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XML Prague 2009 takes place in the Lesser Town Campus of Charles University, Malostranské náměstí 25, Prague, Czech Republic.
The conference venue can be conveniently reached by the public transport,
either by Metro line A (green line),
to the station of Malostranská and then by a short walk,
or by the tramway lines No. 12, 20, 22 or 23 to the stop of
Malostranské náměstí. The tramway stop is situated right across the square to the conference venue.
For maps, see Google Maps, Google Earth or Mapy.cz
If looking for other lodging options check out special
discounts and rates for participants on conferences in Prague by
Mary´s Travel & Tourist services.
See also their Prague Guide.
Arriving from the airport:
The 119 bus runs from the airport to metro. Tickets are
obtained by the yellow kiosks by the bus stops though you will need czech crown coins.
The ticket you want costs 26 czk (good for 75 min ride with unlimited transfers).
This is the cheapest method of getting into Prague. Be aware that many of the taxi (see below)
companies who queue at the airport will charge ghastly rates, you will be lucky to find a taxi
charging less then 600 czk crowns, even though the proper metered rate is somewhere around 500
czk crowns! Check out the myczechrepublic which has much good advice on all the ways of getting around cheaply
and safely in Prague.
Prices in Prague:
As with any big city prices vary directly with the distance from the
more popular tourist areas, like Prague old town and anywhere near Charles Bridge. Even though
on average the Czech Republic is considered cheap, that doesnt mean you should pay high
prices, which falsely inflate prices for those living here. Typically, (and not unusual in
Czech) beer is a good indicator if you are getting a fair deal or not at a restuarant or pub,
with prices being around 20-25 czk crowns a pint outside of Prague central, do not be surprised
if you will be asked to pay double that nearer to tourist areas...though any higher and you
know that price gouging is in affect.
Prices for public transport in Prague are excellent, with full description found here.
Taxis in Prague:
As the mayor of Prague recently found out, taxi's
are pretty bad in Prague. We would suggest planning all transport in advance, including arming
yourself with reputable taxi firms phone numbers if planning a night out...as it is almost
certain you will charged the wrong rate if you intend to 'hail' a taxi. Here is a good site which lists
reputable Taxi firms.