What you need to know

Public transport

Tickets are available from many newsstands and tobacconists, ticket offices in the metro, and from automatic machines in the metro and at selected bus and tram stops. Single tickets cost from CZK 24 to CZK 32.

In Prague the CZK 32 tickets are valid for 90 minutes of unlimited travel. You may change between trams, buses, the metro and trains (in area of Prague) as you wish. You do not need to have a new ticket, regardless of how many times you change, until the time period runs out.  More on Prague Public Transit Co. Inc.

Validation of Single-Ride Tickets, Ticket Inspection: After boarding a bus, tram, or upon entering the metro, tickets must be date-stamped in order to make them valid. Your ticket is not valid without the time and date or without a specific code. All tickets, no matter whether you buy them in the underground or in a tobacco shop, have to be validated. Please use the yellow stamping machines.

The validity of tickets can be checked by the ticket inspectors of Dopravní podnik at any time during travel or stay in the Metro system. The ticket inspector is entitled to ask the passenger to produce his or her valid ticket, to confiscate invalid tickets, and to collect a penalty (1500 CZK, if paid at once 800 CZK) in case of travel without a valid ticket. In case of unpaid freight the inspector collects a penalty 200 CZK, which is reduced to 100 CZK, if it is paid on the spot or in the supplementary fare office of Dopravni podnik. To prove their identity, inspectors produce yellow-and-red badges. They issue receipts for the penalty amounts.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The Czech Republic’s currency is the Czech koruna or Czech crown (Kč / CZK). Despite being a member of the European Union, the Czech Republic has not adopted the euro yet. Notes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 CZK. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 CZK. There are numerous bureaux de change in Prague – in the city centre, as well as at Prague’s airport and major train and bus stations. After comparing the exchange rates on offer and finding the best deal don’t forget to ask about commission. A good tip is to ask how many Czech korunas you will receive in total after all charges have been deducted. Exchanging money in banks is also advisable. Current exchange rates can be found at www.cnb.cz.

Weather

Prague has a typically European continental climate with cold, snowy winters and warm (sometimes wet) summers. Winters (December to February) can get quite chilly; January is the coldest month, with daytime temperatures around zero and cold winds. Snowfall can be common between December and March although snow cover of more than 20 cm is not frequent. Anyway, the fairytale vision of snow-covered roofs and twinkling lights is rewarding when visiting Prague in winter. Summers usually bring plenty of sunshine and the average daily high temperature of 24 °C (75 °F).

The best time to visit the Czech capital might be from May to September when days are warm and nights cool. The European summer (June to September) is the tourist high season, but spring and autumn can also be rewarding times to visit, especially if you prefer to avoid the tourist crowds and to see the trees in bloom in spring or the gold- and copper-coloured foliage in autumn. In a way, every season has its benefits from a touristic point of view.

Czech Drug Laws

Dr. Blažejovský from the National Antidrug Center said, “From the perspective of right, [possession] isn’t legal. Possessing drugs up to a given amount (legally defined as small and set by a government provision for each drug separately is classified as an offense according to law 200/1990 Sb – 5 plants of hemp or 15.0 grams of marijuana, 40 pieces of magic mushrooms, 5.0 grams of hashish, 5 LCD laced papers or other materials with LSD, 1.5 grams of heroin, 1.0 grams of cocaine, and 2.0 grams of methamphetamine. These limits have nothing to do with any of the substances being legalized.) If it is a matter of drug possession to the amount greater than small, it is treated as crime.” As a misdemeanor offense, drug possession up to the amounts mentioned above can carry a fine of up to 15000 CZK.  Criminal possession of drugs can include imprisonment. For cannabis, it can be up to one year. For psychotropics the punishment can be up to two years. For further information on Czech drugs laws a summary press release developed by the National Monitoring Center for Drug and Drug Addiction, Center for Addiction Studies and the National Antidrug Center can be found here (in Czech).