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Paris vs Prague: Which city is better for my next vacation

Are you planning a trip to Europe and want to know if Paris or Prague is better? Well this article is for you. We go through everything you need to know about both destinations including, attractions, costs, and safety to help you decide which one you should visit next.

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Paris vs Prague: Some background

Before we get into the Paris vs Prague debate, here is a little bit of background on each city.


Paris is of course the capital of France, and the most populous city too with around 2.1 million inhabitants.

The city is a major travel hub into Europe, and is famous for its art, fashion, food, and culture. It’s also a very green city with around 450 parks and gardens!

Paris is also pretty big. The city is broken up into 20 administrative districts which are also known as arrondissements. It often feels like each one has it’s own subculture.

Wondering if Paris is worth visiting? Here is a useful guide.


Located on the Vltava River, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. The city itself is a complete mix of old and new, with the historic Old Town at the very heart. It is filled with gothic churches, baroque buildings, and much more. But if you wander past the old town you will be treated to a bustle modern metropolis.

Prague is famous for a lot of things, the incredible architecture being one, but also its culture. In fact it was once a place Mozart called home albeit it only for a short time. It’s also famous for its excellent beer, with locals consuming the most beer in the world per capita.

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Paris vs Prague: which one is better for accommodation

Accommodation is a major factor when deciding where to stay in a city. Here we look at Paris and Prague and decide which one has the better accommodation options.


Paris is a popular place to visit, and therefore accommodation is plentiful in the city. There are lots of different neighbourhoods you can base yourself in. From the trendy and arty Montmartre to the more tourist focussed Champs de Mars.

Wherever you stay in Paris, make sure that you are close to a Metro station, as this will ensure that you can easily get around the city.

You will easily find accommodation to suit all budgets in Paris from hostels, to 5 star hotels. My advice is to make sure you book well in advance, particularly during the summer months.


Prague has excellent accommodation options to suit all budgets. From hostels, to mid range hotels, and even luxury options, you will find a little something for all types of traveller.

There are lots of great areas to stay in Prague with some of the best being the Old Town and Lesser Town. They are both incredibly close to top class bars and restaurants, as well as transport links and tourist attractions.

It might be touristy but our recommendation for Prague is to stay near the Charles Bridge. Mostly because it’s the perfect place to go at sunset, and let’s face it no one wants to be traipsing across the city at that time of the morning.

Paris or Prague

Paris is the bigger city and therefore the accommodation options are endless. But that being said accommodation in Prague overall is a lot cheaper and you get more bang for your buck. For that reason Prague is the winner.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for attractions

A huge consideration when visiting a new city is based on the attractions. Here we decide if Paris or Prague has the better attractions.


It’s hard to go through absolutely everything when there is so much to do in Paris. Here are some of the top attractions to give you some ideas on what to see and do.

The Eiffel Tower

Any to do list in Paris has to include the Eiffel Tower. There are a lot of incredible photo spots around Paris to snap pictures of the tower, but if you really want to experience it, you should plan a visit.

You need to buy your tickets online in advance because unsurprisingly this is a very popular attraction. There are different ticketing options, depending on if you plan to walk up the tower, and which levels you want to visit.

The Louvre

The Louvre is the most popular museum in Paris. It showcases nearly 35,000 works of art and stretches 700 metres along the Seine. Two of the most popular bits of art include the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

Again, you will need to purchase your tickets for the Louvre in advance and you will be given a time slot to visit.

The Champs-Elysee

The Champs-Elysees is one of those places you have to visit once in Paris. There is so much going on around here, and don’t even get me started on the crazy drivers!

The shops around here are mostly luxury and designer, think along the lines of your Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. It’s also got a number of souvenir shops and high street brands like Sephora and Zara. Although one of our favourites has to be the Laudree store. There are a range of decadent cakes and macarons that you can purchase, and it is definitely a hell of a lot cheaper than the Louis Vuitton shop.

Arc de Triomphe

Another iconic Parisian landmark is of course the Arc de Triomphe. You can actually climb to the top of the structure for some pretty amazing views of Paris. It will cost you about €13 and is well worth the entry fee.

