Czech Currency: Practical Tips from Insider

Adriana and Matej Discovering Prague

Written by local experts Adriana & Matěj

Adriana and Matěj Halouskovi are travel bloggers behind the successful blog Czech the World.

Matěj was born in Prague and has lived here his entire life and Adriana moved here 6 years ago.

We have traveled to more than 60 countries, but if we could tell you what place we know the most, it is our city


The national currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (Česká Koruna, Czech Koruna). International abbreviation for Czech Crown is CZK, Czech abbreviation is . Although the Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, we decided to keep our national currency.

5 Tips for travelers about Czech currency

These are precious insider TIPs on how to save money in Prague:

1. Best way to get Czech currency: Use ATM

ATMs are the best way to get the Czech koruna. Always look for an ATM of some BANK with a big name: e.g. KBC, Erste, Société Génerale/Komerční Banka, UniCredit, Česká Spořitelna, AirBank, Mbank, Equa Bank, Raiffeisen, etc.

Always avoid Euronet ATMs!!! They target tourists and have terrible commissions – up to 35 % and very bad exchange rates! These ATMs can be found all around Europe at touristic places including Prague. What a scam!

Czech currency
Never agree to exchange money in Prague streets.

2. Prague Money Exchange Offices and Rates

You should be aware of money exchange offices, especially in Prague city center. Often you can see a giant sign 0% commission. This is a little bit of a Prague Scam.

Always look at the exchange rate! Usually, the exchange rate between CZK and EUR is around 25 CZK per 1 EUR. At these offices, you can often see their exchange rate as bad as 15 CZK per 1 EUR. It means that you would lose nearly half of the money value due to their extremely bad exchange rates!

Exchange offices to AVOID in Prague:

  • Chequepoint – Blue sign with a flower instead of letter “O”
  • Interchange – red color
  • Western Union signs on exchange offices (Usually yellow color and blue sign, or orange color and white sign).

Don’t go to these places, unless you want to lose your money. Always check the “spread“ – the difference between buy and sell exchange rate. The higher the spread – the worse the money exchange.

But not all exchange offices are that bad, there are also credible currency exchanges where you can get Czech Koruna for a good deal.

Where to change money in Prague? – Honest places in Prague City Center

Near Wenceslas Square (Václavské Náměstí)

Visitor Change Na Můstku 404/2. This exchange is on the left side of the visitor center.
Opening hours: Daily 09:00–19:00 

Near Old Town Square:

At the corner of Maiselova and Kaprova street, you will find (Franz Kafka Square) Náměstí Franze Kafky 2. There is the Exchange office on the corner – big blue signs (Směnárna pro Čechy).
Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 20:00

If you use a money exchange office in Prague, always remember: Check the exchange rate and commission!

Prague money - pay with card
Cards are widely accepted but you still might need some cash in Prague

3. Pay with card

Most of the places – restaurants, shops, museums, hotels, and pubs accept cards. We highly recommend using Revolut Card while traveling. You will need cash to pay for public transport. Ticket machines accept coins. Cash will be handy also if you want to buy something at the market or some stall.

Small shops sometimes have a minimum amount of card payment. It is usually around 200 CZK (8 EUR).

BIG Money-saving TIP: If the terminal asks you in which currency you want to be charged – always choose Czech Koruna. Otherwise, you lose some money for the exchange transaction.

4. Payment by Euro

Although you can pay by Euro at some places (usually at restaurants in Prague), we wouldn’t recommend it. You usually receive a change in Czech Koruna and the exchange rate tends to be worse than in a bank or ATM.

5. Don’t ever agree to change money in the street

It’s not such a common scam, but there are some bad people who would give you probably Belarusian Rubles instead of Czech Koruna. So please don’t ever exchange money in the streets of Prague.

Must read: Prague Airport: Insider Guide – All you need to know!

Czech crown coins
Czech Republic Currency – coins

Czech coins and banknotes

1 crown consists of 100 halers. Halers are not used anymore; it is calculated with them only in cashless/card transactions. You can pay by card at the majority of places but not everywhere. Therefore, it’s always good to have some Czech Koruna in cash.

Coins: 1 CZK, 2 CZK, 5 CZK, 10 CZK, 20 CZK, 50 CZK

Czech coins are easy to recognize. The bigger the coin size, the higher the value.

Banknotes: 100 CZK, 200 CZK, 500 CZK, 1000 CZK, 2000 CZK, 5000 CZK

Czech banknotes also have different sizes – same as coins, the bigger they are, the higher the value. But don’t worry about the size. I bet you will primarily look at numbers.

Czech Koruna (CZK) exchange rate

You can check the current exchange rate of the Czech Koruna (automatically updated):

  • 1 EUR = 24.7 CZK
  • 1 USD = 22.8 CZK
  • 1 GBP = 29.0 CZK

If you need to find out exchange rates of other currencies, you check currency converter here.

It is also handy to download an app: XE Currency Converter & Exchange Rate Calculator. Thanks to this app you can always see what the actual price of goods is – converted to your currency.

Czech currency cheat sheets

CZK to EUR

If you prefer tables, we have prepared for you a little currency “cheat sheet” for American Dollars (USD), Euro (EUR) and British Pound (GBP).

CZKEURCZKEUR
10 0.4 200 8.1
20 0.8 300 12.1
30 1.2 400 16.2
40 1.6 500 20.2
50 2.0 600 24.3
60 2.4 700 28.3
70 2.8 800 32.4
80 3.2 900 36.4
90 3.6 1000 40.5
100 4.0 2000 80.9

*Currency exchange rate is automatically updated

CZK to USD

CZKUSDCZKUSD
10 0.4 200 8.8
20 0.9 300 13.1
30 1.3 400 17.5
40 1.8 500 21.9
50 2.2 600 26.3
60 2.6 700 30.7
70 3.1 800 35.0
80 3.5 900 39.4
90 3.9 1000 43.8
100 4.4 2000 87.6

*Currency exchange rate is automatically updated

CZK to GBP

CZKGBPCZKGBP
10 0.3 200 6.9
20 0.7 300 10.3
30 1.0 400 13.8
40 1.4 500 17.2
50 1.7 600 20.7
60 2.1 700 24.1
70 2.4 800 27.5
80 2.8 900 31.0
90 3.1 1000 34.4
100 3.4 2000 68.8

*Currency exchange rate is automatically updated.

Prague currency, Prague money

People often ask about the Prague currency – it is the Czech Koruna. Prague is the Czech capital city.

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FAQ about Czech Koruna:

What is the currency in the Czech Republic?

Czech Crown (CZK) – Czech Koruna (Kč)

What is the best way to get Czech currency?

ATMs are the best way to get Czech currency. Always look for an ATM of some BANK with a big name: e.g. KBC, Erste, Société Génerale/Komerční Banka, UniCredit, Česká Spořitelna, AirBank, Mbank, Equa Bank, Raiffeisen, etc.

Always avoid Euronet ATMs!!!They target tourists and have terrible commissions – up to 35 % and very bad exchange rates! These ATMs can be found all around Europe at touristic places including Prague. What a scam!

Which exchange offices to avoid in Prague?

Chequepoint – Blue sign with a flower instead of letter “O”
Interchange – red color
Western Union signs on exchange offices (Usually yellow color and blue sign, or orange color and white sign).

Don’t go to these places, unless you want to lose your money. Always check the “spread“ – the difference between buy and sell exchange rate. The higher the spread – the worse the money exchange.

Can I use Dollars or Euro in the Czech Republic?

You can pay by Euro at some places but the exchange rate is usually not good. There are not many places that accept Dollars.

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