25.2.2017 David

Czech Republic is well known for one of the most expensive mobile phone plans in Europe. This article will help you to choose the best student tariffs and save some big amount of money every month.

Czech mobile phone providers

In Czech Republic there are 3 official mobile operators: T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2. All of them obviously cooperate on their pricing system and offers almost the same tariffs. Luckily, their student cell and data plans vary a lot and discount their original tariffs by tens of percents. There are also virtual mobile network providers like: Kaktus, Tesco Mobile, COOP Mobil, SAZKAmobil, Bleskmobil, MOBIL.cz, ČEZ Mobil etc. These providers operate on networks of official mobile operators and offers better priced services for those who want minimum service for low money. First we will compare student monthly tariffs, in the second section you will find prepaid data plans only.

Student Tariffs

Vodafone

The most used tariff by Czech students. It has high amount of free minutes to all networks (you can even call to foreign countries within Zone 1* using 600 free minutes), unlimited SMS and decent 1.2 GB of data limit. The biggest advantage is that you can get all of this without signing a fixed-term contract. Wisely2Prague recommends this tariff to students at 100%!

  Tariff 26
Calls (all networks) 600 minutes
(5.03/min after consumption)
SMS (all networks) Unlimited
Data (FUP) 1.2 GB
Extra Data price 1 GB / 99 CZK
Price with contract (24 months) -
Price without contract 494 CZK

O2

The offer of O2 company seems quite attractive too, but don't cheer too much, their student tariffs are only available when signing a fixed-term contract for 2 yeas. Thumb down for that!

  [:kůl:] [:kůl:] data 2 GB
Calls (all networks) 120 minutes
(3.50/min after consumption)
120 minutes
(3.50/min after consumption)
SMS (within own network) Unlimited Unlimited
SMS (all networks) 1.50/SMS 1.50/SMS
Data (FUP) 200 MB 2 GB
Extra Data price 200 MB / 49 CZK 2 GB / 149 CZK
Price with contract (24 months) 299 CZK 499 CZK
Price without contract - -

T-Mobile

The very last option is to choose T-Mobile "S námi pro mladé" plan. When reading their offer carefully, you can see the price without contract being 150 CZK higher then in case of signing 2-year agreement. Cannot compete with Vodafone tariff too.

  S námi pro mladé
Calls (within own network) Unlimited
Calls (all networks) 120 minutes (3.50/min after consumption)
SMS (all networks) Unlimited
Data (FUP) 700 MB
Extra Data price  -
Price with contract (24 months) 399 CZK
Price without contract 549 CZK

Pre-paid sim card (data only)

Maybe you don't need to use phone calls or send text messages and it is just enough to have a decent amount of the internet for reasonable price. In that case you should look for virtual mobile network providers or Vodafone pre-paid student card. You can easily pick from wide choice of data, phone calls and SMS messages and combine them together as you wish. You always prepay what you want to use in the upcoming month. In case you exceed the limit of the package you can easily buy a new one and continue for following 30 days. In the table bellow, you can find the price list of cheapest data you can get with the company providing this offer in Czech Republic.

  Price Provider
100 MB 50 CZK SAZKAmobil
200 MB 90 CZK SAZKAmobil
500 MB 100 CZK Vodafone
1.5 GB 300 CZK SAZKAmobil
2 GB 390 CZK BLESKmobil

In case you want to pick one of the data plans mentioned above, you can order either online or visit one of their sale points (usually newstand shops). Their websites are unfortunatelly available only in Czech language, so that you need to use a translator. Here are direct links for maps of their sale points: SAZKAmobil / BLESKmobil / Vodafone

24.2.2017 David

Already know where you would like to look for your accommodation? Your next step should be to start going through offers of property owners and landlords. In this article we will share the list of websites and Facebook groups with the highest density of property offers in Prague.

Facebook Groups

The first location where to look for a place to accommodate yourself for a longer term and the most useful for foreginers at the same time is Facebook. There are plenty of groups where landlords look for tenants and lessees for their future roomates. Most of the groups are in Czech language, but we feature you the combination of both Czech and English speaking groups. The diference is obvious, except the language spoken, in Czech speaking group you can find more Prague citizens offering their places. For English speaker only it can be difficult to find a place to stay in this kind (Czech speaking) of groups, but it is worth trying since the same quality aparments are offered for less rental price than in English speaking groups (usually).

Websites

There are other services than just Facebook groups helping you to find your new home in Prague. Here we give you the list of Czech websites where to search for a room, whole flat or just a shared place in the apartment. Mostly you will need to translate the page from Czech via Google Translator, some of the pages have their own translation too. Useful words: pronájem (rental), byt (flat), pokoj (room), sdílený (shared), samostatný (private). Don't know what location you would like to live in? Checkout our post about the best Prague locations for living.

 

30.1.2017 David 3Comment

Coming to Prague for a couple of months and want to know where to search for an apartment? In this article we made living in Prague analysis, where the most popular areas are described by locals.

Vinohrady 

One of the cleanest parts of the city with historical old buildings situated very close to the city centre. This district is a home for the most of the stylish cafés, restaurants and bars of the Prague. Great amount of expats is staying in this quarter, especially around Jiřího z Poděbrad square. Since the area is located just next to the city centre, it offers a quick escape from the rush of the tourist places. Vinohrady are also a great choice for those who like to enjoy the fresh air in parks and views of the city landscape. Both Gröbovka park and Riegrovy sady are easily accesible and offers stunning views of Prague rooftops. On the other hand rent prices in Vinohrady are considered to be the highest in the city.

