Cost of Living in Prague

Updated for 2009, we've put together a quick breakdown of what you can expect to pay for goods and services in the Czech capital

If you're thinking of traveling or moving to Prague, one of the first things you'll need to know is how much money should you bring.

We've compiled a list of approximate average prices for some common goods and services that should give you a general idea of the cost of life here.

Like many post-Communist countries, wages are fairly low -- in the first half of 2008 the average monthly wage in Prague was 28,616 CZK and 22,840 CZK in the Czech Republic as a whole -- so food and other necessities are cheap compared to luxury goods and non-essential activities. (Fortunately, beer is considered a necessity.)

Please note that, like anywhere else in the world, prices in Prague can vary wildly from place to place. The figures below are only intended as a guideline.

For more detailed information, please post a question in our Expat Q&A forum.

All the prices include value added tax (DPH), which is 19% for most goods and services and 9% for some services and essential goods.

 
Groceries CZK USD GBP EUR
 
Two kilograms of potatoes 22.90 1.09 0.79 0.85
One liter of full-fat milk 19.90 0.94 0.68 0.74
Six eggs 29.90 1.42 1.03 1.11
75g packet of sliced ham 16.90 0.80 0.58 0.63
100g packet of sliced cheese 17.90 0.85 0.61 0.66
Loaf of bread 24.50 1.16 0.84 0.91
Mars bar 8.90 0.42 0.31 0.33
500ml bottle of regular Czech lager (Gambrinus) 19.90 0.94 0.68 0.74
330ml Bottle of Premium Czech Lager (Pilsner Urquell) 20.90 0.99 0.72 0.78
A bottle of reasonable Czech wine (shop-bought Frankovka) 85.90 4.07 2.95 3.19
 
Eating Out CZK USD GBP EUR
 
Goulash and dumplings in a nice Czech pub 134 6.36 4.60 4.98
A half-liter of beer in a nice Czech pub 30 1.42 1.03 1.11
Main course at Indian restaurant 187 8.87 6.42 6.94
Main course at Mexican restaurant 289 13.71 9.18 10.72
 
Monthly Rent CZK USD GBP EUR
 
Room in a shared flat in the city center 10,000-15,000 474-712 343-515 371-556
Room in a shared flat outside the city center 3,000-6,000 142-285 103-206 111-223
1+1 in the city center 12,000-30,000 569-1,423 412-1,030 445-1,113
1+1 outside the city center 7,500-22,000 356-1,044 257-755 356-816
2+1 in the city center 13,000-140,000 617-6,641 446-4,804 482-5,193
 
Overnight Accommodation CZK USD GBP EUR
 
Double room in a two-star hotel 1,500 71 51 57
Double room in a three-star hotel 2,500 119 86 93
Double room in a four-star hotel 6,500 308 223 241
Apartment for two 1,800 85 62 67
 
Transport CZK USD GBP EUR
 
Bus/tram/metro ticket (no transfer) 18 0.85 0.62 0.67
Bus/tram/metro ticket (with transfer) 26 1.23 0.89 0.96
24-hour travel card 100 4.74 3.43 3.71
30-day travel card 550 26.09 18.87 20.40
Taxi from airport to center 600 28.46 20.59 22.26
Ten-minute taxi ride 180 8.54 6.18 6.68
 
Hedonism CZK USD GBP EUR
 
One-hour Thai massage 950 45.07 32.60 35.23
Twenty Marlboro cigarettes 82 3.89 2.81 3.04
30ml shot of tequila 80 3.80 2.75 2.97
One gram (0.035 ounces) of indica cannabis (illegal) 250 11.86 8.58 9.27
 

Last Updated: March 2009

Exchange Rates
1 USD = 21.08 CZK
1 GBP = 29.14 CZK
1 EUR = 26.96 CZK

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