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Frequently asked questions

FAQ regarding travel and stay in the Czech Republic

1. What currency can I use in the Czech Republic?

In the Czech Republic only Czech crown ( česká koruna - CZK ) can be used. With the exception of duty free shops no foreign currency is accepted in the Czech Republic. Some supermarkets, hotels etc. have introduced payments in EURO, but there are only very few of them. Czech crown´ s exchange rate is roughly 1 USD = 20 CZK, 1 EUR = 25 CZK, 100 JPY = 19 CZK.

2. Are credit cards widely accepted?

Major credit cards are widely accepted in the Czech Republic, especially in the capital Prague and other touristic hotspots. If you visit smaller towns or villages, credit cards are still accepted in some shops, but much less in restaurants. Credit cards are also accepted at railway stations of major cities ( usually only one counter is earmarked for payment by credit card ).

3. What kind of electric appliances can be used in the Czech Republic?

The voltage in the CR is 220V, frequency 50Hz. In the Czech Republic there is only one type of electrical socket, to which appliances equipped with 2-pin plug ( so called Europlug or type C ) or 3-pin plug ( so called type E ) can be plugged.

4. Can I get understood in the Czech Republic?

Yes, quite easily. Most Czech people speak at least two foreign languages. Young people speak English plus some other foreign language. Second in popularity is German while Spanish, Russian and French are not spoken so widely. Older people tend to speak rather German and Russian, less English.

5. What are the most famous Czech souvenirs?

In Europe, the Czech Republic is known for its beer, unique liquors such as Becherovka or Fernet, glass, jewels made of Czech garnet, bijoux or "perník" cakes.

6. Is tip given in the Czech Republic?

Just as in other European countries, the habit of giving tips exists also in the Czech Republic. Tips around 10 % are given to waiters and taxi drivers, around 2 USD to porters etc. Tip is not an obligation at all. It´s quite usual to express your dissatisfaction with the service provided by not giving tip at all or reducing it.