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What Are The Prices In Prague?

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 180 CZK. So if you are buying a toothbrush from a street vendor for 2500 CZK you are being ripped off.

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:

  • Electronics
  • Brand name Clothes
  • Brand name groceries
  • Anything imported

The following cost a lot less in Czech:

  • Beer
  • Cigarettes
  • Restaurant food
  • Anything localy made

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 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.

Beer, on the other hand, is probably cheaper than anywhere else in the world. For Czechs beer is considered a meal compliment and not an alcoholic drink - so it is 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.

For comparison with your hometown, here are are few international products to give you an idea of prices in Prague:

Prices in Prague (CZK -> USD, EUR, GBP, CDN, AUD) updated: 2023
Big Mac, Medium Fries and Coke 180 7.3 6.2 6.0 9.5 10.0
Pack of Marlboro 120 5.0 4.2 4.0 5.1 6.9
Grande Latte at Starbucks 95 4.2 4.3 3.3 5.7 5.9
Levis Red Tab men’s jeans 2500 108.7 96.2 86.2 147.1 156.3
iPhone 14 21000 913 807.7 724.1 1235.3 1312.5

Here are a few local Prague purchases to give you an idea of local item prices in Prague:

Prices in Prague (CZK -> USD, EUR, GBP, CDN, AUD)
Classic Czech meal at restaurant- meat, sauce, dumplings 160 6.8 5.9 5.3 9.0 9.5
Large sausage, bun and mustard at Wenceslas Square 60 2.2 2.1 2.4 3.4 3.5
500 ml of beer draft (pint) 45 1.9 1.6 1.6 2.8 2.9
750ml bottle of wine good enough to bring to party 160 7.0 6.2 5.5 9.4 10.0
Evening for two at resturuant in the center of Prague (2 meals, deserts, 2 beers (each), 2 coffees.) 1000 38.8 37.2 34.6 52.1 56.0
loaf of same day brown bread 10 .4 .4 .3 .6 .6
100g of ham to eat with a bun 20 .9 .8 .7 1.2 1.3
100g Fresh whole button mushrooms (smažené žampióny) 15 .7 .6 .5 .9 .9
8 rolls of toilet paper 40 1.7 1.5 1.4 2.4 2.5
basic white plastic lawn chair 150 5.3 4.8 4.4 6.9 7.3
public tranport pass to get from one side of Prague to the other 40 1.7 1.5 1.4 2.4 2.5
24hour public transport pass for metro, tram, bus 120 4.9 4.5 4.1 6.3 6.6
3day public transport pass for metro, tram, bus 330 12.9 10.6 9.6 15.7 16.6
Taxi ride from airport to center (25km) 800 34.8 30.8 27.6 47.1 50.0
30 minute train ride to little village outside of Prague that has no tourists 60 2.7 2.5 2.4 3.4 3.5
Cotton men's t-shirt from department store 190 8.3 7.3 6.6 11.2 11.9
Cotton men's t-shirt from discount vietnamese shop 80 3.5 3.1 2.8 4.7 5.0
Average cost for 1 night Airbnb stay in standard private apartment not in tourist zone 1000 43.5 38.5 34.5 58.8 62.5
50 sqmeter (164 sq feet) 2 room, kitchen, 1 bath apartment not in touist zone 4.4 million 204k 180k 160k 280k 300k

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Roman : Prague 2023

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