Sacre Coeur

This is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris, so we definitely recommend taking the trip out to Montmartre to admire this beauty. Entry is free, although you may need to queue at certain times.

One thing you will need to pay for is to get to the top of the church. There are 300 steps and once you get to the top you get a panoramic view of the city.

Take a Seine Cruise

There is something romantic about seeing Paris from the water. You can either do a day or a night cruise and you get to float along the Seine and learn its secrets whilst gazing at the city’s attractions from the water.

There are various different companies you can book with, and they all leave from different locations. But you should book in advance to avoid missing out.

Moulin Rouge

If you are looking to see a cabaret then the Moulin Rouge is a must. It is located in the more colourful part of Paris but you can’t go to Paris without seeing the Can-Can.

If you aren’t interested in the show, we do recommend at least visiting the outside, to snap a picture of that famous windmill.


The Panthéon was initially built as a church and was commissioned by King Louis XV. After the French revolution the Panthéon that was once synonymous with the monarchy became a place to honour those that passed away fighting during this time. And these days it is the final resting place for a number of historical figures.

Catacombs of Paris

One of the more unusual and macabre things to see in Paris has to be the Catacombs. Located 20 metres underground, the ossuary contains the remains of several million Parisians. These catacombs were created due to issues with overcrowding at Parisian cemeteries and for a time were forgotten.

These days it is a top tourist attraction and provides a fascinating insight into the history of Paris. You will need to book a place online in advance as numbers are capped daily.


There is also a lot to explore in Prague. Here are some of our top suggestions.

Charles Bridge

The oldest and honesty most beautiful bridge in Prague is of course the Charles Bridge. It’s 621 metres long and about 10 metres wide and honestly is one of the must see attractions in Prague. Our top tip is to go at sunrise when it’s quiet and insanely beautiful.

Prague Castle

Perched on a hill looking down on Old Town is the Prague Castle. This is another must see attraction in Prague. Not only are the views spectacular from here, but there are so many museums and bits of architecture to explore.

John Lennon Wall

The John Lennon Wall was once, and still is in fairness a symbol of political expression and freedom of speech in Prague. When the country was under communist rule Beatles songs were actually banned so John Lennon and the Beatles represented freedom of speech and when Lennon died the youth of the city visited the wall to mourn – hence the name.

Old Town Square

For the life and soul of Prague head to the Old Town Square. It dates back to the 12th Century but it still a key meeting point in the city today. A top tip is to get some Trdelnik and eat it whilst taking in the sights and sounds of the square. Old Town Square is also one of the most photogenic spots in Prague so an absolute must for any visit.

Old Town Hall Tower

The top of the tower is a great place for incredible views of not only Old Town but Prague itself. There is a lift (before you ask)!

Astronomical Clock

Installed in 1410 this is one of the oldest working astronomical clocks in the world. Every hour the clock springs into action attracting crowds in the Old Town.

Beer Bath

Considering Prague is known for its beer, why not take the opportunity to have a beer bath. Here you can sip pilsner whilst bathing in it. And before you ask, no you don’t drink the beer that you bathe in!

Dancing House

Located in the New Town the Dancing House or the Nationale-Nederlanden building, is one of the most photographed modern buildings in Prague. It was designed to resemble a pair of dancers, hence the nickname.

Petrin Hill

Petrin Hill is another great viewing spot in Prague. You can ride the funicular to the top – which is part of the public transport network – and admire the views. The Petrin Tower is also located here, and you can access the top of the tower for some even more amazing views.

Vltava River Cruise

A river cruise is a must in Prague! There are several cruise companies you can go with, and some offer dinner and drinks on board.

St Nicholas’ Church

Located in Mala Strana St Nicholas’ Church is a Baroque masterpiece that you have to visit. Built between 1704-1755 it is very popular with tourists and is considered one of the greatest examples of Prague Baroque architecture.

Paris or Prague

This is a really tough call because honestly both cities have so much to offer when it comes to attractions. For that reason it’s a draw between Paris and Prague.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for unique experiences

If you are wondering if Paris or Prague is the better choice when it comes to unique attractions this is the section for you.


