Prague tourist information:
Prague Experience is the No1 Prague tourist information guide. In this section we list useful visitor information, to help your Prague trip run as smoothly as possible.
| PRAGUE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
| The main Prague tourist information centres are located in the Old Town: |
-Old Town Hall, Old Town Square, Old Town, Prague 1.
-Rytířská 31, Old Town, Prague 1.
Smaller tourist information offices are located at:
-Lesser Town Bridge Tower,
Lesser Town, Prague 1.
Apr-Oct: Daily 10:00-18:00.
-Prague Airport, Arrivals Hall, Terminal 2.
Prague Tourist Information Centre
|Sights and attractions to visit in Prague are listed here: Prague sights & attractions.|
| MONEY INFORMATION|
Cost of living in Prague
Food and drink in ordinary shops and restaurants in Prague is cheaper than in Western Europe. Beer and wine in ordinary pubs is markedly cheaper. The price of clothes and other consumer goods in Prague is similar to other cities in Europe.
|Currency in Prague: Czech Crown|
The currency in Prague is the Czech Crown (czk).
Some restaurants, hotels and shops take Euros as well, but most accept only Czech Crowns.
Czech banknotes are issued in the following denominations:
Visitors will normally receive a better exchange rate for the Czech Crown in Prague than in their home country, but the following guidelines should be observed:
Currency in Prague: Czech Crown
(i) Cash machines (ATMs) in Prague
The simplest means of obtaining currency in Prague, one which also ensures a good rate overall (taking into account the exchange rate + transaction fee), is to withdraw Czech Crowns from a cash machine (ATM). These accept debit and credit cards backed by Visa, Mastercard/EuroCard, American Express and Maestro. You normally receive an excellent exchange rate, although your card provider will likely charge you a fee.
Prague Airport: cash machines (ATMs) are located at both airport terminals. At Terminal 1, after you exit customs and enter the arrivals hall, the cash machines are to the left of the exit doors. At Terminal 2, after you exit customs there are banks of cash machines to your left - Prague Airport.
Prague City Centre: cash machines (ATMs) are located at Czech and International banks, which are mostly situated around Wenceslas Square. Elsewhere, there is a cash machine inside Palladium Shopping Centre on Republic Square. And in the Lesser Town there is a cash machine at the Česká spořitelna bank at the top of Mostecké, the road that leads from Charles Bridge to the Lesser Town Square.
(ii) Best places to change money in Prague
To exchange cash for Czech Crowns, good rates are available in Prague, but be careful where you do it. Our top tip for where to change money is eXchange at Kaprova 15, near the Old Town Square - excellent rates and no commission. Alternatively, try Samiko at Štěpánská 39, near Wenceslas Square.
Czech and International banks in Prague, mostly around Wenceslas Square, offer good exchange rates too, but they do charge commission.
Be wary of the small currency exchange booths. Some offer reasonable rates, but at many, offers of 0% commission and confusing signs mask a poor exchange rate. In all cases, ask what the total amount you will receive is before handing over any money.
Credit card acceptance in Prague
Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, international shops and more expensive restaurants. Many local shops and cheaper restaurants do not accept credit cards.
If you are able to pay in cash or by credit card, cash is king in the Czech Republic.
| WEATHER IN PRAGUE - Prague weather forecast for the next 5 days|
The Prague weather and average temperatures vary dramatically between seasons, far more than for example in London.
In the summer it is often hot and sunny, reaching the high temperatures of Paris. Whereas winter can be very cold, with long periods of snow.
In spring and autumn, Prague enjoys lengthy spells of glorious warm and sunny weather, interspersed with dull days and heavy showers.
As a guide to the Prague weather, the average temperature in June/July is 30C (86F). In December/January it is -5C (23F).
|What time of year to visit: Prague is a lovely city to visit all year round. The contrasts in weather only add to its romantic appeal. Tourist services like restaurants, hotels, shops, opera, theatre and tourist attractions are well-equipped to welcome visitors at any time. Places are heated in the winter and some, but not all, are air-conditioned in the summer.|
What clothes to wear: The Prague weather is highly changeable, as in most of Northern and Central Europe. On good days in the spring, summer and autumn, visitors will find cool shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses most welcome. Sunscreen, sunglasses and summer hats can also be important. However, even in the summer bring a fleece and a waterproof jacket or umbrella in case of a cold snap or heavy shower. In the winter, you need a warm coat, hat and gloves, and ideally waterproof shoes/boots in case of rain or snow.
While it is sometimes nice to dress smartly, and many people do, Prague is a fairly casual city, so restaurants, the opera houses, concert halls, theatres and other tourist venues do not have strict dress codes and will accept most forms of attire.
Prague is a wonderful city to explore on foot and a comfortable pair of shoes is highly recommended, particularly if you take a walking tour. The city centre is compact, making it easy, and highly enjoyable, to walk between the sights and attractions.
