Business hours

Offices are generally open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday-Friday. Many companies shut down during the summer holidays in July and August and during Christmas and New Year (24 December to 2 January).

Banks are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday and are closed on holidays.

Shops and post offices stay open until 6.00pm and on Saturdays some are open from 8.00am to midday. Supermarkets are open on Sunday.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
May 1 – Labour Day
May 8 – Liberation Day
July 5 – Cyril and Methodius, Slavic Missionaries’Day
July 6 – Jan Hus’s Day
September 28 – St. Wenceslaw’s Day
October 28 – Founding of Czechoslovak Republic, 1918
November 17 – Students’ Day, Velvet Revolution, 1989
December 24-26 – Christmas


The Czech Republic is a country of four seasons in the temperate climate zone of Central Europe, which makes for pleasantly mild weather with moderate amounts of precipitation. Air pollution is often experienced in mid-winter due to traffic emissions in large cities.

For weather details in the Czech Republic, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


The official currency is the Crown (Koruna).

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Time zones and time differences

The Czech Republic is 10 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time from October to March and eight hours behind from November to February.

To find out the current time in Prague, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

The Czech Republic's country code is +420.

For calls to the Czech Republic from Australia dial: 0011 + 420 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from the Czech Republic to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

The Czech Republic's power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz; 1, 3 phase, 2, 3, 4 wires. Plugs are the standard European configuration – two round prongs earthed.

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