There are plenty of unique and quirky things to do in Paris. For instance you can actually visit a sewer museum to learn all about the history of waste treatment in the country. You also have very unique attractions like the Paris Catacombs, to explore.


There are a lot of interesting experiences you can have in Prague. Considering it’s communist past there are some fascinating ex Soviet Bunkers that you can visit. In fact you can do a tour of the nuclear bunkers and see all the gas masks and clothing from the time.

Prague also has some interesting museums including the Sex Machines Museum which documents the history of well….sex toys.

If you want something a little less edgy though you could opt for a beer bath. Prague is known for its Pilsners so why not bathe in it?

Paris or Prague

Paris and Prague are both great for unique experiences. I enjoyed Prague a lot more when it came to unique experiences particularly the beer bath.

Paris vs Prague: which one is more picturesque

Wondering if Paris or Prague is the more picturesque option? Here we decide which one is more beautiful.


Paris is a city that exudes beauty. I mean don’t get me wrong there are some parts of the city that feel dirty and plain, but as a whole it’s a a really beautiful place. And there are so many different parts of Paris to admire all this beauty.

For instance you can walk the magical streets of Montmartre admiring the architecture and stunning city views. Or you can stroll along the Seine on a sunny day and appreciate the views of the Eiffel Tower.


Prague is incredibly picturesque. You only have to wander around the old town with its medieval style buildings to see just how amazing it is. It’s a very romantic kind of city with it’s beautiful river, gorgeous parks, and incredible viewpoints. Plus you also have those classic photos of the city with the red roofed buildings.

Walking around the Vltava is a magical experience. The tree lined streets perfectly complement the flowing river, with swans floating on by, particularly on an autumn morning.

Paris or Prague

There is no way to choose between Prague and Paris when it comes to being picturesque. They are both incredibly cities with so much beauty.

Paris vs Prague: which one has the better vibe

I know measuring a city by ‘vibe’ is an ambiguous statement but hear us out.


Paris has a more classical and traditional vibe in parts, and an edgy arty and sometimes boheimian vibe in others. In fact it feels like no neighbourhood in Paris feels the same. There is a complete mix of everything depending on where you go.


Prague has a very contemporary, and energetic vibe that we haven’t really felt in other cities. There is something really positive and exciting about the energy of the city and the people. It’s also got a very youthful and playful vibe, and once you mix that with its fascinating and often dark history it has a very different feel.

Paris or Prague

Paris and Prague both have a great vibe. Both can be incredibly creative, and bohemian in parts. We preferred the vibe in Prague a little bit more just because of its history and the excitement in the city.

Paris vs Prague: which one is easier to get to

Getting to your destination is obviously something that will impact your decision to visit. Here we look at whether Paris or Prague is easier to get to.


Paris is a very well connected city and is quite easy to get to.

The majority of people will end up flying into Paris. The two biggest airports in the city are Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris Orly.

Charles de Gaulle is the biggest airport and the majority of Air France flights start and end here. From the airport you can hop on a train, which will get you into the centre of Paris in about 30 minutes, or grab a taxi. An Uber will cost you around €50.

From Paris Orly you have the option of getting a bus, tram, or train. And for more information you can have a look at the airport website. A taxi will cost around €40 – €50 depending on which part of Paris you are going to.

If you are arriving via train Paris Gare du Nord is the most popular train station, especially if you are coming from the UK. Gare du Nord is a conveniently located station, and from here you can either hop on a metro to other parts of Paris, or just walk from here. It’s incredibly close to areas like Montmartre and a 22 minute walk to Sacre Coeur.


Prague also has an international airport where a number of international and European carriers fly to regularly. Once you arrive at the airport, the easiest way to get from here into the centre will be via taxi. It usually takes in the region of 30- 45 minutes to get into the centre depending on traffic, and a fare will set you back around €30/ 736 CZK. You can also take a bus which will involve some changes to a metro line eventually.

Paris or Prague

Paris is a much larger city than Prague and is considered the gateway to Europe, therefore there are more options for travelling to Paris.

Paris vs Prague: which one is easier to get around

Wondering if Paris or Prague is the easier city to get around. Well, read on.


