Cost of Living - 2011 Update

Expats.cz looks at how much does it cost to live in Prague

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Cost of Living - 2011 Update



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This is an outdated document for 2011 - Please see our 2012 update here

Even before you've considered dealing with the red tape, you might be wondering how far your salary will stretch in the Czech capital. Once again we've created an up-to-date table of Prague living costs in Czech, European, British and US currency.

Since our last table was published for 2010, food prices and transport costs have remained stable. Overall rental prices have risen slightly. According to Mladá Fronta Dnes, rent across the country has gone up on average by 0.58%, even though property prices have dropped. Their average regional prices can be found here (it's in Czech, and the prices are an overall average.)

Standard hotels have remained about the same. However, looking through this list will turn up some very good bargains (at least at  the time of writing).

The Euro has continued to gradually fall against the Czech Crown. The US Dollar strengthened in the middle of last year only to fall again. At the moment it appears to be increasing in value. By mid 2010 the British Pound had peaked at just above 30 CZK. It is making some gains now.

Given the slight strength of the British and American currencies and general stability of prices, Prague remains fairly inexpensive compared to most European capitals with the exception of consumer items.

RESTAURANTS
CZK
EUR
GBP
USD
Large Sausage from Wenceslas Square
50
2.03
1.70
2.63
Lunch for one in a pub130
5.29
4.43
6.86
Dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant 550
22.38
18.77
29.02
Lunch for one in a sandwich bar 70
2.85
2.39
3.69
Combo meal at KFC or McDonald's 105
4.27
3.58
5.54
Coffee and Cake in Central Cafe 1004.07
3.585.54
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 35
1.421.19
1.85
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 60
2.44
2.05
3.17
A shot of vodka (20 ml) 30
1.22
1.02
1.58
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 351.42
1.19
1.84
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 351.42
1.19
1.84

 

THE SUPERMARKET
CZ EUR
GBP
 USD
 Milk (1 liter) 
15
0.610.51 0.79
 Loaf of Fresh Bread (Šumavský)210.88
0.72
 1.12
 Loaf of White Sliced Bread21
0.88
0.72
 1.12
 French Baguette (Large)
19
0.80
0.64
 1.01
 Eggs (10)20
0.84
0.68
 1.06
 Cheese (100g) - Eidam
15
0.88
0.77
 1.23
 Whole Chicken
75
3.05
2.55
 3.95
 1kg Apples (Granny Smith)
30
1.22
1.02
 1.58
 Water (1.5 liter bottle)
10
0.41
0.34
 0.53
 Bottle of Czech Wine75
3.05
2.55
 3.95
 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)11
0.45
0.38
 0.58
 Imported Beer (0.5 liter bottle)23
0.94
0.80
 1.22
 Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)82
3.36
2.79
 4.35
 Pack of Cigarettes - Czech Brand67
2.75
2.28
 3.55

           

TRANSPORTATION
CZK
EUR
GBPUSD
Limited Ticket (20/30 min.)
18
0.73
0.61
0.95
75-Minute Ticket 
26
1.06
0.85
1.32
24-hour Pass
100
4.07
3.41
5.28
5-Day Pass
50020.35
17.05
26.39
Month Pass
550
22.38
18.75
29.04
Month Pass, Child
130
5.29
4.44
6.86
Month Pass, Student 
260
10.58
8.87
13.71
Month Pass, Senior
250
10.17
8.52
13.19
Annual Pass
4,750
193.32
162.11
250.66
Taxi (airport to center)
500
20.35
17.05
26.39
Taxi (within center) 
200
8.14
6.8210.56
Liter Petrol (Natural 95)
33.16
1.35
1.13
1.75

A  full list of public transportation prices is here.
        

