Getting Around the Czech Republic
Traveling by Road:
The Czech road system is fairly extensive but is undergoing vast improvements to link all major towns and cities together. For the most part road condition will be fair, but in some spots the roads can be in disarray. You must be 18 years old to drive and all traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road. Seatbelts are mandatory and all children must ride in the back seat. To drive on the highways, you must purchase a window sticker that is available in 10 day, 6 month or 12 month periods. Rental cars generally feature this sticker, but enquire to be sure before traveling to the Czech Republic. Take note that in the Czech Republic there is a zero tolerance for drunk driving, meaning that if you have a .00001% BAC, you will be subject to heavy fines and penalties.
Traveling by Rail:
The Czech Republic offers a very extensive train network that covers just about the entire country. And because of its central European location, there are plenty of international rail options as well. For long journeys, one will book a Super City train, which only has 1st class seating available. The next class down is the Express trains, which don't have all the luxury of the Super City trains, but are cheaper and generally take a little bit longer to reach each destination. Larger cities such as Prague offer intercity trams and trolley options, and occasionally an underground rail network.
Traveling by Bus:
The bus network in the Czech Republic picks up where the train network doesn't reach. Expect buses to be efficient, comfortable and reliable. Fares can either be bought in advance or directly from the driver, depending on the company and the destination. Bus stations are usually located close to the city center or the main rail station, allowing easy access by foot.
Traveling by Boat:
Although the Czech Republic is a landlocked nation, there are a few options of traveling via water in this country. Most water transport options are for sightseeing and recreational purposes, but a few river transport options are available but must be booked in advance.
Traveling by Taxi:
You can expect to find taxi service in all major towns and cities. Fares will be higher when booking a taxi at night. Make sure the taxi contains a meter inside to ensure it is a legitimate company. Taxis can be hailed in the street or booked by phone in advance and are available at all airports.