Living in Prague
Following are some practical tips for living in Prague.
Getting a Czech Phone Number
Getting a Czech phone number is easy. Simply go to any mobile phone store and buy a pre-paid SIM card. You can top up your credit at most corner shops, kiosks and supermarkets. The most popular carriers are T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone. Prices and coverage are much the same.
The best approach is to get an Opencard as soon as possible as this presents the most convenient and affordable way to get around the city. You will need to apply for the card online or at one of the main offices of the Prague Integrated Transport company. Two passport photos are required. It will take a few weeks to complete the application but, after that, you can buy credit online at eshop.dpp.cz. The site is only in Czech, but you can purchase 1, 3, 6 and 12-month passes here.
Alternatively, you can get a one-off one or three month pass at certain metro stations such as Můstek, Roztyly or Anděl. These are more expensive, however, and are becoming increasingly hard to come by.
Getting Internet at Home
It is best to have Internet provided by the owner of the apartment but, if not, you will need to organize it yourself. UPC offers one of the best services with the highest connection speeds. O2 is also one of the biggest broadband Internet providers, but they can be difficult to deal with.
Finding a Job in Prague
You will be much more likely to find a job in Prague if you speak Czech. However, there are also thousands and foreigners working in Prague who do not speak Czech. Many companies have English-speaking teams and some companies have jobs for speakers of other major languages such as French or German. The English teaching, information technology and customer support industries typically offer the most jobs for non-Czech speaking foreigners. One of the best places for foreigners to find jobs in Prague and elsewhere in the country is the expats.cz job directory.
Opening a Bank Account
It can be difficult to find a bank office where the staff speak English so, if possible, bring a Czech-speaking friend to help you out. To open a bank account, you will need to present a passport or other form of identification. You may also need to bring proof of address. Banks in Czech Republic are notorious for charging you for absolutely everything including monthly fees and withdrawal fees.