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Clarion Congress Hotel
Prague, Czech Republic
1 - 4 April 2019
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Travel to Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

SPIE Europe Optics & Optoelectronics 2019 will be held at the:

Clarion Congress Hotel
Prague, Czech Republic
Freyova 33, CZ 190 00 Prague 9 - Vysočany
Tel.: +420 211 131 111
Fax: +420 211 131 401
E-mail: info@cchp.cz

Czech Republic lies in the zone of moderate climate, intermediate between the marine and continental climates and weather can be quite changeable. The weather in April can be rather diverse with temperature averaging at 58°F (14°C), however can range between mid 45's F (7°C) into low 70's F (over 20°C). The entire Czech Republic lies in Central European Time, the same like Spain and France.

The currency unit in the Czech Repulic is the Czech Crown (CZK) which is subdivided into 100 hallers (hal).

Delegates may change foreign currency and travellers cheques in banks located in the centre of the city as well as in many exchange bureaus, at the railway station, at the airport or in many others places. International credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and cash machines.


The capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, is situated in the very heart of Europe, on an intersection of continental merchant routes since time immemorial. It was the seat of Czech princes and kings from the tenth century A.D.

Centuries of construction gave rise to an exceptional integrated architectural complex, unique in the world as regards its size and concentration of cultural heritage. Different architectural styles mingle and intertwine here, and their symbiosis creates the city's unique atmosphere. The most valuable part of the city's centre was declared the Prague Heritage Reserve in 1981, which was included in UNESCO's world cultural heritage list in 1992.

Prague is the seat of the top-level legislative, administrative and political bodies of the country - the parliament, government, and president; and the most important social, cultural and educational institutions reside here. The city is the entrance gate to the Czech Republic.

Travel to Prague
Czech Airlines is the national carrier operating from many European and some international destinations to Prague. There are also many inexpensive direct flights operated by budget airlines such as EasyJet, Ryanair, SmartWings, Air Lingus, or Sky Europe. Further information on destinations can be found on the airport's website. 

For alternative travel, Prague is also connected by rail to a number of European cities.

Public Transport
Prague has a network of public transport routes including bus, tram and metro links. For further information on the network, please visit the website of the Prague Public Transport Company.

Travel to Venue

By Bus
The majority of travel links in the city terminate at the Florenc station, which is about 15 minutes away from the Clarion by metro. Board the metro at the Florenc station and get off at the Vysočanská stop (metro line B). (Fifth stop from Florenc). The Clarion Congress Hotel is located right atop Vysočanská stop.  (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvɪsotchanskaː])

By Train
Having once arrived at the Prague Main Railway Station (Hlavní Nádraží), take the metro from the Hlavní Nádraží stop running in the direction of Letňany (metro line C), travel one stop to Florenc and then transfer to metro line B in the direction of Černý Most . Get off at the Vysočanská stop (fifth stop from Florenc). The Clarion Congress Hotel is located right atop the stop. For further information on the train network, please visit: http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni

Public Transport
For using public transportation from the Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague (formerly known as the Ruzyne Airport) to the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, please take bus number 100 located in front of the airport terminal directly to metro station Zličín (B line terminus), and then continue by metro to Vysočanská station. Clarion Congress Hote is located directly atop the Vysočanská metro station.  A shopping centre is adjacent to the hotel.  Public transport tickets can be purchased from vending machines installed in Prague Airport or tobacco shops. Single journey public transport ticket (basic 90-minute fare) costs CZK 32,-.  Other ticket options are also available depending on your travel needs.

The venue has ample car parking facilities.  Please follow the link to the Clarion Congress Hotel for more contact, travel directions and details.

Car Rental


Call the Hertz International Reservation Center at 1-800-654-3001 in the USA or your local Hertz Reservations Center to receive a special discount for SPIE. Reservations may also be placed on-line at www.hertz.com. You will receive 15% off qualifying Affordable rates at participating locations in Prague.

Be sure to identify yourself as a SPIE attendee. The PC#137480 must be on your advance reservation to receive this special offer. You must present this coupon at the time of rental in order to receive this discount.  
This special offer is available for rentals from April 15 - May 15, 2017.