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AC Sparta Prague vs. Chelsea: travel advice

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Advice for fans travelling to Prague for Chelsea's Europa League Round of 32 match with AC Sparta Prague on 14th February.

The Generali Arena
The Generali Arena

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Czech Republic

Passports and visas

  • You don’t need a visa to travel to the Czech Republic, but your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay.
  • Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties .
  • You should carry your passport with you at all times for identification purposes as police officers may fine you or arrest you if you fail to do so. You should be ready to produce an ID (e.g. driving licence, photocopy of passport) at the entrance to the stadium.
  • If your passport gets lost or stolen while in the Czech Republic, you will need to obtain an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy Prague.

Getting to the stadium

  • The GENERALI Arena is located in the Letná areas just north of Prague’s old town. There are various trams that stop right in front of the stadium at the stop Sparta, i.e. 1, 5, 12, 25, and 26. Line 5 and 26 can be taken from the Old Town, and line 12 from the west bank of the river and Nádraží Holešovice railway station.
  • Alternatively, the walk from the Old Town Square takes about 20 minutes. Walk north over Pařížská street, cross the Vltava river, and then up the Letná Park. The walk from Prague Castle takes about just as long.
  • If you come from the southern part of the city centre or Prague’s main railway station (Hlavní Nádraží), you can also use the metro. Take the green metro line A from, for example, the station Muzeum or Staroměstská, and get off at Hradčanská. From there it is a 5 to 10-minute walk.
  • Address: Milady Horákové 1066/98, 170 82 Praha 7 – Letná
  • Information on Prague local transport connections
  • Map of Prague metro
  • If travelling by taxi, you are advised to use major taxi companies, such as AAA (23311 3311) or Profitaxi (26131 4151). If you do pick up a taxi in the street, always check the per kilometre price, which should be clearly marked on the side of the taxi, before getting in. Some taxis operating in areas frequented by tourists can charge highly inflated prices.

At the match

  • The Gates will be opened two hours prior to kick-off.
  • You are advised to avoid corner of Gate 2 which is a home stand. This place will be under riot police control.
  • Passport is not needed to enter the stadium but please make sure you are able to produce a photocopy of your passport or another form of ID.
  • Body search and personal belongings check will be in place. Fans are NOT allowed to bring drinks, poles, flares, weapons and celery.
  • Chelsea supporters will be kept behind for around 20 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse.


  • As in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.

British Embassy address contact details:

British Embassy Prague, Thunovska 14, 116 00 Prague 1

  • Tel: (00420) 257 402 111
  • Fax: (00420) 257 402 280
  • E-mail:
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm

Emergency services numbers

  • Emergencies 112
  • Ambulance 155
  • Police 158
  • Fire brigade 150

Further information

Chelsea website

Sparta Prague website

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Published 4 February 2013