Getting Around in Czech Republic

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By Train

Czech Railways ( http://www.cd.cz) offer a good, cheap, if sometimes slow service around the country. Trains range from what appear to be communist-era leftovers to to ultra-comfortable modern trains which put to shame a lot of what you'll travel on in western Europe.

Those who are visiting and travelling around for a while may like to check out the "Sitove Jizdenky" network tickets - unlimited, virtually supplement-free train travel in the Czech Republic for 2 or 7 days or 1 month. http://www.cd.cz/static/eng/pricereduction4.htm is the link to follow for details in English, with prices linked from that page - a 1st class ticket for 7 days costs CZK 1 053, which works out at less than GBP 25 for the British readers, slightly over EUR 35 for those from the Euro-countries or just under USD 45 for our American friends. A bargain.

If you're looking at a weekend ride, CD also offer a version of the German "Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket" called SONE+ at CZK 130 for local trains only and CZK 360 if you add in the express traisn as well.

Oh, and if you're using a Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket, it's valid on some of the border lines in the Czech Republic, so you may not have to buy another ticket at all! More information on that from the German Railways website http://www.bahn.de.

Finally, if you're going to buy one of the special tickets, British railway staffers' experiences suggest that it's helpful to print off the pricepage mentioned above and circle the ticket you want - it makes life easier on the Czech staff who often speak little English, and they do appreciate it!

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