TOURIST INFORMATION IN PRAGUE
We have put together some Tourist Information in Prague which we hope will be useful for you during your stay in Prague and the Czech Republic.
We want you to enjoy your visit to the Czech capital and country, should it be as a tourist or work related we have listed many items below you should be aware of.
Prague is like every major city, there are vices to look out for and if you are aware of these in front it will make your viisit a pleasant one.
Also the information below will help you select the best itinerary suited to your requirements and at Prague Tours Direct we can arrange all you will need for your trip, from private airport transfers to accommodation suitable for all budgets, as well as free restaurant reservations and a host of city and Czech Republic tours.
We have provided links below
in this tourist information in Prague page to each section you might need, if you have any specIal requests just contact us, we are here for you.
The Czech Republic And Prague Basic Info
The Czech Republic was formed on January 1st 1993 after the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the resulting breakup of the former Czechoslovakian state which was formed in 1918. The population of the Czech Republic is approximatley 10.5 million.
Prague is the capital city with a population of approximatley 1.21 million, the spoken language in the country is Czech.
Weather In The Czech Republic
The climate in the Czech Republic is typical of the central European continent, with normally warm dry summers and cold winters, with January on average the coldest month,with snowfall almost common and temperatures dropping to -15c.
The best months are probably May to September, temperatures in the summer months range from 20c to 30c.
In the summer we would advise light clothing during the day, with a warm sweater for the cooler evenings, also bring a raincoat or an umbrella. In the winter we would advise heavy clothing with a hat, scarve and gloves and some waterproofs.
To get the present weather in the city go to Weather Forecast in Prague, 10 day Period, a vital piece of tourist information in Prague.
Arriving At The Airport
Prague Airport is located about 16km (10 miles) from the City centre, it takes about 25 to 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions, but on a Friday or Monday in heavy traffic it could take about 45 minutes, it is always best to allow a maximum 1 hour for the journey just to be on the safe side.
How to get from the Airport to the City centre ? - easy, we can book a private driver to be waiting for you and your group with your name displayed on a board to transfer you in private transport to your accommodation, for more info on this go to our Private Airport Transfers section.
Alternately you could take a normal taxi at the airport, but we cannot guarantee that the taxi will charge you the correct rate, so we would advise to book with us. Or you could take Public Transport, there are buses leaving in intervals of 5 to 20 minutes but they do not go direct to the centre, they go to the Metro stations and from there you need to take a Metro into the centre.
- If taking public transport you need to buy tickets beforehand, these will be on sale in newsagents at the arrivals hall, or in ticket machines, each ticket for public transport costs 26 CZK (approx 90 pence) and is valid for 75 minutes on all public transport. If you are having problems, ask at the airport tourist information office.
- You must stamp your ticket as soon as you get on the bus, there are stamp machines on the bus, this validates the ticket and without it being stamped you risk being fined by inspectors.
The bus number 119 from the airport will take you to the Metro stop Dejvicka and from there it is about 4 stops by Metro into the centre.
- Try our offer of one of our Private Airport Transfers, it is so easy and will save a lot of time and hassle and will not cost so much.
Changing Money In The City
The currency in the Czech Republic is still the Czech Koruna (CZK), so most likely you will need to change money, so the following tourist information in Prague is useful.
Euro is accepted in a lot of places but you will receive your change in CZK and no Euro coins are accepted.
There are several methods of changing money while in on your trip.
At the Airport there are change shops, but many of them charge a commission fee which at times can be quite high. Best place to change money is in the centre in one of the main banks, like Komercni Banka, Raiffeisenbanka, HSBC, UniCredit, Citibank and more, you will get the normal rate and just a small fee deduction (average 2%). Also you can use one of the many cash machines with your Credit or Debit card, these again charge about (1.5%) and most major cards are accepted.
For a quick check on the current exchange rate use this Money Converter
- If bringing money from the UK make sure you only bring Bank of England notes, other notes such as Bank of Scotland, Bank of Ireland are not accepted anywhere!
- Do not change money on the streets, you might be offered this and you will get robbed for sure.
Getting Around With Public Transport
Prague has an excellent Public Transport System, with the Tram, Metro and Bus services all normally running like clockwork so you should not need to worry about using the public transport system, most instructions are written in English language for tourists, below are a few tips.
- This website Public Transport is in English and has the full tourist information in Prague on all the Public Transport services and ticket prices.
- Always remember to stamp your ticket as soon as you get on a bus, or go into the Metro, or get onto a tram, there are machines to do this at all locations, failure to do so could result in a fine from an inspector!
- We can arrange private transport and a private driver for you also (as well as private airport transfers), should it be to take you to a football game, concert, party, restaurant or any other reason, check out our offers at Private Transfers
Another important piece of tourist information in Prague is accommodation, we are based in the capital and we have many good discount deals on Hotels (3, 4 and 5 star) and superb Self Catering Apartments all in the city centre, or for the budget traveller we can also offer comfortable Hostel Accommodation. Just contact us with your requirements and we will look after you.
Vices In The City
We want you to enjoy your holiday, this City is like any other in the world, there are thieves and vice, so just be wary and most of all have a great weekend in this beautiful City!
- Drugs, you will be offered these on the street over your weekend, just ignore the sellers, they are out to steal from you and this is a criminal offense with the possibility of a jail term.
- Money changers on the street, they will offer you very attractive rates but will cheat you and give you paper money worth nothing, they will give you notes from Romania, Bulgaria or elsewhere with no face value in Czech Republic.
- Pickpockets, like every major tourist City Prague has many pickpockets, be careful with your wallets, cameras and valuables on crowded places like the Metro and Trams etc.
- Taxis, they have a bad reputation, but when you book with us we will give you a good contact for an English speaking Taxi company who charges normal prices.
- Tipping, it is normal (if you are pleased with the service) to tip about 10 percent of the total bill in restaurants and bars.
Embassy Information For Tourists
It is always useful to know your Embassy details in case you lose your passport or for some other emergency, below is a list we hope you will find useful.
We hope the above tourist information in Prague we have provided is useful to you, please read it carefully and if you have any questions or queries just contact us on the office information at the bottom of the page, we will be happy to help you.