Here's a little list of tips we've compiled for living on the road in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s official national language is Czech.
The Czech Republic’s official currency is the Czech Koruna. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Be prepared to use cash in smaller towns and some petrol stations.
Drinking water pumps are few and far between, usually found in rural towns in the form of a hand pump often painted blue or green.
“Pitná voda” means drinking water. Check out our map of water points here.
You can get post delivered to Česká pošta post offices in the Czech Republic by addressing it as Poste Restante. Your post will be held for several weeks and you will need ID to collect it.
The address format is as follows:
Postcode TOWN Post office number
The surname must be written in capital letters before the first name and the entire name must be underlined.
Each post office in the Czech Republic is identified by the name of the town or city and a number. These numbers are used when the post office is the point of delivery itself. An example of the last line of the address format is: 397 04 PÍSEK 4.
These numbers and post office addresses and opening hours can be found at ceskaposta.cz.
Petrol: Natural 95/98 / Benzina
LPG: LPG / Ropný plyn / Autoplyn
Prices of fuel are all in Koruna.
There are few supermarket fuel stations in the Czech Republic apart from Tesco, the majority are companies like BP and Texaco. Apart from Tesco, we found Benzina, Aral and Pap Oil to be among the cheapest, although there is often little difference in price.
mbenzin.cz can be used to check fuel prices around your current location or in any area of the Czech Republic; the website is up to date and fairly accurate.
Most supermarkets close around 9-10pm although some are 24 hour.
Rubbish bins and recycling facilities are readily available on the street although not always together.
Sklo - Glass
Plasty - Plastic
Papier - Cardboard
Built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h)
Outside built-up areas 55 mph (90 km/h)
Motorways 80 mph (130 km/h)
Expressways that pass through built-up areas 50 mph (80 km/h)
If you’ve got snow chains fitted the maximum speed limit is 31mph (50 km/h).
You must use dipped headlights at all times of the day and night- drivers will usually flash you as a friendly reminder if you haven’t turned them on.
The general condition of the roads in the Czech Republic is poor, with a lot of minor roads being uneven and potholey, although major road reconstruction is occurring all over the country.
A yellow circle with an M inside it denotes a toll road when joining a motorway. You must purchase a vignette to use these roads, which you can buy from petrol stations, Česká pošta post offices or vignette offices near the border.
The prices for vehicles up to 3.5T are as follows:
- 10 days 310CZK (€12)
- 1 month 440CZK (€25.90)
- 1 year 1500CZK (€56.50)
However vignette roads are easily avoidable.
Czech drivers can be very impatient, sometimes erratic and prone to overtaking.
Drinking and driving is strictly forbidden: the legal limit is zero. Random roadside testing is a regular occurrence.
In a traffic jam in the event of an accident, all vehicles must move to the sides of the road to form an emergency corridor to allow emergency services through. If on a road with more than two lanes, the emergency lane must be created in the middle of the far right lane and the leftmost lanes.
Compulsory items to carry in your vehicle always:
First aid kit
Winter tyres must be used in winter weather conditions between the dates of 1 Nov - 31 March, where a blue circle sign with a car and a snowflake is placed, or wherever the temperature is 4ºC and there is a possibility of snow or ice on the road. Snow chains may only be used when the roads are completely covered with snow.
Wild camping in the Czech Republic is generally accepted, although National Parks are an exception to the rule. As in many countries it can be a legal grey area.
As a general rule if you are out of the way, not on private property or in densely populated tourist areas you will be okay to stay in your van overnight. Just look out for signs and restrictions. Police tend to look differently at the situation if you have chairs out and awning up etc., so just keep it discreet and move on regularly and you should be fine.
The Czech Republic is a beautiful country with a lot of medieval history and tradition, with many beautiful natural sights to see.
Its land is covered with forests and dotted with traditional villages, with warm summers and snowy winters although especially beautiful in autumn when we visited. The people are very friendly and welcoming.
We recommend visiting the Bohemian Paradise and Bohemian Switzerland national parks for their forests and unique rock formations such as Hrubá Skála, visible from the Vyhlídka na Kapelu observation deck.
The Czech Republic is famous for its castles although these are almost invariably paid, as are many attractions throughout the country, although there are many peaceful wild camping spots. The roads are pretty awful but at least the police leave you alone.
Traditional Czech bread is a type of sourdough bread which goes great with soup. Also make sure to try the iced doughnuts- they come in many different colours and flavours.