FLIGHTS
CZK
EUR
GBP
USD
London (All Airports)
4800
195.36
163.82
253.30
Paris (All Airports)
3890
158.32
132.75
205.27
New York (All Airports)
19786
805.29
675.29
1044.11

       

ACCOMODATION (Per Month)
CZK
EUR
GBP
USD
Room in Flatshare, Prague 1/2
7,000
284.90
238.91

369,39

Room in Flatshare, Outside Center
6,000
244.20
204.78
316.62
Studio Flat, Prague 1/2
12,150
495.50
414.67
641.16
Studio Flat, Outsider Center 
9,100
370.37
310.58
480.21
Flat (1+1) in Prague 1/2
15,200
618.64
518.77
802.11
Flat (1+1) Outside Center 
13,650
555.55
465.87
72.31
Flat (2+1) in Prague 1/2
21,500
875.05
733.79
1134.56
Flat (2+1) Outside Center 
15,250
620.68
520.58
804.75
4 Star Hotel, Dbl Room (Per Night)
2,580
105
88.05
136.14
Hostel, Bed in Dorm (Per Night)
225
9.16
7.68
11.87


UTILITIES, ETC. (Monthly) 
CZK
EUR
GBP
USD
Basic (Gas, Electricity, etc.)
2,500
108.02
94.29150.48
Phone (Land Line) 
600
23.14
20.20
32.25
Mobile Phone
800
30.86
26.94
42.99
Internet (ADSL) 
600
19.28
16.83
26.86


        
Exchange rates:
1 USD = 18.95 CZK
1 GBP = 29.30 CZK
1 EUR = 24.57 CZK
(As of January 9th 2011)

NOTES: This is a rough guide to prices only and all prices are based on a median. Prices include VAT (value added tax), which remains at 20% full rate, or 10% reduced rate.

The average costs were taken from the supermarkets Albert Hypermarket and Billa. The water was the Czech brand Dobrá Voda. The domestic beer was Gambrinus, and the imported beer Stella Artois. An inexpensive meal for one was calculated at a main course (a schnizel or goulash), plus potatoes or dumplings, and two beers. The meal for two at a mid-range restaurant included the soup of the day, main courses, dessert and wine. Remember prices near the tourist centers are maybe 25% to 30% higher than the average.

There are two caveats regarding housing prices and utilities. A number of factors will determine rental price, such as proximity to historical areas, whether the flat is in a modern, old or panel building and the flat's size. Utilities will depend on heating and the energy efficiency of appliances. Comparing prices is advisable.