One of the good things about Paris is that the public transport system is very easy to use. It’s reliable, and efficient, and if you use Googlemaps alongside it for instance you shouldn’t have any issues.

You will probably find yourself mostly using the Metro which is the underground train system in the city. The Metro will get you to the majority of tourist sites in Paris.

To use public transport as a visitor to Paris you can purchase the Paris Visite card. It’s charged at different day rates, but for 3 days you are looking at paying €29.40 for an adult for zones 1-3, and €59.20 for an adult for zones 1-5.

We ended up overpaying for the pass and opted for the zones 1-5 which we didn’t need. You only need zones 1-5 if you are travelling to Disneyland Paris or Versailles. If you are sticking to the centre of Paris, which includes all your main tourist attractions, you only need zones 1-3. Believe me this information will save you a lot of money!

You can purchase your tickets at any metro station. All the ticket machines we encountered had English Language options so you shouldn’t have too much issue purchasing them. You just need to validate them each time you use public transport.


Prague is a walkable city, so you may not need to use public transport that much. If you do though the good news is, is that it is cheap and easy to use.

Public transport in Prague consists of the metro, the tram, the bus, and the funicular. You can either buy tickets that cover one trip or longer time periods like 24 hours. Make sure you purchase your tickets before using public transport and validate your tickets upon boarding. For more information you can visit the Prague Public Transport website.

Paris or Prague

Paris again is the larger city so the public transport network is really good. It’s easy to get around especially via the metro.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for food

Are you a foodie and wondering if Paris or Prague is the better choice for you? Well, read on.


Food in Paris is incredible. But just to clarify it’s not all snails and frog legs. I mean they exist but there is so much more on offer in the city. For starters a lot of the boulangeries and pâtisseries stock the most amazing foods like baguettes, croissants, pastries, eclairs, and way more.

Then you also have the comforting French food like French Onion Soup, Steak and Fries, and even Beef Bourguignon. Pair all of that with a top quality glass of wine and you have a winning combination. Oh and have I mentioned the cheese?

Basically if you are into food, Paris will be a dream for you.


If you love stodgy, meaty, type foods you will love Prague. For starters they have some excellent bakeries with pastries and coffee to get you going in the morning.

There is a lot of choice when it comes to good food in Prague, but if you want to try some of the authentic dishes go for things like goulash and pork knuckle. You should also try Chlebíčky which is a traditional open faced sandwich.

Do your research when it comes to good places to eat in Prague, particularly around the old town. A lot of places around here tend to be complete tourist traps with expensive and lower quality food.

Paris or Prague

Honestly you won’t go hungry in either city. My personal favourite when it comes to food has to be Paris because nothing beats cheese and wine in my mind.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for nightlife

If you are looking to party the night away you might be wondering if Paris or Prague is better.


The nightlife in Paris is honestly pretty fantastic. And we found that there is a little something for everyone. For something more low key cafe stay open quite late, and you can sip wine or drink beers as you chat with your friends.

The quality of the nightlife in Paris all depends on where you go, and what you enjoy. Places like Le Maris and Pigalle, are our favourites for cocktail lounges and cafes, and Bastille is one of the best spots for clubbing in the city.


Prague has a really incredible nightlife scene with a little something for everyone. For starters you can visit a traditional Czech drinking den like U Tygra, or sip fancy cocktails in the Hemingway Bar. You also have some pretty epic clubs that you can dance the night away in. If you want to party Prague well and truly has you covered.

For us the highlight in Prague in terms of nightlife was the beer halls. It is known for it’s top quality pilsners, so you have to give them a try.

Paris or Prague

Personally I loved Paris when it came to nightlife. There are so many neighbourhoods to explore with lots of quirky bars, clubs, and so much more.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for safety

Safety is a big consideration when travelling, so between Paris and Prague which one is safer?


In our experience we found Paris incredibly safe for a big European city. That’s not to say that you don’t need to be careful though.

The tourist areas are all safe, and many of these are monitored by armed police. You do get a lot of scammers who target tourists though. So just be mindful of this.

Pickpocketing is also incredibly common around tourist areas or on the Metro. Make sure you keep an eye on your belongings, particularly handbags.

