It is more convenient to make phone calls from the Czech Republic using a mobile connection or a pay phone. Payment for a conversation on a pay phone is possible with coins or a telecard, which can be purchased at kiosks and at the post office.
To call the Czech Republic, you need to know its international dialing code: 8-10-420 + area code + subscriber number.
A call from the Czech Republic to Russia is made according to the scheme: 007 + area code + subscriber number.
Czech emergency numbers:
- 150 – Fire and rescue service
- 155 – Ambulance
- 156 – City Police
- 158 – Police
- 154 or 123 – Technical assistance on the road
Shops and shopping
The usual opening hours of Czech shops on weekdays are from 9:00 to 18:00. Saturday – from 9:00 to 13:00. The network of stores operating around the clock and seven days a week is constantly expanding.
Most often in the Czech Republic they buy jewelry and bijouterie (garnet products are very popular), porcelain, faience, ceramics, Bohemian crystal and glass, musical instruments, cold weapons.
Also, handicrafts made of leather, linen, lace, handmade soap and incense are a success with tourists.
Traditionally, different types of beer and beer mugs, Becherovka liqueur, Slivovitz vodka and absinthe are purchased in the country. See liuxers for Czech Republic customs and traditions.
From resorts with healing mineral springs, it is customary to bring special mugs for drinking mineral water.
In some Czech shops there is an opportunity to “bargain”.
If during the day a tourist makes a purchase in a store in the amount of at least 2.5 thousand crowns, then he has the right to use “Tax-free”. “Tax-free” is a VAT refund system (14%) for tourists from abroad. After making a purchase, you must take a special form from the seller, which must be presented when leaving the country.
Tourists, if possible, should keep receipts of purchased souvenirs.
When visiting restaurants in the Czech Republic, leaving a “tip” is optional, but desirable with quality service. As a rule, the size of the “tip” is 5-10% of the bill.
Money and valuables
The Czech Republic is considered a fairly safe country, but tourists are not recommended to carry large sums of money, valuable items and documents with them. It is better to leave them in hotel safes. Instead of documents, it is better to carry photocopies of them with you (foreign passports and visas).
The national Czech currency is the crown. 1 crown consists of 100 hellers.
It is safer to exchange currency in banks, rather than in separate exchange offices. The usual working hours of Czech banks on weekdays are from 8:00 to 16:30. Some exchange offices also work on weekends.
It must be remembered that most of the exchange offices show the rate of selling currency, not buying.
If you are going to exchange currency, you always need to specify the size of the commission and the amount received in hand. Commission can be up to 15% of the exchanged amount.
It is not recommended to exchange currency from your hands, as there is a high risk of being deceived by scammers.
Most hotels, shops and restaurants accept payment by common international credit cards (VISA, Master Card, etc.).
The main international airports in the Czech Republic are located in the cities of Prague, Karlovy Vary and Brno. It is convenient to get to the hotel from them by transfer, taxi or minibus (the fare for such a bus is 60-90 kroons).
The country has a fairly dense network of railways. The most popular means of transportation within cities are taxis, subways, buses and trams. All types of public transport are served by the same tickets, which must be purchased in advance.
In addition, in the Czech Republic you can rent a car.
From Prague to the resort of Karlovy Vary 120 km. From the city of Karlovy Vary to the resorts of Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne, about 60 km.
The voltage in the electrical network in the Czech Republic is 220 volts.
Time zone in the Czech Republic: GMT + 1 (- 2 hours from Moscow).