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Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. It is also one of the historic capitals of Europe, with origins dating back to the 14th century. Prague has a well-preserved historic centre, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1992. Prague is located on the Vltava River (Moldau)
The largest river that flows through Prague is the Vltava (Moldau). The river rises at the northern end of the Hrubý Jeseník Mountains, near Teplá. Notable things about this river are the Nové Město Bridge, built-in 1841-1843, St. John of Nepomuk Statue at the Old Town Bridge Tower, which commemorates 500 years since the death of St. John. Moreover, Charles Bridge was built in 1357 and another famous landmark is National Theatre.
The famous two towers at Prague Castle, the Old Royal Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral. There are many things to see here like Golden Lane, Jewish Museum, Lobkowicz Palace etc.
The weather in Prague is cool and it rains all year round, with temperatures ranging from -2°C in winter to 26°C in summer. It is a good idea to bring an umbrella or raincoat if you plan to visit this city between November and January. The humidity here is very high (80%) all year round. So be sure to use a deodorant/antiperspirant before you go out!
Basic info and car hire in Prague
- Location: Czech Republic
- Population: 1.3 million (2019)
- Official language: Czech language
- Currency: Czech koruna
- Weather: The weather in Prague is not only cool and rainy, but it also changes with the seasons. There are four distinct periods: winter (lowest temp -2°C), summer(high 26°C) springtime which has a normal 17-18C temperature but high humidity levels averaging 80% throughout the year; fall lasts from September until October when temperatures can reach up to 19°C, finally autumn brings warm days at 16°C
- Holidays in Prague: You can find all information about holidays in Prague.
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: The roads in the Czech Republic are known for being among Europe's worst. With limited construction and maintenance, it becomes a bumpy ride everywhere you go!
- Car hire in Prague: You can find a cheap car hire in Prague with prices going as low as 10 EUR per day. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Prague! The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Prague is Prague Airport
Driving in Prague
To rent a car in Prague the drivers need to be a minimum of 18 years old. Young driver fees might apply from 18-20 years of age. The average young driver fee in Prague is CZK 920.00 per rental. Senior driver fees will apply for drivers over the age of 71, the average senior driver fee in Prague is CZK 920.00. You and all Additional Drivers must present a full valid original Driving Licence and the voucher or booking confirmation document when picking up the vehicle. If your Driving Licence has multiple parts, you must present all of them. All requirements apply to both you and any Additional Drivers.
An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving Licence if the National Driving Licence you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving Licence, e.g., it is in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
You must also present:
- Identification card of your country of residence
You must present a credit card when picking up your rental vehicle.
Driving in Prague can be quite challenging but still nothing to be afraid of. The road condition in the Czech Republic is not good, so the roads are bumpy and harsh to drive. In Prague, you drive on the right side and overtake on the left lane.
Drinking and driving in Prague is forbidden. There is a zero-tolerance for drinking and driving. If you have over 0% alcohol in the blood you can expect fines from 25.000 to 50.000 CZK. This is important to keep in mind when renting a car in Prague.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in the Czech Republic is 18 years old. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 21 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee. The average young driver fee in Prague is CZK920.00. The maximum driver age to rent a car in Prague is 99, with a senior driving fee that applies to everybody over 71 years of age.
- International Driving Permit: An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving Licence if the National Driving Licence you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving Licence, e.g., it is in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
- Additional papers: You will need a full, valid driving licence, ID or a passport, Vehicle registration certificate (so-called small technical license), Proof of Insurance (so-called green card)
- Additional requirements: You must have a warning triangle, High Vis vest and the first-aid kit in your car at all times. Remember to check if any of it's expired before you go out on the road!
- Children in the car: A suitable restraint system is required if the child is under 150 cm and 36 kg. Children aged 12 or less cannot sit in front of a car with an exception of babies riding on baby seats facing them, which means that they will be safest there instead!
- Driving side of the road: Right Side
- Lights: Lights must be on at all times.
- General speed limits: the speed limit is 110 km/h. In settlements, the speed limit is set to 80 km/h both on motorways and roads for motorcars. On regular roads speed limit is set to 90 km/h and the settlement limit is 50 km/h.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is relatively simple in Prague. You can find free parking lots in the central and suburban areas. Free parking is open from 04:00 to 01:00. If the vehicle is not picked up before it is closed you can expect a fine. You will also find paid parking in various locations within the city limits. Paid parking is around 40 CZK per hour.
Car Hire in Prague
Most popular car hire at Prague
The most selected hire car in Prague is the Skoda Fabia, with the Volkswagen Up and Volkswagen Jetta also being a popular options. The most popular car types in Prague are the mini, compact and economy car hire groups.
Travelling with large groups in Prague is simple and stress-free. You can find 7 to 9 seater car hire with the Peugeot 5008, Volkswagen Multivan and Opel Vivaro available for large groups and families.
Luxury car hires in Prague is a popular option. You can rent premium cars like the BMX X3, BMW 5 Series, Volvo XC90, Audi A6 and BMW X5 available for rent.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Prague
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Prague. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Czech Republic.
- Prague - Budapest (533km, approx. 6-hour drive)
- Prague - Vienna (293km, approx. 4-hour drive)
- Prague - Berlin (349km, approx. 4.5-hour drive)
- Prague - Brno (206km, approx. 3-hour drive)
Top 5 things to see in Prague
1. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is the most visited attraction in all of Prague. It is located in the east of the Old Town and is 1,699 feet ( 518 metres) long. From this bridge, you have a good view of Prague Castle with carvings on stone columns depicting saints and biblical scenes. Visiting the bridge is free, but there is Vltava Tour, where you can go down with a ticket between 150 and 290 CZK to see things below the bridge.
