Cost of Living Report: 2015 Edition

Cost of Living Report: 2015 Edition

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Once again it’s time for us to give you an estimate of expected living expenses in Prague. There have been a few increases compared to last year, especially in real estate and groceries. Other areas such as transport and phones have remained unchanged.

The best way to view the following guide is a rough map. In most cases, the figures are averages. You will most definitely find outliers with regard to food and accommodation. Where there is quite a range, the entry has been marked, or the range left in.

With this year’s guide we should offer a caveat. The Czech Crown has been losing value, especially against the Pound Sterling and the US Dollar, so it is difficult to say how long the prices converted into other currencies will remain valid. Again please treat this as a tough guide which was accurate at the time of publication.

The following show how many crowns for one unit of the given currency:

Euro: 28.04

GBP: 36.22

USD: 23.80

Based on the average given by Currency Converter on January 14, 2015. You can also check the current exchange rate using our Currency Converter.

Restaurants CZK EUR GBP USD
Large sausage on Wenceslas Square 50-70 1.80-2.50 1.40-1.95 2.10-2.95
Slice of pizza 30 1.07 0.83 1.26
Lunch for one in a pub with drink* 130 4.63 3.59 5.49
Combo meal in a fast food restaurant 150 5.35 4.14 6.30
Medium coffee from a coffee shop 70 2.50 1.95 2.95
Domestic beer (0.5 liter draught)* 40 1.43 1.10 1.68
Imported beer (0.33 liter bottle) 60-70 2.14-2.50 1.66-1.95 2.52-2.95
A shot of vodka (20 mL) 50-70 1.80-2.50 1.40-1.95 2.10-2.95
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 30 1.07 0.83 1.26
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 40 1.43 1.10 1.68

*If you visit pubs outside the center you will find cheaper meals and beer.

The Supermarket CZK EUR GBP USD
Fresh milk* 23 0.82 0.63 0.96
UHT milk* 17 0.60 0.47 0.71
Loaf of fresh bread (Šumavský) 25 0.89 0.69 1.05
Loaf of white sliced bread 25 0.89 0.69 1.05
French baguette (Large) 20 0.71 0.55 0.84
Butter (250g) 40 1.43 1.1 1.68
Flour 15 0.53 0.41 0.63
Rice (parboiled small packet) 16-55 0.57-1.96 0.44-1.51 0.67-2.31
Packet of spaghetti** 15-40 0.53-1.43 0.41-1.10 0.63-1.68
Eggs (10-pack) 33 1.17 0.91 1.38
Cheese (100g) eidam 15 0.53 0.41 0.63
Whole chicken 80 2.85 2.21 3.35
Chicken breasts (1kg) 170 6.05 4.69 7.14
Beef sirloin (1kg) 270 9.61 7.44 11.33
Pork cutlet (1kg) 170 6.05 4.69 7.14
Apples (1kg Granny Smith) 35 1.25 0.96 1.47
Water 1.5 liter bottle (store brand) 5 0.18 0.14 0.21
Tea (small box) 37 1.32 1.02 1.55
Coffee (200g) instant 160-240 5.70-8.56 4.41-6.62 6.72-10.08
Bottle of Czech wine 85 3.03 2.34 3.57
Domestic beer (0.5 liter bottle)*** 15 0.53 0.41 0.63
Imported beer (0.5 liter bottle) 25 0.89 0.69 1.05
Pack of cigarettes (Czech brand) 80 2.85 2.21 3.35
Pack of cigarettes (imported) 85 3.03 2.34 3.57

*The price for fresh milk and UHT varies quite a bit.

**There seemed such a broad range of prices it made no sense to average it. The lower price represents the generic brands; the higher price is for the “better quality”.

***Again a rough average. Some beers can be as low as 7 CZK with Pilsner Urquell selling for over 20 CZK. The price does not include the 3 CZK refundable deposit for beer bottles.

Transport* CZK EUR GBP USD
Limited ticket (30 minutes) 24 0.86 0.66 1.01
90-minute ticket 32 (40**) 1.14 (1.43**) 0.88 (1.10**) 1.34 (1.68**)
24-hour pass 110 3.92 3.03 4.62
3-day pass 310 11.06 8.55 13.02
Monthly pass 550 19.61 15.15 23.10
Monthly pass, student 260 9.27 7.17 10.92
Monthly pass, senior 250 8.91 6.90 10.50
Quarterly pass 1 480 52.77 40.84 62.17
5-month pass 2 450 87.37 67.61 102.90
Annual pass 4 750 169.37 131.07 199.50
Taxi (airport to center)*** 350-500 12.48-17.83 9.66-13.80 14.70-21.00
Taxi (within center)*** 130-170 4.63-6.05 3.59-4.69 5.49-7.14
Liter petrol**** 32 1.14 0.88 1.34

*Prices as given on the Prague Mass Transit webpage on January 14, 2015.

**If purchased from a bus driver.

***Prices depend on the taxi company.

****Based on prices given on January 14, 2015.

Flights * CZK EUR GBP USD
London (all airports) From 2 600 return 92.72 71.74 109.19
Paris (all airports) From 4 000 return 142.65 110.39 168.00
New York (all airports) From 13 000 return 463.63 358.78 546.01

*Prices vary depending on time of year and deals that the table shows are the lowest prices found for 2015 on January 14, 2015.

Accommodation (per month)* CZK EUR GBP USD
Room in flatshare, Prague 1 or 2 5 500 196.14 151.81 231.02
Room in flatshare, outside center 5 000 178.31 138.02 210.02
Studio flat, Prague 1 or 2 8 600 306.70 237.41 361.25
Studio flat, outside center 6 200 221.10 171.14 260.44
Flat (1+1), Prague 1 or 2 12 500 445.78 345.06 525.10
Flat (1+1), outside center 9 000 320.95 248.46 378.07
Flat (2+1), Prague 1 or 2 22 000 784.55 607.38 924.37
Flat (2+1), outside center 15 000 534.91 414.15 630.28
4-star hotel, double room (per night) 2 500 89.16 69.03 105.05
Bed in a hostel dorm (per night) 250 8.91 6.90 10.50

*These prices are an average of the market rent as of January 14, 2015 using the information found here and an average of flat sizes in the various categories.

Utilities (monthly) CZK EUR GBP USD
Electricity* 465 16.58 12.84 19.54
Gas* 1 770 63.12 48.87 74.39
Phone (land line) 500 17.83 13.80 21.00
Mobile phone (unlimited calls within provider network) 500 17.83 13.80 21.00
Internet (ADSL) 500 17.83 13.80 21.00

*This figure is based on the average of the main providers. The price was calculated for a one person apartment with electricity for cooking and gas for heating and hot water. To check other possible prices visit cenyenergie.cz (in Czech).

For the 2014 edition and its comments, please click here

For the 2012/2013 edition and its comments, please click here

For the 2011 edition and its comments, please click here



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