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Driving and Public Transport

Czech Republic - Driving and Public Transport


Entry regulations for cars

If you intend to drive to the Czech Republic from other parts of Europe, you should be in possession of:

- Valid passport
- Your national driving license as well as International Driving Permit
- The vehicle registration documents
- Green Card insurance cover
- Written permission from the vehicle's owner (if borrowed)
- National identity sticker affixed to the rear of the vehicle
- First aid kit
- Two red warning triangles in case of breakdown
- Replacement bulbs for all lights

Drivers without the above documentation in their vehicle may be subject to a fine if stopped in the Czech Republic by the traffic police.

Seatbelt use is mandatory. Children under 12 may not ride in the front passenger seat

Driving under the influence of alcohol (any amount at all) is strictly prohibited and enforced. Fines for doing so begin at approximately $200 and are assessed on the spot by police.

If you are involved in a traffic accident, do not leave the scene. You are required to wait until the police arrive. Dial 158 to report any traffic accidents or injuries.

Cash is the accepted method of payment at gas stations. Many filling stations do not accept credit cards. Diesel is not readily available in Prague except on the Evropska highway in Prague 6.

The Czech Republic requires a windshield sticker in your vehicle, which is utilized in lieu of paying road tolls in cash. Motorists who wish to use the Czech toll-road system must prepay. The toll sticker (approximately $40) is valid for one year. Short-term permits are also available in weekly increments. The fine for not displaying the toll sticker on your windshield can be up to $650. The stickers are available at border crossings, gas stations, post offices and some retail outlets.


Public Transportation

Metros, trams and buses are an inexpensive and convenient alternative to driving in Prague and the larger towns. Tickets can be purchased at all Metro stations, most kiosks, and in many hotels.

Taxis are available in all major metropolitan areas. They are clearly marked.

Domestic and international trains stop at Prague's two main train stations: Hlavni NadraziĀ­ and Nadrazi Holesovice, which are both on the Red metro line. A number of other train stations serve strictly domestic routes.

You may purchase tickets at ticket offices in railway stations, from vending machines, or from travel agencies. Tickets may be purchased in advance or immediately prior to departure.

When traveling by train, it is recommended that you purchase a seat reservation in addition to your ticket. Seat reservations are often purchased at a separate ticket counter in the train station.

Czech Railways: http://www.cd.cz/static/eng/


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