Related articles: Employment and Wages in the Czech Republic


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Comment from: litpoutPublished: 07:48:10 06.08.2012
As I have recently got a lot of emails with similar questions, I have decided to write FAQ and answers about Prague and life in Prague. I am sorry for my English if any mistakes, but I think it will be useful. Well nowadays the Czech rate of unemployment is about 8,4% (almost 500 000 people) and it is pretty hard to find a job here. But in Prague it is different, there are lots of jobs you can apply for. Here http://www.jobs.cz/en/ you can find job opportunities. This is the biggest internet gateway you can find in the Czech Republic if you are looking for a new job. Then you can try even http://www.sprace.cz/ but you have to use a translator, I don´t think it is in English too. Somebody prefers agencies, I prefer sending CV directly to the company or their personalists. On the jobs.cz you can find both ways. Well I´d like to know what is the wheater like? - we have mild climate - spring is nice, summer has been recently very hot (34°C), autumn is nice because of a lot of colors in the nature (trees and leaves change their colors), winter is often cold (somewhere could be even -28°C but this is really exception) and with a lot of snow. It has been said that we have just two seasons - summer and winter. It could be truth, the nature is sometimes very interesting and unpredictable. When I sum it up, the weather is good. When is the best time for visit the city? - if you mean Prague, I think always. Prague has it´s charm at every season. But of course in winter it could be worse because it is not comfortable to go for a walk in Prague when it is -15°C... How much cost living there, I mean is it cheap or expensive? - Prague is the most expensive city in the Czech Republic. Almost everything is more expensive than in other cities or towns. Especially rentals. For attempt when you are a Czech student you often have to share a flat with other people. The rental of a flat could be even 15 000 CZK per month or more and when you are alone it is not often possible. You can´t afford it. But every problem has a solution. Is the city safe? - Yes, I think Prague is quite safe. Of course you should!!! avoid going to parks in the night!!!! This is very dangerous!!! There are lots of junkies, homeless persons and dangerous people. Sometimes you can find some "bad guys" in tram or underground in the night. Don´t talk to them and don´t look at them if possible. Otherwise call the police (the number is 158). During the day it is ok. Of course you can find some problematic people but it is not as bad as in the night. Prague is our biggest city and so it is full of different people. There is mafia of course but ordinary don´t have to afraid of them. How well is the public transportation? - A quick and quite comfortable is underground and tram. Of course you can use bus but I have never travelled by bus when I was in Prague. Underground is really good and you can move almost anywhere by this way. DON´T USE TAXI !!!!!!! It is too expensive, mainly for citizens from other countries. Our taxi drivers are stupid. When they see you are a tourist, they increase the carfare twofold. And this is really bad! Travelling by car in Prague is hell. There is often traffic jam so travelling by car is slow and uncomfortable. Underground and tram is the fastest way. Are there enough green spaces or public areas? - Well... I think yes, there are. Although Prague is "a cement jungle", you can find a lot of parks and some interesting places where you can just sit and relax. What about the employement and pollution? - The least unemployed people is in Prague. Nowadays we have 8,4% of unemployed people but in Prague you can find the most free jobs. Pollution is a problem, sometimes there is smog but the tourists often don´t see it. If you lived there for many years, you would find it but I think it is not so bad. Some more useful information - If you want to have some Czech beer (our beer is good, try it), avoid buying them in the historical centre. You don´t have to pay 60 CZK (2,5 USD) a glass. Look for pubs out of the centre, you can buy it for 18 or 23 CZK. Prices in the centre are the highest so be patient and always look for other restaurants. An average salary is oficially 24000 CZK but this is not truth. It depends on what your job is (if you are for attempt an IT expert or a worker) but the real average Czech salary is about 15 000-18000 CZK per month. If you make 24000 CZK, you are a lucky man. *** What do I think about living in the Czech Republic? Life in the Czech Republic if almost fine even though we have some problems too. Our government is the worst we have had since 1989 (the Velvet revolution - the end of communism). People hate them and don´t believe that it could be even worse. The most surprising thing is that it really can be worse and everyone just stares and says "what the hell?". Our politicians are often corrupted, we have many corrupting affairs and there is nobody who could make it better. They make a mock of ordinary people and they think they are gods and untouchable... Our country is often ridiculous. You know, before 1989, when the communism was here, people were not satisfied because of the dictatorship of the proletariat. It was not possible to travel except a few countries (Russia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria...) and there was lack of many things (vegetable, fruit, electronics). But everybody had a job, people did not have to worry about their lives because the state was able to help anyone if needed. We had a lot of prospering fabrics which used to made for attempt airplanes, industrial components, cars (Škoda), we had many good scientists, great health care, some