Quarter features

Average price per private room : 7 000 - 9 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Atrium Flora

  

 

* The red marker on the map marks the closest shopping mall.

 Žižkov 

Quarter sharing its southern border with Vinohrady is well known for its underground atmosphere among Prague citizens. Nevetheless there's no need to be afraid. The streets get more dirty, but you can enjoy the real life of Czech students and young people, who mostly stay there. If you seek  for a proper Czech pub you will surely find one (actually not one, but a lot) in Žižkov. Riegrovy sady and Vítkov hill are the closest parks, where to recharge your batteries after a long day. Rental prices tend to be lower than in case of Vinohrady, but do not expect a great fall - the neighbourhood is  very popular and located just few minutes away from the main railway station and the city centre.

Quarter features

Average price per private room: 6 500 - 8 500 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Atrium Flora or Palladium

  

 

Vršovice 

You probably heard of Vinohrady. But, what if we tell you that there's a place in Prague offering as much as they do for a lower price per your dream room. Vršovice, mostly their northwestern part, is full of stylish cafés, restaurants and pubs. You may have already heard about Krymská street or as they say "Montmartre of Prague". Hipsters from all around the world meet there in the cosy cafés (turning into bars during the night). Gröbovka park is just behing the conrner. Want to undertake a longer run or walk? There's a pathway by the Botič stream leading to the edge of Prague and starting in the heart of Vršovice. 

Quarter features

Average price per private room: 7 000 - 9 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: NC Eden or Atrium Flora

  

 

 

Karlín 

This is the most changing part of the city. Old renovated houses, new office buildings, bars and amazing cafés - thats what you'll see at the first sight. Furthermore you can find parks and cycling trails nearby. Karlín is also very popular with expats who often choose it as a place to stay. Nowadays the rental prices are increasing and coming close to the level of Vinohrady, nevertheless you can find some good deals in this location too.

Quarter features

Average price per private room: 6 500 - 8 500 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Palladium

  

 

 

Smíchov 

It is the first left bank quarter we introduce you. Since the area is very large we mention some specific  characteristics of some parts of the district. Anděl is the centre of Smíchov with streets of lively atmoshere, many pubs, bars, cultural venues and shopping possibilities. You can find all the best of the other parts of the city at one place.  The same applies to the area by the river and around Arbesovo náměstí or Újezd. Some quiet and romatic side lanes with many parks are located nearby (e.g. Petřín Hill). At the same time the hood around Smichovské nadraží (railway station) and Na Knížecí (bus station) are places where homeless people stay overnight. Neverthless we wouldn't say its an unsafe location. If you seek for lower rent of your room, the western part of Smíchov is the option, where better prices with great transport services to the city centre meet.

Quarter features

Single room price: 6 000 - 8 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Nový Smíchov

  

 

 

Old Town 

The Old Town itself is what the most of the expats are searching for when looking for a place to stay. We cannot recommend you living in this location which is very noisy all day long. Also, there are many tourist traps around and less shopping oportunities for usual Czech prices. Absence of parks and green vegetation makes it terribly warm during the summer. One more thing to hate is the price per private room which usually attacks 10 000 CZK. Not to mention only negative characteristics - who wouldn't want to wake up and see the view of Prague Old Town! (but be prepared to pay for that 🙂

Quarter features

Average price per private room: 8 000 - 10 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Palladium or My Národní

  

 

New Town 

Better choice than the Old Town, but mostly pretty far from the price/quality ratio. Most of the negative characteristics of the Old Town are present in the case of this quarter too. In this part you start seeing Prague citizens, so if you prefer living in the walkable distance to the historical part, this quarter could be the right for you. Do not recommend you living in the neighborhood of the Wenceslas square, which is some kind of underworld of the Prague (during the night).  Not to tell only negative features, the area at the south called Albertov offers calm environment, wide shopping possibilities and cosy restaurants or cafés having the Folimanka Park nearby. 

Quarter features

Average price per private room: 7 000 - 10 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Palladium or My Národní

  

 

 

Holešovice 

Are you a sportsman? Than you should consider searching for an apartment in Holešovice district. Letenské sady and Stromovka are one of the largest parks in the city offering both beautiful sceneries (Letenské sady has a view of the city centre) and a space to relax. Holešovice may seem to be located far, but in fact due to the great transport connections, you are almost one step of the city centre. If you love the night life you may found useful the location of most of the Prague biggest clubs - e.g. SaSaZu, Mecca or Cross Club are located in this area. Holešovice are also home to City Market, where you can get fresh food as well as clothes and electronics (Alza.cz).

Quarter features

Price per private room: 6 000 - 8 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Palladium

  

 

 

Nusle 

Nusle is the quarter at the south of New Town and Vršovice districts, intersected by a highway. The areas located around Náměstí bratří Synků, Jezerka park and Pražského povstání metro station are mostly comprised of block of flats and apartment buildings. The part called Pankrác is the shopping and entertaining center of Nusle with high-rise apartment and office buildings. Nusle doesn't offer many nightlife opportunities, it is more residential area.

Quarter features

Single room price: 6 000 - 8 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Arkády Pankrác

  

 

 

Podolí 

The quarter situated by the right bank of the Vltava river southern from the city centre is mostly residential. It is considered to be a very safe area with many options for sporty people (e.g. Podolí swimming pool or riverside cycleway). There are plenty of restaurants, in summer Žluté lázně beach offers sport and relax oporutinities. However if you are a  lover of stylish cafés or nighlife, Podolí won't be the area to live in for you.

Quarter features

Single room price: 5 500 - 9 000 CZK

Nearby shopping center: Arkády Pankrác