1. When is the Best Time to Visit Prague?
The best time to visit Prague is in late spring or early fall, just before and after the peak summer tourist season. Plan to arrive in May or September for comfortable temperatures around 18 to 20°C, ideal for sightseeing without having to battle big crowds. Lower airfares and reduced hotel rates may be found too.
2. What months does it snow in Prague?
There is usually some snow in Prague before Christmas and then again in January, February, and even March, but every Prague winter is different. The good news is that January and February are Prague's least touristy months, so you may be able to book your trip at the last minute and come to Prague during a snowy spell.
3. Using Credit cards and Debit cards in the Czech Republic.
Cash machines in the Czech Republic will accept credit and debit cards backed by Visa, Mastercard/Eurocard, Maestro, and American Express. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, international shops, and expensive restaurants, but cash is king in the Czech Republic. Most local shops and cheap restaurants won’t accept credit cards so always carry cash.
When using your credit or debit card, be sure to choose to pay the charge in the local currency if you have an option. Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) allows you to see exactly how much you have been charged in your home currency. But because it means the machine can charge you its own conversion rate, which might not be preferable to the exchange rate of your home bank, you might end up paying more for your money.
4. What is the currency in Prague?
The currency in Prague is the Czech Crown (CZK).
5. Can you use EURO for payment?
The official currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown, but you can pay using the euro in selected store chains. However, your change will be returned in Czech crowns. The most frequent method of payment in stores and all institutions is by cash. If you wish to pay by card make sure that they accept your type of card in the store and that they actually perform this type of transaction. You may find that small shops and some restaurants, in particular, do not accept cards.
6. Exchanging currency in the Czech Republic
Getting currency locally usually gets you a better rate than purchasing it at home. Make sure the cash you wish to exchange is in good clean quality condition. Many exchange services will refuse to exchange cash that is in any way damaged.
If you need cash upon arrival you could exchange a small amount at the airport when you arrive. It’s better not to use airport exchanges for large amounts as the rates at these places vary wildly. You can usually get a better rate elsewhere; this is also true of hotels.
Whatever you do, don’t exchange cash on the street. There are plenty of scammers selling discontinued old crown notes or Hungarian forints of lesser value. You can exchange currency at most banks in the Czech Republic, many of which often have currency exchange machines installed.
7. Internet Connections
a. Wi-Fi - Wireless connection to the Internet is available in many places of the Czech Republic. Normally it is offered by restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels or libraries and means of transport, such as certain trams, buses, and trains. You can easily connect with your tablet, laptop or Smartphone.
b. Mobile connection - If you have prepaid internet with your provider, you can use it even in the Czech Republic. Big cities like Prague, Brno, Plzeň, Ostrava and other, are covered with high-speed networks.
From the summer of 2017, the European Union regulation starts to apply, banning mobile operators from charging extra roaming fees for voice services, text messaging and data. As from 2017, all citizens of the European Union will be charged per minute of call, sent messages and internet connection in the EU countries at the same price as they would have paid in their home state
8. Getting Around the Czech Republic
a. Taxi - The average price per kilometer in a taxi is CZK 20 (EUR 0.75, USD 0.85, CNY 5). The final amount to be paid depends on the city, Prague usually being the most expensive. The price for the trip from downtown to the Prague airport ranges from CZK 500 (EUR 18, USD 20, CNY 135) to CZK 700 (EUR 25, USD 29, CNY 189).
b. Train/Bus - The Czech Republic has one of the densest railway networks in Europe and a sophisticated system of bus transportation. Both trains and buses are reliable. A comprehensive system for looking up departures of trains and buses all around the Czech Republic is to be found
In Prague, you can use trams, buses, metro, ferries and even cable cars. Timetables, connections and other important information on Prague transport can be found here. A comprehensive system of public transportation is also available in Brno (here), Ostrava (here), Pilsen (here), Liberec (here) and other cities. With the modernization of the fleet, an increasing number of public transport vehicles are barrier-free. The timetables include information on stations that have lifts or special paths making them accessible to disabled people.
