Your big day is here! Let us accompany you on your first day in Prague through your first duties, like getting to your accommodation, checking in at the dormitory, changing money, etc. 

Regarding Covid-19 requirements, there aren’t any travel restrictions at the moment. In case of any change, we will inform all our exchange students via email. Up-to-date information can also be found here.

How to get - video guides


Public transportation lets you easily reach any place from the airport or station. The main train and bus stations are straight in the city centre, from the airport it takes approx. half an hour to reach Prague's centre. You will need a 40 CZK ticket, which is valid for 90 min and allows you to combine different means of transport (metro+bus+tram). Tickets can be bought at the yellow ticket machines at selected bus/tram stops and can be paid by credit card.

How to reach your accommodation:

  • From the airport: take either Bus No. 119 to metro station Nádraží Veleslavín and then the metro - green line, or Bus No. 100 to metro station Zličín and then the metro - yellow line.
  • From the train station Hlavní Nádraží: You are in the city centre, at the metro station Hlavní Nádraží (red line). Take the most suitable metro or tram to your accommodation.
  • From the bus station Prague Florenc: You are in the city centre, at the metro station Florenc (red and yellow line). Take the most suitable metro or tram to your accommodation.

You can also take one of the taxis waiting outside the terminal or book it via apps like UBER, BOLT, etc. (recommended).

For more information about Prague public transport, click here.

Check in at your new home

If you are going to stay at the Charles University dormitory, please find all the important information and requirements for your check in here.

If you have have a private flat booked, proceed with the check in as per your agreement with the owner/agency. Please remember that you must register your new address at the foreign police office within 3 - 30 days from today (according to your country of origin - more information here).   

Exchange money

Prague is a card friendly city, you can pay by credit card almost everywhere (also at the ticket machines to by your first tickets), but for your comfort we recommend getting some Czech Crowns (CZK), the Czech currency, in cash. You can either use a bank branded ATM or stop at a money exchange office.  

In this video the Honest Guide explains what you have to be careful about when choosing an exchange office. You can also find a map of honest exchange places here.

First day grocery shopping

Tired after the long travel, you just need something to eat and let's call it a day? Find the closest shops to your accommodation:

  • Dormitory Hostivař: supermarket Albert, 700 m (there is also a restaurant in the complex).
  • Dormitory 17. listopaduthere is a grocery inside the dorm, but it may be already closed if you arrive late. Within the dormitory's proximity there are no shops - the closest supermarket is Lidl in the shopping centre Stromovka (3,5 km).
  • Dormitory Hvězda: supermarket Billa,700 m.
  • Dormitory Komenského: grocery Žabka (200 m), supermarket Tesco Express (metro station Hradčanská).
  • Prague city centreBilla, Albert, Kaufland, Tesco, Penny Market.

Any questions about your arrival?

If you have any questions about early/late arrivals, arrival certificates or similar, check our FAQs section here.

First peak into Czech language

If you want to make a good impression on people in Prague, greet them in Czech! In this video you can learn your first Czech words with our former intern Julien.