Prague's Required Information
The currency in Prague is the Czech Crown (CZK). Czech banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 100-200-500-1000-2000-5000. Some hotels, shops and restaurants accept Euros as well, but many only take Czech Crowns.
For Czech Republic there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Czech Republic operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Visa & Passport Information for Visitors to Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech Republic (Czechia) is a member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen area, therefore most tourist visitors do not require a visa to visit Prague, just a valid passport (or ID card for EU citizens).
Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. The metro, trams and buses are used by two-thirds of Prague’s population and cover the majority of the city and outskirts. The metro especially makes getting around town a breeze since it enables you to cover long distances in a matter of minutes. If you can’t continue to your destination on foot, you’ll be able to catch a tram or bus from near the subway station.
We take public transport in Prague all the time. It is easy, reliable, and very affordable.
Several parts of Prague have marked bike lanes (look for yellow bike-path signs). Still, with its cobblestones, tram tracks and multitudes of pedestrians, Prague has a long way to go to catch up with far-more-bike-friendly cities such as Vienna or Amsterdam.
- Nearly everyone wears a helmet, and this is always a good idea.
- The black market for stolen bikes is thriving, so don’t leave bikes unattended for longer than a few minutes and always use a sturdy lock.
- Cycling is prohibited in pedestrian zones such as on Charles Bridge and in part of the city Centre. Technically you could be fined up to 1000Kč, but more often than not, the police will simply tell you to dismount.
In case you intend to carry with you any medicaments/medication (narcotic or psychotropic substance) while travelling to the Czech Republic you should:
- carry quantities of such substances for personal use only, adequate quantity according to the length of your stay
- obtain a letter or prescription from their doctor stating that you need the medication for your personal use
In case you are asked at any border crossing point whether you have anything to declare, you should declare it and present the letter from your doctor to avoid any misunderstanding.
The Prague airport is located about 15 km/9 miles from the city center. It takes approximately 25 – 30 minutes (40 minutes in heavy traffic) to reach the center by car and about 30 minutes on public transport (bus + subway).
The train is a common means of transportation in the Czech Republic. All Czech cities, towns and many villages have their train stations and are interconnected well enough to make train travel a convenient way of getting from one place to another.
Trains in the Czech Republic are operated by České dráhy (Czech Railways), RegioJet, and Leo Express.