Czech currency is called Koruna (Kc or CZK). Bank notes are in denominations of 20, 50,100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 CZK. Coins are of 10, 20 and 50 CZK. Koruna is then divided into 100 halers (h). Coins are of 10, 20 and 50h. The Czech crown has been fully convertible since 1991. Prague expects to use the Euro currency in 5 to 7 years.|
Is Prague expensive? Except accommodation prices and city centre restaurants and other tourist attractions Prague is still quite cheap compared to other EU countries. the cheapest you could still enjoy Prague can be on a daily budget can be as low as 700 CZK if you stay at hostels, eat takeaways and use public transport. If you stay in private accommodation, eat at restaurants but control your budget you can get by on 2500 CZK a day. On the other hand if you stay at top hotels, eat in luxury restaurants and use cabs you could easily spend 10.000 CZK a day. Please do not expect Prague to be extremely cheap and remember that only some products are much cheaper here (like beer and food in supermarkets) but in general, Prague is getting more expensive every year. One reason for this is that the Czech Republic joined the EU and now everything tends to be more expensive then before. Attractive hotels range between 3500 CZK to 6000 CZK for a double room. Dinner for two with some drinks at fancier restaurant can cost around 2000 CZK. Hotels in Prague suburbs can cost as low as 700 CZK for a single room. Staying in a hostel dormitory room for one costs 400 CZK. A beer in a pub outside the centre will cost around 25 CZK and a special lunch can cost between 60 to 100 CZK. A pack of cigarettes costs 60 CZK, a 0.5 L bottle of water 15 CZK, a loaf of bread 15CZK, a litre of petrol costs around 25CZK, a cup of coffee in city cafeteria is 45 CZK. Cinema tickets cost up to 200 CZK. The average monthly salary inPrague is about 26.000 CZK to 30.000 CZK (around 1300 US$ or £650). This is not enough to live comfortably in the city centre but if you live in suburbs you can live quite well. The minimum wage in the Czech Republic is around 5000 CZK, but if you earn this in Prague you would be not able to survive. If you are living in some villages in a poorer region you can spend as little as 5 times less compared to living in the capital. If you want to lower your expenses, you should avoid city centre hotels, restaurants, night clubs and shops. Or ask locals where they’re going out. Visiting galleries and museums is not expensive.