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
- Is a visa necessary to travel to Prague? What type of travel documents does one need to enter the Czech Republic?
- 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.
- 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?
- How much does the public transport cost in Prague? How much is a meal in a traditional Czech restaurant? Is it necessary to tip?
- What is the temperature like in Prague? When is the best time to visit the country? Are winters very cold?
- What public holidays do they have in the Czech Republic? When do they close the museums? Is there any special celebration?
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.
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