Local Currency in the Czech Republic

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What is your local currency called and what is it worth?


The local currency in the Czech Republic is called “koruna” or the Czech crown.  The crown is the most largely accepted currency in the Czech Republic. Abbreviation: Kč or international abbreviation of CZK. 100 CZK = 3-4 euro = 4-5 USD (will vary depending on exchange rate). For a current exchange rate visit xe.com

Czech Republic money

The sub-currency is called heller. 1 crown = 100 hellers (haléř), abbreviated hal. 

Czech Republic money coins

Coins are issues in 1 Kč, 2 Kč, or 5 Kč. 10 Kč, 20 Kč, or 50 Kč are no longer used or distributed.

Euros are also used, but mainly in the areas frequented by tourists, and exchange rates are not favorable. Euros are issued in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, €5 notes, and the coins (or “cents”) are issued in €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c denominations. 100 cents equal €1 (which can also be written as €1,00).


Accessing your money abroad:

We recommend using your banking card (ATM/debit) from your U.S. bank. Using ATM cards enables you to access your own personal bank account from any ATM machine around the world. The primary advantages of getting money from an ATM are 24-hour access and preferential exchange rates.

In the Czech Republic, cash is “king”. Credit cards are not widely accepted, so please make sure to always have some money on you in case of emergencies, and especially when visiting local shops and vendors.

#CISabroadtip: Always try to pay for things using crowns. As mentioned, you can use euros in the tourist districts and local businesses, but the exchange rate will not be favorable. You may end up losing more money than your purchases are worth!


Check with your bank to make sure you can use your card overseas, and to inform them that you will be living abroad. Give them your dates, and all the countries you anticipate traveling to. It is not uncommon to be cut off from your bank account after using your card abroad, even after giving them forewarning. If this happens, don’t panic! Banks do this to protect their clients, and we should be grateful! If this happens to you, you just need to contact your bank to ensure them that you are in possession of your card and that you need to have access to your account while you are abroad. If you have a shared account with a family member and their name is also on the account, sometimes it’s helpful to get word to them to call the bank for you, considering the time difference between countries.

In order to withdraw cash from an ATM using a debit or credit card, you must have a 4-digit pin. While you’re most likely very familiar with your debit PIN, you might not know a PIN for your credit card. Be sure to ask before you travel, banks will not release this information over the phone, via text, through an email or in any other way than to mail your PIN to the mailing address associated with your account.

Many ATMs in Europe only accept debit/credit cards that have the Cirrus, Plus, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express symbol on the back of the card. It is a good idea to have both options available – an ATM card and a credit card – just in case of an emergency. When you use your bank card, the ATM machine will automatically convert the money into the local currency for you. Please ask your bank about their fees associated with international transactions, they may charge you anywhere from $5.00 to $7.00 per transaction, and that adds up!