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Transportation / Travel

Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is situated in the western part of the Czech Republic in the hilly area of Krusne Hory Mts and almost borders with Germany. The following map will give you the feeling for the location of Karlovy Vary (about 130 km from Prague).

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You can make use of the congress -organized bus transfer from Prague to Carlsbad, and back from Carlsbad to Prague. The coaches will stop en route at the Prague Airport. Click here for more information.

There are a number of ways how to get to Karlovy Vary:

By air:
Most international flights arrive at the Prague International Airport in Ruzyně. The airport is situated 20-25 minutes drive from the city centre of Prague. The information on how to get from the airport to the city centre is given below on this web page.

As there are no direct flights between Prague and Karlovy Vary, you will have to travel to Karlovy Vary by road (bus or taxi). You can also take the train. However, as the train travel takes (much) more time, we do not recommend this.

By rail:
From all surrounding coutries except southwest part of Germany and some westbound countries it is suggested to take a train to Prague which is a main rail junction to the country. Change for an express train leaving from Nadrazi Holesovice Railway Station or Masarykovo nadrazi Railway Station to Karlovy Vary. Duration of the travel is approx. 4 hrs. Express trains from westbound areas such as Paris, Nürnberg and Stuttgart arrive at Schirnding-Marktredwitz-Cheb railway border crossing. Change in Cheb for a direct local train to Karlovy Vary. Duration of the travel is approx. 1 hour.

By coach:
Frequent coach service is available between Prague and Karlovy Vary. Coaches leave from bus terminal FLORENC in central Prague, just one metro stop from Hlavni nadrazi Railway Station. Journey takes about 2 hours. There is a website where you can find your own bus connection. On this website, make sure that you enter the word "Praha" at the text-field “From”, and the words "Karlovy Vary" at the text-field “To”. Also, tick on the item “direct” to get only information about direct connections.

By car:
The highway network links Prague with major border crossings of surrounding countries and is the easiest way to get to Prague and continue to Karlovy Vary on E48 main road. Direction is well marked. The travel distance between Prague and Karlovy Vary is approx. 130 kilometres (80 miles) and journey can take around 1 hr. 45 min. When arriving from western direction use any of the nearby border crossings. Hotel Thermal offers guarded valet parking outside the hotel at an extra charge.

How to get from the Prague Airport to the city centre:
The easiest way how to get from the Prague Airport to (1) the FLORENC bus terminal, (2) one of the three railway stations, or (3) any other place in/near the centre, is by taking the CEDAZ-company taxi-minivan. Currently, in 2005, the fixed prize is CZK 480, for a group of 1 to 4 people travelling to the same destination. So if you will be the only passenger to a certain destination, you will pay CZK 480 (tipping is not required). The CEDAZ stand is on your right-hand side while leaving the Arrivals Hall. You can buy the ticket either from the driver or in advance at the CEDAZ booth inside the Arrivals Hall. There are also dispatchers of the airport taxi company outside the building. We suggest that you ignore them and proceed to the right to the CEDAZ stand, where the CEDAZ dispatchers will assist you.

In addition to the taxi-minivan service, the CEDAZ company also operates an airport shuttle bus from the airport to námestí Republiky in central Prague. It leaves the airport daily every 30 minutes from 5am to 9 pm and stops near the námestí Republiky metro station. Going back, you can use it from 5:30am to 9:30pm (every 30 min.). The shuttle costs CZK 90 (about 25 minutes trip).

You can of course also take an airport taxi, but that will cost you 600-900 CZK, depending on the destination. We are hesitant to recommend the taxi travel option.

For your info: the current (May 2007) rate is 1 EUR = 28 Czech Crowns (CZK)