Prague is a very safe city. “Walk the streets at night alone,” they told me. “But don’t you dare hail a cab no matter what time of day it is.” You see, while no physical harm will come to you here, Czechs play games with your money. Here are a few tips, gathered from locals, to help you keep your cash in your pocket.
Call Cabs or Use Uber
As soon as drivers hear you speak English they hit the foreigner button on their metres and take you for a ride.
How Much is That beer?
Beer in Prague should cost no more than 45kr. Check the menu before you head in. If they charge more – and Irish Pubs are notorious for this – they’re trying to cash in on your ignorance.
Goulash for Gold
This traditional beef stew dish should only set you back about 150k. If they charge more than that at an everyday type of place, and you can guarantee they’re digging for tourist gold.
Don’t Take Money From the Cute Old Man
If an older gentlemen approaches you for a cash exchange, tell him to scram. Instead of the “better” exchange rate he offers, you’ll end up with a fistful of Belarus rubles, which will buy you nothing but pitiful looks.
Only Use Legit ATM’s
Those corner store ATM’s are a fraud waiting to happen. Avoid at all cost