Pre-Arrival Information for Prague
Students will arrange for their transportation to Prague. Last semester, prices for round-trip airfare to Prague averaged from $1,000 to $2,500. The sooner you book your flight, the cheaper the ticket should be. Summer is the high season, so please start looking around by spring. Make sure you have a valid passport.
Please visit the Travel to Prague section for details on how to travel to the Residence Hall from the airport.
What to Know Before You Go
Carry a copy of your passport data page with you at all times for identification purposes.
Students must have medical insurance in order to participate in the program. See the Health and Safety section for details.
Pickpocketing is a problem, especially in major tourist areas. It is most common at the main railway station and on public transport, particularly around major tourist sites and on the buses to/from the airport. Try to avoid the most crowded cars on the metro and trams, which are frequented by pickpockets. Take extra care when travelling on public transport and be aware of the people around you.
Money: Czech Koruna is the main currency of the Czech Republic. Euros are accepted at some stores, but are limited. Students should plan to use koruna, or crowns, as they are known in English. The best way to get crowns is from a bank machine after arriving. These offer fair exchange rates, low commissions, and are plentiful in the city.
Language: Czech is the main language spoken in the Czech Republic. It is a Slavic language and has little in common with English. Try to learn a few Czech phrases before traveling to Prague. The locals will appreciate it and it makes for a better traveling experience. Most employees at the Residence Hall will not speak English.
Public Transportation in Prague
Prague public transport consists of the metro, trams, city buses, and the funicular to Petřín. Public transportation runs until midnight so plan accordingly! Most students spent around $40 on public transportation for their time in Prague.
Tickets may be purchased at ticket vending machines, which are installed at all metro stations and at surface tram stops. You can also buy tickets at the small street newsstands that sell newspapers, magazines, and cigarettes.
Please note that transportation tickets have to be validated (stamped) upon entering a metro station or the tram or bus (only the first time, no stamping on transfers). Keep the ticket until you exit the metro station, bus, etc., since an inspector has the right to check it even after you have left the train!
The metro (subway) is very cheap, efficient and fast. The Prague metro system consists of three lines: Green line (A), Yellow line (B), and Red line (C) with interchange metro stations Muzeum (A-C), Můstek (A-B), and Florenc (B-C). The metro operates daily between 5:00 am and midnight. Trains leave stations every 2 to 4 minutes during rush hours on working days, otherwise every 4 to 10 minutes.
Trams operate between 5:00 am and midnight. Most trams run every 8 minutes during rush hours on working days; otherwise every 10 minutes. During the weekend, the trams leave every 7 to 10 minutes. An interval of 30 minutes applies to night service (midnight to 4:30 am). Lazarská stop is the central interchange point of all night trams.
Buses run every 5 to 15 minutes from Monday to Friday during rush hours. Otherwise, the buses leave every 10 to 20 minutes in the morning and 15 to 30 minutes in the evening. Weekend intervals are 10 to 30 minutes. Night buses leave every 30 to 60 minutes depending on the line number.
The Funicular (lanovka)
The funicular (lanovka) to Petřín (Petrin Hill) operates daily from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm. It runs every 10 minutes in the summer season (from April to September).
International Student Identification Card (ISIC)
All participants are required to have an International Student Identification Card. As part of the program cost, we will provide you with an ISIC card. The ISIC card provides you reductions on all forms of transportation; reduced hotel and hostel rates; student discounts at museums, movies, galleries, and special events; and in many shops. You will also receive some travel insurance, some emergency assistance service, sickness and accident insurance, and access to a toll-free 24-hour traveler’s assistance hotline.
- Students will need to fill out the ISIC Application Form in their acceptance information packet and bring along one passport-sized photo to the External Programs Office.