Almost all places featured on PragueExperience.com are in the city centre.
| COMMUNICATIONS - INTERNET ACCESS, TELEPHONE & POST OFFICE
Wi-Fi & Wired Internet access in Prague
Fast Internet access is widely available in Prague. Internet enabled devices easily pick up connections to Vodafone, T-Mobile, France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, O2 and other international and local networks.
Most hotels, apartments and hostels in Prague offer free Wi-Fi or wired Internet access.
Almost all restaurants listed on Prague Experience offer free Wi-Fi, plus many pubs, bars & cafés, for example Jama Pub near Wenceslas Square and Hangar Bar in the Old Town. There is also free Wi-Fi at Starbucks and Costa Coffee outlets.
International Dialling Code for Czech Republic: +420
Most public telephones accept phone cards, which cost 200czk, 300czk and 500czk and are available to purchase from post offices and newsstands.
Directory enquiries: for Czech numbers 1180 -
for International numbers 1181.
Emergency telephone numbers
General emergency 112
Fire 150 - Ambulance 155
|Municipal Police 156 - Police 158
141 23 - Pharmacy 141 24 -
Emergency Road Service 1230, 1240.
Post - Central Prague Post Office
Jindrisska 14 (just off Wenceslas Square), Prague 1
Open daily 2am-midnight.
Tel: 221 131 111.
Domestic letters & postcards: 10czk (50g)
International letters & postcards: Europe 25czk (50g)
Outside Europe 30czk (50g).
Prague Post Office
| ELECTRICITY IN PRAGUE
As in most of northern and central Europe, the electricity supply in Prague is 230v. Electrical sockets take standard European two-pin plugs. British, North American and other non-European tourists should bring adaptors, which can be purchased at your departure airport. If you arrive in Prague without one, try Tesco or Euronics inside Palladium.
| MEDICAL INFORMATION|
|Doctors (Doktori) - 24 hour tourist services
Health Centre Prague International Clinic
Vodickova 28, 3rd entrance, 2nd floor, Prague 1
Tel (Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00): 224 220 040
Tel (Emergency 24 hours): 603 433 833
Open: Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00.
Dentists (Zubari) - 24 hour tourist services
Prague City Dental
Klimentská 20, Prague 1
Tel: 221 221 777. Mobile (24hr): 775 785 222
American Dental Associates
Hvězdova 33, Prague 4.
Tel: 241 410 001. Mobile: 733 737 337
Open: Mon-Thu 08:00-20:00
Prague Medical Information
Most pharmacies are located in the New Town:
Dr. Max Lekarna, Vodickova 40 (off Wenceslas Square), Prague 1.
Tel: 224 235 847
Open: Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00. Sat: 09:00-18:00
Adamova Lekarna, Wenceslas Square 8, Prague 1.
Tel 224 227 532
Open: Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00
Lekarna U Ceveneho / Pharma Point,
Havelska 14 (between Wenceslas Square & Old Town Square), Prague 1.
Tel: 222 094 110
Open: Mon-Thu 08:00-18:00. Fri: 08:00-17:00
Palackeho 5 (near Wenceslas Square), Prague 1.
Tel: 224 946 982
Open: Mon-Fri 07:00-19:00. Sat: 08:00-12:00
Lekarna, Palladium Shopping Centre (Level -2), Náměstí Republiky, Prague 1.
Tel: 224 829 073
Open: Sun-Wed 09:00-21:00. Thu-Sat: 09:00-22:00
Lekarna U Sv. Ludmily, Belgická 37, Prague 2.
Tel: 222 513 396
Open: Mon-Sun 24hrs.
| PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN PRAGUE
The Prague public transport network is cheap, efficient and highly integrated. Public transportation runs frequently day and night, and a single ticket permits travel on all trams, buses and the metro: Prague public transport information.
| TIPPING IN PRAGUE
Tips are welcomed by workers in the tourist industry in Prague, although the feeling is relaxed and staff do not generally chase them. 5%-10% is appropriate. The exception to this is the very touristy restaurants. Prague Experience do not list these, and to avoid them we recommend you consider restaurants from our listings: Prague restaurants.
| DANGERS & ANNOYANCES
Prague is a safe city to walk around. Public transport, even at night, is used by everyone, young and old. Assaults are extremely rare.
However, in any city a tourist is a target for the unscrupulous: Pickpockets are skillful, so keep a close eye on valuables - do not use your back pocket for your wallet, and avoid hanging handbags on chairs in cafés. The golden rule: if you don't need to carry it around, leave it in the hotel safe.
Beware over-charging in restaurants by checking the bill. In taxis, insist the driver puts the meter on - if you take one without a meter, agree a price before you set off.
