Getting there: Regular direct flights from the UK to Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital, by Ryanair, British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Smartwings and Airlingus take approximately two hours.
Getting around: The Czech Republic’s compact size and comprehensive public transport network means getting around the country is efficient and reliable. In most towns and cities, bus and train stations are typically found next to one another.
Getting around by bus: Buses visit most places in the country, so they make an excellent public transport option. They’re mostly state-run but are supplemented by private carriers such as RegioJet, with tickets reasonably priced. Tickets can be bought from ticket offices or directly from the driver (bear in mind they will have limited change), but for long-distance journeys look to book in advance.
Getting around by train: The Czech Republic’s train network is also extensive, comfortable and affordable. The state-run Czech Railway operates two types of train: the slower osobni trains stop at every station along their routes, while the faster rychlik and spesny trains only pause at major towns and cities. Private carriers like RegioJet and Leo Express boost the network further. While tickets can be bought on the day, it’s better to buy them in advance. The good news is that train fares are fixed, meaning you will always pay the same price, no matter when you book.
Hiring a car: Both major and local car rental companies operate from Prague Airport and most major cities, so it’s easy to hire a car in the Czech Republic. Roads are generally safe and in a good condition, but bear in mind you need to be 21 years old and have held your licence for two years to hire a car. Book in advance to get the best rates.