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Arrival

The national flag carrier is Czech Airlines. Prague International Airport (PRG) (Ruzyné) is 16km or 10 miles from the city. Airport bus (Cedaz) operates every 30 minutes from 06:00-21:00 (travel time – 30 minutes). There are mini-bus taxis to the city centre (24-hour service, there is a surcharge at night) and larger hotels operate frequent shuttle-bus services during the summer months. Car Hire (Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, National, Sixt and others) is also available.

The Czech Republic is part of the European InterCity network. The most convenient routes to the Czech Republic from Western Europe are via Vienna, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Munich, Würzburg or Zurich to Prague. The Vindobona Express is a daily through train that travels from Vienna to Prague (main station) and on to Berlin. Rail travel information is available from Czech Railways.

There is an international bus network covering many European cities with connections to Amsterdam, Frankfurt/M, London, Munich, Vienna and other main cities from the Florenc and Zelivskeho Bus Terminals (Metro stations).

The Czech Republic can be accessed by road via Germany, Poland, the Slovak Republic or Austria.

Passports must be valid for at least 270 days from issue date of visa (for visas up to 90 days) and valid for at least 455 days for visas over 90 days. Visa requirements vary but in general, visitor from the European Union and the United Kingdom require only a valid passport for stays of up to 90 days. Travellers with visas must register with the police within 3 working days of arrival. Check with your nearest Czech Republic consulate or embassy for further information.

Climate

The weather is quite unsettled, with cold winters and mild summers. Spring and summer have the highest rainfall.

Currency

Legal tender is the Koruna (Kc) or Crown = 100 haler. Notes are in Kc5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in Kc50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20 and 10 hellers.

Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at all banks and at authorised exchange offices, main hotels and road border crossings. Major credit cards may be used to exchange currency and are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of acceptability. Travellers’ cheques are accepted, but to avoid extra exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars. The export and import of local currency is limited to Kc200,000 or 10 golden coins. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited..

Time

UTC / GMT (+ 1) Add one hour during daylight savings from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October.

Business Hours

Office hours: Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00. Shopping hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 to18:00hours, Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. Banking hours are usually Monday to Friday 08:00-18:00 hours. Some banks may close early on Fridays.

Communication

There are many Internet cafes in Prague. Local ISPs include Tiscali. There is 24-hour service at the main post office in Prague at 14 Jindrisská Street, Prague 1. There are several daily newspapers in the Czech Republic. The Prague Post (weekly) is published in English. International Direct Dialling (IDD) is readily available. There are public telephone booths and special kiosks for international calls. Surcharges are quite high on long-distance calls from hotels. Most of the public telephones take phone cards, which can be purchased at all Telecom, newsagents, and tobacconist shops. GSM 900/1800 networks cover the country. Three of the main network providers are Cesky Mobil, Eurotel and T Mobile.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Many major hotels have standard international razor plugs.

Language

The official language is Czech, although English and German are also spoken.

Dress Code

Businesspeople are expected to dress smartly. Otherwise, dress can be casual, but conservative, except at formal dinners and in quality hotels and restaurants where formal attire is required.

Transport

Czech Airlines (OK) operates an extensive domestic service. Waterways can be found in the country and the main ports are at Prague, Ústí nad Labem and Decín. The rail network is operated by Czech Railways (Ceské Drahy). There are daily express trains between Prague and main cities and resorts. Reservations should be made on major routes. Fares are low, but supplements are extra for travel by express trains. Traffic in the Czech Republic drives on the right side. Motorways run from Prague to Plzen, Podebrady to Bratislava (Slovak Republic) via Brno. Drivers on the Czech motorways have to buy a vignette (season ticket) which costs about Kc800 for each year. A 10-day vignette is available at approximately Kc100. The large bus network mostly covers areas not accessible by rail and is efficient and comfortable. Buses are run by the State Bus Company. Cars may be hired through Hertz, Avis and other companies. Seat belts are mandatory. Many petrol stations are open 24 hours. There is a road emergency service available by calling 154. A valid driving licence (if this has no photo, an International Driving Permit) is required. Taxis are available in most of the main towns and are metered, higher fares are charged at night.

Public transport is considered excellent. There is a metro service in Prague that runs from 05:00-00:00. Tram and bus services also operate though tickets must be purchased in advance from tobacconist shops, newsagents, metro stations, information centres or travel agents. Night trams and buses run from 00:00-04:30 in Prague. Buses, trolleybuses and trams operate in Brno, Ostrava, Plzen and several other towns. Most services run from 04:30-00:00. All the cities have flat-fare systems and tourist passes can be purchased in advance that are valid for a number of journeys. Tickets should be punched in the machine on entering the tram or bus. Blue badges on tram and bus stops indicate all-night service.

Health Facilities

There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK. Other agreements exist for free health care and visitors should check with their national health authorities. Medical insurance is recommended in all other cases.


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