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Resources > Rental Car Guides > Rental Car in Czech Republic > Czech Republic Driving Information

Car Rental Czech Republic: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
The Czech Republic is one of the most visited countries in central Europe, rich in history, culture, exciting activities and excellent accommodations. The Czech Republic has an excellent roadway system making it convenient and easy to tour this wonderful country and many others however you see fit! Kemwel encourages its clients to learn as much as possible about the country they will be traveling to and what they need to know about driving there. Below you will find a few things that we here at Kemwel feel that are important to know about when traveling and renting a car in the Czech Republic.

Requirements
In order to rent a car in the Czech Republic the driver must be 19 years of age or older and have a valid driving license for 1 year or more. An international drivers license must accompany an US drivers license at all times. If an accident occurs while in the Czech Republic and you are unable to present an international drivers license your insurance claim could be denied as a result. In order to enter into the country your passport must be valid for 3 months beyond the end of your stay. Safety belts must be worn at all times and children under the age of 12 years must sit in the rear seat of the vehicle. Children who weigh less then 36 kilograms and are 150 cm or smaller must be placed in a proper child seat. The Czech government has a zero tolerance policy on drinking and driving with high fines to pay if caught. Talking on a cell phone while driving in the Czech Republic is prohibited at all times.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in the Czech Republic are as follows: congested areas 50 km/h (31 mph), suburban areas 90 km/h (55 mph), highways 130 km/h (80 mph) Speed with snow chains 50 km/h (31 mph). Please follow limits posted on road signs as they may vary.

Rules of the Road
Car drive on the right hand side of the road and headlights are required to be on at all times day or night. Unlike the US traffic lights in the Czech Republic are placed before intersections.

Gas and Diesel
Many gas stations are open 24 hours and accept international credit cards.

Tolls
Toll stickers are required on all vehicles in order to travel on Czech highways. All vehicles rented through Kemwel will come equipped with this sticker on the windshield

Parking
All cars must be parked on the right side of the street unless otherwise marked. Prague has orange (2 hr max), green (6 hr max) and blue parking zones (parking for businesses and residents only). Parking garages can be found in large cites as well.

Insurance Information

General Information
When traveling and renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar place it is always a good idea to find out what the insurance requirements are for vehicle rentals in that specific country. When renting a car with Kemwel in the Czech Republic your rate will include any mandatory insurance necessary.

All of our rental rates in the Czech Republic will include third party liability and fire insurance. In the Czech Republic CDW and theft protection are optional and can be added to your rental at anytime prior to the pick up of your rental vehicle. In the event CDW and Theft are declined in order to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card Kemwel asks for you to contact your credit card company to learn the specifics of your insurance coverage. Insurance details specific to your rental will print in the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher.

At this time we at Kemwel would like for you to take a moment to read about the following insurance guidelines that may apply to car rentals in the Czech Republic.

Required Coverage
When renting a car in the Czech Republic it is required to have third party liability on the vehicle. Third party liability covers damages or injury to people and property outside of the vehicle (pedestrians, buildings etc, other cars). Kemwel has included unlimited third party liability and fire insurance for all rentals commencing in the Czech Republic.

Optional Coverage
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are optional for rentals commencing in the Czech Republic. Kemwel offers CDW and Theft in our inclusive rental rates for the Czech Republic. Many of the rental suppliers we work with will still have a deductible that you will be responsible for in the event of a collision or theft that can range from $500 USD to 1000 USD depending on the car category. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance that is available with most suppliers locally to help reduce the amount of the deductible; the cost is approximately $22 USD per day and can vary between suppliers. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) may also be available locally to help cover medical related expenses of the driver and passengers in the event of an accident. PAI generally covers up to a specific dollar amount set by the local rental supplier and costs approximately 10-14 USD per day. At this time Kemwel would like to advise you that optional insurance is only available with certain car suppliers, cost and participation may change at anytime without notice at anytime.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
When renting a car in the Czech Republic through Kemwel, most of our suppliers will allow travel into most countries in Western Europe. Some travel restrictions may apply to luxury vehicles, automatic cars and vans due to insurance regulations. Kemwel has developed close relationships with our suppliers in the Czech Republic which has provided the creation of a special program allowing certain cars to travel into Eastern European countries. When thinking about renting a vehicle it is always best to make sure you are selecting the proper vehicle for your travel itinerary. Please feel free to contact us toll free at 1 877 820 0668 and our friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Restricted Countries
When renting a car through Kemwel in the Czech Republic the following countries are restricted unless prior notification is made to Kemwel and approved by us and our suppliers: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine. Some categories (vans, luxury cars and automatics) may not be allowed to travel into Italy as well, please contact Kemwel for more information. NOTE:Travel into most or all of these countries can possibly be arranged with advance notification to Kemwel for specific car categories. Additional surcharges may apply.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one way rentals are available free of charge with most suppliers. International one ways are also available, an additional fee will apply. Not all car categories are allowed on one ways and a minimum rental length may apply.


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Useful Terms & Information

Unleaded Gasoline
bezolovnaty benzin
Diesel
diesel
Motor oil
motorovy
Gas station
benzinova stanice or cerpaci stanice
Car rental agency
pujcovna automobilu
Toll
mytne or poplatek za pouziti dalnice
Toll road
silnice s mytnym
Parking
parkovani or parking
Highway
dalnice
Expressway
dalnice
Exit
exit or vyjezd
Entrance
vjezd
Detour
objizdka
Hospital
nemocnice
Police
policie
Police station
police stanice
Embassy
velvyscanectvi or ambasada

Capital
Prague
Official Language
Czech
Currency
Czech Koruna (CZK)
Calling Code 420

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Central 112
Police 158
City Police 156
Ambulance 155
Fire Department 150

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