Is Czech Republic Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Czech Republic
Safety Index:
88
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
84
* Rated 84 / 100 based on 20 user reviews.

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The Czech Republic is a country located in Central Europe, squeezed in between Austria, Poland, and Slovakia.

Due to its eventful history of Czechs, Germans, Jews, Slovaks, Italian stonemasons, French vendors, and Napoleon’s army deserters all living there and shaping it into what it is now, it has developed into a gorgeous country filled with ancient castles, monasteries, churches and even small towns so gorgeous that they look like artifacts of sorts.

However, it is not all about architecture, castles, and history in the Czech Republic.

It also flaunts gorgeous natural beauties such as beautiful mountains, vast forests, and gorgeous natural parks.

For example, Krkonoše National Park is known for its diverse ecosystems varying from alpine meadows and moorland to high slopes and tundra.

The ecosystems are actually so unique that the park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1992.

Warnings & Dangers in Czech Republic

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

The Czech Republic is very safe to travel to, the crime rates are very low, and even pickpocketing is not that common. However, it is advised that you remain vigilant at all times, especially on the streets.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

Transportation in the Czech Republic is safe and mainly reliable, except for the pickpockets operating in public transport. Always negotiate the price before using a taxi and never pay upfront, or simply use a reputable company (e.g. in Prague AAA taxi, Profi Taxi, City Taxi). Taxi drivers in Prague are notorious for taking the longest possible route to earning more money or for using the so-called “turbos” which speed the meter up.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW

Pickpocketing exists in the Czech Republic but it is not too big of an issue. There are specific gang groups of pickpockets circulating along with trams and public transportation and pickpocketing people as they get on and off. Be careful and keep your valuables close by your side.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW

As for natural disasters, there are no greater risks, apart from flooding that sometimes happens in spring.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

It is not likely you will get mugged or kidnapped in the Czech Republic. Still, don't let your guard down and stay away from dark and deserted areas of bigger cities.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

There haven't been any terrorist attacks in the Czech Republic's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: LOW

There are several scams performed in the Czech Republic, especially in Prague, one of them being performed by fake police officers, as well as criminals using electronic "skimming" to steal credit card information at certain ATMs. Also, when paying, never give your credit card to waiters or vendors to make transactions themselves, and always keep your eyes on your credit card. Another piece of advice for tourists is to never exchange your money on the street.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

Overall, the Czech Republic is very safe for women traveling solo. Just use your common sense and have your wits with you. Avoid poorly lit and deserted areas at night and find yourself in places filled with drunken people.

So... How Safe Is Czech Republic Really?

The Czech Republic is very safe to travel to.

Possible problems you may encounter are petty theft and street crime, but if you take basic precaution measures, you shouldn’t have problems with that either.

Violent crime and assaults in the Czech Republic are also rare, and tourists are unlikely to find themselves in such situations.

However, the Czech Republic is not completely free of dangers: there are several nuisances that travelers should be aware of.

Be careful in crowded places, since this is where pickpockets operate, particularly in Prague.

You may find yourself in a large group of people jostling you.

You should also watch out for particular pickpocket gangs operating in Prague: they are usually male, although sometimes there are women too; they are all extremely overweight and rely on their sheer size and number to disorientate tourists.

Operating on the 9, 10 and 22 trams as well as the central metro stations, they usually steal from people just as they’re getting on and off, or while they’re on the escalators.

Never pull out your tickets unless someone authorized asks you to do so.

Keep your wallet and money safely by your side.

Prostitution is not legal in the Czech Republic, but it’s not illegal either, which means that prostitution is not regulated by the state.

This implies that there is some health risk, especially in cheap brothels (often spotted with red lights on their windows) or on the street.

Be careful because there have also been cases with prostitutes offering their clients a drink with sleeping pills and then stealing everything.

How Does Czech Republic Compare?

