General informations

Currency

Czech currency ČESKÁ KORUNA ( symbol CZK or Kč ) is fully convertible. 1 CZK is dividend to 100 hellers(h). Nominal banknotes in use: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 ( last one rarely in use . Coins in use: 50 CZK ( rare in use), 20 CZK, 10 CZK, 2 CZK, 1 CZK, 50 h( = 0,5 CZK ). Cash money is possible to change in banks, hotels, and exchange offices. Exchange offices most often offer more convenient rate of exchange but charge rather high exchange fee - check it first. Do not change money on streets - you run a risk to obtain invalid or false banknotes. Usual banking hours are from 9:00 - 17:00 ( working days ) Some exchange offices work non-stop.

Credit Cards

Use of Credit Cards in Czech is widespread, you can pay by Cards in hotels, restaurants, shops and other places. In Prague there is dense net of cash dispensers where you can draw cash 24 hours.

Travel cheques

The main advantage is protection against theft, but in Czech Republic they are not populár and their use is limited. They are not accepted in shops or restaurants but can be exchanges for cash in banks and exchanges offices.

SAFETY

Prague is comparatively safe city, crimes of violence are very seldom. What is relatively frequently met are losses of portable things and radios from cars. Don´t leave on seats or visible places anythink hat could catch thiefs´eyes. Especially during vaccation or X - mas season be aware of pickpockets, particulary in means of public transport and in places where money of people come together like railway or metro stations, shopping cenres exhibitions, entertainment centres etc. Don´t carry valuace things Credit Cards, wallets and documents in pockets or bags. Pickpockets are very skilful and stolen articles are mostly lost for ever.
NON STOP EMERGENCY NUMBERS

FIRE FIGHTERS 150
MEDICAL EMERGENCY                
155
CITY POLICE 156
POLICE 158


On these numbers operators speak mostly Czech language only - bet - ter to ask anybody to explain your problem instead of you than to call directly. Unified

EUROPEAN EMERGENCY CALL      
112

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

LOST AND FOUND DEPARTMENT
Prague 1, Karolíny Světlé
224235085
 
LOST CREDIT CARDS
American express 224194400
Visa 224125353
Eurocards/ Mastercards 224423135
 
INFORMATION ABOUT PHONE NUMBERS  
Czech phone 1180
Abroad phone 1181

 

International Country Call Code of Czech Republic is + 420; for outgoing international calls from Czech dial 00+ Country Code + local number.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The centre of Prague is relatively small and most of the sights are accessible on foot. We don´t recommend driving to the centres you might encounter heavy tradic, jams and shortage of parking places. Public transport is well-organized, efficient,and clean and it is quite easy to orientace yourself in it. Trams, Metro and Buses nets are operand by Prague Public Transport Co.Inc.

The underground network in Prague

(called METRO-stations marked by)is formed by formed by free lines: A, B and C. The lines are colour-coded and the metro is in operation from 5am to midnight. The green line (line A) connects depo Hostivař and terminus Dejvická. The yelow line (line B) connects terminus Černý most and Zličín and the red line (line C) connects terminus Ládví and Háje. There are free cross stations: Muzeum (lines A and C), Můstek (lines B and A) and Florenc (lines C and B). Time intervals are approx 2-4 min. at rush hour and 4-10 min off-peak.

Trams

Operating time is 4:30 to 00:30;from 00:30 to 4:30 there are night trams (no.51-59), going in 30 minutes intervals. The centra interchange tram stop of night trams is Lazarská stop. Timetables are to be found at tram stops.

Busses

The system of day and night operation is similar to operation of trams. There are night buses no. 501-513 and 601-607. Timetables are located at bus stops.

Funicular railway

The funicular railway runs up the Petřín hillside from Újezd via Nebozízek to Petřín. It goes daily from 9:00am to 11:30pm (April to October) with intervals of 10 or 15 minutes. Fare: the same ticket as for oher public transport (costs 20czk).

Public transport tickets

Passengers may travel by travel by means of public transport with a valid ticket only. Tickets must be purchased before entering a vehicle or the compulsory ticket area of metro or funicular. THE TICKET IS VALID ONLY IF MARKED IN THE VALIDATING MACHINE, which can be found at the entrance to the metro or inside all kind of surface vehicles. Tickets are sold at metro stations, newsagents, travel Information Centre, hotels, travel agencies, department stores etc. They are also available from a number of ticket vending machines installed next to surface transport stops, at Metro stations, funicular stations and their close vicinity. Occasionally bus or tram drivers are authorized to sell tickets too but the price is higher in the case.

TAXI

For all cars engaged in taxi service in Prague the following maximum rates are in force: drive in urban area of Prague: 25,-Kč/1 Km one - shot starting toll: 34,- Kč waiting 5,- Kč/1minute. Generally see the label placed on taxi car door!

Advice for clients

Each cab must be provided with car top lantern with word TAXI. It is recommended to order taxi by means of nonstop dispatching centers where you can also first ask for fare. The driver is obliged to issue duly and completely filled voucher confirming fare payment. This voucher must be issued from printer of taximeter.

 

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