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Czech Republic - Banking

The Czech Republic is still largely a cash economy. Personal checks are not used as a payment option for general shopping. Credit cards are increasingly accepted in hotels, restaurants and higher-end shops, but it is recommended that you inquire as to the preferred method of payment prior to purchasing.

In order to open a bank account you must provide:

- Passport or travel ID
- Copy of registration with Czech authorities, visa, or temporary residence permit
- Address and local contact telephone number

Banks are generally open between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Most banks are closed on weekends.

Foreign exchange offices are located throughout the major cities, especially in tourist areas. Most charge a 2% commission, but may have other hidden charges.

Automatic Teller Machines are fairly new to the Czech Republic but are growing in popularity. Most have multilingual instructions. They generally charge a small percentage and the usual bank fee, which is minimal. Bankcards are probably the most cost-effective means of obtaining local currency after hours.

Note: Prague's 24-hour Chequepoints charge a 10% commission on cash withdrawals.

A complete list of banks in Prague can be found by visiting the website of the Czech National Bank: http://www.cnb.cz/en/bd_seznam04.php

Some popular banks:

Vaclavske Namesti­ 13, Prague 1
Tel: 800 124 100

Evropska 178, Prague 6
Tel: 233 061 111

Ceská Konsolidacní Agentura
Janovskeho 438/2, Prague 7
Tel: 220 141 111

GE Capital
Opletalova 4, Prague 1
Tel: 224 443 636

HNB Bank Czech Republic
Náměstí Republiky 3a, Prague 1
Tel: 221 119 615

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