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Shops and services

Shops

The opening hours of Czech shops vary, but they are generally open from 9 am to 6 pm during working days and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Increasing numbers of shops are now open seven days a week. Hypermarkets and shopping centres are open daily, usually from around 9 am to 9 pm.

Tipping

A tip of 5-10 % is appreciated in any restaurant with table service. The usual system is that the waiter of waitress announces the amount as he or she hands over the bill and customers announce how much they wish to pay with the tip included while settling their tab. It is also customary to tip hairdressers, barbers and people providing other services.

Banks and Currency

The Czech unit of currency is the Czech crown (koruna, abbreviated as Kč or as CZK in English)

Coins 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 CZK
Banknotes 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 CZK

Czech Republic is not yet a part of the EU´s Euro Zone and therefore paying in EUR is possible rather exceptionally (in hotels, restaurants or stores, mainly in Prague and other large cities). Check out the exchange rates updated daily by the Czech National Bank at www.cnb.c z/en or www.deviza.cz

The Czech Republic is still what is considered a “cash economy”, which simply means that most transactions are made in person, in cash. Nearly 90 % of your purchases, even in Prague will still be made by cash in the local currency, although many large stores (international supermarkets) accept most major bank cards.

There are branches of all the main Czech as well as foreign banks such as:

ČSOB www.csob.cz
KOMERČNÍ BANKA (KB) www.kb.cz
ČESKÁ SPOŘITELNA www.csas.cz
CITIBANK www.citibank.cz

And other smaller branches where you can open an account.

Most banks remain open from 8 am to 5 pm on working days. Some banks are open on Saturday morning. Nearly all banks have 24-hour ATM cash machines, and foreign exchange desk where you can exchange your currency and travellers cheques.

Bureau de Change offices have even longer opening hours and are usually open on weekends. Money can also be changed by foreign exchange dealers in hotels, petrol stations, travel agencies, shopping centres and information centres authorised for this purpose. You will get the best exchange rate from a bank or from an ATM. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are widely accepted and there is a dense network of ATMs throughout the country. Students with travellers´ cheques may redeem them either in banks or in places authorised to exchange foreign currencies.

Lost Credit Cards:

American Express information at +420 222 800 222
Visa/MasterCard/Eurocard information at +420 272 771 111
Diners Club Czech hot line +420 267 197 450

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