To use public transport in Prague, you must buy a ticket, choosing from one of the following options: The basic fare for adults costs CZK 32 (EUR 1.20, USD 1.35, CNY 8.5). If you are going to stay in Prague for one day, it is convenient to use a one-day ticket for CZK 110 (EUR 4, USD 4.5, CNY 30), if you are planning a weekend visit, it pays up to buy a three-day ticket for CZK 310 (EUR 11, USD 13, CNY 84). The ticket is always valid from the moment of its marking (the marking machines are in the metro, on the trams and buses) - it is enough to mark it once. If you fail to use a ticket, you may be imposed a fine of up to CZK 1,500 (EUR 55, USD 62, CNY 406).
9. Time Difference
The United Arab Emirates is 2 hours ahead of Czechia
The official language of the Czech Republic (and, of course, its capital), is Czech. You will not find many foreigners speaking the language, which is only spoken in Czechia and is very difficult to learn. Nevertheless, you do not need to worry about not being able to understand and make yourself understood during your visit to Prague because you can easily communicate in English there.
Since Prague is multi-cultural and many expatriates from various countries live here, you can hear a lot of different languages in the Czech Republic’s capital. There are almost 200 thousand foreigners living in Prague. The largest group is of the Ukrainian origin, and many people come from Slovakia, Russia, and Vietnam (surprisingly), too
Even though only about one-fifth of all Czechs speak a foreign language at an advanced level, it is much better in Prague. Most often, Czechs have a good command of English, with the second most “popular” foreign language being German and the third one Russian. French, Italian, and Spanish are not widely spoken by the locals.
Here are some of the words that you need to know in the Czech language.
a. Hello - Ahoj
b. Good morning - Dobré ráno
c. Taxi - Taxi
d. Bus - Autobus
e. Train –Vlak
11. Traditional Souvenirs to Buy in Prague
a. Beer cosmetics - The Czech Republic is famous for its beer, but beer cosmetics make more travel-friendly souvenirs. Manufaktura is a traditional Czech brand of cosmetics that uses all-natural, non-animal-tested ingredients to produce high-quality products. Although they make all kinds of items, from bath salts to hand creams, they are famous for their beer cosmetics, which include shampoos, hair balms, and shower gels. Don’t worry – beer cosmetics won’t leave you smelling like you’ve been on a drinking rampage. Instead, expect the products to smell slightly fruity and provide tons of B vitamins. Manufaktura stores can be found at shopping centers all around Prague.
b. Marionettes - Puppetry is no child’s game in Prague. Here, handcrafted, hand-carved marionettes are meant for discerning adults who like high quality and don’t mind the stiff price tag that comes with it. Prague puppets can be found all over the city, but some of the best stores are located near Charles Bridge in Old Town. Sizes and themes vary, and you’ll find everything from witches and demons to literary characters, political figures, cartoons, and animals. Locals in Prague like to say that you don’t choose the puppet, the puppet chooses you, so arrive without an idea of what you want and see where your eyes fall. Whichever one you choose, you’ll leave Prague with a unique souvenir.
c. Garnet - Garnet is a semi-precious stone that has a long tradition as a royal gem in the Czech Republic. Today, garnet is used to make everything from jewelry to pieces of art to paperweights, which means you’re likely to find something that fits your budget. One word of caution: fake garnet is everywhere, so always ask for a certificate of authenticity before paying. Certified authentic Granat Turnov (the traditional Czech garnet) can also be found online.
d. Bohemian glass - Bohemian crystal is a traditional type of glass that is hand-cut and engraved in small factories all around the Czech Republic. Although the names can be confusing, the word ‘crystal’ is used in the Czech Republic to refer to fine, high-quality glass that contains a significant amount of lead – an addition that makes the crystal highly reflective, very easy to engrave and thicker and more durable than most glass. For high-end Bohemian crystal, shop at the official Moser store. You can also find other brands of Bohemian crystal at souvenir shops all around Prague. These delicate yet durable pieces make beautiful souvenirs of your time here.
e. Teas and tea paraphernalia - Although many tourists miss these quaint venues, people in Prague love their tea houses. Traditionally places where you sit down to have a cup of tea, the largest tea houses around Prague also sell a number of packaged and loose-leaf teas, ceramic and metal kettles, special tea strainers and cups, and other tea supplies. When in Prague, look for a sign with the word čajovny on it, and step in for a warm brew and a great tea-related souvenir.