Home ] Up ] Shopping ] Local Pubs ] Photos ] Currency Converter ] Guest Comments ] Weddings ] Conferences ] Rent-a-Chef ] Exploring the Countryside ] Book Now! ] Flights ] Contact Us ] Travel ] [ City Tips ] Wheelchairs Welcome ] Cottages ] [Prague Guide]

For a Guide to Enjoying Prague, click here  https://idyllicprague.smugmug.com/Prague

Changing Money

Our personal approach is


Take only small amounts of cash from an ATM (Cash Machine, Bankomat)
    For example withdraw from an ATM only EUR €50 (~ CZK 1,300
), or at the most EUR €200 (~ CZK 5,150) and only when you need it


Pay for as much as possible by credit/debit card 
    Even the street bus ticket machines now take credit cards!


When you pay by credit card, if offered the choice, choose the "pay in local Czech currency" option

Please AVOID:-


Do not purchase much Czech cash before you arrive in Prague.  Preferably don't purchase any Czech cash before arrival.  You will not get a good rate, and it is not sensible to carry a large amount of cash unnecessarily


Do not try to pay for anything in Prague with Euro Cash (Euro paper money bank notes).  Euro Cash will probably be accepted, but you will get a poor rate of exchange (which is not unreasonable in our opinion, as you are asking a big favour).  But in the worst case, you might be ripped off


Do not use Prague money exchange shops, they will overcharge you horribly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHNzBvFXmf4


Use only ATMs of regular Czech Banks, KB Komerční banka, CSOB Československá obchodní banka, Česká spořitelna, Raiffeisenbank, Citibank, UniCredit Bank Czech Republic etc.  Do not use the non-bank ATMs, they may give you a poor rate of exchange


Do not, do not ever, not ever, do not change money in the street

The nearest ATM to IdyllicPrague is in Lidl https://idyllicprague.smugmug.com/Shops/Lidl/

Personal safety

It is not easy to rationalise impressions of personal safety, but we feel safer in Prague than we do in most places, including Britain. 

Sadly although possibly no worse than many European Cities, Prague City Centre has acquired a bad reputation from the activities of a few professional international pickpockets.  These expert pickpockets may comprise foreign family gangs of multiple generations, who find Prague tourists particularly easy and lucrative targets.  But foreign pickpockets targeting foreign tourists are a specific, isolated problem.  The Czech people are wonderful to live with and extraordinarily socially responsible.  We have much to learn from their relaxed, caring life style and work life balance.

For helpful safety tips, click here.  We recommend that you minimise the cash you carry into Prague City Centre by taking cash out of ATM cash machines every few days.  Keep valuables securely and discreetly inside clothing rather than in easily accessible bags and pockets.

Local knowledge

If you need help, just phone IdyllicPrague and our English speaking Czech staff, who have an excellent knowledge of Prague, will be pleased to offer assistance.


The Czech currency is the crown (korun českých, abbrev. ). 

Obtaining local cash from an ATM cash machine is simple, safe, and usually far better value than any alternative.  Avoid using "foreign exchange offices" in Prague City Centre, they have a very poor reputation (click here for more details).  Never change money on the street.  Click here for other suggestions.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyK8dQH-Vh0&feature=youtu.be


Telephone 112 for All Emergency Services, 150 for Fire, 155 for Ambulance and 158 for Police.  Click here

City Restaurants

For details of Prague City Centre Restaurants, click here and here

For a different view of Czech food, click here

City Shopping

For details of Prague City Centre Shopping, click here and here

For a guide to exploring Prague click here

Czech Language

For helpful tips for understanding and speaking Czech, click here and here


For helpful tips for driving in the Czech Republic, click here

Virtual Tour of Prague

For a virtual tour of Prague, click here

WebCam Tour of Prague

For a webcam tour of Prague, click here and here and here



[ Home ] [ Cottages ]  [ Photos ] [ Guest Comments ] [ Travel ] [ City Tips ] [ Exploring the Countryside ]
[ Local Pubs ] [ Wheelchairs ] [Weddings]  [ Currency Converter ]  [ Book Now! ]   [ Contact Us ]