2. Old town ring
For shopping lovers, I recommend a visit to Old Town Square with its shops selling souvenirs, clothes, shoes, etc. The centrepiece of the square is Astron Clock with dials showing the time, phases of the moon and sun, and symbols for various planets...
3. The Prague Castle
One of the largest ancient castles in the world is located here, where you can also see St. Vitus Cathedral...
4. Prague Astronomical Clock
Another sight worth visiting is St. Nicholas Church, St. Wenceslas Chapel in St. Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane with houses made entirely of gold! ...
5. Other sights worth checking out
Petrin Lookout Tower, John Lennon Wall, Franz Kafka's house etc., but most tourists will only have time to visit 3-4 places...
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Drive your rental car beyond Prague
What is so special about Cesky Krumlov, a small town in the south Czech Republic? There are many reasons to visit this charming town, and here are seven good ones: 1) If you like to climb, go to Castle Rozenberg above the town and enjoy the spectacular views of Cesky Krumlov and the surrounding countryside 2) Take a boat tour on the Vltava River 3) Visit Kostnice Ossuary (Bone Church), where human bones are arranged in elaborate patterns 4) Admire Baroque Statues in St. Nicholas Church 5) Explore the beautiful old streets 6) Visit Museum from Regional History 7) Watch skilled glassblowers make paperweights
In Bohemia, Kutná Hora is a special place. Its regular visitors know this very well. The regular visitors are Czechs from all over the country and foreign tourists. Tour guides do not have to say much - they simply point to St. Barbara's Cathedral, which towers over everything else in this small, outwardly unassuming town near Prague with its 25 thousand inhabitants. In winter, you can see how many national flags with golden symbols glimmer on the heads of people who enter the church every day with great reverence and in complete silence. Most foreigners who come here already know the legend of Saint Barbara. But nothing prepares them to actually see her tomb.
Karlštejn Castle (German: Karlstein, also called Karlštejn or Karlsberg; Czech: Hrad Karlštejn) is a Gothic castle located about 30 km southwest of Prague above the village of the same name. It was built in 1348 by Emperor Charles IV for coronation ceremonies and as a fortified residence. The preserved royal palace is open to tourists and houses an exhibition dedicated to viticulture - one of the few to have survived due to the phylloxera plague in Europe.
Enjoy the culture in Prague
Where to eat, drink and party in Prague
PRAGUE IS THE CITY of a thousand towers. With clock towers and gargoyles. With bridges and museums, cobblestone streets and cathedrals. Its beauty is timeless - both ancient and modern - but it's also home to some truly amazing places to eat and drink, whether you are looking for haute cuisine or just a casual meal. Here are our top five recommendations:
Best Traditional Czech Restaurant (U Modre Kachnicky): U Modre Kachnicky has been around since 1989 and is located within walking distance of Wenceslas Square. It offers simple food in a traditional atmosphere. Sure, there are more famous, fancier restaurants in Prague, but this one is a great place for lunch or dinner. U Modre Kachnicky has both modern décor and a pleasant terrace on the street. It prides itself on its traditional cuisine, with dishes like Svickova - beef tenderloin braised in red wine with smažené knedlíky (fried bread dumplings) - as a specialty. It also offers one of the best beer selections in the area.
Best Coffee in Prague (Lokál Dlouháá): This modern take on traditional Czech pubs by restaurateurs Milan Černý and Vašek Koláče was instantly popular when it opened in 2013. One reason could be that the pub follows many old Czech traditions: an open fire, dark wood decor, mostly local ingredients...and of course Pilsner Urquell beer straight from the tap! But another reason for the pub's popularity could be the fantastic coffee from Barista Coffee. And if you are lucky enough to visit the pub during the festive season, it serves one of the best traditional Czech Christmas dinners ever.
Best view of Prague (U Zavěšenýho Kafe): Do you think this place is all about Prague Castle? Wrong thought. Climb to the fourth floor of this cafe/bar on Petřín Hill for a truly spectacular view of Prague and beyond - even as far as Poland on a clear day. The space is open all year round, but what makes it especially nice in the winter months is the 'heated terrace', where radiant heaters will keep you warm while you enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine (both available at the bar). Looking for something filling? This place also serves Czech classics like Svíčková, fried cheese/bread dumplings called Koláče or even stuffed pike-perch on some days.
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in the Czech Republic?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in the Czech Republic?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age, you must also have held a driving license for a minimum of 12 months. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
Do I need car insurance in Czech Republic?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Czech Republic with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Czech Republic?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in the Czech Republic?
It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese)
How do I get the cheapest car hire in the Czech Republic?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in the Czech Republic?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Skoda Citigo and Opel Astra often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in the Czech Republic?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Enterprise rent a car, Alamo, National, Europcar, Keddy, and SurPrice car rentals.
What types and makes of rental cars deals can I find in the Czech Republic?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Opel Astra, Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra Sports Tourer and Renault Kadjar.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for the Czech Republic?
Most car rentals in the Czech Republic offer unlimited mileage in their offers
Can I drive a German rental car to the Czech Republic?
Yes, you can. However, you need to talk to your agent at arrival about that as a cross-border fee may apply.
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