Fact file: Czech Republic

Did you know?
South Bohemia holds an annual bagpipe band festival.
Language
Czech
Visas
None required.
Getting there
There are direct flights into Prague-Ruzyne airport, located 20kms from the city centre and served by a regular bus route which connects to the underground network (Dejvicka Station, Line A). You could also travel by rail or coach (a 23-hour journey) from London to Prague.
Flying time from London
Two hours.
Getting around
In Prague, most sightseeing can be done on foot in the city centre. To get around the city, use the Metro system, or the network of buses and trams. Elsewhere, Czech airlines operate domestic flights between Prague, Ostrava, Brno and Karlovy Vary. Czech Railways have a network of services - the SuperCity trains are the top of the range, followed by the Express category - similar to our InterCity trains. Most locations are served by bus and in towns and cities you'll also find trams and trolleybuses. Drivers will have to pay to travel on the motorways - stickers must be bought in advance and cost from 100Kc (about £2) for 10 days.
Currency
The Czech Crown or Koruna (Kc).
Costs
A beer is from 30p-50p but more at some Prague bars, a short taxi ride is from £4, a moderate meal for two with wine is from £10, a litre of petrol is from 60p and a roll of film for your camera from £3. Shop around, but all prices will vary.
Weather
Most of the Czech Republic has warm, showery summers and cold snowy winters with spring and autumn being changeable. Temperatures are comparable to those in the UK, though in the mountains it is bitterly cold in winter and pretty cool in summer. June, July and August tend to be the wettest months.
Time difference
One hour ahead of GMT.
International dialling code from the UK
00 420
Voltage
220v
Opening hours
Varies but generally shops open from 9am to 6pm weekdays, 9am to 1pm Saturdays with some Sunday opening. Banks open 9am to 6pm.
Health - Before you go
The Czech Republic has a reciprocal medical agreement with the UK - get an EHIC form from your local post office. Travel insurance is still advisable. If you're going trekking, typhoid, polio and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended.
Health - When you are there
If you plan on hiking in the popular Krkonose mountain range in East Bohemia, go well prepared in terms of clothing and footwear. It's windy and cold all year at altitude and in summer mountain fog can cause hypothermia.
Warnings
There are heavy fines for drivers if you don't display your motorway toll sticker correctly on your windscreen.
Emergency
Police 158, Fire 150, Ambulance 155.
Customs
If you visit a local resident's home and want to take them flowers, make sure you buy an even number of fresh flowers - odd numbers or dried flowers are symbols of the dead. Always take off your shoes as you enter the house, unless told not to bother.
Pets
The Czech Republic is not covered under the Pet Travel Scheme so leave your cats and dogs at home.
Tipping
5%-10%.
Tourist office
Czech Tourist Authority, Suite 29-31 Second floor, Morley House, 320 Regent Street. W1B 3BG. Tel. 020 7631 0426. Brochure line (60p a minute) 09063 640641.


Telephone

+44 (0) 203 696 2870

Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm

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