Sparta Prague – Liverpool (travel guide & tips)

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By Tony Haslam

After finishing top of Group K, Liverpool will now face Sparta Prague in the second round of the Europa League, with the first leg being held on 17
th February.

Liverpool – Prague

Unfortunately, you cannot fly directly from Liverpool to Prague. You can fly to Amsterdam and change flights there, however there are 10 hr waits in between, however we did find the following with KLM Airlines, flying out on Wednesday 16th February, returning on Friday 18th:


Dept Arrive Operator Flight No:
0600 (LIV-AMS) 0825 KLM KL1034
0925 (AMS-PR) 1050 KLM KL3121
0700 (PR-AMS) 0840 KLM KL3120
0920 (AMS-LIV) 0945 KLM KL1035

Manchester – Prague

There are flights from Manchester to Prague, but they are from Thursday – Sunday, flying out on the day of the match (17
th) and returning on 20th February. 

Dept Arrive Operator Flight No:
0655 1010 Jet2 LS 887
0300 1620 BMI Baby WW3573
1720 1835 Jet2 LS888
2230 2355 BMI Baby WW3574

London – Prague

Those travelling from London airports will find it a bit easier to get there and back, with flights available from Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted (all flying out on Weds 16th, returning Friday 18th February)


Dept Arrive Operator Flight No:
0630 0925 Easyjet EZY5439
1805 2105 Easyjet EZY5495
1000 1105 Easyjet EZY5494
2145 2250 Easyjet EZY5496


Dept Arrive Operator Flight No:
0705 1005 British Airways BA854
1105 1405 British Airways BA852
1435 1735 British Airways BA856
0845 1000 British Airways BA853
1100 1215 British Airways BA855
1500 1605 British Airways BA859


Dept Arrive Operator Flight No:
1340 1635 Easyjet EZY3067
1030 1130 Easyjet EZY3064
1705 1805 Easyjet EZY3068

The centre of Prague is about 20-25 minutes by car from the Airport, but don’t just jump in any taxi you find outside – many of them will try and rip you off. Instead, try and arrange something before you go, or there are buses from the airport but these will be busier around the days before and after the match. The following buses numbers from the airport head into the centre of Prague: 119, 100, 225, 179, or any that says ‘Centrum’ on the front.

If you’ve got time to spare before and after the game, then the main areas are Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square. Wenceslas square in the daytime is a decent place to be, there’s plenty of bars in the side streets off the main road where you can get a pint pretty cheaply, and there’s enough restaurants, cafes and shops to get something to eat – but work out what you’re paying before you order as the places on the main street charge a bomb for something you can get cheaper round the corner. If you just want a KFC or McDonalds, they are signposted from the main street, or there’s a TGI Fridays restaurant at the bottom of Wenceslas square. There are a few supermarkets signposted from the main street too, if you don’t want to be paying to eat out the whole time you are there.

There’s a bar called Duplex which overlooks Wenceslas Square and is decent to sit off for an hour or two and get a few drinks down your neck. You can access it off the main street, and take a lift to the top floor. If you’re struggling to find out where it is, simply look up in the air; you can’t miss it (or if you do, it’s opposite Starbucks!).

If you want somewhere to watch the Champion’s League games the night before the Sparta Match, head down to the beer factory at the top of Wenceslas Sq. It’s a bit of a walk (and one you’ll learn to hate), but once you are there, you can pour your own pints at your table to save you queuing up, there’s a couple of big screens for the footy and there’s an electronic tally chart on the wall to see how many pints you and your mates have got through compared to the other tables, and it’s around a quid a pint of the local pilsner. There’s also a decent Irish pub called Rocky O Reilly’s just round the corner from the beer factory (although none of the staff are Irish!), which has quite a few screens for the footy, and does a decent breakfast for 250 CZK (about £7/8)

In the evening, you’ll want to stay away from Wenceslas Square at all costs, unless you want to be hassled constantly to go into bars, casinos and strip/’cabaret’ clubs. They all have staff working in the streets who won’t take no for an answer, and make it their mission to pester you until you either tell them to do one or cave in and go with them, but be aware that as soon as you get rid of one, the next one will come along trying to drag you into their club instead. The best advice we can give is to just ignore them altogether, don’t even let on to them if they ask you where you are going.

