Some questions regarding my upcoming trip to Prague:
1. While pg 27 of the guide addresses some transit pass questions, I understand that you need to validate it (at entry to the Metro or as you enter the Tram or Bus), If you have validated it once at the beginning of the covered period, do you still validate it every time you get back on the tram / bus / metro? (I don’t want to do the wrong thing and face a fine. It may be safest to just validate it every time but I don’t want to have validation stamps overstamping each other and then the pass not working the next time I try to use it).
The guide suggests that it may be better to buy multiple 90 minute transit passes versus the 3 day pass considering the amount of time spent either walking or not in transit. Normally I would buy the multi day pass, but now I am wondering. What would you suggest?
I plan on downloading the Google Map for Prague about a week before arriving. Is this going to work when I need it ( I have back up hard copy maps ). I want to use it to help direct me to tram stops with the alternate walking option, but if it is only a map (with no tram or walking option listing, then I might opt for an international data plan on my mobile phone just for that trip).
And possibly most controversially, is the tap water in Prague and Cesky Krumlov safe to drink / bad tasting (I normally fill a reusable water bottle when walking - and a camelback reservoir while hiking). And for someone who does not drink alcohol, what is the normal size of a soda (when compared to a 12 oz size drink? I know all refills are new purchases).
Since my hotel cost includes a breakfast, how much would you normally budget per person for food and drink each day (considering that I will avoid the vendor stands in the high traffic tourist areas and will try to do my evening meals at Lokal or something akin to it). If you have an input on that point, it would help if you would clarify if the estimate is in Czech koruna (which I plan on using), Euros, or US Dollars.
This will help in demystifying things. I don’t want the equivalent of Montezuma’s revenge by drinking water that an American’s digestive system is unable to handle, I don’t want to inadvertently invalidate a transit pass by overstamping it, nor do I want to greatly overestimate how much local currency to withdraw from a local Prague ATM.