As in most countries, the Czech Republic’s rental properties vary between cities and districts and vary according to lifestyle factors.
The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in one of the Czech Republic’s city centres is approximately 16,000 CZK per month, but closer to 22,000 CZK in downtown Prague. The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment outside of Czech’s city centres is approximately 12,500 CZK per month.
The average cost of a three-bedroom apartment in one of the Czech Republic's city centres is approximately 26,000 CZK per month, or 39,000 CZK in downtown Prague, while the same apartment outside of the city centre would be approximately 20,400 CZK per month.
National banks in the Czech Republic include the Česká spořitelna, a.s. (Czech Savings Bank) and Československá obchodní banka, a.s. (Czechoslovak Trade Bank), while international banks include HSBC and Citibank. Most have at least one or two English speaking tellers or international exchange personnel. Those interested in opening an account should check with a number of different banks to determine the one most suitable in light of commission rates, English service, and the ability to transfer money internationally.
ATMs are commonplace throughout the Czech Republic and allow withdrawals of local currency using foreign cards that have the Cirrus, Plus, or Maestro symbols. Caution should be exercised when using ATM machines by covering the pin pad when entering the PIN number and by choosing an ATM that is centrally located in a bank, mall or reputable shopping area.
Although the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, the Euro (€) is not the legal tender currently and is not readily accepted, with the exception of some restaurants and tourist attractions in Prague. The exchange rate in these establishments tends to be higher than what is available through ATMs and banks. Discussions have been in play for several years within the government to adopt the Euro; however, implementing this initiative would unlikely be imminent.
The following table provides ESL teachers with examples of the cost of food in the Czech Republic: