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Renting a car in Prague

We are thinking of renting a car at the end of our stay in Prague to travel to Brno and see some of the country. Looking for feedback from anyone that has driven a rental car in CZ. We can drive manual and have rented cars in Morocco, Turkey and Western Europe without any issues. Am a little hesitant on the CZ as I read the drivers are extremely aggressive. Appreciate hearing about your experience.

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If you drove in Morocco and Turkey you should have no problems driving in CZ. I probably would not rent a car to drive to Brno. Constructions, traffic jams on freeway, heavy fog, ice and snow in Highlands. When I rent a car it is to see the countryside. Going by train from Prague to Brno takes little bit over two hours. Going by car could take substantially longer.

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Thank you Ilya for your info. I should have mentioned we will be travelling in May. Thought a vehicle would give us the opportunity to take in Kutna Hora and the wine region. If much road construction is to be anticipated we will abandon and take the train.

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If you go to Kutna Hora then go the back way via Ricany on the "2". Then from Kutna Hora there's a nice little route south on the "38", through Havlickuv Brod, then Jihlava, then take signs for Telc and follow the "23". That takes you through Telc, then Jindrichuv Hradec and then onto motorway D3 which brings you back towards D1 and Prague. Allowing for a few stops it a long day but in May, should be a great drive and scenery. Take lots of coins for parking meters.

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I drove a rental car in CZ summer before last and the rental process was easy. We used our rental car to stop in towns in the Southern part of CZ near the Austrian border. We rented in Brno at the airport and made our way to Prague train station to return the rental. Everything was great in the countryside but there was a lot of traffic once we got outside of Prague on the major highway. I'd consider myself somewhat of a nervous driver in heavy traffic and I survived! :) We went to Znojmo,Mikulov, Lednice, Palava and Cesky Krumlov and stopping at 13 castles and multiple vineyards.

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Hi,
Car rental at the airport was easy. Getting from the airport on to the main ring road around Prague was easy. Study your maps ahead of time and read the road signs. Same applied coming back to the airport. Easy.

However, it is not the simplest ring road. And traffic can be heavy, by that I mean slow.

I have found Czech drivers to be excellent. They stay in the right lane unless passing, and they USE their blinkers. The roads have been in amazingly good condition even the road from Prague to Brno which use to be pretty horrible.

Kutna Hora is a one trick pony. See the bone house, Ossuary, and you're pretty much done. If you have seen a bone house...then this is another one. There is a bone house or two in Brno. Although, this l=one is much more artistic than any I have seen. Unless you go to St. Barbara's church. It can be done as a day trip from Prague.

You might consider taking the train from Prague to Brno, about $7.50 each way, and doing your car rental in Brno. Don't forget Olomouc as a second city to visit near Brno. The back roads between Brno and Nove Mesto na Morave are nice. Many lovely small villages.

wayne iNWI

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You can buy Czech train tickets at https://www.cd.cz/en/ or on regiojet.com and select the train icon.

A Czech friend told me about an app that I found more useful than Google Map. It's an app called mapy.cz and is wonderful for directions. I bought the GPS for rental car but ended up using our phone and Mapy.cz instead.