Postal services are provided by the Czech Post, which has a state monopoly on sending letters. However, sending parcels and cash transfers are liberalized services and you can choose from other providers.
Czech Post is the provider of the postal services throughout the whole country (see the map), including parcels and cash transfers (both domestically and internationally). For the purposes of sending letters and postcards, it is possible to use orange mailboxes that you can find in the public spaces all over the country.
Post offices can be found in towns and often also in villages, but opening hours differ from office to office. In the towns, the services are separated and each “window” specializes in different services. In bigger offices, there is a machine with options, which will give you a ticket with the number of the right “window”.
- listovní služby – post services
- podání – sending
- výdej – collection
- balíkové služby – parcels
- obyčejné psaní – ordinary mail
- doporučené psaní – registered letter
- známky a kolky – stamps
When it comes to sending parcels, you can choose from various providers. Czech Post has rather negative feedback when it comes to their package delivery service, so you should better use private companies.
You can send parcels domestically and internationally. The dimensions and weights of the packages and way of submitting (whether you have to take the package to a drop off place, or the package will be picked up by a courier) vary from company to company. You can also use the online price comparative tool Eurosender for the best shipping solution.
If you expect delivering of the package, in addition to delivery by a courier to hands, it is also possible to use a wide network of pick-up places (which are often part of other shops, such as newsstands), the biggest network is run by Zásilkovna.