ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PRAGUE
Travelling by plane |
Travelling by train |
Travelling by car |
Travelling by coach |
Travel Documents and Customs
Travelling by plane
The modern city airport, Ruzyně, is situated about 20 km northwest of the city centre. There are direct flights from most major European cities.
Facilities in the main building include a 24-hour money exchange office, a few ATMs, fast food places, several travel and accommodation agencies, rental car companies, a post office. There is also a 24-hour left luggage service in the Arrival Hall (the charge is about 40 Kč per piece of luggage).
Getting to the city centre:
Timetables are available at the airport information office in the main hall or on www.dp-praha.cz.
Bus & Underground
Catch a bus No 119 or No 254 from the airport to Dejvická metro station, then follow a green line (A) of underground railway to the centre (stations Můstek or Muzeum). The trip takes about 45 minutes.
Bus & Tram
Bus No 100 will take you from the airport to Zličín – the underground terminal stop of the yellow line (B) that leads to the town centre (Můstek station).
Catch night bus No 510 (between midnight and 3.30) to the tram-bound at Divoká Šárka, then go by tram No 51 to Dejvická metro station or further to the city centre (Náměstí Republiky, Wenceslas Square).
There are vans operated by Cedaz running from the airport (6 am – 9 pm) to Náměstí Republiky every 30 minutes for 90 Kč per person. Departure from Náměstí Republiky is between 5.30 am and 9.30 pm. Transport to any place of customer's wish within Prague is also possible: for 360 Kč (1-4 persons), 720 Kč (5 and more persons).
Depending on the destination, a trip to the city costs up to 700 Kč per 2-3 persons Before entering the car check the price with the driver. It is not recommended to except a price over 700 Kč.
Travelling by train
Domestic services are provided by ČD (Czech Railways). There are number of daily connections to Prague from major European cities.
Hlavní nádraží is the biggest and busiest railway station in Prague. There are a 24 hour left-luggage service, food stalls, information and booking offices.
Other train stations in Prague: Masarykovo nádraží, Holešovice Station, Smíchov Station
A supplement for fast express trains (rychlík) has to be paid. It is possible to buy plain tickets (jízdenka) or tickets with reservation (místenka) for a seat, couchette or sleeper.
It is necessary to make a reservation on the train marked with boxed or circled “R”, an “R” without a box means a reservation is recommended.
Information on rail connections are available on Tel: 02 / 242 242 00 or online www.cdrail.cz
Travelling by car
Only people older than 18 are allowed to drive a car in the Czech Republic. Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory, children under the age of 12 have to sit at the back. After a consumption of any alcohol driving is illegal.
Most foreign driving licences are honoured, Australian and New Zealand drivers should get an International Driving Licence.
Other items you will have to carry at all times are: a first-aid kit, a set of replacement bulbs, a spare tire, red warning triangles.
If entering the Czech Republic by car you will need:
- a valid driving licence
- a vehicle registration card
- a hire certification
- Green Card (an international motoring certificate for insurance)
- a highway sticker (can be purchased at the border).
Relaying on car in Prague is not advisable, as it is very difficult to find a suitable parking place and break-ins are very common. Only residents having a parking card can park their cars in the central area of Prague. If you happen to visit Prague by car, the best places to leave your car are guarded parking lots, especially the underground ones. New or expensive cars are vulnerable to break-ins, so do not leave anything valuable inside the car visible from outside, including car radios. They get stolen quite often.
The speed limit is:
- 130 km/h (81 mph) on motorways
- 90 km/h (56 mph) on dual and single carriageways
- 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas.
Travelling by coach
The city main bus terminal is Florenc situated on the eastern edge of the New Town easily accessible by tube (yellow line B and red line C) and trams. The majority of internal coaches are run by ČSAD. Information on bus connection is available on www.jizdnirady.cz
Numerous international coach services are run by Bohemia Euroexpress International (Křižíkova 4-6, Prague 8 - Florenc, Tel: 02 24814450, 24218680, www.bei.cz).
Generally, coach travel is cheap but long distance travelling can be uncomfortable and slower than going by train or plane.
To make sure you get a seat it is advisable to obtain your tickets in advance.
Travel Documents and Customs
A valid passport is a necessity when entering the Czech Republic. To confirm visa requirements you are advised to contact the Czech embassy or consulate before travelling.
Customs allowances per person are 2l of wine, 1l spirits, 200 cigarettes (100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, 250g of tobacco) and goods up to the value of 6 000 Kč for a person at the age over 15 (3000 Kč for a person at the age up to 15).