EMERGENCY ANSWER: If you are reading this on your mobile device because you are buying something in Prague and need to figure out whether you are being ripped off - use this as an comparison: a Big Mac, medium fries and coke costs around 100 CZK. So if you are buying a toothbrush from a street vendor for 2500 CZK the bristles better be real gold.
The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union but the national currency is not the Euro. For the Czech people this means they have control over their economy, but for you it means you will need to convert your currency to the Koruna (CZK) and make a quick calculation every time you see a price tag.
Compared to the rest of the western world (US, Britain, Germany, etc.) in the Czech Republic:
The following cost slightly more in Czech:
The following cost a lot less in Czech:
If you are the type of person who goes on vacation to shop for inexpensive electronics and clothes then Czech is not the best vacation destination. But if you like to sit down at a restaurant, enjoy a local dish, wash it down with beer, and relax by blowing smoke rings then Prague is paradise.
But don’t worry if you forget your shaver at home, it will not cost you that much more in Prague. Neither will a pair of pants or a souvenir ‘czech me out’ t-shirt. A rough estimate is a 10% price increase for these kinds of products. In other words, if you are going on a world tour and you want to buy an iPhone and designer jeans wait until you reach Singapore.
On the other hand, beer costs a lot less than anywhere else in the world. Beer is considered a compliment to a meal and not an alcoholic drink - so it gets taxed less than in other countries.
Classic Czech meals in restaurants for locals cost less than for equally filling meals in other western countries. For $5 US you can enjoy a hearty lunch of pork, sauce, six dumplings and a half litre of beer. The trick is to visit non-tourist restaurants if you are hunting for inexpensive meals. Restaurants in tourist hot-spots near the Charles Bridge will not provide savings - the price can be twice as much just because you are near the Bridge. To save money avoid tourist hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. Ask locals where they eat.
|THE PRICE OF:||PRICE CZK||PRICE ~ $US|
|Big Mac, Medium Fries and Coke||105||5.25|
|Pack of Marlboro||83||4.15|
|Grande Latte at Starbucks||85||4.25|
|Levis Red Tab men’s jeans||2500||100|
|iPhone 6 (16gb)||20000||800|
|THE PRICE OF:||PRICE CZK||PRICE ~ $US|
|Classic Czech meal at restaurant- meat, sauce, dumplings||80||4|
|500 ml of beer draft (pint)||23||1.15|
|Metro pass to get from one side of Prague to the other||40||2|
|Taxi ride from airport to center (25km)||800||40|
|30 minute train ride to little village outside of Prague that has no tourists||40||2|
|White 100% cotton men's t-shirt||190||9|
|20 minute private lap dance by topless stripper at popular cabaret (I've heard)||1500||75|
|Large sausage, bun and mustard at Vaclav's Square||40||2|
|Overnight stay at fully furnished bed and breakfast for 4 in a small town 30 minutes by train outside of Prague||1900||75|
I hope you find this website helpful. I created the website because I love Prague, I enjoy writing about it, and I get a weird kick helping you make your trip to Prague more enjoyable.
I also wrote a book about local travel in Prague. The book is my pride, my joy, my unbiological offspring. It was not slapped together with filler content - it was written with a passionate heart. If you find this website helpful and would like to show me your appreciation please consider reading my book. You will receive an entertaining book full of useful Prague tips and in return I will receive a warm fuzzy feeling inside for which I will be gratefull. If for whatever reason you are not satisfied simply contact me and I will return your money.
Roman : Prague 2015
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