If you do decide to venture in to one of these places, check the menu before ordering drinks, otherwise you’ll get stung and end up paying £10 for a bottle of Heineken. Normally, a small can of beer can be bought for around £1.50, but this will be almost invisible on any drinks menu, so keep your eyes peeled before ordering anything.

Getting to the Stadium
The Generali Stadium is just under 2km from Wenceslas square in the centre of Prague, so you can either walk, get a taxi or a tram directly to the ground from the centre on Tram Line A (Hradčanská). The following trams go to the Stadium: 1, 15, 18, 25, 26 and 57.

The trams are notorious for pickpockets operating on them, so if there’s only a small group of you, stick together and keep an eye on each other’s belongings. A common trick is for two or three members of a pick pocketing gang to stand close to their target, and as soon as the tram hits a bump they will knock into them, and try and lift their wallet/phone at the same time. It is advisable to stay away from the trams at night, unless you’re with a big group of reds rather than just on your own. Another trick that has emerged on the trams is for groups to be pretending to be Metro staff, who will ask to see your ticket, claim it is invalid and then attempt to fine you around 500 CZK (£19/20) . If you have a valid ticket, tell them to call the Police, this should get rid of them.

If you want to get a taxi; try and agree a fee before getting in with the driver, or ask at reception of your hotel to book one for you, otherwise you will run the risk of being overcharged for what should have been a quick, cheap trip.

Additional Info:
In the Winter months in Prague, it can be colder than the UK, average temperatures are just 1° for February in the daytime, while at night it can drop well below zero, so take a warm jacket with you.

The currency is Prague is the Czech Koruna, below is a guide as to what you get for your GBP:

  • £5 = 145 CZK
  • £10 = 290 CZK
  • £20 = 580 CZK
  • £25 = 725 CZK
  • £50 = 1451 CZK

Should you need to contact the British Embassy for any reason, their phone number is: (420) 257 402 370

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  1. ” a tram directly to the ground from the centre on Tram Line A (Hradčanská)” – actually not a tram line, but underground Line A (the green line) from the top or middle of Wenceslas square to the station Hradcanska where you get out and from there it is one tram stop (or a longish walk) to the tram stop “Sparta” which is right by the arena. You can catch a tram from Namesti Republiky (Republic Square, near Municipal house) too, but I am not sure there is one going directly to the stadium, and I think not, so it could be a bit of a hassle changing trams. One more tip – I would avoid the center altogether, HOLESOVICE is a part of Prague where the stadium is near and the pubs are many (though I understand it is better to gather in one place ). Contact me on for details, or advice, I live close to the stadium. YNWA!

  2. also if you are taking a bus from the airport, it will take you to an Underground station “Dejvicka” (in approx. 15 mins), which is the bus terminus – get on the Underground (or Metro as we call it, it is signposted, a green sign with big “A” written on it) – go just one station from there to the Metro Station “Hradcanska” and then it is just one tram stop from there to go to the stadium. If you arrive early, you can continue 2 more stations to Staromestská” (Old Town Square) – a bit pricier and touristy, but that’s where the sights are, or 3 more to Mustek, which is in Wenceslas square.

    My recommendation, if you have time before the match, is to get off at the Underground “Hradcanska”, take a tram number 1, 8, 25 or 26 (the next stop is “Sparta”), past the stadium and get off at “Letenske namesti”, “Kamenicka” or “Strossmayerovo Namesti” (names of stops, they announce them on the tram) and find a pub or a restaurant there – good prices – pint is about 1 GBP (25-40 Czech crowns, don’t pay more than that), meals range from 3-6 GBP (pasta, pizza) to 12-15 GBP for a steak, no hassle and you can walk to the stadium from there (5 – 10 minutes), plus it is a nice part of Prague.

    Tickets: buy a 26 crown (around 90p) ticket in the machines down in the underground (you’ll need coins) or at the newspaper stands – the sellers do understand the word ticket and twenty six :)) – the tickets are good for 75 minutes on underground, buses, trams, you don’t need to buy a new ticket each time you transfer onto something else. if you get a ticket at the airport, it is good for the whole time. the problems could be expected mainly at and around the Wenceslas square, but nobody should try to cheat you anywhere else, regular pubs always have a sign or a menu telling you how much beers and meals are.

    the fine for not having a ticket is 700 Czech crowns, the Metro Staff usually wear blue jackets and must have a badge and an ID.

    Enjoy the match and the city!!

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