Becoming familiar with the country you are visiting and being aware of the very basic emergency contact information should be an essential part of you planning process. If you are planning a trip to Prague, you will find the information below beneficial as it offers a comprehensive overview of Prague’s most important phone numbers, services and places where you can get help. Make sure you have this information with you when traveling to Prague.
Prague: The capital of Czech Republic
Population: about 1,240.000
Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT)
Currency: Czech Crown (Koruna), abbreviated as Kc or CZE
ATM: Located throughout the city, accepted credit/debit cards are Visa, Mastercard/EuroCard, Maestro and American Express.
Electricity: 220 Volts AC/50Hz (electricity adapters are necessary)
Phone Area Code for Czech Republic : +420
Phone Area Codefor Prague: 02
Phone Cards: All phone booths accept phone cards. These are available at newsstands, post offices, hotels and cost 200-300 CZE
Roadside Assistance: 1230-1240 (Yellow Angel)
Central Prague Post Office: Jindrisska 14 (off Wenceslas Square), Prague 1. It opens daily from 2am midnight.
MEDICAL/SAFETY RELATED EMERGENCY
Emergency Phone Number: 112 (Ambulance / Fire / Police)
Dental First Aid Phone Number: 141 22
24 hr Medical Providers:
- Doctor Prague Health Center (www.doctor-prague.cz): Located at Vodickova 28, 2nd floor, Prague1, phone:224 220 040
- Pharmacy: Located at Palackeho 5, Prague 1, phone: 224 946 982 AND Belgicka 37, Prague 2, phone: 222 519 731
- Dentist: European Dental Center (www.edcdental.cz): Located at Peckova 9, Prague 8, open Mon-Fri 8:30am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm. FOR 24 hr on-call service call 224 228 993 OR 224 228 994 OR 224 228 984
Dentist Providers With Limited Hours Of Operation:
- American Dental Associates (www.americandental.cz): Located at Celnici 4, Prague 1 , open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm, phone 221 181 121
- Emergency Dental Service: Located at Palackeho 5 (near Wenceslas Square), Prague 1, open: Mon & Wed 8am-5:30pm. Tue & Thu 8am-4pm. Fri 8am0-2pm, phone: 224 235 085
LOCATIONS OF TOURIST CENTERS
- Na Prikope 20
- Old Town Square – (in Old Town Hall)
- Rytirska Street 31
- Prague Airport
- Lesser Town Bridge Tower (open in the summer season only)
- Main Train Station (in the lobby)
PHONE NUMBERS FOR EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
- USA: +420 257 530 663
- UK: +420 257 402 111
- Canada: +420 272 101 800
- Australia: +420 296 578 350 (Consulate)
- South Africa: +420 267 311 114
- Ireland: +420 257 530 061
- Germany: +420 257 113 111
- Spain: +420 224 311 222
- Italy: +420 233 080 111
- New Zealand: +420 222 514 672 (Consulate)
- France: +420 251 171 711
The weather in Prague varies based on the season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Winter can be very cold with temperatures dropping below 0°C (20F). Spring usually takes its time and the weather doesn’t starts to get warmer until around April. Summer time (June – August) is the warmest with temperatures rising up to 30 °C (86F). Temperatures drop at night pretty significantly, additional layers are recommended.
GETTING TO PRAGUE
- Plane – Prague’s airport Ruzyne is about 15 km from the city center. Bus and taxi service is available and can be reserved at the airport.
- Train – The Main Train Station is adjacent to Wenceslas Square, about a 5 minute walk. Access to Pragu’e Metro (subway) is available directly at the Train Station.
- Bus – The Main Bus Terminal Florenc is located just east of the Old Town Square. Majority of international and domestic buses travelling to Prague make their final stop in Florenc.
- Car – You must be at least 18 years old with a valid International Driving Licence to drive in the Czech Republic. All drivers are required to purchase and display a toll stamp allowing access to Czech highways.
GETTING AROUND PRAGUE
- On foot – Most of Prague’s sites are located within a walking distance of each other.
- Metro (Subway) – Metro operates from 5am – Midnight. It is easy to use and navigate around (three lanes only).
- Tram – The tram system reaches pretty much all the parts of the city. It is the best way to see all of Prague.
- Bus – Buses serve mostly the suburban areas.
- Boat – Boat services are mostly used as tourist attractions (i.e. dinner on the river Vltava) or excursions. Tickets can be purchased in the Prague’s tourist centers or directly at the pier. Most of the excursions depart from Prazska paroplavebni pier in Nove Mesto.
- Taxi – The Prague’s taxi system is not a recommended means of transportation. It is very difficult to negotiate prices and in most cases, you will end up paying an excessive amount of money. AAA Radiotaxi is the only recommended taxi service in Prague and their phone number is (+420)257 257 257
Make sure you print the Prague’s Useful Information prior to your trip to Prague and have it handy if and when the time comes!