Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Plzen, Czech Rep. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Plzen?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Plzen, they said:
"Plzen, also known as Pilsen, is the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic and is known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and world-famous beer. Before moving to Plzen, expats should know that the official language is Czech, which can be quite challenging to learn, but many locals also speak English, especially the younger generation. The cost of living in Plzen is relatively low compared to other European cities, with affordable housing, food, and public transportation. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, including trams, buses, and trains, making it easy to get around. Plzen is famous for its beer, Pilsner Urquell, and the city offers many brewery tours and beer festivals that expats can enjoy. The city has a continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers, so expats should pack accordingly. Healthcare in the Czech Republic is of a high standard, and there are several hospitals and clinics in Plzen. The city is safe, but like any other city, it's advisable to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Plzen has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, theatres, and music festivals, offering plenty of entertainment options. The city is also home to several international schools, making it a suitable place for expats with children. Czech people are known for their reserved nature, so don't be surprised if locals seem a bit distant at first. Finally, it's important to note that the Czech Republic is a member of the European Union but uses its own currency, the Czech koruna, not the Euro," remarked one expat who made the move to Plzen.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Plzen?
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
- What should I pack when moving to Plzen?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Plzen?
- Will I be able to find a job in Plzen?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Plzen appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Plzen?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Plzen accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Plzen like?
- How are healthcare services in Plzen?
- What are medical services in Plzen like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Plzen?
- What are emergency services like in Plzen?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Plzen?
- How are local medical facilities in Plzen?
- As a foreigner living in Plzen, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?