Practical information

Before travelling to a destination you have never been to before, it is advisable to get hold of some basic information in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. We have prepared a summary of everything a foreigner might need in the Czech Republic. We will advise you on what clothes you should take with you, how to connect to the Internet in the Czech Republic, what the Czech crown exchange rate is, which credit cards can be used, and also what sort of tips should be given in restaurants…

Feel at home on the road? Read some basic rules that help to keep things in order on Czech roads.

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The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union.

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The 24-hour clock is generally used in the Czech Republic in printed materials and on digital clocks. The 12-hour clock is also used when speaking colloquially or in relation to analogue clocks.

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The only official language in the Czech Republic is Czech, which is a Slavonic language like Slovak, Polish, Serbian, Russian, Croatian and Bulgarian.

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The official unit of currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (Kč, CZK), which is divided into 100 hellers.

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You should have certain telephone numbers with you at all times or know them by heart.

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Information Centre Prague 1

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The following are non-working days on which banks and most shops are closed.

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Mobile telephones in Europe work on frequencies of 900 MHz and 1,800 MHz.

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In smaller shops, opening hours are usually Monday to Friday from 8 or 9 am until 6 pm.

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Restaurants, pubs or cafes are often open from late afternoon until late at night, often until 11 pm.

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State-run and private medical facilities exist in the Czech Republic.

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The Czech Republic is one of the main transit points in Europe. The largest and main Czech airport is the international airport in Prague-Ruzyně, which changed its name to Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2012.

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