Currency, payments, tips and post
Although the Czech Republic is a member of the EU, it is not so far a member of the Eurozone and for this reason, the euro is not the official currency here (yet despite this it is possible to exchange euro for Czech crowns without any problems).
The official currency is called the crown, which is made up of 100 hellers. Small coins start at 1 crown coin, followed by the 2 crown coin, 5 crown coin, 10 crown coin, 20 crown coin and 50 crown coin. Banknotes begin with the 100 crown note, followed by the 200 crown note, 500 crown note, 1,000 crown note, 2,000 crown note and 5,000 crown note.
You can find out the crown exchange rate from the European Central Bank.
There are three basic methods of changing money:
- banks - they have a good exchange rate, but are not usually open in the evening or at weekends
- hotels - they have worse exchange rates, but smaller amounts in euro are not usually a problem almost any time of the day or night
- bureaux de change - there are relatively large differences between them. For example, some bureaux de change do not charge a fee for the exchange, but have a worse exchange rate. The best idea is to first ask how much money you will get and calculate the actual exchange rate yourself.
If you have an international payment card, you can of course pay directly using this or withdraw cash from a bank machine.
Payment cards are regularly accepted in shops and also in some restaurants in large cities. Traveller's cheques issued by internationally acknowledged companies are mostly accepted by Czech banks without any problems.
It is usual to leave a tip in restaurants - especially as an expression of your satisfaction with the services of the establishment. A member of staff usually brings the bill and leaves. When he or she returns, it is up to you to say how much you actually want to pay. Another option is to pay the precise amount and to leave the tip on the table. Tips are usually left at the level of roughly 10 percent of the bill.
The main supplier of postal services in the Czech Republic is Czech Post. They deliver letters and packages all over the world. You can calculate the price of a letter or package here.
Delivery and courier services also regularly operate in the Czech Republic, for example FedEx and others
Sources: Czech Tourism