Your valid drivers license from another country is valid in the Czech Republic. Should the police stop you, you must show your license as well as your passport. However, we do not recommend driving in Prague. The city is very densely built and poorly marked. There are many one way streets, very confusing signs and there is basically no direct way to get to anywhere. Most guests (and many locals) leave the car at home or parked at the hotel, if they came in one, and continue their visit via public transportation or other means. It is that difficult.

Should you decide to drive anyway, here are some guidelines. The police in the Czech Republic are known for taking bribes. Should a police person stop you, you will be expected to pay the fine in cash, on the spot. Often, for no receipt given, you are “encouraged” to give a smaller amount than if you went with a written ticket. They do not speak any other language but Czech.

For our guests coming in from the USA and driving in Europe, there are many differences!  The most important ones are:

  • There are “main” streets here, marked with a yellow diamond. If you are on a main street, you have the right of way. If not, you must always give right of way to someone travelling on a main street and to the person on the right if not on a main street.
  • If you are not on a main street, the car on the right has the right of way.
  • Never pass on the right on the highway.
  • On the freeway, the left lane is for passing only.
  • The speed limit in the city is 50 km/h (31 m/h), on a highway outside of town, it is 90 km/h (56 m/h) and 130 km/h (80 m/h) on the freeway.  Where this is not so, it is posted.
  • Czech drivers are usually very competitive and eager to get to where they are going. Don’t expect very much courtesy on the road.
  • If renting a car, an automatic transmission is not a given.  About 50% of cars in Europe still have manual transmission.  State your preference when getting your car.  Also, air-conditioning is not available on all cars.  Check before you rent.
  • Navigation devices have made driving around much easier.  Bring your own, making sure the Czech Republic is part of your downloaded maps or rent it when renting your vehicle.