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Top Prague FAQs

How is the Prague weather and when are the best times to visit Prague?

The location of Prague in Central Europe marks for extreme weather patterns and striking differences inbetween seasons. The changes in seasons add to the romantic appeal of Prague. Prague has a mild to cold climate with rainfall throughout the year.

  • Winter temperatures range from below freezing to 5°C with little rainfall.
  • Spring temperatures range from 9-19°C with moderate rainfall.
  • Summer temperatures can range from 20-22°C, with tendencies of temperatures reaching 35°C but these hot periods are often broken by heavy thunder storms due to higher rainfall averages in the summer months. Humidity levels also drop by around 20 % during the summer.

What is the tipping etiquette in Prague?
Tipping is generally relaxed in Prague with the bill rounded up to the next ten Czech crowns. For example if your bill is 64 CZK it is rounded off to 70 CZK. Tipping is not customary in Prague but is much appreciated. Generally a 5% or 10% tip is given depending on customer satisfaction.

What is the cheapest way to visit Prague attractions especially when staying in Prague for a longer period?
There are many attractions in Prague that claim for your attention. Buying tickets for these attractions as you go can be time consuming and exhausting. The better option is to buy a ‘Prague card’ which gives you free entry in over 50 attractions of Prague. The card is valid for 2-4 days from its date of issuance and is non-transferable. The Prague card can be purchased online. Its price varies depending on few variables and costs 24-68 EUR.

What are the best ways to exchange money in Prague?
Money can be exchanged in Prague at the airport, hotels, ATM centres and banks. The commission rates for the exchange are rather high in the city. Banks usually charge a 2% commission. It is much cheaper and wiser to exchange money from ATM centres as they all accept UK issued credit or debit cards. Be wary of strangers from the street willing to offer you exchange currency. It is highly likely that these will be counterfeit notes. EXchange on the corner of Kaprova and Maiselova Streets will get you the best rate for exchange (it is two blocks from Staromestska metro station).

What type of clothes should I carry to my trip on Prague?
Prague weather is not a predictable one. Shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses are the best clothes for fine days in spring, summer and autumn. Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreens are recommended. Even if you are visiting in winter, carry a jumper, umbrella or a waterproof jacket in the likelihood of a heavy shower. Waterproof shoes or boots and a warm coat will nicely get you through the winter. You will need a pair of comfortable walking shoes to explore the many charms of the city on foot. The dress code is casual and relaxed in the city. Dressing for theatre is customary however this is no longer applied strictly. To go to an opera or a concert, dress in formals.

What are the visa requirements for travelling to Prague?
EU and EEA countries do not require a visa to travel to Prague. Travellers from UK can stay for 180 days maximum, while travellers from Singapore can stay up to 30 days without a visa. Nationals of all other countries require a visa to visit Prague. For more details please visit our visa requirements page.

Where are the tourist information centres in Prague?
There are five tourist information centres in Prague. These centres can be found in Prague at-

  • Old Town Square (the Old Town Hall)
  • The Main Railway Station
  • Lesser Town Bridge Tower (summer season only)
  • Rytirska Street 31
  • Prague Airport

Is Prague a safe city?
Prague is a very safe city with almost no violent crimes. Petty thefts, pick pocketing and car thefts do happen in the city though. General precautions should be taken. Do not leave your bags unattended in public areas such as popular tourist spots, trams and metros. Avoid taking late night walks in unlit areas. Do not leave your handbags hanging from a chair in restaurants or other public places. Some problems that tourists may encounter are extra charges on your bill by the waiter, high fares by the taxi driver by adjusting their taxameters, hotels charging higher rates by their contracted taxi and even commission charges up to 10% by exchange offices in the city. Tourists may be the targets of prostitutes in the late night around Wenceslas Square. To lodge any complaints contact the Czech Retail Inspection Office. With all things said, Prague is really a safe city with a low crime incidence (considering violent crimes it is second safest among European capitals, first is Vienna). However, as in any popular tourist spots, you need to be wary to avoid getting ripped off.

What is the electricity voltage in Prague?
As in other European cities, the voltage is 220 Volts. Electrical sockets have standard two pin plugs. Travellers from non EU countries, UK and North America will need to bring along adapters. Alternatively, they can buy these at the airport or from Tesco on arrival.

Where can I get internet access in Prague?
Prague is a well connected city and internet is readily available in the city. Many hotels and apartments offer free wired or Wi-Fi internet access. Many bars, cafes and restaurants provide WiFi access to their customers free of charge. Additionally there are many internet cafes scattered throughout the city.

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