Prague Experience aims to help make your trip enjoyable and hassle free, to help you avoid the pitfalls. Tourist services listed on PragueExperience.com have been tested and approved. And once listed, any service subsequently falling short of our expectations (places do change over time) are removed. For our Prague airport transfers we use polite, honest drivers. Our accommodation is of a high standard. Our restaurants serve great food and are trustworthy. And we only list the best sightseeing tours and the best performances at opera houses and concert halls.
| CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION FOR FAMILY TRIPS TO PRAGUE
As we have said, Prague is a safe city to walk around and to travel on public transport. Parents need have no extra concerns for their children over the normal care one would take in a city. But importantly, watch out for trams when you cross roads.
There are many activities for children in Prague. There are Gothic towers to climb, a funicular railway, swimming pools, parks and outdoor areas, museums, Prague Zoo, Sea World, river cruises and a host of puppet and theatre performances to choose from: children's activities in Prague
Most restaurants and cafés allow children to accompany adults, and some have high chairs for babies. Smoking can be a problem, so see our guide to family friendly restaurants for a list of non-smoking restaurants. Kids' menus are rare, but waiters will happily suggest suitable dishes for children or they may offer half portions of adult meals.
| WHEELCHAIRS, BABY BUGGIES & DISABLED ACCESS IN PRAGUE|
Users of wheelchairs and baby buggies will be pleased to note that Prague is a compact city, so the distances between the sights and attractions are short. Stay in a hotel in the city centre (Prague 1) and you will be able to enjoy most of the sights and entertainment without using public transport or taxis.
You may find the New Town the best area of the city to stay in. Road surfaces are more even, and there are more modern hotels and apartments, restaurants, international shops and plenty of entertainment options within easy access.
But be aware there are cobbled streets in some areas of the city centre, most significantly in parts of the Old Town, the Lesser Town and up at Prague Castle. These can be a little hard going, but not too onerous.
The main challenge wheelchair users face in Prague is the lack of disabled toilets. Many buildings in the city are ancient and have preservation orders on them. And almost no toilets have been adapted for the disabled.
On public transport, accessibility for disabled passengers and baby buggies is greatly improving: half the Prague metro stations offer wheelchair access. And Hlavní Nádraží and Nádraží Holešovice train stations have self-operating lifts. Newer trams, which are adapted for wheelchairs and prams, are becoming more common - public transport.
Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive, so can be an option for traveling around (caution: ask at your hotel for a reputable taxi firm). For your arrival in Prague, our Prague airport transfers service will arrange a suitable vehicle.
Many restaurants and cafés in Prague are at street level. And while a number are located in cellars and on roof terraces, many of these are serviced by lifts. The following guide lists restaurants accessible to wheelchair users (disabled toilets though are almost non-existent): Prague restaurants with wheelchair access.
Most Prague opera houses and concert halls and theatres are accessible to wheelchairs.
Many Prague sights and attractions are accessible to wheelchairs.
The following sightseeing tours and excursions are the most suitable for wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties (inform us of your medical condition and requirements at the time of booking): Traditional Czech Evening, Dinner River Cruise & City Tour, Karlovy Vary Sightseeing Tour and Terezin Sightseeing Tour.
Wheelchair users should bring a folding wheelchair and a travel companion to assist with getting on and off the coach, and it may be necessary to forgo certain parts of the tour depending on your individual needs.
River cruises are accessible. Access to the quayside is via a gentle ramp, and from the quayside it is possible for wheelchairs to board all vessels except the Prague Jazz Boat. However, there are no disabled toilets on any of the boats.
To book any of our tourist services, use the standard booking forms and advise us of your medical condition and any requirements in the special requests box. If you require further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
| LOST PROPERTY OFFICE
Prague 1, Karoliny Svetle 5. Tel: 224 235 085.
| VISA & PASSPORT INFORMATION
The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen area. Nationals of EU countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, USA and other countries can visit Prague without a visa. Other travelers may require a visa, issued before travel: visa & passport information.
| FOREIGN EMBASSIES & CONSULATES
Foreign Embassies in Prague: Foreign embassies in Prague
Czech Embassy in London: Czech Embassy in London
Czech Embassies Worldwide: Czech embassies worldwide.
| CUSTOMS ALLOWANCES WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
Arriving in Prague: If you travel from another EU country, you can bring an unlimited amount of most goods into Prague, including alcohol and tobacco, so long as they are for your personal use and are transported by you.
If you travel from Prague to another EU country, you can take an unlimited amount of most goods, including alcohol and tobacco, so long as they are for your personal use and are transported by you. If you are travelling to the UK, the official line is that customs officers are more likely to ask questions if you take over:
800 cigarettes. 400 cigarillos. 200 cigars. 1kg of smoking tobacco. 110 litres of beer. 90 litres of wine. 20 litres of fortified wine (up to 22%). 10 litres of spirits (over 22%).
| MORE TOURIST INFORMATION
For information on the layout of the city and key facts: Prague tourism information.
|If you have a question or wish to share your experience of Prague with us: contact us.