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Getting around Prague

Public transport

Prague's inexpensive and efficient transport system is the best way to move around the city. It is run by Dopravní podnik hlavního mĕsta Prahy (DPP) (tel: +420 2961 91817; www.dpp.cz/en), and the network includes the metro, trams, buses and the funicular railway to the top of Petrín Hill.

You need to buy tickets (jízdenky) in advance and stamp them on entering trams and buses and the transport area of the metro. These are valid for all forms of public transport and are available from station ticket machines, most tobacconists, information centres and any shops displaying the red and yellow DPP sticker. One- and three-day passes are available.

Taxis

Dishonest taxi drivers have traditionally been the blight of Prague. Things have partly improved, but it’s still wise to use a reputable company such as AAA (tel: +420 2223 33222) or CityTaxi (tel: +420 2572 57257).

Avoid cabs waiting outside stations and major tourist attractions. Taxis should be legally registered, with a permanent yellow roof lamp and the company name, licence number and rates printed on both front doors. It’s also a good idea to ascertain the fare before entering the car.

Driving

Motorists in Prague must always give way to buses and trams, and parking spots are hard to come by around the centre. There are three types of street parking zone: orange for stays of up to two hours, green for stays up to six hours and blue for residents and businesses only. Park and Ride car parks (signed P+R) have been set up near metro stations around the city. They are secure and charge a flat rate.

Car hire

Car hire isn’t really practical for anything other than trips out of town. You must be over 21 years and have held a full driving licence for at least a year. Bear in mind that the Czech Republic has a zero tolerance approach to drinking and driving, regardless of how little alcohol has been consumed. A valid national driving licence, International Driving Permit, passport and credit card for the deposit are required.

Car hire is available at Václav Havel Airport, American Express offices and many large hotels. Major companies include Avis (tel: +420 2218 51225; www.avis.cz) and Hertz (tel: +420 2253 45021; www.hertz.cz).

Bicycle hire

Bicycle hire and group tours of Prague are available in the summer from City Bike, Králodvorská 667/5 (tel: +420 7761 80284; citybike-prague.com), near the Old Town Square.

Homeport PrahaKola (prahakola.cz) is a small bikeshare system, with a handful of stations in the city centre.

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As you’d expect, Prague’s luxurious Four Seasons Hotel enjoys an unbeatable location, perched below Prague Castle and only a stone's throw from Charles Bridge. Everything here is as it should be at a Four Seasons. There are 19 suites, including the sumptuous Presidentia, furnishings are elegant and artwork original, and there’s a 24-hour concierge service, state-of-the-art gym and spa. The hotel also goes out of its way to create a child-friendly environment, with complimentary cots and a babysitting service.

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The location of this hotel in Prague is spot on, only a short walk from Námìstí Republiky, the Municipal House and the beginning of the Royal Road. Guests have access to a health club, pool, gym and sauna, as well as local tennis courts and a golf course. The rooms blend state-of-the-art facilities with comfortable furnishings and contemporary styling.

Hotel Josef

This light, bright and super-modern hotel in Prague provides the perfect antidote to the heavy gothic architecture that dominates the surrounding city centre. Designed by Eva Jiricna, with a spectacular glass atrium as its focal point, the hotel's 110 luxury rooms all come with equally contemporary facilities, from high-end designer bathroom suites to Wi-Fi access.

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Dating from 1772, this fascinating historic building, enviably situated in the Old Town between Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square, was once a Jesuit convent, before serving as offices for the Soviet secret police. This cheap hotel in Prague now provides 73 comfortable rooms ranging from singles to triples. Unlimited buffet breakfasts are served in the former chapel.

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