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Czech Travel Tips - with Wired Destinations
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.
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.
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
Czech Republic can be accessed by road via Germany, Poland, the
Slovak Republic or Austria.
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.
weather is quite unsettled, with cold winters and mild summers.
Spring and summer have the highest rainfall.
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.
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..
/ GMT (+ 1) Add one hour during daylight savings from last Sunday in
March to Saturday before last Sunday in October.
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.
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.
volts AC, 50Hz. Many major hotels have standard international razor
official language is Czech, although English and German are also
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.
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.
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.
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