Dear PSP students,
in the past, we have printed and handed out orientation materials at the begging of each PSP session. In order to be greener, we have decided to put all of our orientation materials online. This portion of the site will be filled in and updated as we get closer to our 2018 session.
Yours truly, The PSP team
Daily Life in Prague
With your orientation materials, you received a transit pass which will allow you to use all of Prague’s excellent public transportation services (bus, tram, metro, ferry) for the duration of your stay. YOU MUST CARRY YOUR PASS AT ALL TIMES! Checks are random and if you are caught on public transport without your pass you will be charged 1500CZK (about 64 USD).
When finding your way using public transport, we suggest you make the public transportation´s official website your guide: dpp.cz/en. If you click TRANSPORT AROUND PRAGUE and then JOURNEY PLANNER, you can find routes to wherever you´re going along with exact departure times.
Cabs on the streets may overcharge you. We recommend calling one of the following: Nejlevnější Taxi (always cheapest), Profi Taxi, and AAA (contacts below).
Taxi contacts (enter +420 first if calling from a non-Czech phone):
Nejlevnější Taxi: 226 000 226
Profi Taxi: 14 0 15
AAA: 14 0 14
The conversion rate for Czech crowns and US dollars is usually around 25CZK to 1 USD. We strongly recommend that, upon your arrival in Prague, you take out about 2000CZK from an ATM (“Bankomat”). It´s best to take out larger amounts of cash from an ATM rather than to pay with your credit card everywhere, as you are generally charged for each use of your credit card abroad (there are also some establishments in Prague that do not take credit cards). ATM machines are the quickest, most efficient means of accessing your funds at home, and give the best conversion rates. There are ATMs located around the corner from the hotel, across from the post office. Avoid all moneychangers on the streets! They’ll always rip you off.
If your family, friends, and significant others wish to call you while you´re in Prague, be sure to remind them that when they dial a Czech number they must first dial +420. All hotel units have phones from which one may receive calls. You may request the direct number for your room upon check-in. We strongly recommend you simply use Skype, or similar on-line calling. For phoning inside the country, you may request one of our (very basic) PSP phones.
The central post office (Jindřišská 14 near the Museum metro stop, on the C line) is open from 2 a.m. to 12 a.m., seven days a week. The post office nearest the hotel is right around the corner, on Podolská 21 (open from 8a.m. to 6p.m. on weekdays only). Orange mailboxes on the streets are for stamped post, which is collected several times a day. International postage to countries both inside and outside the EU is 25,00 CZK for letters up to 50g.
Copying and printing
You may print at the hotel for 3CZK a page or at Copy General (Londýnská 57) for 2,50CZK under 100 pages and 2,20 above 100 pages. Copying at Copy General may be done by PSP staff members (contact the staff).
Medical and Dental
There are several options for medical, dental, or emergency care. English speaking facilities are available at: Doctor – Health Centre Prague, International Clinic (Vodičkova 28, www.doctor-prague.cz), at the Polyclinic at Národní (Národní 9, poliklinikanarodni.cz/en/) or at Canadian Medical Care (several clinics, see website for details, www.cmcpraha.cz/en-US) A pharmacy open 24 hours a day is at Palackého 5 in the Old Town and at Vítězné náměstí 13, Prague 6. There is also a pharmacy just down the street from the hotel on your way to the tram stop which is open from 7am to 6pm on weekdays only. Generally, you will have to pay about 1000-1500 CZK up front per doctor´s visit, even if you have travel insurance. Most importantly: Do not hesitate to contact PSP staff with your medical needs. They will assist you both in scheduling an appointment and getting you to your appointment. They may also pick up medication for you. (See next page for medical contacts.)
Doctor´s appointment contacts (enter +420 first if calling from a non-Czech phone):
Doctor – Health Centre Prague: 603 433 833, 603 481 361
Polyclinic at Národní: 222 075 119, 222 075 120
Canadian Medical Care: 235 360 133, 724 300 301
Emergency Medical Service: 155
Laundry, Groceries, etc.
Hotel Inos may wash your laundry on weekdays if you bring it down to the reception (details are in the Inos info booklet in your room.) There are a couple American-style Laundromats in Prague. We recommend Andy’s Laundromat (praguelaundromat.cz). There are many small grocery stores in residential areas, including the area around hotel Inos. These stores generally only take cash. Praguers like to recycle, so please do so, too. The nearest recycling bins are just to the left up the street from the hotel. The tap water is drinkable so we encourage you to drink it rather than buying bottled water.
European cities are generally safer than cities in the United States, but one should be vigilant as a visitor to any city in the world. Violent crime is rarer in Prague than in U.S. cities and in Western European cities, for example, but crimes of stealth are quite common. Every other year a PSP student or faculty member is robbed on a tram or the Metro. Hold your purse close to you at all times on public transportation, and put your backpacks in front of you. Keep your wallets in your front pockets, and don’t carry any more cash, credit cards, or identification cards than needed. Never leave your bag unattended anywhere. Make a Xerox copy of your passport before you leave the U.S., and keep it with you so you may leave your passport in your room (where there are safes)! In case of emergency, please contact PSP staff. See below for emergency contacts.
Emergency contacts (enter +420 first if calling from a non-Czech phone):
Emergency (police, ambulance, fire dpt.):112
Czech Police: 158
Prague Police: 156
Central Police Station (specialized in helping tourists 24/7): 947-851-750