Traveling to Prague
ARRIVING BY PLANE
Ruzyně International Airport is located 20km northwest from the city centre. The airport is served by a number of airlines. To see the overview of destinations and airlines, have a look here.
The transportation from the airport is provided by buses of the city public transport and it takes about 30-40 minutes to reach the city centre.
To see how to get best to the EAERE 2012 venue, have a look here.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Prague is well connected to European EC train network. All international trains arrive at Praha hlavní nádraží (the central station, abbreviated to Praha hl.n.) which has a connection with metro line C.
Check train timetables and departure and arrival stations at www.idos.cz.
The central train station lies within a walking distance or 1 tram stop from the EAERE 2012 conference venue.
ARRIVING BY BUS
The main terminal for international buses is Florenc Bus Station (metro lines B and C). It is located east of the city centre.
It is just 2 metro plus 1 tram stops far from the EAERE 2012 conference venue.
ARRIVING BY CAR
Prague has highway connections from five major directions; however, uninterrupted highway connection from Prague to the border of the Czech Republic is available only in two directions: southeast and southwest.
In order to drive on a highway, you need to purchase a toll sticker. A 10-day sticker costs 250 CZK and it is possible to buy it at every gas station.
Prague doesn't have a complete highway outer ring. On week days, it suffers from heavy traffic. It is possible to use the P+R (park and ride) parking places, where you can park your car for a very small fee and use public transport.
Parking in most residential streets in and around Prague city centre is possible only with a valid permit. Blue-marked areas are parking-restricted areas for residents.
- The southwestern highway (D5; international E50) leads through Plzeň to Germany. The D5 highway continues in Germany as A6. Riding from the state border to Prague takes about an hour and a half (160 km).
- The southeastern highway (D1) is the Czech Republic's oldest and most used highway but is in a rather poor condition. It leads through Brno to Bratislava in Slovakia. It offers a good connection to Vienna, Budapest and all traffic from the east. It runs for 250km, and usually takes over two hours.
- To the northwest, you can take highway D8 (E55), but it is not completed to the German border. It starts again shortly before the border and continues to the northern Germany via A17 (Dresden, Berlin, Leipzig).
- To the northeast, you can take highway R10 (E65) direction Zittau in Germany and Poland.
- To the east, you can take the newly completed D11 (E67), which goes to Hradec Kralove. It leads to Poland.
ENTERING THE CZECH REPUBLIC
There is visa-free entry for citizens of most European countries, Australia, Canada and the United States. If necessary, visas are issued by diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic in a given country. The Czech Republic is a member of the Schengen area. Inhabitants of contractual states are allowed to cross borders between states within this area without undergoing border controls. Still, inhabitants of these states have the obligation to carry a passport or identity card with them.
Other useful information for foreigners in Prague are here.