Czech Republic Transport

Get in


Located about 10 km west of the centre of Prague, Vaclav Havel Airport is a hub of Czech national carrier – Czech Airlines (ČSA), a SkyTeam member.

Other international airports are in Brno (with flights to London, Moscow, Rome, Bergamo, Eindhoven and Prague), Ostrava (flights to Vienna (suspended), London, Paris CDG and Prague), Pardubice, Karlovy Vary (flights to Moscow and Uherské Hradiště).


International train service runs from most points in Europe with direct connections from Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Belarus and Russia; in summer also from Romania, Bulgaria and Montenegro.


International bus service runs from many cities in Europe with direct connections from Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, Austria etc. Good service is offered by Eurolines bus company and Student Agency. Cheap tickets from Poland are offered by PolskiBus.
Get around


The trains go even to the most remote locations of the Czech Republic and unlike buses, they usually operate regularly during off-peak hours and during weekends. The normal train ticket price can be discouraging , but Czech Railways (ČD) offer plenty of discounts. Return ticket gives you a 5% discount, and when travelling in a group (even two travellers are considered as a "group"), the first person pays full price, second gets 25% discount, others get 50% discount. Check train timetables on www. idos. cz.

Hitchhiking:Hitchhiking is very common and some drivers stop even on places where they shouldn't. However, , it is illegal to hitchhike on motorways, with the exception of service areas.


Student Agency offers a cheap and excellent means of travelling between Prague and other major cities--bus. These buses are usually a bit faster and cost less than the Czech trains (not considering discounts). Usually, you do not have to book a seat but if you travel on Fridays or during holidays from or to Prague, it is recommended. You can reserve seats online at the Student Agency website. Apart from this operator there are many other bus companies that link Prague and other cities and towns, even remote villages, regularly. Most buses leave Prague from the central bus station at Florenc, but other major bus stations can be found at Na Knížecí (metro station Anděl), Černý Most, Zličín and Roztyly, all of which are located next to metro stations.

Local bus travel between small towns and surrounding villages is usually operated by companies named ČSAD (district name), a remnant of the nationwide state-run company Československá Autobusová Doprava from communist times. On local buses you simply tell the driver where you're going and pay him a fare as you get on.


Cycling is a great choice to explore this country. There are lots of pleasant country lanes, cycling marked paths and picturesque villages along these paths, and the trains have bicycle racks in the baggage section for when you get tired.


There are a great number of hiking paths and scenery-rich trails going through the Czech Republic's forests and natural areas, and the Czech Tourist Club (Klub českých turistů) [38] has mapped and marked these trails so that walkers can easily locate and navigate thousands of kilometres of scenic paths, in fact it is probably the best maintained system of marking in Europe.


The condition of many roads is continually improving, but to be economical and fast, drive on the motorways as much as possible, although if you want to get to remote parts of the country you cannot avoid lower roads that may be a little bumpy sometimes. Speed limits in the Czech Republic are 130 km/h on rural motorways, 90 km/h on rural roads, 80 km/h on motorways in towns, and 50 km/h on other roads in towns.