Shops and banking services of Czech Republic
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.
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 Kč, or as CZK in English) = 100 h (Hellers). You can get the following denominations:
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 CZK
Banknotes: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 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.cz/en.
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. Students with travellers’ cheques may redeem them either in banks or in places authorised to exchange foreign currencies.