Facts for the Visitor
required, visitors permitted to stay 30 days.
required, visitors permitted to stay 90 days.
Language Skills Needed
sufficient to get around as a tourist.
|Available everywhere. Most are on the Plus
and Cirrus networks.
|US$ 1 = 40
Czech Koruna (CSK) on September 28, 2000.
|220V, 50Hz. Plugs have
2 round pins.
|International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.
but many people in the service industry speaks English and
|A 5 to
10% tip paid directly to the server is customary.
addition to hotels and youth hostels, inexpensive rooms at private
houses and apartments are profuse. Apartments can be rented for
a single day and rates are typically discounted for stays longer
than 2 days.
accommodation in Prague is simple. On the train arrival
platform, several independent people hawk rooms to tourist. The
Lonely Planet guide warns that some of these people aren't
honest. A more prudent option is to visit an accommodation
service. One of the best is AVE (see details below). AVE charges
a tiny commission (buried in the quoted room rate) and gives the
tourist tremendous flexibility. AVE allows the cancellation of
nights with 100% refund if the keys are returned by 12:00 and a
50% refund if returned by 16:00. Credit cards are accepted.
Tel: 2422-3226 (Int'l +420-2-2422-3226)
Fax: 2423-0783 (Int'l +420-2-2423-0783)
Office Locations: Hlavní nádraží train station, Holešovice train
station, and the airport.
|Many train stations
have luggage storage lockers.
half of the public telephones accept coins. The other half
accept Czech Telecom pre-paid cards. None of the phones accept
both. If you need to make a call at night, take a flashlight -
the phone booths aren't lit.
trains and buses are cheap, convenient, and cover the entire country.
Buses service more places than trains and are cheaper. Delay by a
many minutes is typical.
transport tickets are straight forward. A CSK 10 ticket is valid
for all city transport for 1 hour on weekdays between
05:00-20:00, 1.5 hours on weekday nights 20:00-05:00, or 24
hours on weekends. In addition, Prague has several short-term
pass options: 24-hour, 3-day, 7-day, and 15-day tickets.
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