CountrySafety Index
Czech Republic88
Morocco54
Germany85
Romania80
Namibia71
Netherlands75
Chile79
Mongolia71
Qatar84

Useful Information

Visas

Visas

For most countries, visas are not required for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that and you have to obtain a visa. Usually, the Czech Republic government requires for you to prove your payment ability in order to prove that you are able to financially cover your whole trip. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.

Currency

Currency

Czech koruna is the official currency in the Czech Republic. Tourists are advised to not exchange money on the streets but in official exchange offices or banks. Also, never let your credit card out of sight and do not let vendors or waiters make transactions on their own.

Weather

Weather

The Czech Republic has temperate climate, characterized by mild, humid summers and occasional waves of heat, and cold, cloudy and humid winters with plenty of precipitation.

Airports

Airports

The busiest airport in the Czech Republic is Václav Havel Airport Prague, the international airport of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, located 12 km west of the centre of Prague.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to the Czech Republic, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.

Click here to get an offer for travel insurance

Czech Republic Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 0° C
Feb 2° C
Mar 6° C
Apr 11° C
May 15° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 21° C
Aug 20° C
Sep 16° C
Oct 10° C
Nov 6° C
Dec 2° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
25101620232625201384
Low
°C
-2-1261014161511630
High
°F
364150616873797768554639
Low
°F
283036435057615952433732

Czech Republic - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Brno74
Prague83

Where to Next?

20 Reviews on Czech Republic

  1. Overvalued in safety

    Got robbed by taxi drivers in prague as tourist/faced racist slur in prague as brown skin person. so it is surely not safe as u have wrote.

    1. Don't agree with the review

      I agree. Prague can be somewhat dangerous even for white Europeans. Sorry to hear about your experience, though.

    2. Disagree

      We have one of the best public transportation. Taxi is not needed. Your fault.

    3. I have faced a slur as a WHITE Polish American person so…… Czechs do not like foreigners in general so it’s not just your skin.

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      Traveller says:

      Not robbed

      Nonsense, you didn’t get robbed, did you? You got scammed, that’s different. If you read anything about Prague taxi before using them, you would know there is a maximum limit per km they can legaly charge you. Why would you ever pay more?

  2. It was fine

    Unlike the previous commenter, I did not get robbed by taxi drivers in Prague, so I had a fine stay. Wait, was there a lot of them? Do they form gangs and roam the streets? I hope Smith is doing well.

  3. prague

    it was fine, pick pocketing may be an issue in prague, but that seems to be the case with almost any tourist destination

  4. C
    Charles says:

    One of the best EU countries to visit

    A very safe place to visit no matter the city you’re going to visit. Me and my family have had a lot of fun here and we will be back to visit a few more cities. We managed to visit Prague and Brno but there’s much more to see in this beautiful country. One of the best European countries to visit in my humble opinion.

  5. All round beautiful country

    Seen many of the bigger cities in past visits and was fantastic,but I think the beauty of this place really shows when you get out of the cities and travel around the countryside,some beautiful villages to see,local pubs to visit,forests to walk through and many brilliant Castles.
    I loved the peacefulness so much so that I ended purchasing a home in a small village 1hr west of Prague.
    People here sometimes dont realise how good they actually have it.
    A great place to live and raise a family.

  6. Nice and beautiful country

    Czech Republic is a very nice country, been there a few times. I felt safe at all times, also walking the streets of different cities at night.
    Just be careful in Prague because someone will probably try to rip you off.
    I don’t get why the safety level is that high in comparison to other countries, since the author even talks in detail about the scamming problem and pickpockets. The scamming risk is at least medium, if you ask me.

  7. A
    Anonymous says:

    Great experience

    I enjoyed the stay in Prague. I didn’t get mugged, robbed, attacked, or anything of that nature. Would recomment visiting.
    Btw., next time, use public transportation instead of taxis, way cheaper.

  8. Its great here

    Amazing state to live in, cities are preety, national parks are beautiful, cuisine is tasty.
    If you are a traveler, definitely visit our country.

