Most of you will travel to Prague by plane. International flights arrive at the Prague International Airport, Ruzyne, PRG.
From Airport to Hotels
There are three basic means of transport you may choose from.
|Mean||Approx. Price||Approx. Duration||Taxi||650 CZK||25 EUR||per ride||25-30 min|
|Public Transport||32 CZK||1,5 EUR||per person||45-50 min|
Cabs are expensive in Prague, especially those at the airport. The price depends on a company -- expect a price of about 500-800 CZK (approx. $15-30) or even more for one ride to the city center. Moreover, if a typical team consisting of 4 persons come, their baggage will hardly fit into a single car. More info on taxi services.
Public transportation system runs very well in Prague. It is the cheapest mean of transport, of course. You do not need to worry, it is quite common in Europe to use public transports. One ride from the Airport to the city center will cost you 26 CZK including a ticket for your baggage. More info on the public transport.
Transportation in Prague
This page summarizes basic info on different kinds of transport in Prague, how to use them, what to be aware of, etc.
Note to pedestrians: According to a law, all cars (except trams!) must yield to pedestrians on crosswalks. Anyway, if you walk, please do not rely on this. It is a relatively new law, people still did not get used to it and many drivers violate it! Always be careful when you cross a street.
Public transportation system is the cheapest mean of transport (beside walking on foot). You do not need to worry to use it, it is quite common in Europe to use public transports.
The Prague public transport consists of a subway system ("metro"), streetcars ("trams"), and buses. There is also one scenic funicular line to the hill of Petrin (unfortunately out of order for maintenance at this time).
If you want to use the public transport, you have to buy a ticket in advance, prior to getting into a vehicle or metro area.
The same tickets are valid for all types of vehicles (metro, tram, bus, funicular). You may buy one-ride ticket (32 CZK), 1-day ticket (110 CZK) or 3-day ticket (310 CZK).
The one-ride ticket is valid for 90 minutes. Within this time period, you may change lines as you wish. There is also a special 24 CZK ticket for short rides, it is valid for 30 minutes.
If you have a piece of baggage larger than 25cm x 45cm x 70cm (you will have it when travelling from the airport), additional ticket for the baggage is required, which costs 16 CZK.
Detailed information on the public transport system, including all fares, can be found at Prague Public Transit Co. web page. You can see there also pictures of the tickets.
To get to the contest area, use metro line "A" (the green one) to go to the stop called "Dejvicka".
If you travel from the airport, you need to take the bus Nr. 119 first. It will take you to "Dejvicka" station (it is the terminal stop of the bus).
Cabs are very expensive in Prague and the drivers often try to abuse foreigners' lack of information to get more money. Thing you should know before you go by a cab:
- Every cab car must have a price written on the doors. The price will usually consist of two parts: some fixed amount (typically about 40 CZK, i.e., 1,5 EUR) and a price per one kilometer (25-30 CZK, i.e., 1 EUR).
- The cab must have a taximeter inside, displaying the current price in CZK during the whole ride. Although some drivers will turn it off at the beginning or during the ride, it is illegal to do so. Theoretically, you should pay just the amount shown at the display.
- You can ask the driver to give you an estimate of the total cost in advance, based on your target place.
- If possible, do not stop cabs directly on the street. It is much better to call a taxi dispatcher and tell them your position. The drivers that work for large companies usually behave very well, since they are under control. Moreover, the price is usually much lower if you call the cab by phone.
- Credit cars are rarely accepted in cabs.
List of some radio-control taxi services follows. Disclaimer: we are not recommending any of these, we just found the phone numbers in a directory. We can take no responsibilities for anything.
|Halotaxi||2 4411 4411|
|City taxi||257 257 257|
Visit the Prague Information Service for information on sightseeing in Prague, its history, photos, etc.
|Old Town Square|
If you want to take look at what you could expect in Prague, you can visit one of the other projects of the Computer Graphics Group at the Czech Technical University. The projects are not finished yet, so, expect some minor bugs and strange behavior.
Virtual Old Prague allows you to walk through some parts of Prague using a VRML plugin in your browser.
Virtual Prague contains pictures about some Prague monuments.
The Czech Republic has its own currency, Czech Crown (CZK). Its local name is "koruna ceska", you may see the abbreviation "Kc" in shops etc. One hundredth of the crown is called "haler".
Euro currency is not used in the Czech Republic, although there are some shops and stores that accept euros. Such stores are still exceptional. However, there are many exchange offices in Prague which accept major currencies, such as U.S. dollars and euros.
The exchange rate is approximately 25.50 CZK for 1 euro, or 20.80 CZK for 1 U.S. dollar. You can find exact rates (daily updated) at the Czech National Bank web page. Please note that these are mean exchange rates for bank purposes. Thus, count on receiving a little less crowns for your money in exchange offices (they want to profit, of course).
Banknotes and coins: There are 1 CZK, 2 CZK, 5 CZK, 10 CZK, 20 CZK, and 50 CZK coins and 100 CZK, 200 CZK, 500 CZK, 1000 CZK, 2000 CZK, and 5000 CZK banknotes. The pictures of them can be seen at the Czech National Bank web page. There is also a description of protective elements.
Note: 0.1 CZK (10 haler), 0.2 CZK (20 haler) and 0.5 CZK (50 haler) coins were in use until several year ago. Nowadays, they are not valid anymore and the smallest coin is one crown. Anyway, the prices in shops are often given in tenths of CZK. In this case, they are sumed together and the total price of the purchase is then rounded to the nearest 1 CZK value.
Major international credit cards are widely accepted, especially Visa and EuroCard/MasterCard. American Express and Diners' Club are rarely seen, do not rely on them. There are also many shops and restaurants that do not accept some or any cards. Please always check for Visa or EC/MC logo at the door.
There are plenty of ATMs in Prague city center, thus, it should be no problem to get some cash. The ATMs usually accept Visa and EC/MC (watch for logos again). Anyway, it could be quite expensive to use ATMs. Check with your card issuer if you want to know exact charges.
Security in Prague
Prague is a relatively safe town. You do not need to worry there, nobody will rob you with pistols in the streets. Anyway, there are pocket thieves in Prague, as in other big cities all over the world. Please take care of your personal things all the time! Do not carry your passport and/or money in the pocket of your knapsack, back pocket of your pants, or in other easily accessible places. Never leave your things unattended, even for a few seconds.
Taxi drivers often try to abuse foreigners' lack of information. If you intend to use a taxi, read our transportation info page for more details, there are some advices for you.
Important phone numbers for a case of an emergency. We strongly hope you will never need them.
|112||new emergency number ("integrated system")|
People in the Czech Republic speak their own language, the Czech. Many people in Prague speak English or German, especially young people. Try to ask them if you need something.
It is very hard (almost impossible) to learn Czech for foreigners, because the language is very difficult (more difficult than Latin or German, for example). This page gives you some basic vocabulary to read various signs and to say very simple things.
More words to be added soon. Maybe...
|Damy / Zeny||Ladies (restroom door)|
|Muzi / Pani||Men (restroom door)|
Words and Phrases
|Good morning / afternoon||Dobry den||Doh-bree-den|
|I don't speak Czech||Neumim cesky||Neh-oo-meem chez-kee|