Walking around Paris at night is relatively ok. Most of the central neighbourhoods or tourist spots are pretty bustling even after dark, so you will find safety in numbers.

Civil unrest/ protests are also common. It’s just a case of being vigilant and avoiding mass protests. Also follow the news if you can so that you know what is going on in the city when you visit.

Terrorism is another issue in France. While it is rare there have been incidents in the past. All the tourist spots in the city are heavily patrolled by armed police or the army. Just stay alert, but also remember these aren’t every day incidents that occur.


For us Prague felt totally safe, although realistically we did spend most of our time in the old town and surrounding touristy areas. Like any big city you should have your wits about you, but from what we have seen tourists don’t usually have too much trouble in Prague.

One of the main issues for tourists in Prague is falling victim to pickpocketing or petty scams. Make sure you keep your valuables hidden away. We’ve also heard stories of people being ripped off using ATM’s so just make sure you that you are using legitimate cash machines in well lit areas.

Paris or Prague

Prague is certainly the safer city. It’s a lot smaller and generally as a tourist you shouldn’t’ have any issues. Just have your wits about you as always.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for couples

If you are planning on visiting Europe with your significant other you might be wondering if Paris or Prague is the better option for couples.


Paris has of course famously earned itself the nickname of the city of love, and is a very popular spot for honeymoons, and romantic weekend escapes. So it is unsurprising that you will find a number of romantic things to do in this fine city.

It feels like the world is your romantic oyster in Paris, and you can do things like taking a romantic cruise down the Seine, sipping Champagne on the Eiffel Tower, or just having a picnic in one of the many atmospheric parks in the city.


We travelled to Prague as a couple, and we can honestly say it is such an incredible place to go for a romantic break. The cobbled streets, and incredible architecture makes it the perfect place for a romantic stroll.

There are also so many cosy bars and restaurants, that make for a fantastic date night. Although our top tip for something to do as a couple is waking up for sunrise and visiting the Charles Bridge. This was one of our favourite moments from our trip to Prague.

Paris or Prague

Let’s face it Paris is the city of love so it is always going to be the winner when it comes to couples holidays.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for families

If you are planning a visit to Europe with kids you might be wondering if Paris or Prague is the better option.


I know that Paris might not be the first place in Europe you think of visiting with a family, but it is a good one. For one thing there are so many immersive museums in the city, making it the perfect place to admire the beauty and also learn.

Paris also has some really beautiful parks like the Jardin du Luxembourg, which is a great place for picnics, pony rides, and other family friendly activities.

Finally let’s not forget that Paris is home to Disneyland Paris. And if that doesn’t scream family fun, I don’t know what does.


If you are travelling with kids Prague is a good choice. There are so many beautiful parks to stroll in, and there is so much that your kids can learn about in regards to history. But the best thing about Prague is that there are several museums and attractions perfect for kids, like the Lego Museum. Also a fun fact, there is an island located in the river called Children Island, that has a traditional playground that is perfect for younger children.

Paris or Prague

Both Paris and Prague are decent cities to visit for a family trip. That being said, Paris does have Disneyland and can you really argue with that?

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for solo travel

If you are travelling alone you might be wondering if Paris or Prague is the better option. Here are our thoughts.


Paris is a fantastic place to go if you are travelling alone. This is because there is so much to do, it’s easy to get around, and overall it is pretty safe.

There are also several day trips or tours you can book onto if you are wanting to explore the city with like minded people.


Prague is a great place to go if you are travelling solo. For starters you will never have a dull moment in this city. There are so many amazing things to do in Prague to keep you entertained. It’s also relatively safe, again making it a great city for solo travel.

It’s also really easy to get around and is very walkable. You have option to book tours too if you want to see the sights and meet people in the process.

Paris or Prague

Paris and Prague are both great places for solo travel. We prefer Prague just because it is a little bit safer and easier to get around if you are travelling alone.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better for a budget holiday

Money is a big consideration when visiting a new city. So is Paris or Prague cheaper?


Paris can be expensive, particularly if you are paying to go into a lot of the big tourist attractions. But there are ways to make your trip a bit cheaper.

