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Prague Transportation

AIR: Czech Airlines (OK) operates an extensive domestic service. There are regular domestic flights from Prague to Ostrava, Brno and Karlovy Vary.

RIVER: Navigable waterways can be found in the country and the main river ports are located at Prague, Ústí nad Labem and Decín.

RAIL: The rail network is operated by Czech Railways (Ceské Drahy, see above). There are several daily express trains between Prague and main cities and resorts. Reservations should be made in advance on major routes. Fares are low, but supplements are payable for travel by express trains.

ROAD: Traffic drives on the right. Speed limits are 31mph (50kph) in built-up areas, 55mph (90kph) outside built-up areas and 80mph (130kph) on motorways. Motorways run from Prague to Plzen, Podebrady to Bratislava (Slovak Republic) via Brno. Users of the Czech motorways have to buy a vignette (season ticket) which costs approximately Kc800 for each year. A 10-day vignette is now available at approximately Kc100.

Bus: The extensive bus network mostly covers areas not accessible by rail and is efficient and comfortable. Buses are mostly run by the State Bus Company. See online for timetables (website:

Car hire: Self-drive cars may be hired through Avis, Hertz and other companies. Seat belts are compulsory and drinking is absolutely prohibited.

Many petrol stations open 24 hours. There is a road emergency service available by calling 154. Documentation: A valid national driving licence. If this has no photocard, an International Driving Permit is also required.

URBAN: Public transport is excellent. See online (website: for timetables and other information on transport in Prague.

There is a metro service in Prague that runs from 0500-0000. Three flat fares are charged. There are also tram and bus services (for which tickets must be purchased in advance from tobacconist shops, newsagents, metro stations, information centres or travel agents). Night trams and buses run from 0000-0430 in Prague.

Buses, trolleybuses and trams also exist in Brno, Ostrava, Plzen and several other towns. Most services run from 0430-0000. All the cities operate flat-fare systems and tourist passes can be purchased in advance that are valid for a number of journeys. Tickets should be punched in the appropriate machine on entering the tram or bus.

A separate ticket is required when changing routes. There is a fine for fare evasion. Blue badges on tram and bus stops indicate an all-night service.

Taxis are available in all the main towns and are metered, higher fares are charged at night. For further information about public transport in Prague contact the Czech Tourist Authority