Imagine the charm of Prague’s cobblestone streets, the timeless beauty of its historic architecture, and the vibrant energy of a modern European capital. Now, picture yourself working remotely from this enchanting city. In our comprehensive guide, we’ve got you covered from start to finish, ensuring your smooth transition to the world of remote work in Prague. From visa requirements to accommodation choices, coworking spaces to overcoming language barriers, and everything in between, this guide will equip you with the tools and insights you need to make your remote working adventure in Prague an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a seasoned digital nomad or just dipping your toes into the remote work lifestyle, we’ve got the tips and tricks to help you get started on the right foot in this picturesque city.
In this post:
- Visa Requirements to Stay in the Czech Republic as a Remote Worker
- Where to Find Short-Term Accommodation in Prague
- Where to Work in Prague: Best Coworking Spaces and Cafés
- Networking and Community: Where to Meet People
- Cost of Living: How Much to Budget for a Short-Term Stay in Prague
- Getting Around: Public Transportation in Prague
- Language: Is English Enough?
- Currency Exchange: Can I Pay in Euros or Dollars?
- How to Know if Prague is the Right City for Me as a Remote Worker
Visa Requirements to Stay in the Czech Republic as a Remote Worker
First things first: what do I need to work remotely from Prague for a few weeks or months?
Visa Requirements for Remote Workers from the European Union
If you’re an EU citizen, you’re in luck. There are no visa requirements and you can stay in the country for as long as you wish, be it just a couple of days or even several years (yes, many come just for a few weeks and end up staying for years!).
Visa Requirements for non-European Remote Workers
If you are not an EU citizen, there’s no need to worry. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy Prague as a remote worker. Here’s how you can do it:
- If you plan to stay for less than 90 days and you’re a citizen of any of these countries, you do not need a visa to stay in Prague. This is the case for Americans, British, Canadians or Mexicans, to give but a few examples. However, citizens of these countries need to apply for a Schengen Visa, which allows holders to stay in any country in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days. Here you’ll find more information on how to apply, as well as the requirements.
- If you plan to stay for over 90 days, no sweat. You can do that too, under certain conditions. The Czech Republic has recently launched a new digital nomad visa, giving freelancers and remote workers the opportunity to reside in its territory for an extended period. We won’t elaborate much about it here, since we have a separate article with comprehensive information about the requirements and how to apply for the Czech Digital Nomad Visa.
Where to Find Short-Term Accommodation in Prague
The best website to find short-term accommodation in Prague is Airbnb. For those who don’t mind sharing a room or want to meet other travelers, we recommend Czech Inn, which has a reputation for being one of the coolest hostels in Prague where you’ll be sure to make friends. Another website that typically works well for short-terms apartments is Flatio.com.
While the Old Town is beautiful and definitely worth a visit, we recommend staying away from it for a more local experience. Instead, you can stay in other neighborhoods such as Vinohrady, Žižkov or Holešovice. These are all well connected to the city center and have plenty of pubs, cafés and grocery stores around, and will make you feel like a local during your visit to Prague.
But if booking your accommodation is becoming a hassle and you’re unsure as to whether you’re picking the right place, you can also just book your work retreat in Prague with Nomad Month. We provide accommodation, coworking space and access to a community of expats and other remote workers in Prague so you don’t have to worry about anything!
Where to Work in Prague: Best Coworking Spaces and Cafés
One of the essentials for every remote worker is access to high-speed wifi and a stable connection. That won’t be a problem in Prague.
There are many coworking spaces scattered around the city, but Locus Workspace is hands down the best for remote workers and digital nomads. It’s the only international coworking space in Prague, with members coming from over 25 different countries. As opposed to other more business-oriented shared offices, Locus focuses mostly on individuals and gives more of a homy vibe in a space full of plants and natural light. The vast majority of its members are freelancers and remote employees. The staff also makes big efforts to build a community, with many events taking place every week. You’ll be sure to make connections and enjoy your time in Prague.
If you’d prefer to explore Prague’s coffee scene, you’ll have no trouble finding lots of cozy cafés to work from. On top of the list is Cafedu, right by the National Museum, which was conceived as a coffee place specifically for those who’d like to work or study while enjoying a cup of coffee. Vnitroblock in Holešovice is also one of our top picks, and The Miners Coffee in Vinohrady is also a popular spot to come sit with your laptop.
Another good place for a chill day of work is Coffice. As its name suggests, it’s a hybrid between a coffee place and an office. During the day, they offer workspaces in a café layout, and then you can stay for one of the many events that they organize in the evening, such as open mic music jams or quiz nights. It’s also a great place to meet locals and other travelers.
Networking and Community: Where to Meet People
Locus Workspace and Coffice (mentioned in the section above) are good places to start. With many events organized every week, you’ll be sure to meet lots of fellow travelers and remote workers in Prague, and even a few locals.
