Arrival & Orientation Information
- How to get from the Prague airport to your accommodation?
- Check in to your dormitory
- Orientation Days
- Foreign Police
1. How to get from the Prague airport
to your accommodation?
All international flights arrive at Václav Havel Airport Prague. You can take:
a) Public transport
The Honest guide video can be helpful:
Find your transport connection before your arrival using the app IDOS:
Go to Connections, select 'Praha + PID', either use 'My location' or Airport (Terminál 1) or Airport (Terminál 2); and as your destination check for the nearest bus/tram/metro stop to your accommodation.
There are bus stops Terminál 1 and Terminál 2 located just in front of the Arrivals building. First after your arrival, you need to buy tickets in the yellow machines (press full price: 30 min / 30 CZK or 90 min / 40 CZK or 24 h / 120 CZK). Then, after you get on a bus, you need to validate the tickets. Tickets are valid for any means of transport (bus/tram/metro/train) in Prague for the selected time. Your ticket has to be validated, otherwise, the ticket is invalid and the passenger is treated as if he had no ticket.
From Prague airport to Hostivař Dormitory:
This route is about 60 min, therefore a ticket for 90 min is recommended. Take a bus no. 119 from Terminál 2 to the bus station Nádraží Veleslavín. Transfer to the metro A station Nádraží Veleslavín. Travel by the metro line A to the station Skalka. Go to the Skalka bus station and take the bus no. 125 to the bus station Nádraží Hostivař. Nearby station the Hostivař dormitory is located.
From Prague airport to Hvězda or Větrník Dormitory –
There are 2 options:
Option 1 (about 25 min): Take a direct bus no. 191 from Terminál 2 to bus station Nad Markékou (! Request stop, you need to press a red button to inform the driver !) just in front of the Hvězda dormitory, the Větrník dormitory is located nearby.
Option 2 (more frequent bus for about 35 min): Take the bus no. 119 from Terminál 2 to the bus station Nádraží Veleslavín. Transfer to the metro A station Nádraží Veleslavín to the station Petřiny. Go to the Petřiny bus station and take the bus no. 168 to the bus station Nad Markékou. Nearby dormitories are located.
From Prague airport to Trója (17. listopadu) Dormitory:
This route is about for 60 min, therefore a ticket for 90 min is recommended. Take the bus no. 119 from Terminál 2 to the bus station Nádraží Veleslavín. Transfer to the metro A station Nádraží Veleslavín. Travel by the metro line A to the transfer station Muzeum. Transfer to the metro station Muzeum on the red line C. Travel by the metro line C to the metro station Nádraží Holešovice. Go to the Nádraží Holešovice bus station and take a bus no. 187 to the bus station Pelc Tyrolka. Nearby the Trója dormitory is located.
IMPORTANT: For those arriving to the Florenc bus terminal.
Because of construction work starting on 6 th June 2022 until approx. November 2023, the entrance to the Florenc metro C station near the Praha – Florenc bus terminal, including the connected pedestrian underpass, will be closed. Entrance to metro C is possible only in the direction of Sokolovská Street. Therefore, the Florenc metro C station will not have barrier-free access for the duration of the construction work.
Detailed info: https://www.dpp.cz/en/restrictions-and-emergencies/detail/13556
This is a very comfortable way of travel, but also the most expensive one. Prices for a taxi ride from the airport into your accommodation range from 400 to 1200 CZK, depending on your destination. Airport taxi services: https://www.prg.aero/en/taxi
2. Check in to your dormitory
Application for accommodation (dormitory) is a part of Erasmus online application procedure. If you are non-Erasmus student and you wish to stay in a dormitory, you can ask the faculty foreign department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Basic information about the Charles University dormitories can be found here: https://cuni.cz/UKEN-365.html. A majority of Erasmus and other international students stay at the Hostivař dormitory (https://kam.cuni.cz/KAMEN-55.html) or at the Hvězda dormitory (https://kam.cuni.cz/KAMEN-51.html).
3. Orientation Days
Prior to classes commencing, the Orientation day will be held to welcome new Erasmus exchange students. Please note that TO ATTEND THE ORIENTATION DAY IS OBLIGATORY! The detailed information will be sent to accepted students before the beginning of the semester via email.
The Orientation day is a very important event – you will be officially registered as a student of Charles University, Faculty of Science. The information session on academic and practical matters (ISIC card, SIS password and internet access, etc.) will be followed up by a guided tour around the Faculty´s building and facilities (libraries, computer rooms, canteen, etc.)
Please note that only after you are registered as a student of the Faculty of Science, you will have access to the Student information system (SIS) and there you can check your schedule and all the courses.
Please note that we cannot confirm any arrival documents (of your home university) prior to the Orientation day(s).
Also non-Erasmus international students can attend the Orientation Day(s).
If you cannot attend the Orientation Days,
you have to enrol in the Erasmus office on your own:
a. Visit the Erasmus Office of the Faculty of Science
Address: Na Slupi 16, 128 43 Praha 2, https://mapy.cz/s/1qNu8
The office is located in a house on the right behind the entrance to the Botanical Garden on the 2nd floor.
Check the office hours before your visit:
Before you visit the Faculty Erasmus Office, please, check if you have:
- passport or ID Card number
- permanent address in your home country
- address in Prague
- insurance (name of your insurance company, your policy number)
- Letter of Admission and other Erasmus documents
Non-Erasmus international student are invited to enrol in the Faculty Erasmus Office too.
Please, remember to take all documents concerning your stay at CU with you.
b. Get your Student ID Card in the Card Service Centres
After you have visited the Faculty Erasmus Office, you can visit one of Charles University Card Service Centres to get you Student ID Card.
The closest one is at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Praha 2).
Check the office hours and the locations of the other centres here: https://cuni.cz/UKEN-135.html
Student ID card may be issued with (230 CZK) or without ISIC licence (for free). With the card, you also obtain login and password for faculty online applications (SIS – Student Information System, libraries, etc.) and internet access in dormitories and at the faculty (computer rooms).
The ID card also permits holders to get discounted public transport pass.
4. Foreign Police
All EU students are obliged to register with the appropriate Foreign Police Department within 30 days of their arrival if their intended stay will be longer than 30 days. When registering with the Foreign Police, students must fill in a form called Registration Card, provide their travel document (passport or ID card), evidence of health insurance, and 1 photograph. Not registered students can be asked to pay a fine of up to 3 000 CZK.
Students from non-EU countries are obliged to register with the appropriate Foreign Police Department within 3 working days of their arrival.
More detailed information: https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=21672765&doctype;=ART
However, students staying at the CU dormitories are registered at the Foreign police by the Accommodation office. Privately accommodated students are obliged to visit the Foreign Police if they are not registered by their accommodation provider!
address: Olšanská 2176/2, Prague 3;
Mon + Wed 8:00 – 17:00; Tue + Thu 8:00 – 15:00; Fri: closed