sugar factories, great farming....... But the dictatorship was really bad. After 1989 (the Velvet revolution) everything was supposed to be better, mainly democratic! What do we have now? Nothing! We have sold our state! We have sold almost all state-owned fabrics, almost all hospitals.... These fabrics (where many thousand people used to work) are close down, our health care is better than before but doctors and nurses don´t make enough money (actually as all ordinary employees), sugar factories, farms are close down too. We used to be a self-sufficient country, now we are dependent on goods from other countries. We have become "a garbage can" of Europe. What do I mean? We import almost everything - low quality food from Poland (for example we import foodstuffs which contains ROAD SALT!!! and there is nobody who could stop it!!!), low quality and expensive meat, toys, clothes..... from China! We used to own a fabric making cars - Škoda. Nowadays this fabric is owned by Volkswagen (Germany). If you want to buy a favourite car - Škoda Octavia, you have to pay on average 350 000 CZK and you get lower equipment. When you go to Germany to buy the same car you pay 350 000 CZK but the same car is more comfortable and has more equipments, and this is just because you go to Germany. In Germany you can buy often cheaper but more quality food than in the Czech Republic! How come? Because a Czech citizen can is able (forced) to get over that! Because we have no other choice! And this is sad....... When you see that the average Czech salary is about 25 000 CZK, you want to laugh because this is not truth! I don´t know quite anyone who has such a salary! My mother has been working as a nurse for more than 30 years and her salary is 15 000 CZK! Her boss (a private doctor) makes.................... lots of money. But she doesn´t have a reason to raise her salary! Why would she do that? She knows that my mother (or any other ordinary empolyee) has no choice! She can´t go anywhere to look for a job because of 1000 reasons... And this is the worst thing in the Czech Republic! There are already just two kinds of people - rich and poor! Rich people are often businessmen (employers), politicans, mafia members and bastards who know how to make money and not to be catch! Nowadays almost 500 000 people are unemployed (8,4%). When you are young and you have no skills, you won´t get a job because you have no skills! But how can you get skills when you can´t get a job? When you are over 50 years, you are old and you have to shut up or you are fired! If you are so unlucky and you are over 50 and you have no job, you have really a big problem! Almost nobody wants to hire people who are over 50! Employers choose and choose and you have to visit a lot of companies and you often here "no... no... no...". Are you a woman? And you haven´t had a baby? You will not get a job because there is "a problem" that when you become pregnant, you will go on maternity leave and then you will have to look after your kids when they are sick. So you are not an interesting person for most employers.......... Ordinary people have become slaves. I don´t magnify! Czech employers know (very well) that if you don´t like the job you have to do (and no matter if you work in a unsatisfactory working environment), you can go. He can hire other 10 people immediately after you close the door of the fabric! So for example people working in supermarkets make too little money (8000 CZK) and their boss treats them badly. But they can´t do anything. They are happy (and lucky) they have a job althought they can´t sleep because of being nervous and destroyed! You can see it everywhere. I can remember when people used to gather in pubs, play the guitars and sing Czech traditional songs. I can remember friendships. But now... everything is gone! We have found out that money makes us happy and we become "money hunters". We have found enviousness instead of being happy! One of our ex-president said "people are in a miserable mood". And he was right. But it is caused by this society, this system we live in. Another terrible thing is that there is almost no justice in this state. You can´t find help anywhere! If I murder somebody, I will go to jail for (for example) 20 years. But after 10 years I can try to ask for conditioned release and if I am lucky (and the chance is high) I will be released. But if I steal 1 000 000 CZK from a bank, I will go to jail for 15 years! But if I "steal" 1 000 000 000 CZK from the Czech state budget, I am untouchable because I have a lot of friends (politicans, mafia members...) and they won´t let me go to jail of course. And in case that somebody would like to investigate the affair, he could be "hit by a car"......... Our government says "we have to save more money so we will increase taxes". Suddenly you see that our stupid fucking government had bought OVERPRICED military airplanes we don´t need and the police conducts an investigation! Or you listen to a regional council president saying "no more corruption in the Czech Republic" and a few years later the police catch him in the streets of Prague carrying 7 000 000 CZK in a small box where bottles of wine are supposed to be! And I think it will not surprise you when I say the money was a bribe! I think that this country has no good future! Czech people are fucked up and discontented with the situation. But the worst thing is that they will not do anything. Everyone will just say "if I could I would..." but nobody will do anything! We are a country of chronic complainers. But the absolutely worst thing is that there is no solution how to change that. This is our mentality and maybe our destiny... I suppose the crime is just in our larger cities (mainly in Prague). Prague is not as dangerous as some world cities but sometimes you can