GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry formalities

All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic must possess a passport valid for at least the next three months. Participants requiring visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their countries in order to avoid delay in travel to the conference. 

Insurance

The organisers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the conference.

Currency & Banking

Czech crown (CZK) is the official currency of the Czech Republic. Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague international airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants and shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops, please ask for details on-site. You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank at www.cnb.cz.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets follow the standard used also in France, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Greece, Italy, Ireland and some other countries, and have a grounding pin sticking out of the power socket.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday to Sunday.

Time zone

The Czech Republic is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.

Weather

You can find the current weather conditions at www.weather.com.

Parking

Parking space at Clarion Congress Hotel Prague will not be provided for the participants. Expenses for the parking space will be covered by the participants on their own. You can also take advantage of an underground garage with 600 parking spaces.
Hours of operations: 6:50–22:00
Free parking: 3 hours during the week days and 5 hours during the weekends.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

Airport

Václav Havel Airport Prague handles flights of most European carriers and also some overseas flights. It is located 30–45 minutes by car from the centre of Prague. There is a good connection between the airport and city centre by public transport buses and taxis.

Unfortunately there is no subway or train connection to the city from the airport. You should buy a ticket before travelling and these can be found at the arrival hall, at ticket machines or at the newsagents (if arriving late and all shops are closed buy a ticket from the driver but large banknotes are not accepted).

Public transport 

Prague has a very sophisticated subway, tram and bus transport system. The Prague underground is quite new and efficient. At peak times, trains run every 2 or 3 minutes, and during off-peak hours at least every 8–10 minutes.

You can find more information about Prague public transport on the web pages www.dpp.cz.

Short-term passes (unlimited travel within ticket validity)

Most visitors find travel passes cost effective and hassle free. If you use public transport more than a few times a day, definitely go for one. Also 3 and 5 day passes allow free transport for a child aged between 6 and 14 (inclusive).

  • Basic fare – 32 CZK (€ 1.32) – ticket can be used for up to 90 minutes on all means of public transport
  • Tickets valid for only 30 minutes – 24 CZK (€ 1.00) on all means of public transport
  • Ticket valid for 1 day – 110 CZK (€4.5)
  • Ticket valid 3 days – 310 CZK (€ 12.8)
  • Airport express fare – 50 CZK (€ 2.07) for one-hour use of this line only

Only properly validated tickets are valid.

For more information about Prague Public transport visit www.dpp.cz.

Taxi service

In the city centre, taxis are easy to take from the street but we strongly recommend you use hotel taxis or to call a taxi by phone through the radio taxi service.

We recommend you use following taxi companies:
Profi Taxi: +420 261 314 151 or +420 844 700 800
AAA Taxi: +420 222 333 222 or +420 2211 0 2211

Complete information is available at the official website of the Czech Republic at www.czech.cz.