in all PPZs.