hear that "a controversial businessman" (a mafia member) was shot or murdered. Of course we have many murderers killing ordinary people just for fun, money or something else. This is always terrible. We have a lot of problems with gypsy people. Because of them we are sometimes called a racist state but there is no wonder. I bet nobody would love to live next to a gypsy family! What they do so bad that we don´t like them? Nothing! Yes, they really do nothing! They don´t work! They live in ghettos and PRODUCE (they really PRODUCE!) kids because of welfares! They live (drink and smoke) just because of the welfares! An average gypsy family has more than 6 or 10 children! They produce children as much as possible! They are often agressive, they beat and rape other people, shoplift, thieve.... But they will NEVER work! And they are untouchable! Our government protect them! No wonder people rise up against this situation! For example watch this video from 1:46 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUYUEz7sX4w&feature=related . What would you say about that??? This is not normal!!! And again - there is nobody who could do anything to protect ordinary people! Yes, there are some good gypsy people but too little number! Yes, we have a lot of homeless people especially in Prague and other large cities. Nowadays a lot of people are poor, mainly in some parts of this state (Ostrava etc.) because of the unemployment or low salaries. The corruption is a terrible problem here. We have many corruption affairs but there is almost nobody who could make this situation better. Yes, when you are not scared to open you eyes, you see that this country sucks! I am not proud of being Czech! We have amazing nature, historic sight and buildings, beautiful women, good beer (we drink the most beer in the world, I don´t know if it is fun or sad...) but how will this help me or my son? Hope this helps!
Former Expat (Guest)Published: 09:16:36 04.08.2012
I'm warning you all. Check with your employer before you arrive. If the salary is anything less than about 40000 CZK per month ($2000 per month) you will not be able to live comfortably in Prague and you will wish you are back where you came from. 35 - 40% of that you will have to pay in taxes. This salary is about double the average salary. However, Czechs live in low rental accommodation (in those grey communist style apartment blocks where they pay something like 3000 CZK per month) or with their parents. That's how they survive. Foreigners will not be offered this kind of accommodation. You will instead live in some multicolored upmarket apartment block complete with a shopping mall on the ground floor with rents exceeding 20000 CZK per month including utilities (I'm not kidding). Czech food is not that good really no matter what the Czechs say about it. If you've ever had carp you know what I mean. Czechs like meat dumplings a lot. If you like parky v rohliku (the weird Czech hot dog which is sometimes called euro dog) then fine (I'm laughing already). The rents are outrageously high and are more expensive than many cities in the US. If you're going to shop in the centre of Prague, be prepared to pay what you would in West Germany. Supermarkets are quite expensive actually and only a bit cheaper than in the US. The quality of supermarket food is lower than in the US, particularly if you go to Kaufland, Billa or Interspar. TESCO and Carrefour are better but not as good as TESCO in the UK or Carrefour in France. Peanut butter is ridiculously expensive. Czech beer is cheap I agree, but I still prefer Guinness and Jim Beam. Bottled water is cheap too (as it is in the US) if you buy the Czech variety - dobra voda and not evian. Prague has become more expensive recently as the US dollar weakens. Prague might be nice in appearance (and that includes the people), but probably below average in friendliness. Believe me, there are a lot of miserable people in Prague who wish they were somewhere else.
Comment from: litpoutPublished: 10:41:54 29.06.2012
to Bob: try this link http://zkracovatko.cz/nkQlLp - be patient, don´t hurry and use translator if your Czech is not good enough. Flats in the centre are too high, you should avoid them if not necessary. You should look for flats in the suburbs of Prague. You will see the difference and you will find out you always don´t have to pay high rents! Good luck. litpout@gmail.com
Comment from: litpoutPublished: 10:37:46 29.06.2012
If you need any specific information about our country - the Czech Republic - let me know. Although I don´t live in Prague, I know our country very well and I used to travel to Prague for business so I know the city. I could help or advise to anyone who is interested in the real Czech life which is often hard and confusing for other people! This is my email: litpout@gmail.com - feel free to contact me. BenTennison16 says that "the average czech salary is between 26-27k per month (around 1,050 EUR) (around 33,000 CZK - 1,250 EUR depends on exchange rate - in Prague). source: czech statistical office" It would be amazing if we made such money but 80 per cent of Czech people makes JUST ABOUT 15 000 - 18 000 CZK! And this is true! So if you make more than 25 000 CZK per month, you are lucky. It is not enough money to pay rent, buy food and to have much fun if you live in Prague, but you are happier than a lot of Czechs...
litpout (Guest)Published: 09:31:26 29.06.2012
