Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Czech Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
The Czech Republic uses korunas and haler. Notes are issued in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 korunas, and coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 korunas and 50 haler. You can change US dollars at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates, hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate will likely be much higher. ATMs are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency.
The Czech Republic has 230 V at 50 Hz, with a type E socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Wireless and wired Internet access is widely available in major cities throughout the Czech Republic. Many of the hotels we use offer this service free or at a small charge. There are also Internet cafés in main cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge.
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.
Shopping hours in the Czech Republic are usually 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday, though in smaller cities some shops will close earlier on Saturdays. In Prague, many shops will be open on Sunday as well, though generally not as early or as long.
Looking for the perfect souvenir? Try Bohemian glass and crystal, pottery, porcelain, wooden folk carvings, lace, embroidered items, garnets and jewelry.
We suggest the following tipping rates: Hotel housekeepers $1-3 per day (or the equivalent in the local currency), Taxis 10-15% of the fare on the meter, Restaurants and bars 10-15% of the total bill.
For travel within cities, take the bus, metro tram or funicular railway. Tickets must be purchased in advance from station ticket machines, information centers or shops displaying a red and yellow DP sticker. If you prefer to take a taxi, make sure you hail one with a yellow roof lamp and the company name printed on both front doors. You are better off setting the fare before boarding the vehicle. You can also rent a bike. To get from city to city, rail or a bus is your best option.
Generally, casual jeans or slacks, shirts, sweaters, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are all you'll need. If you plan on an evening at a nicer venue, dressier clothes may be called for. If you are traveling in the spring or autumn, you might want to bring a warmer jacket or coat in case the weather is cold.