Practicalities

Business Hours

Here you have general guidelines and may vary:

Banks: 9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri

Post offices: 9:00am – 6:00pm Mon-Fri

Shopping Centers: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Supermarkets: 8:00am – 10:00pm, some open 24 hours/day

Stores: 9:00am – 6:00pm Mon-Fri

Bars: 5:00pm – midnight Mon-Sun, to 3:00am Fri & Sat

Public holidays

There are 12 public holidays in the Czech Republic. Except for Easter Monday the dates of the holidays are fixed. Easter Monday is always the first Monday after the full moon following the March equinox (21 March).

1 January – New Year's Day

March/April – Easter Monday

1 May – Labor Day

8 May – Liberation from Fascism

5 July – Apostles Cyril & Methodius Day

6 July – John Huss Day

28 September – Czech Statehood Day

28 October – Establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic

17 November – Freedom and Democracy Day

24 December – Christmas Eve

25 December – Christmas Day

26 December – St. Stephan’s Day

Weight and Measures

In the Czech Republic these units of measurement are most commonly used:

Weight: grams (g; 1 g = 0,035 oz), kilograms (kg; 1 kg = 2,2 lbs), tons

Liquid: milliliters (ml; 1 ml = 0,034 oz), deciliters (dl; 1 dl = 3,38 oz), liters (l; 1 l = 33,8 oz = 0,26 gal)

Distance: meters (m; 1 m = 3,28 ft = 1,09 yd), kilometers (km; 1 km = 0,62 mi)

Time

Preferred time format in the Czech Republic is 24-hour clock but 12-hour clock is also sometimes used. The Czech Republic belongs to time zone UTC +1, winter and summer time is used. On the last Sunday in March, clocks are set one hour ahead; on the last Sunday in October, clocks are turned back one hour. The date is written as day/month/year.

Electricity, adapters

In the Czech Republic we use voltage of 220–240 Volts at frequency of 50 Hz and our plug sockets have two round holes and one round pin. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of the socket, you will need a plug adapter in order to plug in. If your electronics (like hair dryers, irons or some tools) is built for different voltage (e.g. 110–120 V commonly used in the USA) you may also need voltage transformer. Mobile phones or laptops chargers are usually 100–240V compatible – a plug adapter should be sufficient.