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General information on Prague

If this is the first time you visit the Czech Republic, here is a list of frequently asked questions on the country and its capital city that might answer any queries you might have such as: what currency is used in the Czech Republic? Can one get by in English in Prague? Where is the best place to exchange money?

Frequently asked questions 

  • Documentación necesaria Is a visa necessary to travel to Prague? What type of travel documents does one need to enter the Czech Republic?
  • Idiomaen Praga What is the official language spoken in the Czech Republic? Can visitors get by in English in Prague? Find out basic expressions in Czech to get by during your stay. 
  • Moneda en Praga What is the official currency used in the Czech Republic? What are the bank opening times? Should visitors pay with a bank card or cash? Can travellers pay in euros or dollars?
  • Precios en Praga How much does the public transport cost in Prague? How much is a meal in a traditional Czech restaurant? Is it necessary to tip?
  • El tiempo en Praga What is the temperature like in Prague? When is the best time to visit the country? Are winters very cold?
  • Días festivos en Praga What public holidays do they have in the Czech Republic? When do they close the museums? Is there any special celebration?

More information 

History of Prague, Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

Prague Dancing House
Dancing House, a different building in Prague

Prague facts & figures

Prague has over 1,5 million inhabitants, of which 81% are Czech; the female population is higher than the male.     

Prague is 662 ft (202m) above sea level.

Opening hours

The majority of stores in Prague are open from Monday – Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am until midday, and close on Sundays. However, the larger shops are open until 8 pm every day. Shopping centres are normally open seven days a week until 9 pm. Banks are open 5 days a week from 9 am – 6 pm.

Electricity, plugs and sockets

In the Czech Republic, the plug socket used is type C (Europlug used in most European countries), with two round holes and one round pin. It has a voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50 Hz.  If the plugs are different in your country, we recommend you get a universal charger or you can borrow one in your hotel.

Helpful telephone numbers

  • Emergency calls: 112
  • Police: 158
  • Ambulance: 155
  • Prague area code: 02
  • Czech Republic area code: +42