The citizens of the USA and the European Union do not need an entry visa for the Czech Republic.
Visitors from other countries, when unsure, should contact their Czech consulate to inquire about
the required visa practice.
Please note a somewhat changed situation after the Czech Republic has joined the Schengen (more details).
Currency in the Czech Republic is Koruna (CZK), smaller unit is Halir (not used in cash, 1 Koruna = 100 Halir).
The exchange rates are about 18 CZK per US dollar and 24 CZK per Euro (February 2011).
Up-to-date exchange rates of the Czech National Bank are given here.
The OANDA convertor: www.oanda.com
Major credit cards are accepted in many places, especially in the city center.
Prague public transport consists of three underground (i.e. subway, tube, metro) lines A, B, C, connecting city center with edge parts and numerous tram and bus lines. You can also enjoy funicular railway to the Petrin hill.
More information on routes, tickets, fares, time tables, etc
you can find on the web site of
Prague Public Transit Co. Inc.
By train: you can get out either at the Main Station ("Hlavni nadrazi") or at the station "Nadrazi Holesovice".
To get to the center of Prague from train stations:
The best choice is to use underground. Both stations are on line C of Prague underground.
By plane: you land at the Prague Ruzyne International Airport.
To get to the center of Prague from Airport you can take either:
- to a coach terminal - downtown, close to the Metro station "Namesti republiky" (Line B)
Departures from the airport: each 30 minutes, price CZK 120.
- to any other place in Prague
Order in advance is required, departure at any time, price about 500-700 CZK per vehicle.
The price per km: about CZK 25-30.
The price from the airport to the city should not exceed CZK 600-800, depending on the destination.
Please check the price with the driver before you get in.
Further information on Prague taxi transport.
Bus No. 119 takes you to the Metro terminal Dejvicka (line A).
Bus No. 100 goes to the Metro terminal Zlicin (line B).
You can use the transfer public transport tickets, cost CZK 26, available at newspaper agents or vending machines and valid (after validation in vehicle) for 75 min and any number of transfers.
Further possibility is the Airport Express bus that costs CZK 50 (payable at the driver) and connects the Airport with the Metro terminal Dejvicka (line A) and the railway station "Hlavni nadrazi".
Further details on transport from and to Prague Airport you can find
Police : 158
Fire Department: 150
Unified Emergency call: 112
Other Prague emergency and important numbers you will find
The weather in Prague has continental character. In the end of July the maximum day temperatures reach usually 25 to 30 Centigrade and fall down to 15-20 Centigrade during night.
Actual information on weather in Prague you can find
Many important practical information you can find at Prague Welcome Portal.
Description on Prague attractions and monuments is available here.
Culture events and historical monuments in Prague: www.heartofeurope.cz
Panaroma views of Prague: Virtual Prague
Official pages of the Czech Republic: www.czech.cz
Tourist regions of the Czech Republic: www.czechtourism.com
Interactive map of the Czech Republic is here.