Before travelling to a destination you have never been to before, it is advisable to get hold of some basic information in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. We have prepared a short summary of everything what you should know and might need in the Czech Republic.
Entry to the country and transport in the Czech Republic
Since 2004 respectively 2007 the Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union and the Schengen area. The largest and main Czech airport is the international airport in Prague-Ruzyne, which changed its name to Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2012. All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic must possess a passport valid for at least the next three months.
With or without a visa
The list of countries whose citizens may travel for a short term to the Czech Republic with only a valid travel document, without a visa, can be found here. The list of countries whose citizens must have a relevant valid visa to enter the Czech Republic can be found here.
There are many taxi operators in Czech cities. The average price per kilometre in a taxi is CZK 20 (EUR 0.75, USD 0.85, CNY 5). The price for the trip from the Prague airport to down-town ranges from CZK 500 (EUR 18, USD 20, CNY 135) to CZK 700 (EUR 25, USD 29, CNY 189). It is recommended do not take a taxi directly in the street and rather call one by phone. Use only taxis that are clearly identified and ask about the price to your destination beforehand, if it is too high, do not get on.
We recommend you use following taxi companies:
- Profi Taxi: +420 261 314 151 or +420 844 700 800
- AAA Taxi: +420 222 333 222 or +420 2211 0 2211
Public transport to the city centre
Prague has a very sophisticated underground (metro), tram and bus transport system. The Prague's metro is quite new and efficient. At peak times, trains run every 2 or 3 minutes, and during off-peak hours at least every 8–10 minutes. There is a good connection between the airport and city centre by public transport. Unfortunately there is no direct subway or train connection to the city from the airport.
Take the bus No. 119 towards "Nádraží Veleslavín" (METRO station). Leave the bus at the end stop and change for the METRO green line "A" the direction towards "Depo Hostivar". You will go 7 stops to the station "Muzeum".
Take the bus No. 100 towards "Zličín" (METRO station). Leave the bus at the end stop and change for the METRO yellow line "B" the direction towards "Černý most". You will go 12 stops to the station "Můstek".
You should buy a ticket before travelling and these can be found at the arrival hall, at ticket machines or at the newsagents (if arriving late and all shops are closed buy a ticket from the driver, but take into the consideration that large banknotes are not accepted).
Prices of individual tickets for 1 person:
- 30 minutes (short-term): 24 CZK / 0.95 EUR
- 90 minutes (basic) 32 CZK / 1.25 EUR
- 24 hours: 110 CZK / 4.30 EUR
- 3-day (72 hours): 310 CZK / 12.20 EUR
Only properly validated tickets are valid.
For more information about Prague Public transport visit www.dpp.cz.
Distance from Airport to City Centre is approximately 16 km (10 miles), by taxi you will drive cca 20 - 30 minutes, by public transport 30 - 45 minutes.
The climate is mild but variable locally and throughout the year. It is characterized by a cold winter (from January to March) and warm summer (from June to August). The temperature falls below 0°C in winter and can be in excess of 30°C in summer.
The Technical meeting will be organised at the end of April which is spring time in the Czech Republic. Spring is usually cooler, the temperature in late April ranges between 12 to 15°C on average. In these months the rainfall/snowfall in the Czech Republic averages about 160 mm. From March to May you can bask in approx. 479 hours of sunshine in the Czech Republic.
Currency, Payments, Prices and Tips
Czech crown (CZK) is the official currency of the Czech Republic. Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague international Airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants and shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in most restaurants and shops. The exchange rate of a crown to a Euro and other currency can be checked at the website of the Czech National Bank and/or European Central Bank.
Current exchange rates: EUR - 25.5 CZK, GBP - 28.7 CZK, USD - 23.0 CZK
Most shops and restaurants accept cards - Visa, MasterCard and particularly others (JBC, AmEx). Cash machines (ATM) are widely available.
The Czech Republic is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.
The official language of the Czech Republic is Czech. It is spoken by approx. 10.6 million people (96 % of population of the Czech Republic). Czech falls within the West Slavic language group and therefore is similar to Polish, as well as Russian and Croatian. An interesting phenomenon is its great similarity to Slovak. Many young people, especially those living in urban areas, also speak English.
Restaurants usually offering Czech beers and traditional meals. Czech cuisine is marked by a strong emphasis on meat dishes. Pork, beef and chicken are common. Goose, duck, rabbit and wild game are also served, fish is less common. Except beer, Slivovitz (brandy produced from plums), Fernet Stock and Becherovka are three main alcoholic Czech liquors. There are also several local brands of beer and wine. Kofola is a non-alcoholic Czech soft drink similar to Coca-Cola. Tips are not included in the bill and they are usually 5-10% of the meal price. Usually the lunch is served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Internet, phones and electricity
The technology for broadband connection to the Internet is widespread throughout the territory of the Czech Republic, except for few outlying areas. You should be able to easily connect to the internet under common technical. The international dialling code of the Czech Republic is +420 (00420). The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets follow the standard used also in France, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Greece, Italy and some other countries, and have a grounding pin sticking out of the power socket. Information for proficients: type E socket. Same as in other European countries, mobile phones operate on the frequencies of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. Although other states may use a different frequency, like 1900 MHz in the United States, newer phones work in any network. There are several mobile operators in the Czech market, like O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile or U:fon, offering postpaid packages as well prepaid cards for those who want to use their phone without a contract.
Health and Insurance
The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the Convention. In case of citizens living in the European union order to be able to use medical care in the Czech Republic, you must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you do not have permanent residency within the EU, you must conclude a commercial insurance policy. If you do not have this, you will have to pay for all care on the spot in cash.
Important telephone numbers
112: General Emergency for Europe
156: Prague Police
1188: If you need to quickly find a phone number, taxi or other information and you do not have access to the Internet or time to search, just call 1188, where they will find the requested information for you. The operators speak English, Russian, French and Slovak.