Accommodation and Travel

View of Prague Castle at night

IRC-2017 was held at the historic Charles University's Faculty of Education.

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, sits on the Vltava River. “The City of a Hundred Spires” is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famed for its attractive historic architecture. The Old Town Square is at the heart of the city, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock striking hourly.

Local accommodation

Participants were responsible for arranging their own local accommodation, but our local hosts negotiated preferential booking codes at many hotels, with options to suit a wide range of budgets.

Travel tips and visa information

Arriving at Prague Airport

Arriving at Václav Havel Airport Prague, delegates have two main options. It is possible to prebook the official airport shuttle at relatively low costs direct to your hotel. Alternatively, for the budget traveler, there is also a very inexpensive public bus service between the airport and the center of Prague. Hotels may also offer a free shuttle service, so please check your options when booking accommodation. Please remember if you are traveling with children that car seats for children are mandatory in the Czech Republic; to avoid problems when prebooking transport, please ensure the company knows whether children are to be transported so that they can provide the appropriate seating.

Arriving by train

Domestic services are provided by CD (Czech Railways). There are number of daily connections to Prague from major European cities. Prague has several train stations, but if you are using an international train you will most probably arrive at the main railway station, Wilsonovo Nadrazi (Hlavni Nadrazi) or at Holesovice Station (Nadrazi Holesovice). Both of them are connected to the city center by public transport, via metro and by tram. Prague Tourist Office warns that it is inadvisable to take a taxi from directly outside the railway station, without first establishing the likely price in advance.

Information on rail connections is available from the CD website or by telephoning +420 224 224 200.

Getting around Prague

Prague is an easy city to navigate. As taxis are generally relatively expensive (the Prague tourist office recommends that you ask the driver in advance the approximative price of the ride and pay attention that the driver sets the taxi meter to zero when starting the car), we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the local public transport options. 

Walking is the best way to explore the compact city center.  Many of Prague's historic districts are within pedestrian zones, and the famous Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and Old Town Square can be explored only by walking. Be sure to bring suitable walking shoes for the cobbled streets!

If you feel tired Prague has a good public transport system. Prague trams are the best “sightseeing” option with 25 lines in the city center and frequent stops, but there is also an excellent metro system.

Prague public transport offers flexible 24-hour passes allowing unlimited rides on trams, buses and metro or three-day passes; these may save you time and money. These tickets are valid for all Prague public transport and allow transfers. The pass needs to be validated when you are ready to use it: inside the metro station at the top of the escalator, or inside the tram or bus. It is important to remember that passes and individual tickets must be validated only once. 

Visa information

There is visa‐free entry for citizens of all EU countries, most non‐EU European countries, Australia, Canada and the United States. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union's Schengen zone. Further information on which nationalities require a visa can be found at here and a list of the embassies and consulates in the Czech Republic may be consulted here.

If you require an official invitation letter for visa purposes, please contact the IRC-2017 organizing committee as early as possible. If you continue to experience problems obtaining a visa for travel, our local organizers will endeavor to provide further assistance: please contact them on irc2017(at)pedf.cuni.cz.

Travel tips

The weather in Prague is usually warm in June, with daily highs increasing from 20°C to 22°C over the course of the month, exceeding 28°C or dropping below 14°C only one day in ten. More detailed information is available here. The local currency is the Czech crown (koruna), abbreviated as , with the international abbreviation CZK. 100 CZK is approximately 4 EUR/5 USD. Current exchange rates can be found at www.cnb.cz. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs, banks, and exchange offices are widely available. The electricity network in the Czech Republic has a voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50 Hz. Plug sockets have two round holes and one round pin. 

The following links may provide practical information for those traveling to and around The Czech Republic:

  • The Czech Tourism website: official tourist information, including information on accommodation, dining, and local activities.
  • The official Prague City Tourism website: provides comprehensive tourist information, specifically tailored for visitors to the capital.
  • My Czech Republic: a useful source of information for planning your trip, this covers a range of topics from Czech travel and tourist information, to Czech cuisine, traditions and culture, language and history. This website is the project of long-time Prague residents and written by people with a strong personal connection to the Czech Republic.
  • Prague.Net: another useful resource for visitors to the beautiful city of Prague