Czech Republic

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Language: Czech
Capital: Prague
Population: 10,403,100
Currency: Czech crown (CZK)
Hitchability: <rating country='cz' />
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Czech Republic (Czech: Česká republika) is a country in Europe, bordering on Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. It is a member state of the European Union as well as the Schengen Agreement.

In most cases hitchhiking there is quite easy. Czech Republic is a transit country with dense traffic on its main roads. Along with the local drivers you can find there many drivers (especially truck drivers) from nearby countries. Older drivers usually speak only Czech, sometimes some Russian and more seldom German. Younger drivers usually have at least a basic level of English.

Hitchhiking directly on motorways and expressways is not allowed; pedestrians are not permitted to walk on these roads for safety reasons. Thus hitchhiking typically involves standing on onramps or at petrol stations on the motorway. While it is not suggested that one hitchhike on highways, actual confrontations with police are rare, and in the unlikely event that a police car does stop, it is best to be polite and feign ignorance of the rules, and they will usually not give you a fine.

When hitchhiking on regional roads make sure you are at a spot that is perfectly visible to the drivers - in summertime there are many speeding motorcycle drivers.

Highways motorways CZ.png

Regions and its number plates

Czech registration plate. Important is only second character, here C = České Budějovice
Czech registration plate used before 2004
Region Administrative centre Plate Other cities at hitchwiki
Hlavní město Praha Prague A
Jihomoravský kraj Brno B Znojmo
Jihočeský kraj České Budějovice C
Karlovarský kraj Karlovy Vary K Cheb
Kraj Vysočina Jihlava J
Královéhradecký kraj Hradec Králové H
Liberecký kraj Liberec L
Moravskoslezský kraj Ostrava T
Olomoucký kraj Olomouc M Prostějov
Pardubický kraj Pardubice E
Plzeňský kraj Plzeň P
Středočeský kraj Prague S
Ústecký kraj Ústí nad Labem U
Zlínský kraj Zlín Z

Border crossing

Czech Republic and all neighbouring countries are Schengen members, so there are no regular border controls any more, though German police often check the documents and backpacks of hitchhikers near the Czech border. Some border crossings remain good places to get an onward lift.

With Poland

Public transport

Public transport is generally not too expensive. Use this very convenient search engine for public transport in the entire CR.

Phrasebook

Czech is a Slavic language. Phrasebook with recorded sounds Phrases with trans-scripted pronounciation

  • Hello (formal/casual) Dobry den/Ahoj
  • Are you going to ...? Jedete do ...?
  • Are you please going in direction of ...? Jedete smerem na ...?
  • Thank you Dekuji
  • Goodbye Nashledanou
  • Yes Ano
  • No Ne
  • Next petrol station Na dalsi benzinku

Links


Highways in the Czech Republic

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Czech cities with more than 20.000 inhabitants
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