Hotel and travel information for Prague

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Prague, Czech Republic - home to the SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics annual event

Welcome to the beautiful and historic city of Prague

Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, and is a political, cultural, and economic hub of central Europe with a rich history and Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. It is home to about 1.3 million people and is well-known for its many cultural attractions with more than ten major museums, numerous theaters, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city. Join your colleagues here in April. Learn more about visiting Prague

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Hotel information

A world-class experience. Learn more about the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague as well as four other area hotels all in close walking distance to the meeting. Book early for best rates.

Travel to Prague

Enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery of Prague, the perfect city for a spring meeting. The following information will be provided in the months ahead::

  • airport information
  • public transit services
  • driving directions and parking
  • local attractions
Czech Republic Travel Guide

Visa information

Transportation information

Airport information

Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague (formerly known as the Ruzyne Airport).

Transportation from the airport 

  • Option one: 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. This takes few minutes longer than option two, but is more comfortable.
  • Option two: take bus number 119, which ends at Nádraží Veleslavín (metro A line). Go to metro station Můstek, change to metro line B and continue in the direction to Černý Most to Vysočanská station. Clarion Congress Hotel 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 42,-. Other ticket options are also available depending on your travel needs.

Public transportation

To find your way through Prague's municipal transport system, do not hesitate to download Jizdni rady App for your android/apple phone (free download). It will guide you easily through Prague´s municipal transportation system.

For information on how to buy a ticket for Prague integrated transportation system,
please visit.

The majority of travel links in the city terminate at the Florenc station, which is about 9 minutes away from the Clarion by metro FLORENC B line. Make sure to board the right metro line B, since there is a crossroad with line C at FLORENC, too. Take the metro train in the direction of ČERNÝ MOST and get off at the Vysočanská stop. (Fifth stop from Florenc). The Clarion Congress Hotel is located right atop Vysočanská stop. (Czech pronunciation: [‘visotchanska:])


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.


The venue has ample car parking facilities.

Family care while attending the meeting

SPIE believes that individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities should have an equal opportunity to share their research and participate in conferences and symposia.

SPIE Family Care Grants are designed to supplement caregiving costs incurred by SPIE Members who are registered to attend an SPIE meeting, either in person or virtually. See hotel details in the reservation system to find hotels that offer onsite childcare. 

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