Life and costs in Czech Republic
In comparison to many other European countries, the cost of living in the Czech Republic is generally low. Costs will of course vary according to lifestyle, but the monthly cost for food, accommodation and public transportation should amount to approximately 230 – 660 euro.
Accommodation for students
Most universities in the Czech Republic offers student housing in their own dormitories. To find information about the school’s own housing facilities, you can look for “koleje” or “dormitories” on the respective institute websites. Students also have the option of finding their own room or flat.
Food and drinks
Food is generally cheaper to buy in supermarkets than in small shops. Shops are generally open 8 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday. On Saturday, usual opening hours are from 8 am to 12 am but increasingly more shops are staying open for longer hours seven days a week. Various small shops and supermarkets stay open late at night. Generally small shops are closed on Sundays but larger stores and supermarkets are usually open for part of the day. To give you an idea of cost, a loaf of bread costs about 25 CZK, milk costs about 20 CZK/litre and butter about 30 CZK
Transportation and travelling
Trams buses and trolley buses are used for public transportation in Czech towns. Three underground (metro) lines operate in Prague only. Each town has its own tariff. Tickets can be obtained at vending machines, at newsagents and tobacconists. It is always cheaper to buy a monthly or seasonal ticket. Passengers should buy a ticket before getting on to a bus, trolley bus or tram. The ticket must be validated (franked) as soon as you get on to the vehicle. A ticket inspector may check the validity of tickets at any time during the journey, and is authorised to ask the passenger to present a valid ticket. Inspectors will confiscate invalid tickets and collect a fine if they find anyone travelling without a valid ticket.
Bus travel is the cheapest mode of transport inside Europe. There are ample bus connections between the major cities of the Czech Republic and other European cities. Most international buses arrive at Florenc Bus Station, the main bus station in Prague, where there are schedules, ticket offices and some travel agencies. Černý most, Zličín and Želivského metro stations are the final stops for some bus routes. In other Czech towns, buses connecting with European cities usually arrive at the main bus station.
It is easy to travel to the Czech Republic from all major European cities by train. In summer, the international trains tend to be full and one should book sets at least a week in advance. Most trains arrive at and depart from Praha Hlavní nádraží (Prague´s Main Railway station, abbreviated as Praha Hl. N). A few of them arrive at other railway stations: Praha Holešovice, Praha – Smíchov or Praha – Masarykovo nádraží. Each of these stations has it´s own easily accessible underground metro station. In other Czech towns, international trains usually stop at the main station.
The Czech Republic´s main international airport is Prague Ruzyně International Airport (PGR), which has daily connections to/from major European cities. Passengers going to/from other destinations will have to change planes in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam or Paris. Ruzyně airport is located on the northwest edge of Prague, about 15 km from the city centre. There are other airports in Brno, Ostrava and Pardubice. People flying into Moravia usually use the airports in Vienna or Bratislava.