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Before You Before You Go: Czech Travel Basics


Prague travel and travel to the Czech Republic is probably some of the easiest in Eastern Europe. Not only is the expat population big (which means plenty of English speakers), but Czechs recognize traveller's checks readily, bank machines are everywhere, and gay travel is nothing to think twice about.

Visas for Czech Travel

US, Canadian, New Zealand, and Australian citizens need a passport only for visits up to 90 days; any stay over 90 days will require a visa. EU citizens need only passports for any length of stay.

Vaccinations for Czech Travel

No vaccinations are required to enter the Czech Republic

Czech Currency

The koruna (or crown) is the Czech unit of currency. Bank machines are ubiquitous around tourist areas and in the city. Use these to withdraw money with your bank card and PIN (don't forget to call your bank and tell them you'll be withdrawing money abroad!). This is possibly a better option than risking poor exchange rates at the currency exchanges you'll find.

Traveler's Checks for Travel to the Czech Republic

Traveler's checks in USD or foreign currency may appeal to you if you want to avoid fees every time you withdraw money from the bank machine. Foreign currency traveler's checks may also be more widely recognized than credit cards at privately owned businesses or shops and hotels in outlying areas.

Using Credit Cards While You Travel in the Czech Republic

Cash is still the best option when traveling in the Czech Republic, as not everyone outside of the city center will accept credit cards. However, credit cards are still useful in a bind when you need to withdraw money from bank machines (albeit at the steep interest rate charged).

Transportation within the Czech Republic - Bus, Trams, Metro, and Taxis

Getting around Prague is easy. Choose the metro for the most comfortable service. Buses and trams will take you places that the metro won't (though they may be crowded throughout the day). Electric tram numbers 22 and 23 will take tourists to the most popular destinations like Prague Castle. Taxi drivers are only worth it in an emergency; the drivers pick up on your foreign status right away and you pay for it.

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