Driving in Czech Republic

Public Transport in Czech Republic

Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. So you’ll find yourself using public transport more often than driving in Czech Republic. In Prague the main operator is the DPP which operates the metro, trams, buses, the funicular railway and the chairlift at the zoo. The transport is efficient, frequent, clean and safe. It is also logical with a clear signing system and onboard displays — very reassuring for the traveller new to the area. They are also not too expansive, yet. While the trams tend to serve the inner city area, the outlying areas are served mainly by bus. The newer trams have low boarding, and are easy to use for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There are a variety of ticket types.

Opencards or the more flexible transferable pass (which other people can use) are available to all, but require a Czech address. For this you apply at the town hall, with two copies of the application form, photo, ID and a proof of a Czech address and the fee.
If you are over 70 years old, irrespective of nationality you can obtain a PID card from many metro stations — and then you can travel free. You need one passport-style photo, ID and 20 crowns and the pass is issued while you wait.

Towns are well connected by train, making this a convenient way to travel. There are a variety of train types, including international and high-speed express trains, for which you have to reserve your seat. Buses are another good option for travelling around. They are often of high quality, fast and efficient. Bus terminals are usually located near the town centre and railway station.

Driving in Czech Republic

Driving in the Czech Republic can be a challenge. They have one of the highest accident rates in Europe, and although there are rules, not everyone obeys them. Here are some points to consider.

Get out or the way of trams and do not pass them on the inside when they stop as this is where the passengers alight. Although you should stop at crossings, many drivers do not.
Flashing traffic lights simply mean they are not working. Give way to traffic coming from the right.

Many Czech drivers do not indicate. When you buy your vignette (sticker for high-speed roads) keep the part you do not stick on the windscreen as proof you bought it. No sticker means a severe fine.

Drivers often overtake on motorways from both sides (although it is forbidden on the right). A petrol cap with a lock is a great idea. Foreign cars are an attractive target for thieves — remove everything of any value from site if you park anywhere.

Documents you MUST carry

  • Insurance certificate — obligatory at least for third party Vehicle registration documents Driving licence
  • Equipment you MUST carry
  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Reflective vest
  • Headlamp converters
  • GB plate unless European sticker worn
  • Spare bulbs for accessible lights
  • Spare pair of prescription spectacles (if worn for driving)
  • Sticker for high-speed roads displayed on windscreen

Recommended Safety Equipment

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Torch

Radar Detectors are forbidden.

There is zero tolerance to alcohol. Any alcohol found in your system can result in an immediate fine, or criminal proceedings. Headlights should be on in winter at all times.

Speed limits are:

  • Urban 50km/h (31m/h)
  • Open road 90km/h (56m/h)
  • Motorways 130km/h (81m/h)
  • Minimum speed on motorways is 50km/h.

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