Easter 2024 in Prague: Shop closings, transport disruptions, and what to do

Read more to find out what's open and what isn't during the Easter holiday, including museums' opening times and cultural events.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 19.03.2024 13:07:00 (updated on 29.03.2024) Reading time: 3 minutes

Easter falls earlier than usual this year, with Good Friday arriving on March 29 and Easter Monday on April 1. Here’s what you need to know about shopping, school closures, and metro disruptions.

Which stores are open over Easter?

Under Czech law, small and large shops can remain open on Good Friday. However, on Easter Monday, shops that are over 200 square meters in size, including supermarkets and clothing stores, are required to close. Pharmacies, gas stations, shops at airports, railway stations (including Prague’s Hlavní nádraží), and hospitals are exempt from this regulation.

Nearly all large retail chains will operate standard weekend opening hours on Saturday and Sunday. Banks and government offices will be closed Friday through Monday.

When will students have school break?

Public schools break up on Thursday, March 28 (meaning that the last day of school will be Wednesday, March 27). Pupils won’t go back to school until Tuesday, April 2.

Transport closures to expect

Trams, the metro, and buses will run on normal weekend schedules on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday and Monday they will operate on a public holiday schedule, which means a slightly lower frequency of services.

The most significant disruption to Prague’s public transport is the planned suspension of service on metro line C (red) from Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 1, between I.P. Pavlova and Nádraží Holešovice.

Check the official website of the Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) for any travel updates.

Family fun

  • Most of Prague’s Easter markets, including those in the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, are open till April 7. Check out our full guide here.
  • The Matějská pouť funfair in Prague’s Holešovice is open till April 14. It is open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Easter Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekend, as well as on Easter Monday. You will need to buy a ticket to enter on the weekend.
  • At Prague Zoo, a special treasure hunt awaits youngsters on Good Friday, and people will get the chance to hand Easter gifts to some animals on Easter Monday. The zoo is also open Friday through to Monday, including a tour of the Dja Reserve that houses gorillas. Opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • From March 28, 2024, almost all castles and chateaux and their usual sightseeing routes will be open across Czechia, including near Prague. Some, such as Staré Hrady and Radim castles, will have special Easter-themed displays and events. See more details at the National Monument Institute.
  • At the Botanic Garden in Troja, visitors can experience the beauty of nature and explore a tropical plant exhibition in the Fata Morgana greenhouse. The greenhouse also offers various items for sale. The garden will be open until 7 p.m. from Friday to Monday.


  • The Prague Castle grounds will be open Good Friday to Easter Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can visit the Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral and other parts of the castle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on Friday to Saturday and from midday on Sunday. On Easter Monday, this is extended till 5 p.m.
  • The main buildings of the National Museum are open on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Easter Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, the Antonín Dvořák Museum will be closed Easter Monday and closes one hour earlier on the preceding days.
  • National Gallery Prague buildings will closed on Easter Monday. On Easter Friday, they will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weekend schedule is unchanged.
  • Usually closed on Mondays, the National Technical Museum will open its doors on Easter Monday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • The National Library of the Czech Republic will closed between Good Friday and Easter Monday inclusive.
  • Kunsthalle proudly states on its website that it is “always open on public holidays.” You can visit from Thursday to Monday between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Museum of Applied Arts in Prague will be open on Good Friday through to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be closed Easter Monday.
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