Car Hire in Prague
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hire a car in Prague and see the city on your own schedule. Prague is a huge city, and with your own car you can take the time to discover it all. Visit the bohemian neighbourhoods on the east side of the city, zip around the sights of the old and new town, or get out of the city for the day on a fantastic road trip. Whatever you use your rental car for, you can always be sure of getting the best deal with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Prague
Car hire is available at Prague’s airport, Václav Havel Airport. Choose from large brands like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt as well as local brands like Czechocar and Dvorak Rent a Car. There are also some car hire companies based in the city centre, in the Prague 1 district. Royal Car Rental and Broadway car rental are based near the main train station, Praha hlavni nadrazi, and there is a Sixt near the Hilton hotel.
Driving in Prague
Give way to buses and trams. Trams will often come up on your left side, so always check your mirror and blind spot before turning.
It’s mandatory to drive with your headlights on during the day throughout the year. There’s a fine of around 2000 CZK (about £55) for non-compliance. Stay away from the Czech beer if you’re planning a road trip. There is zero tolerance towards drunk driving in the Czech Republic, meaning you can’t drive at all after drinking alcohol or after a heavy night on the town.
Parking in Prague
Spaces marked with a solid blue line are residents parking bays. If you park here you could face clamping or towing. There are lots of pay and display bays in Prague, which have signs telling you which zone you’re in and when restrictions apply. PO-PA means regulations apply from Monday to Friday, and PO-SO means Monday to Saturday. In green zones the maximum stay is six hours, in orange zones the maximum stay is just two hours.
There are surface car parks opposite The State Opera, across from the Praha hlavni nadrazi train station, and beside Narodni trida avenue. Multi-storey car parks are also available: one beside State Opera, one at Kotva Department Store, one at the National Theatre and one at Rudolfinum. Some hotels in Prague also have secure parking for their guests, although this usually costs extra.
Great day trips from Prague
If you’re planning to use the motorway you will need to pick up a vignette. These stickers are a requirement for driving on the highway and if you’re caught without them you could face a heavy fine. You can buy them in most petrol stations and at the Czech Post office. They come in three sizes: 10 days, monthly, or annual. The respective price for 2015 is 310 CZK (about £8.40), 440 CZK (about £11.90), and 1500 CZK (about £40.60).
The most beautiful castle in the Czech Republic really is like something out of a fairytale. If you want to go inside you will need to join a guided tour, which takes you through the castles history and leads you through the building’s most opulent rooms. Afterwards you can grab a bite to eat in the village of Karlstejn.
Or in English ‘Bohemian Paradise’ is a gorgeous area of natural beauty just over an hour from Prague by car. There are beautiful forests to hike through, and immense sandstone cliffs to gape at. You can visit more castles, cheateaux, and ruins, or just content yourself by staying in the car and driving through the breathtaking scenery.
Beer lovers will enjoy a trip to this city, which is the birthplace of the Pilsner style of beer. The city centre is small and has lots of interesting museums. As well as a brewery museum (obviously) Plzen also has a puppet museum, a West Bohemia Museum, and a Ghost Museum (although really it’s a toy shop). If you’re more into wine than beer, you’ll need to pick up a few bottles of Bohemia Sekt. It’s made in the city and is the most popular sparkling wine in the Czech Republic.
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