It really depends on you. The only costs not included in the price are transportation, dinners, medical insurance and pocket money.
Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, supermarkets, shops and restaurants. However, some local shops, cheaper restaurants and bars, small grocery stores, and public institutions (including our Faculty) do not accept credit cards so it is good to have some cash with you.
Visitors will often receive a better exchange rate for the Czech crown in Prague than in their home country.
The simplest and often most cost effective means of obtaining currency is to withdraw Czech crowns from a cash point machine (ATM). They are widely available and accept debit and credit cards backed by Visa, MasterCard/EuroCard, Maestro and American Express.
To exchange cash for Czech crowns in Prague and get very good rate try bureaus de change or other exchange offices. They usually offer 0 % commission. If you do use them, ask what the total amount you will receive is before you hand over any money.
The most important emergency services have three-digit numbers which you should have with you at all time in case you should need them. These numbers can be called free of charge from mobiles even without a SIM card inserted.
112 – General emergency number
The Czech Republic lies in the GMT +1 time zone, usually referred to as Central European Time (CET), along with most of Europe. Daylight savings time begins on the last Sunday in October and ends on the last Sunday in March.
In this as in all difficult situations you should immediately contact your country`s embassy or consulate. Embassies are always located in Prague, and a complete list can be found on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs website.
As in most of continental Europe, the electricity network in the Czech Republic has a voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50 Hz. Plug sockets have two round holes and one round pin. British, North American and other non-European tourists are advised to bring adaptors with them, which can usually be purchased at your departure airport. If you arrive in Prague without one, you can buy one at a supermarket or electronics store.
The quality of the Czech healthcare system is very good. Both private and state healthcare facilities operate in the Czech Republic.
Essential medical care is free for citizens of EU member countries holding a European Health Insurance Card – EHIC. However, taking out extra travel medical insurance is recommended.
Citizens of countries outside of the EU should purchase medical travel insurance before leaving home. If they fail to do so, they are liable to pay for treatment at the point of delivery.
The majority of doctors and pharmacists speak English. If you need any help, the university will help you to find a GP, a dentist or a specialist – and we are ready to accompany you in case you wish our assistance.
Yes, you can. We can arrange it for you in advance. If you tell us soon enough, there should be no problem booking the accommodation according to your wishes. If you decide to prolong your stay once you are in Prague, we will try to arrange it for you too; however, we can´t promise that there will be free places available.