Living in Prague


This video was made by one of our trainees, Drew Rosensweig (@whirlpoolvision), and we think it really captures what it’s like to live and teach English in Prague.

So, you’re thinking about Prague, eh? Here’s a few things you should know.

Accommodation

Flatshares and apartments to let are readily available and pretty easy to find all year round. For a single room in a flat share, expect to pay between 6,000kc and 10,000kc per month, depending on location, size etc. One bedrooms flats can be rented for between 10,000kc and 15,000kc per month. One year leases are pretty standard, although if you can often pick up a short term let if needs be. Best place to check? The classifieds section on www.expats.cz. Or ask around at our pub night on a Thursday night.

Food

Eating out is relatively cheap in Prague and there’s a wide variety of cuisines available throughout the city.

Pub lunch80 – 120kc
Takeaway sandwiches50 – 120kc
3 course dinner in a restaurant300 – 500kc
Beer25 – 50kc

A full list of prices for everyday items, including grocery, transportation tickets, utilities, flights can be found here.

 Climate

The Czech Republic as a landlocked country has moderate climate with four seasons corresponding to the temperate climate zone. The climate varies among the various regions of the Czech Republic, and throughout year. The average temperature in January, the coldest winter month is -4 °C, although it can get as low as -20 °C. Summer weather can be very warm with temperatures around 24 °C to 32 °C in July.

Taxis

Unfortunately, Czech taxi drivers, especially Prague taxi drivers, have a very bad reputation. Taxi fares differ from place to place. The rate per kilometre must be displayed inside and outside of the taxi. Every taxi driver is obliged to issue a receipt for the fare paid. Passengers should require information on fares in advance. If one wants to hire a taxi in Prague, it is highly advisable to call one of the reliable telephone taxi services.

You can speak English, but must explain where you want to be picked up.

We recommend AA Taxi and their English operator is on 14014.

Shops and Services

Shops

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

Tipping

A tip of 5-10% is appreciated in any restaurant with table service. The usual system is that the waiter or 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 Kè, or as CZK in English) = 100 h (Hellers). You can get the following denominations:

Coins1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 CZK
Banknotes50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 CZK

Most banks remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on working days. 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.