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'''Czech Republic''' (czech: ''Česká republika'') is a country in [[Europe]], with borders to [[Germany]], [[Austria]], [[Poland]] and [[Slovakia]]. It is a member state of the [[European Union]] as well as the [[Schengen Agreement]].
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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. Local truck drivers are really friendly; young private car drivers often take two hitchhikers at a time, and many experiences show that Czechs understand hitchhiking excellently and often take hitchhikers several kms out of their route just to bring them closer to a better hitchhiking spot or their final destination. That works both for good and bad weather conditions. Older drivers usually speak only Czech, sometimes some Russian and more seldom German. Younger drivers usually have at least a basic level of English. There is an assumption that for a young couple or two girls hitchhiking might go easier.  
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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 is not allowed on highways and motorways due to safety of traffic and hitchhikers - see highway and motorway signs below. There is also forbidden entry for pedestrians. Person who leave vehicle (eg due to car failure) must be wearing a reflective vest'''. When using motorways for hitchhiking please use gas stations (service stations) where one can ask for a ride. Hitchhikers aren't protected by the driver's [[insurance]]. While it is not suggested that one hitchhike on highways or motorways, '''actual confrontations with police are rare'''.  In the unlikely event that a police car does stop, it's more likely they will explain that hitchhiking is not allowed, and let you go on your way--ticketing is rare.  In many of these situations, the best way to cope is to feign ignorance of the rules, and apologize when they say you have broken them.
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'''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.
 
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.
  
Thumb up is the common way to hitchhike in Czech Republic. Thumb pointing down or waving the hand as to slow down is especially in the border areas used by the prostitutes along the road to attract their potential customers.
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[[File:Highways_motorways_CZ.png]]
 
 
[[File:Highways_motorways_CZ.png]]  
 
 
 
For planned and newly opened highways see
 
http://www.silnice.info/planovana_vystavba_v_CR2.php?file=cz-stavba-2009-2011-v46-EN.pdf
 
  
 
== Regions and its number plates ==
 
== Regions and its number plates ==
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[[File:CZ-CBudejovice-new.jpg|thumb|Czech registration plate. Important is only second character, here C = České Budějovice]]
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[[File:Czech_registration_90s.jpg|thumb|Czech registration plate used before 2004]]
  
 
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| region || capital || plate || important cities
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| Region || Administrative centre || Plate || Other cities at hitchwiki
 
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| Hlavní město Praha || [[Prague]] || A ||  
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| [[:Category:Hlavní město Praha|Hlavní město Praha]] || [[Prague]] || A ||  
 
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| [[Jihomoravský kraj]] || [[Brno]] || B ||  
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| [[:Category:Jihomoravský kraj|Jihomoravský kraj]] || [[Brno]] || B || [[Znojmo]]
 
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| [[Jihočeský kraj]] || [[České Budějovice]] || C ||  
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| [[:Category:Jihočeský kraj|Jihočeský kraj]] || [[České Budějovice]] || C ||  
 
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| [[Karlovarský kraj]] || [[Karlovy Vary]] || K ||  
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| [[:Category:Karlovarský kraj|Karlovarský kraj]] || [[Karlovy Vary]] || K || [[Cheb]]
 
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| [[Kraj Vysočina]] || [[Jihlava]] || J ||  
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| [[:Category:Kraj Vysočina|Kraj Vysočina]] || [[Jihlava]] || J ||  
 
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| [[Královéhradecký kraj]] || [[Hradec Králové]] || H ||  
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| [[:Category:Královéhradecký kraj|Královéhradecký kraj]] || [[Hradec Králové]] || H ||  
 
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| [[Liberecký kraj]] || [[Liberec]] || L ||  
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| [[:Category:Liberecký kraj|Liberecký kraj]] || [[Liberec]] || L ||  
 
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| [[Moravskoslezský kraj]] || [[Ostrava]] || T ||  
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| [[:Category:Moravskoslezský kraj|Moravskoslezský kraj]] || [[Ostrava]] || T ||  
 
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| [[Olomoucký kraj]] || [[Olomouc]] || M ||  
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| [[:Category:Olomoucký kraj|Olomoucký kraj]] || [[Olomouc]] || M || [[Prostějov]]
 
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| [[Pardubický kraj]] || [[Pardubice]] || E ||  
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| [[:Category:Pardubický kraj|Pardubický kraj]] || [[Pardubice]] || E ||  
 
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| [[Plzeňský kraj]] || [[Plzeň]] || P ||  
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| [[:Category:Plzeňský kraj|Plzeňský kraj]] || [[Plzeň]] || P ||  
 
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| [[Středočeský kraj]] || [[Prague]] || S ||  
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| [[:Category:Středočeský kraj|Středočeský kraj]] || [[Prague]] || S ||  
 
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| [[Ústecký kraj]] || [[Ústí nad Labem]] || U ||  
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| [[:Category:Ústecký kraj|Ústecký kraj]] || [[Ústí nad Labem]] || U ||  
 
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| [[Zlínský kraj]] || [[Zlín]] || Z ||  
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| [[:Category:Zlínský kraj|Zlínský kraj]] || [[Zlín]] || Z ||  
 
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== Border crossing ==
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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.
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=== With Poland ===
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*[[Chotěbuz-Cieszyn-Boguszowice border crossing|Chotěbuz-Cieszyn-Boguszowice]]
  
 
== Public transport ==
 
== Public transport ==
Public transport is generally not too expensive with buses being faster and cheaper than trains. Use this very convenient [[http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/pid/spojeni/ search engine]] for public transport in the entire CR.
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Public transport is generally not too expensive. Use this very convenient [http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusymhdvse/spojeni/?lng=E search engine] for public transport in the entire CR.
  
 
== Phrasebook ==
 
== Phrasebook ==
Czech is a slavic language.
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Czech is a Slavic language.
 
[http://www.myczechrepublic.com/czech_language/czech_phrases.html Phrasebook with recorded sounds]
 
[http://www.myczechrepublic.com/czech_language/czech_phrases.html Phrasebook with recorded sounds]
 
[http://www.hillmanwonders.com/czech/z_phrase.htm Phrases with trans-scripted pronounciation]
 
[http://www.hillmanwonders.com/czech/z_phrase.htm Phrases with trans-scripted pronounciation]
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*Yes '''Ano'''
 
*Yes '''Ano'''
 
*No '''Ne'''
 
*No '''Ne'''
*Next gas station '''Na dalsi benzinku'''
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*Next petrol station '''Na dalsi benzinku'''
  
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== Links ==
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/stopari.czsk/ FB group for Czech and Slovak hitchhikers]
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* [[trash:Czech_Republic|Czech Republic at trashwiki]]
  
{{Highways CZ}}
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{{Cities Czech Republic}}
 
{{Cities Czech Republic}}
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Latest revision as of 11:43, 8 September 2015

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Language: Czech
Capital: Prague
Population: 10,403,100
Currency: Czech crown (CZK)
Hitchability: <rating country='cz' />
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<map lat='49.7' lng='15.5' zoom='6' view='0' />

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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