But there are also many other places where you can make friends in the city. Check out Meetup.com to find events and meetups happening in the city. From language exchange events to after work meetups, there’s something to do every evening.
The crew from Something New Prague also do a great job in bringing people together. They organize events every week, which range from creative workshops to speed dating and more.
Cost of Living: How Much to Budget for a Short-Term Stay in Prague
Prague remains one of the cheapest countries in Central Europe to stay in, especially compared to its neighbors, Germany or Austria. While accommodation prices have increased in the last few years, many other things remain quite affordable.
Cultural activities are accessible to everyone. You’ll find opera or ballet tickets for as little as $20, so we definitely recommend taking the opportunity to attend a performance while you’re in the city for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Going out won’t cost you much either. Half a liter of (good quality) beer is around $3, and having dinner at a restaurant is also inexpensive. Especially if you go out for lunch on weekdays, Czechs have what they call a “polední menu”, a lunch menu with several options to choose from at a discounted price, for which you’ll typically be paying no more than $10 including a drink.
Last but not least, public transport is pretty cheap and also one of the best in Europe. A 30-minute ride costs only about $1.30. But if you’re staying for a full month, you might also want to consider getting a monthly pass for only $24 through the Lítačka app. Want to get out of the city during the weekend? No problem, that’s also very affordable. Going on a day trip by train or bus to other places in the Czech Republic is sometimes as cheap as a couple of dollars.
In a nutshell, accommodation will eat up most of your budget, but you won’t have to worry about the leisure activities. You can enjoy Prague without having to spend a fortune!
Getting Around: Public Transportation in Prague
Public transportation in Prague is very efficient and reliable. Unlike cities in many other countries such as the United States, where owning a car is a must to get around, you can easily get to any corner in Prague by public transport, whether it is by subway, bus or on one of its iconic trams, which run all day long, day and night too!
But that’s not all. Public transportation is also really cheap. As mentioned above, a 30-minute ride is only $1.30, and a monthly pass costs $24, that is, less than $1 per day!
Language: Is English Enough?
While foreigners in the Czech Republic were scarce just a couple of decades ago, in recent years the country, and more specifically, Prague has witnessed a notable surge in the number of expats choosing to make this beautiful Central European nation their new home. With a larger population of foreigners, local business have had to adapt, which means that you can get by in English in most scenarios of your day-to-day life. Many people in the service industry, such as in restaurants, hotels, and shops, are likely to have a basic understanding of English. Additionally, the younger generation, in particular, tends to be more fluent in English.
That said, there may be situations where language barriers could be a bit challenging, especially if you visit more remote areas of the country, or when dealing with government offices or legal matters (which will probably not be your case anyway if you’re only on a workation).
Learning a few basic Czech phrases and expressions can also go a long way in making your life in Prague more enjoyable and convenient. To get started with the essentials, you can check out our Instagram post below.
Currency Exchange: Can I Pay in Euros or Dollars?
The national currency in Czechia is the Czech koruna (CZK) and that’s what you’ll need to use to pay for all your expenses. While some restaurants and shops in the Old Town might accept euros, we strongly advise against paying in any currency different than CZK. You’ll be charged more if you opt to pay in euros.
You can exchange your local currency for Czech crowns. There are many exchange offices scattered around the city, but watch out for scams! We recommend having a look at Honest Guide’s Map of Honest Exchange Places to know exactly where to go. But even simpler than that is paying by card. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted with very few rare exceptions. If you aim to escape unfavorable exchange rates, getting a Revolut card can prove to be an excellent decision. Revolut allows you to easily convert money into other currencies at the current exchange rate, so you’ll have Czech crowns in just a matter of seconds.
How to Know if Prague is the Right City for Me as a Remote Worker
You won’t know until you try it! Before committing, a good idea is to try it out for a few weeks, and then decide if you’d like to stay a bit longer. One of the best ways to do that is by joining one of Nomad Month’s work retreats.
Nomad Month presents a unique opportunity for digital nomads and remote workers to immerse themselves in Prague for a month and truly embrace the local experience. This initiative was conceived by Mathias and Eva, long-term expats who now call Prague their home and run a community-oriented coworking space together. Their mission? Connect remote work warriors from around the world with their Prague crew while giving you that raw, unfiltered Prague experience.
When you roll with Nomad Month, they’ve got your back on all the nitty-gritty details of your workation. The organizers know the city inside out, diligently curating studios in prime neighborhoods to ensure an ideal stay and steer clear of less desirable areas. Plus, you get 24/7 access to the coworking space to grind on your hustle, make friends with the crew and fellow Nomad Month travelers, and get in on the lit events they throw down every week.
You can check workation dates and prices here.