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Czech Republic Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

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

Domestic airports

Ostrava (OSR) is about 30 minutes drive from the city.

Brno (BRQ) 8 kms or approx 5 miles southeast from the center of Brno (approximately 20 minutes by car).

Karlovy Vary (KLV) is about 8 kms from City Centre.

River

Waterways can be found in the country and the main ports are at Prague, Ústí nad Labem and Decín.

Rail

The network is operated by Czech Railways (Ceské Drahy). There are daily express trains between Prague and main cities and resorts. Reservations should be made on major routes. Fares are low, but supplements are extra for travel by express trains.

Road

Traffic in the Czech Republic drives on the right side. Speed limits are as follows:

In built up areas - 31mph or 50kph

Outside built up areas - 55mph or 90kph

On motorways - 80mph or 130kph

Motorways run from Prague to Plzen, Podebrady to Bratislava (Slovak Republic) via Brno. Drivers on the Czech motorways have to buy a vignette (season ticket) which costs about Kc800 for each year. A 10-day vignette is available at approximately Kc100.

Bus

The large bus network mostly covers areas not accessible by rail and is efficient and comfortable. Buses are run by the State Bus Company; see online for timetables.

Car Hire

Cars may be hired through Hertz and Avis and other companies. Seat belts are mandatory and drinking is absolutely prohibited. Many petrol stations are open 24 hours. There is a road emergency service available by calling 154.

Documentation: A valid driving licence. If this has no photo, an International Driving Permit is also required.

Taxi

Taxis are available in most of the main towns and are metered, higher fares are charged at night

Urban

Public transport is considered excellent. See transport in Prague for timetables and information.

There is a metro service in Prague that runs from 05:00-00:00. Three fares are charged.

Tram and bus services also operate and tickets must be purchased in advance from tobacconist shops, newsagents, metro stations, information centres or travel agents. Night trams and buses run from 00:00-04:30 in Prague.

Buses, trolleybuses and trams operate in Brno, Ostrava, Plzen and several other towns. Most services run from 04:30-00:00. All the cities have 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 machine on entering the tram or bus. A separate ticket is needed when changing routes. There are fines for fare evasion. Blue badges on tram and bus stops indicate all-night service.

For more information about public transport in Prague contact the Czech Tourist Authority, see Contacts section.

Travel times

The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Prague to other major towns/cities in the Czech Republic.
  Air Road Rail
Brno
0.45 2.15 4.45
Karlovy Vary
0.30 2.00 4.45
Ostrava
1.00 6.45 6.00