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Thinking Of Traveling To Prague? Here’s A Little Travel Guide For You

Tired of the usual muggy hot summer weather? Exhausted of going to the same summer destinations and live the exact unaltered experience every year? Why don’t you try something new? Leave the packed beaches behind and give a shot to the cultural sites of Europe, each one of them is worth it!

For example, in the heart of the continent in the middle of the mountains hides the breathtaking and dynamic city of Prague, Czech Republic, heir of a deep and fascinating history many don’t know about.
Take a peek in this travel guide that will surely make you want to leave for this place immediately!

First of all, let’s talk about why you should take into consideration this city as your next holiday vacation. Well, it’s cheaper compared to others and it is filled with stuff to do for everyone, no matter the age. In fact, it brims with cultural institutions like the National Theater, the National Museum, the stunning National Library and the ancient monuments for the art enthusiasts, but at the same time, though it has an interesting nightlife, film buffs can easily appreciate Czech cinema, attend various festivals as well as visit some of the places in which famous Hollywood films were shot. If you didn’t know, Prague has also been used as a location for Hollywood films like Mission Impossible, Blade II and also the setting for the 2000 movie Dungeons and Dragons.
Furthermore, the weather in Prague adds to the whole city an idyllic and fairytale-like atmosphere. The Winter season is as exciting as any time of the year since it’s full of things to do all year round and Prague’s heat in Summer is not a problem with the air-conditioning systems provided in most places. So those who love to chill out will also find tourist facilities that comfort and entertain visitors.

Anyways the first pit stop for any visitor has to be Charles Bridge, arching over the Vltava River in the city’s Lesser District it’s the most beautiful heritage left by Czech King and Roman Emperor Karel IV.
To find out more about this city’s historic and cultural pride, take time to explore this Prague travel guide. You’ll definitely want to experience its wonders and find out more about its culture, but don’t forget the food! Don’t you dare leave Prague without trying its delicious Goulash!

Czech Visa

Visiting Prague may or may not need a Czech Republic visa depending on some restrictions and privileges.
The Czech Republic is an EU member state that established an open-border policy with neighboring EU countries. Having a valid visa also means having a passport valid for at least six months or ID cards for EU members.

Schengen zone: a hassle-free journey
You can forget about those border posts which divided the Czech Republic from neighboring countries because EU and EEC citizens do not need a visa for any purpose of visit. Thanks to the Czech Republic now being part of the Schengen zone.
This zone provides that the Czech Republic remove passport checks at its land borders and at international airports. Passport checks are required though for people arriving from or traveling to countries outside the zone.
To employ a smooth division of passengers from Schengen states and from other countries, building work has been done Prague-Ruzyně, Brno-Tuřany, Ostrava-Mošnov, Pardubice and Carlsbad international airports.

Prague visas
All citizens of the EU Schengen Member States are not required to apply for a tourist visa when traveling to the Czech Republic. But they are only allowed to stay in the country for not more than 90 days.
As for citizens or other states, they might be asked to apply for a visa at their nearest Czech embassy or consulate for a Schengen Visa. Ukrainians, Moroccans, Singaporeans, and Brazilians must show a valid visa to enter the Czech Republic.
Processing the application takes almost a month so it’s best that you apply in advance. Entry will definitely be refused if you have no visa to show upon arrival in the Czech Republic.
Visa extension is requested at Cizinecka Policy a pasove sluzby and you may be granted an additional 90 days to stay in the country. The only considerations would include a few days of the application process and an extra fee to be paid for the request. Another requirement for entry to the Czech Republic (although required not so frequently) is a return or onward ticket.

Travel To Prague

Traveling to Prague is dependent mainly on your point of origin and your preferred mode of transportation.
Whether you’re taking a plane, a train, a bus or your own car, getting to Prague should prove to be a worthwhile decision and moreover the city is connected to other European cities through roads and rail networks. But in the meantime, you can study the options we have listed just for you:

  • Plane to Prague
    Your first stop on Prague if you’re coming in by plane is Ruzyne, Prague’s international airport about 12 miles northwest of Prague’s center. Shuttle minibusses that run every 30 minutes can bring visitors from the airport to the center of the city. There are also local buses that leave every 10 minutes from the airport. Taxis also standby for passengers but fare can be a bit expensive and drivers may be unlicensed.
  • Taking a Train
    For those coming from other European cities, travel by train is a hassle-free option. It usually takes 4 hours, 30 minutes for visitors from Vienna in Austria. If you’re in the cities of Munich and Berlin in Germany and you wish to go to Prague by rail, it will take you about 5 hours and 30 minutes to reach your destination. You’ll spend about 10 hours along the rail going to Prague if you are coming from Paris.
    Booking seats in advance is highly suggested. Trains make a good mode of transportation getting to Prague because of their reliability and on-time schedules. Travel may not be quick but journeys are usually more comfortable and better value for money.
    Journey by busKnowing how to get to Prague by bus has its pay off compared to a train ride. Bus rides getting to the city is quicker. Prague-bound Londoners can take the 30-hour ride with Eurolines. Despite limited facilities, these buses do provide toilets and reclining seats.
    Aside from Eurolines, people coming from London can take Kingscourt Express to get to Prague in about 21 hours. The daily bus connecting Prague and Vienna is available and travel takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes. There is also a weekly service to Warsaw and four times a week to travel to Munich. Available in either Florenc Station or the coach park at Elivského Station are international buses/coaches bound for Prague.
  • Cruising by car
    Speed drivers have to take note that speed in Prague motorways is limited to 81 mph at a maximum. Seat belts are also required to be used by both drivers and passengers making driving in Prague relatively safer than in any other European country. Fines can be very high for road offenses made by motorists. An international driving license is also required if you prefer to drive to the city. The D1/D2 motorways serve as gateways to Prague. Slovak border delays have been reduced so you don’t have to evade this route. If you wish to drive from Belgium, you may take the E40 to Cologne, the E31 to Heidelberg and then join the E50 to Prague. Driving from Paris to Prague means having to take the E50 to reach the city. If you’re coming to form Berlin, getting to Prague means taking the E55.

Now you choose which one you find more convenient!

For other sites about Prague, please visit Willgoto, World travel directory, and travel guide.

Tour

Excited over your sightseeing in Prague? Just make sure you have a pre-arranged tour plans to avoid missing any of the good sights in the city. These tour plans might be administered by a local tour guide so you can enjoy your city exploration in the most efficient manner. Prague river cruises, sightseeing tours, and walking tours can be arranged before you travel to this fascinating city. The tours may be by bus, on foot or a combination of both, and are usually composed of tourists who booked the same tour. There are tour companies that offer customized private tours for those who prefer to be exclusive. Students and children may be granted discounts on some Prague tours.

Here are some of the important telephone numbers you might need in the midst of your Prague sightseeing tours:

Emergency numbers

Emergency numbers

•Ambulance: 155
•State police: 158
•City Police: 156
•Fire: 150
•Emergency road service: 1230, 1240, 1054
•General information: 54 44 44 or 187
•Lost and Found Department: 2423 5085
•Directory information: 1180
•Int’l directory info: 0149
•The Czech Republic from abroad: +420
•Prague from outside Prague: 02

24-hours pharmacies
•Palackeho 5, Prague 1
Tel. 2494 6982

•Belgica 37, Prague 2
Tel. 2251 3396

•Sokolova 3355, Prague 4
Tel. 4021638

•Stefanikova 6, Prague 5
Tel. 5732 0918

•Heydukova 10, Prague 8
Tel. 6631 0899

Foreign medical clinics
•First Medical Clinic of Prague
Vysehradska 35, Prague 2
Tel. 292286

•General Health Care Cooperation
Krakovska 8, Prague 1
Tel. 2221 0178

•Health Centre Prague
Vodickova 28, Prague 1
Tel. 2422 0040 or 24 hours 06 03 433833, 06 03 481361

24 hours taxi services
•AAA: Tel. 33113311 or 14014

•Halo Taxi: Tel. 4411 4411

•Profi Taxi: Tel. 6131 4151 or 14035

•Radio Taxi: Tel. 2491 6666

(General taxi rates: 25 Kc per km in the city of Prague)

Dental emergencies
•In Prague 1, Tel. 2494 6981
(Mon-Fri 7-7, Sat-Sun 24 hrs)

•In Prague 4, Tel. 9005 7932
(Mon-Fri 7-7, Sat-Sun 24 hrs)

Lost credit cards
•Visa: Tel. 2412 5353
•MasterCard/Eurocard: Tel. 6135 4650
•American Express: Tel. 2280 0111
•Diners Club: Tel. 6731 4485

Postal services
•Main post office, Jindrisska 14, Prague 1
Tel. 2113 1111
Open daily 7 AM- 8 PM

•”Non-Stop” post-office, Hybernska 15, Prague 1
Tel. 24218714

•MasterCard/Eurocard:  Tel. 6135 4650

•American Express:  Tel. 2280 0111

•Diners Club: Tel. 6731 4485

Postal services

•Main post office, Jindrisska 14, Prague 1

Tel. 2113 1111

Open daily 7 AM- 8 PM

•”Non-Stop” post-office, Hybernska 15, Prague 1

Tel. 24218714

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