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Flying to Prague

Numerous airlines operate direct flights to Prague from the UK, including British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Ryanair, SmartWings and Wizz Air. With so much competition, cheap deals are available year-round, though you need to book well in advance to bag a bargain in school holidays. From the USA, Delta operates a direct flight from New York JFK to Prague. From Toronto, Canada, Air Canada flies direct to Prague. 

Flight times

From London - 1 hour 50 minutes; New York - 8 hours 10 minutes;Los Angeles - 15 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 8 hours 10 minutes; Sydney- 23 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Traffic in Prague drives on the right and the legal driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas, 90kph (56mph) on main roads and 130kph (81mph) on motorways. There is zero tolerance for drink and drugs.

An annual toll must be paid to use Czech roads - toll stickers must be displayed and can be bought at border crossings, post offices and petrol stations. EU licence holders must have an International Driving Permit (IDP) if their normal licence does not have a photograph. An IDP is required for drivers from all other countries.

A car registration document and country sticker are also necessary, as well as a first-aid kit and a warning triangle. Note that headlights must be used at all times. Third-party liability insurance is compulsory. For drivers based in the Czech Republic for longer than six months, the car must be registered with the Czech authorities - duty and taxes will cost about half the value of the car and minimum third-party coverage with a Czech insurer is also required.

Emergency breakdown services

ÚAMK (tel: 1230, in the Czech Republic only); ABA (tel: 1240, in the Czech Republic only).

Routes

The main routes to Prague are the D1/D2 to Brno. From Belgium, the best route is the E40 to Cologne, then the A4, A3 and A6 to get onto the E50 crossing the German/Czech border at Waidhaus/Rozvadov. From Vienna, the E59 leads to the D1 motorway, the E55 from Dresden and Berlin, the E67 from Wroclaw and Warsaw, and the E50 from Paris.

Coaches

International buses depart either from the Florenc coach station, Křižíkova 8, Prague 8, or from the coach park at Želivského Station, on the corner of Vinohradská and Jana-Želivského, Prague 3.

The main international operator is Eurolines (tel: +420 731 222 111; www.eurolines.cz). Regional services are provided by Dopravni Podnik (tel: +420 900 144 444; www.dpuk.cz).

Time to city

From Vienna - 3 hours 30 minutes; Warsaw - 7 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

Praha Hlavní Nádraží, Prague’s main railway station at Wilsonova 300, is a wonderful piece of domed art nouveau architecture. Prague’s other international railway station, Nádraží Holešovice, is also its second largest. This is the point of departure for trains heading to Berlin, Vienna and Budapest. Although located on the north side of the city, it is well connected to the city centre by the metro, just a few minutes from Wencelas Square on the C-Line.

The Czech Republic itself is well served internationally by high-speed and overnight sleeper trains, with direct links connecting Prague to multiple major European cities. The comfortable City Night Line sleeper trains run from Prague to Germany.

For local trains, you can catch the tilting Czech Pendolino, the country’s own high-speed trains, which travel between Prague and the Czech Republic’s other big cities, Brno and Ostrava, as well as making the journey across the Austrian border to Vienna.

Operators

Ceské dráhy (CD) (tel: +420 221 111 122; www.cd.cz) manages Prague's railways and stations.

Journey times

From Vienna - 4 hours; Munich - 5 hours; Berlin - 4 hours 40 minutes.

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Jurys Inn

Near to a metro station and a 20-minutes walk to the Old Town Square, this modern hotel offers great value for money with its 214 clean and bright rooms coming in five categories - double, premium king, twin, triple and family, all of which are generously proportioned and come with free Wi-Fi. This is also a comtemporary restaurant and bar.

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

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.

Hilton Prague Old Town

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.

Hotel Cloister Inn

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.

Hotel Savoy

Situated between the city centre and the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, this small but comfortable hotel has two underground and bus stations nearby and the Exhibition Grounds are 25 minutes away by car or U-Bahn.