Car Hire in Prague
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Explore the dynamic capital and largest city of Czech Republic – Prague. Also the historical capital of Bohemia, the city has been a cultural, political, and economic centre of Europe. It is home to plenty of cultural attractions, such as the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill, and Vyšehrad. Moreover, its historic city centre has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1992. Visit all these and more with a rental car and experience scenic road trips and exciting adventures in Prague!
Where to hire a car in Prague
There are several car rental companies that serve the city of Prague, including big names such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt, as well as local car rental companies like Czechocar, Dvorak Rent-A-Car, and Ren Plus – all of which also serve the Vaclav Havel Airport (offices located on the ground floor of Parking C). Car Rental Prague and Broadway Car Rental are two trusted local companies that also offer a wide range of options, deals, and fleet of vehicles to visitors and residents alike. Choose among several types of vehicles that will best fit your needs and preferences. Available in various sizes, there are economy, economy station wagon, middle-size station wagon, full size, and economy- and full-size with automatic transmission, as well as standard, economy, premium classes, and minibus/vans. Online bookings are recommended for instant confirmations and direct price quotations. Drop-off points can be arranged prior so you won’t have to return the vehicle at the company if it’s out of your way (points include the airport for your convenience as well). It’s almost impossible to get lost in and around Prague because your rental car comes with road maps and atlases of Prague and Czech Republic, GPS voice navigation system, and 3D road maps. Additional accessories include baby seats, snow chains, and roof racks can also be included in the rental car. More importantly, car rental insurance, highway tax, Green Card insurance for Europe, unlimited mileage, and 24-hour technical assistance are also included.
What to expect when hiring a car from Prague
Prague’s main flow of traffic leads through the city centre in its entirety and through the inner (the City Ring “MO”) and outer (the Prague Ring “R1”) ring roads. MO surrounds the city’s wider central part and comprises of the longest city tunnel in Europe and five interchanges which aid in relieving the congestion in the city’s north-western part. Meanwhile, R1 links all major motorways and speedways that intersect in Prague region and provide faster transit without having the need to drive through the city.
Those who are visiting in less than 60 days and will be driving do not need to obtain a special driver’s licence. Those who intend to stay for more than 60 days need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), which is available from most driving organisations and must be carried with your regular licence at all times. Only those who are 18 years old and above and possesses a valid driver’s licence and/or IDP are allowed to legally drive not just in Prague, but in the entire Czech Republic. It is also required to have zero blood alcohol or else, pay a steep fine. All lights (which generally mean “dipped headlights”) are required to be on at all times, and an officially recognised first aid kit must be kept in the vehicle at all times as well. Make sure that your tank is full or should be at least well enough to last through the night, since many of the smaller gas stations have their pumps locked after 10:00PM. You’ll have to knock on the station’s window and pay first (that is, if there’s still an attendant present) before you can use the pump. So it’s advisable to fill your tank until early in the evening.
There are plenty of parking spaces in Prague, but be careful not to park in residential areas. Open air carparks are located opposite State Opera, opposite the main railway station, in Narodni, and at the main railway station. Pay-and-display areas are common but there may be day restrictions.
Getting to your destination
A castle complex dating back from the 9th century, Prague Castle serves as the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. It is also recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest ancient castle.
From Prague city centre, drive north to U Prašného mostu toward Královská obora. Continue on Mariánské hradby. Take Chotkova, Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše, Dvořákovo nábř., Wilsonova, and Rumunská to Friedensplatz/Náměstí Míru/Plac Pokoju w Pradze in Praha 2.
The famous iconic bridge not only holds historic value, which began construction in 1357 under King Charles IV’s regime, but also of architectural importance. Its Old Town bridge tower is considered as one of the world’s most stunning civil gothic-style buildings and the bridge itself is adorned by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of which in baroque style. It serves as the primary and most important connection between Prague Castle and the old town and surrounding areas of Prague.
From the city centre, take Anglická and Žitná to Odborů, then Myslíkova to Masarykovo nábř. Finally, take Divadelní to Smetanovo nábř.
National Museum (Národní museum)
Founded in 1818, the museum’s several buildings now hold almost 14 million items of value from natural history, history, arts, music, and librarianship.
From the city centre, drive north on Friedensplatz/Náměstí Míru/Plac Pokoju w Pradze toward Slezská. Take a slight right to stay on Friedensplatz/Náměstí Míru/Plac Pokoju w Pradze, then another slight right onto Anglická. Turn right onto Legerova, then take a slight left toward then onto Wilsonova.