If you've brought your own car, don't even think about trying to use it for getting around Prague. Car travel in the centre is often restricted, and the warren of one-way streets takes years of driving to get to know well. The only exception might be to destinations outside the centre or to cross town, but even then you'll have to contend with soul-crushing traffic jams. Instead, find a secure place to leave your vehicle for the duration of your stay and use public transport.
Foreign driving licences are valid for up to 90 days.
Unleaded petrol is available as natural (95 octane) or natural plus (98 octane). The Czech for diesel is nafta or simply 'diesel'. The market price for petrol is about 34Kč per litre.
Small local firms tend to offer better prices than major international companies, but are less likely to have fluent, English-speaking staff. It’s often easier to book by email than by phone. Typical rates for a Škoda Fabia are around 800Kč a day, including unlimited kilometres, collision-damage waiver and value-added tax (VAT). Bring your credit card as a deposit. A motorway tax coupon is included with most rental cars.
Most of the major international car-hire companies operate in Prague and have desks at Václav Havel Airport Prague.