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A lot of practical information can be found at VisitCzechia.
Arriving by Plane
Prague has an international airport Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG), originally Prague-Ruzyně. It has direct connections to major European airports and some overseas destinations, e.g., New York.Official website
The easiest way to get to the city center is by using Bus #119 to Metro Line A station Nádraží Veleslavín.
Arriving by Train
The main train station in Prague is Praha hlavní nádraží, There are direct train connections to European cities such as Wien, Berlin, or München.Official website
Prague main train station is directly in the city center, close to Wenceslas Square. There is Metro Line C station Hlavní nádraží.
Arriving by Bus
The major bus terminal in Prague is Praha - Florenc. There are direct bus connections to many European cities.Official website
The bus terminal is very close to the city center. There is Metro Lines B/C station Florenc.
Getting to the Conference Venue
Reaching the Doctoral Consortium Venue
Address: Malostranské nám. 2/25, 118 00 Praha 1
The Doctoral Consortium will run at Malá Strana Campus of Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics situated in the center of Lesser Town, a historic quarter under the Prague Castle. The venue can be reached easily by public transport by Metro line A going to the station Malostranská and then either walking (10 minutes) or taking a tram (one stop, lines 12, 20, 22) to stop Malostranské náměstí, which is right in front of the faculty building. The easiest way to get there from the conference hotel, Mama Prague, is using tram line 23 from stop Veletržní palác (in front of the hotel) to stop Malostranská. Travel time is 6 minutes (the fare is 30 CZK, tariff 30 minutes).
Path to the DC venue from the closest metro station Malostranská
Reaching the Workshop and Main Conference Venue
Address: V Holešovičkách 747/2, 180 00 Praha 8
The workshops and conference main program will run at Troja Campus of Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics situated near Vltava River in Holešovice quarter. The venue can be reached by public transport by Metro line C going to station Nádraží Holešovice and then either walking (20 minutes, but not a nice walk) or taking a bus #201 to stop Kuchyňka (first stop after crossing the river), which is very close to the university building IMPAKT. From the conference hotel, Mama Prague, you can either walk (about 2.6 km/1.7 miles) or take a tram (#6 or #17) to Nádraží Holešovice and then bus #201 to stop Kuchyňka. Total travel time is about 15 minutes (the fare is 30 CZK, tariff 30 minutes).
Current timetable for the bus line #201 with some comments.
Path to the main ICAPS venue from the closest metro station Nádraží Holešovice
Tickets can be bought from ticket vending machines or using app “PID lítačka”.
Moving around Prague
The easist way to move around Prague is using public transport that is fast, cheap, and reliable. Prague has three Metro lines A, B, and C, all going through the city centre. Metro (underground) is very reliable, fast and with short intervals between trains. There is also a dense network of trams that is particularly useful in a wider city centre. To visit areas not covered by trams or metro, one can also use numerous bus lines. There are even ferries and cable cars in Prague. In the historial city center the best way to move is by foot.
The fare is 30 CZK for 30 minutes (for most travel), 40 CZK for 90 minutes (enough to get almost anywhere in Prague), 120 CZK for 24 hours, and 330 CZK for 72 hours. The ticket is always valid from the moment of its marking and it can be bought from vending machines located in most stations and stops. There is also an app “PID lítačka” that can be used to buy tickets directly via mobile phone.
Public transport in Prague is managed by Dopravní podnik hlavního města Praha. Current fares, timetables, trip planner etc. can be found at their web page.