Some countries are ideal for traveling by car. The Czech Republic is one of them, thanks to good roads, convenient short distances, rich sights, inexpensive fuel, and affordable hotels – all this makes a car trip around the country really exciting.
If you plan to visit the Czech Republic, you should start drawing up a travel plan and determine what places you would like to visit and how long to stay there.
Traveling by car will allow you to get into the farthest corners and see the beauties hidden from common routes. Of course, for a trip to be successful, you need to carefully prepare for it, as well as for any important event. Here are some useful tips.
Where to get a car?
One of the most convenient ways is to rent a car. In the Czech Republic, you need an international driving license and a credit card for it. The driver must be over 21 and have at least 2 years of driving experience.
A typical cost for renting a car in the country is €30-45 per day. Also, be ready to provide a deposit of a minimum of €350 EUR. The cost of car rental usually includes unlimited mileage, insurance, a vignette for toll roads, and VAT.
All additional services like a navigator or a child seat are charged separately. You will also have to settle fines, car wash, tire fitting from your pocket. Note that car rental insurance includes a deductible – a fixed amount you are liable to pay in any insurance case.
To protect yourself from these extra expenses, you may buy Rental Car Excess Insurance. If you plan to cross the border in a rented car, you must inform your rental company about this. You may need additional insurance in this case. Insurance policy can be bought ahead from CarInsuRent.com.
Do not forget about a vignette
If you are using your own transport to travel around the Czech Republic, you must buy a vignette. You can buy it at the border, as well as at some gas stations. The vignette must contain the car number and be glued to the windshield.
In 2020, the electronic vignette came into force. You can purchase it on the official website – https://edalnice.cz/. An electronic vignette can also be obtained at self-service terminals, which are located at border checkpoints when entering the Czech Republic.
Develop a route
Before deciding on a route, study what cities you would like to visit, what interesting things you can see there, where to rest and eat. This country is fantastic, and with over 2000 castles here, you can easily find a hotel in the place that will bring you back to the Middle Ages atmosphere.
The winning feature of the country is its compact size. So staying in one hotel, you may visit a lot of interesting places a short distance from each other.
No matter what locations you plan to visit, make sure to include Prague in your route, which is the diamond of this touristic country.
The basic road rules in Czech Republic
- The country has right-hand traffic.
- Everybody in the car must wear seat belts.
- Children under 12 are not allowed in the front seat.
- Talking on a phone while driving is strictly prohibited.
- Drunk drivers are severely punished by heavy fines.
- Trams always have priority on the roads.
In towns and villages, you can drive at a maximum speed of 50 km/h, outside residential areas – 90 km/h. On highways, you can increase your speed to 130 km/h.
Note there are radars everywhere that are not even visible, and any speed violation will be followed by a fine.
Additional car equipment.
If you rent a car, it usually has all the necessary accessories. But if you travel in your own auto, make sure to take the following things with you:
- First aid kit
- Emergency stop sign
- Reflective vest
- Spare wheel
- Fire extinguisher
- A set of spare bulbs and fuses.
You can park a car only in special street sections – these are outlined by white color. Parking areas for country residents are blue. And all areas separated with a yellow line are prohibited for parking.
Usually, in many Czech cities, you can park your car for free from 6 pm to 8 am on weekdays and at any time on weekends and holidays. The rest of the time, you have to pay for parking using a parking machine, and it will cost you roughly €0.5 -1.5 per hour.
You will enjoy your road trip across the Czech Republic if you love comfortable driving and picturesque landscapes. And the above tips will make your journey trouble-free. Plan your trip ahead and bring back only good impressions.