For starters when it comes to food, you can visit fancy restaurants but you can also purchase delicious bread and pastries from grocery stores or bakeries across the city. These tend to be cheap and incredibly delicious.

For an average trip where you are visiting attractions, eating out, and enjoying some drinks, we would recommend budgeting around €100 per person per day.

Accommodation can be expensive depending on the time of year you visit. For a 4 star hotel you can expect to pay around €140 – €150 per night.


Prague is one of the cheaper European capitals, although it isn’t as cheap as it once was. To give you an idea on costs a pint of beer will set you back 72.38 Czech Koruna or €3. A meal at a restaurant for 2 will cost around€20/€30 – which again as a European standard is pretty cheap.

It’s easy to see Prague on a budget and you can really bring down costs depending on the kind of accommodation you book, where you eat, and the attractions you wish to see.

On average we budgeted around €100 or 3000 CZK per person per day. We didn’t usually spend this much but it might help you plan your own budget in the city. For us this included things like tours, cocktails and beers, dinners, and transport. This didn’t include accommodation though, as we paid for that well in advance.

Paris or Prague

If you are travelling on a budget Prague is a lot cheaper than Paris.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better in summer

If you want the perfect summer holiday getaway you might be trying to decide if Paris or Prague is better. Here are some thoughts.


Summer is of course peak travel season in Paris. To the point where over tourism becomes a bit of a problem. Personally we wouldn’t recommend visiting the city in summer due to the sheer volume of visitors. It makes it hard to visit the attractions, and you will find yourself queuing for a lot of your holiday. Accommodation costs skyrocket at this time of year as well. So if you can avoid it we recommend you do.

Temperatures tend to range between 14°C and 26°C although it does get a lot higher with random heatwaves scattered throughout the summer. It’s the perfect time for picnics, relaxing in cafes, or enjoying the many green spaces in the city. This is obviously part of the reason tourist numbers are so high.


If you are considering visiting Prague in the summer, this is a great time of year to go. The days are long and temperatures are mild. Average temperatures in Celsius range from 15- 26, making it a bit cooler than Vienna. It’s perfect for wandering around and enjoying everything the city has to offer.

As mentioned above if you are traveling in the summer months book accommodation and tours well in advance as it does get busy.

Paris or Prague

Tourist numbers in Paris and Prague are incredibly high over the summer months. But that being said the weather is great making it a good time to visit. If you visit either city at this time of year make sure you book accommodation well in advance.

Paris vs Prague: which one is better in winter

If travelling in winter is more your thing, you might be wondering if Paris or Prague is the better holiday option.


Winter is very much the off season when it comes to travelling to Paris. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With incredibly high tourist numbers in the summer, winter is a welcome break for those that want a more authentic Parisian experience.

The weather is cool with average lows of 3°C and highs of 8°C. So it’s not ideal for outdoor activities, but it’s perfect for cosying up in cafes, or visiting the many museums in the city.


We think Prague really comes to life in the winter months. It is cold with temperatures often going below freezing. On average you are looking at minus 2 – 5 degrees Celsius.

In December you have the Christmas Markets which really adds to the romantic charm of the city. It’s also a magical experience walking over the Charles Bridge as it lightly snows and you sip some mulled wine.

And if you want to know what it’s like visiting Prague in autumn this article might be handy.

Paris or Prague

Prague is a little bit more charming during the winter months, and the Christmas Markets in the city in December make it our favourite winter destination.

Paris vs Prague: which one is for me

Well done for making it to the end of this epic list. And now it is time to decide if Paris or Prague is the best place to go for your next European break. Before we decide here is a final recap.


Paris is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe. This is both good and bad. It can be overcrowded, but it is for good reason. With its incredible cafe culture, stunning landmarks, and mouthwatering food it is easy to see why Paris is a tourist favourite.


Prague is like walking around in a fairytale. The cobbled streets, and romantic atmosphere make it the perfect location for city break no matter what time of year.

If you love old world charm, atmospheric streets, and easily walkable destinations Prague is for you

Paris or Prague

This is actually a very hard decision to make because we absolutely love both Paris and Prague. Prague is probably the winner for us though just because if its old world charm, cheaper food and drinks, and incredible Christmas Markets.

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