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Where To Get Czech Currency

 
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The official currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (Kč, CZK). You can also pay with euros for some services and in a lot of shops. However, mostly at an inconvenient exchange rate. It is, therefore, ideal to get Czech currency for your stay in the Czech Republic.

 
 

Banks and Exchange Offices


Never exchange your money in the street, do not buy currency from strangers, for instance in restaurants, airports or discos!!!

You can get Czech crowns in banks or in private X2 exchange offices X2.  In a bank exchange, you will pay a minimum of 2% of the total amount for the exchange. There are often exchange machines installed by the banks – you put in your currency and the machine gives you the equivalent in Czech crowns.  Here, the exchange fee will be deducted, as well.

If you decide to exchange your money in a private exchange, always first ask the clerk to tell you the precise amount he is going to pay you! The 0 % commission sign often does not relate to sale, but purchase of the foreign currency. A super-advantageous exchange rate that the exchange office advertises distinctly often happens to apply only to exchange above a certain limit (such as EUR 100) or fees for exchange are added. The exchange office is responsible for stating everything truly in several languages, however, the conditions are often written in very small print that is easy to overlook.
You can also exchange your money at the reception desk in the hotel where you are staying.

ATMs and Payment Cards


The easiest way is to get the money from ATMs, which are installed practically at every corner in bigger cities. The absolute majority of them accepts all common international types of payment card (Visa, MasterCard, Plus, Maestro, Cirrus, and others). You can also pay in most shops and restaurants or petrol stations with these cards.

Exchange List


You will find detailed information about the current CZK exchange rates to other international currencies and a currency calculator here. The currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown. One crown is divided into 100 hellers; the smallest coin is CZK 1.

Coins


The Czech Republic uses coins of the following values: CZK 1, CZK 2, CZK 5, CZK 10, CZK 20 and CZK 50.

Banknotes


Paper banknotes have the values of CZK 50, CZK 100, CZK 200, CZK 500, CZK 1000, CZK 2000 and CZK 5000.
 
Author: Andrea Kábelová
 
Added: 14.03.2010
 
 
 

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