  9. p
    person of colorado says:

    safe but some things are obviously overlooked

    I cannot deny I feel 100% safe in beautiful Czechia, but they still have large groups of gypsies there. I went to the Decin area totally forgetting about this and my accommodation was in the middle of a sketchy gypsy neighbourhood. There was a police station nearby, but police does nothing except stopping me as a tourist for stepping up to close to a prohibited area, have a heads up for that. Because you see there still some corruption here and people will not give you your change when you are paying with large banknotes. You gave a 500Kc to the cashier, they will pretend you gave them 100Kc. Some ATMs are a total ripoff because you need Kc. Still a lovely country, other than that you will feel pretty safe.

    1. T
      Traveller says:

      They STILL have large groups of gypsies? Still? What would you expect to be done with them? Did you expect them to be exterminated or what? They are a minority of 3% of population and they’ve been around for a while and they are not going anywhere. They are peole too you know and generally they are not more dangerous than other people. Next time learn from your experience and check where you going first instead of complaining afterwards.

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        person of colorado says:

        where did I say antying about extermination?? relax bro!!! take it easy

        calm down bro.. Czechia isn’t in general associated with gypsies unlike Bulgaria and Romania that’s what I am trying to say and by the word still I mean they do not assimilate so to say spread out under the Czech population or moved to other EU countries with current open borders, they still [here is the word again] still clump together. And just as I expected, I didn’t know there were so many in some specific ‘burbs, because am I ought to know everything? Gypsies are known for what they do most, and sometimes people believe they are poor minorities that are being kept down, but once you witness them maintaining that reputation on and on, so do I, maintaining my opinion.

  10. I’ve lived here (Brno) from the day I was born for 19 years and I wanna move to other country…
    Brno has beautiful places as well as ugly places like everywhere but I’ll tell why it sucks but it’s also very far from the worst.
    But roma people here are like the worst also all white people that acts like them. They are total assholes like I have never seen roma that would be just normal or inteligent (doesn’t mean there’s none but a tiny amount of them. They just don’t know how to behave properly or don’t want to. I got also robbed from drug addict that wanted to do worse stuff but somebody was there and he didn’t do it. They take our taxes when they don’t work (not all of them but big amount), etc.. Everyone talks about them and nobody talks about them IYKWIM

    1. It's like that everywhere

      Unfortunately that is every western welfare state. It will not be different no matter where you go

  11. T
    Traveller says:

    One of the safest places in the world

    I’ve lived in Czech Republic about 25 years. I never really had or even heard about anyone being mugged or attacked or generally being victim of a violent crime. It is extremely rare. It doesn’t matter really where exactly you go, it is pretty much very safe anywhere around the country. People are grumpy, impatient, fair enough, but not really mean. Treat them like friends and they will treat you like friends back. The onyl dangers are tourist traps and scams. Be aware when using taxis (there’s a legal maximum taxis are allowed to charge per km, look it up), exchanging money or going out or shopping in touristy spots. Don’t shop or eat in touristy shops and restaurants in Prague city center, it is highly overpriced. You can get the same or better food or products probably half price in couple streets away. Go where locals go!

  12. T
    Traveller says:

    Use public transport

    The Czech Republic public transport systems are one of the best in the worlds. Prague public transport was recently voted 2nd best in ther world after Berlin and I agree. And it is true for the rest of the country. You can literally get anywhere in the country by public transport. Use IDOS app, where you can find all connections.

  13. nice place, slight cons though

    very nice place. if you decide to visit prague, just do not take the taxis. nine times out of ten they will charge more than average especially if you are foreigner. czechs tend to be a little rude to foreigners so be careful with that. i am czech and i have seen some times where we are a bit rude, but we are not all like that. please enjoy your stay if you do come here

Czech Republic Rated 4.2 / 5 based on 20 user reviews.

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