Hi everyone, I am Czech, I don´t live in Prague but I have a lot of experience and I know my country well. As I can see that a lot of people don´t know if they have enough money etc... I would like to tell you something about our country. BenTennison16 says the average Czech salary is between 26-27k per month (around 1,050 EUR) (around 33,000 CZK - 1,250 EUR depends on exchange rate - in Prague). Source: czech statistical office. Well... 80% living and working people in the Czech Republic DO NOT MAKE SUCH MONEY!!! The real average salary is about 15 000 - 18 000 CZK before taxes!!! Of course people in Prague make more money but in Prague is everything more expensive than in other parts of the Czech Rep. If you want to live a good life in Prague, you have to rent a flat and share it with other people. This way is good if you want to save some money. Life in Prague can be very expensive when you don´t know the city well. You should think twice - for attempt if you want to drink some beers, do not go to the centre! Yes, you will see a lot of historical monuments etc. but a glass of beer costs 50 or more CZK! And this is crazy!!! You can find a lot of pubs where you can buy the same glass of beer for 18 or 23 CZK. So if you make more than 25 000 CZK per month you are lucky. It is not the best salary ever but you are happier than 80% of Czech people... Flats in the centre are very expensive! If you want to find a cheaper flats, you have to look for flats in the suburbs of Prague. You can try for attempt this http://zkracovatko.cz/JYMNPs Don´t hurry, be patient, use a translator if you don´t speak good enough Czech. You always don´t have to pay high rents! If you have any questions or something you would like to know about living in the Czech Republic or Prague, let me know: litpout@gmail.com
Bob (Guest)Published: 01:52:36 20.06.2012
How much does it cost to rent an apartment suitable for a family 2+3 in Prague? Something modest but decent.
Abhinav (Guest)Published: 02:19:21 09.06.2012
Going for study in CTU. How much money montlhy do I need including rent and everything
Comment from: BenTennison16Published: 08:12:18 02.06.2012
So this thread can die for a while, the average czech salary is between 26-27k per month (around 1,050 EUR) (around 33,000 CZK - 1,250 EUR depends on exchange rate - in Prague). source: czech statistical office anyone who thinks cleaners get more than that in the UK must be either trolling or poor suckers who dont know first thing about economics. unlike in czech, in the UK it is estimated that 25-30% of british workers get between £ 6 - 7 per hour !!! and trust me the minimum wage is not just cleaners but pretty much ALL low but even semi skilled work, builders may get as little as 7 quid an hour , a head chef? not much more that. and considering living costs of the UK, trust me such wage is tiny. on the other hand, ppl should stop asking questions wether 40,000 czk per month (even in prague) is enough because YES it is, even with a family (because then your income would be 2x as high if two parents working, not to mention child benefits and other subsidies. please use common sense. for a single person in prague (a student) it is possible to live on as little as 8,000 czk (incl. everything) ... all depends on life-style, proximity to city centres etc etc. just like anywhere else. hope you find this comment useful
Comment from: KoyunbabaPublished: 10:48:13 21.05.2012
You can live very comfortably in Prague for 10k a month if you do not have to worry about rent. I would say 6-7k is a bit low if you want to go to the gym regularly, which could cost you anywhere from 800-2000 a month.
Anya (Guest)Published: 10:18:12 12.05.2012
Can anyone tell me if 15000 CZK for 2 months (no need for housing) is enough for normal life? Can I afford to go to gym and swimming pool??? Thanks in advance :))
Porkchop (Guest)Published: 09:23:47 04.05.2012
Hi, I am an American of Czech descent and have been living here for about 6 years. To all those who will be making 40k or more gross in Prague, it is plenty to live nicely and even save if you share a flat. I used to live off about 30k gross and went on vacation a few times a year. For questions about owning a car: Yes it is expensive. Gasoline is now at about 38 CZK per liter = $8 a gallon roughly. Car prices have significantly dropped and I would say they are between 20-50% higher than US prices (20% for VW, Skoda etc, 50% for Audi, BMW, other premium). This can be attributed to consumption tax (VAT) of 20%, and lower competition since the US is known for having the cheapest prices for consumer goods including vehicles. Repair costs under warranty are quite high increasing as you go into luxury vehicles but again labor costs are much lower than in the US, it is the material costs that get you, which are anywhere from 50-100% higher than in the US. I have to comment to Bruce directly. If you are not joking, 500k is an exceptional salary only reserved for top managers. Yes, people make more, but off of this salary you will live like a king. The absolute best flats with swimming pool, gym, view of Prague castle, etc peak at 100k for maybe a 300m2 place. For searching for housing, I recommend checking the postings here on Expats as they are often without realter fees (which you often pay everywhere else, about one months rent) That's about it for now, hope it helps.
de (Guest)Published: 02:03:17 24.04.2012
I might move to Prague of Czech republic. I am getting 6050czk/month is that enough to live there?
bruce (Guest)Published: 11:58:30 13.04.2012
I make about 500,000 czk per month as a self employed business man. As I am hoping to study at the Prague film school I have decided to take my business abroad to Czech for 1-2 years. What sort of lifestyle can you have with 500,000 czk per month ($300,000 per year)
kartik (Guest)Published: 01:41:40 29.03.2012
I am moving for job to pregue in April. The employer offer me 45000 kc gross is anyone can tell me is it gud amount for living. I am alone but need to save some money. Anyone can tell me the shared accomodation and the normal monthly expencess.
Alexandre (Guest)Published: 10:44:30 26.03.2012
Hi. I would like to know if the electricy bill and gas are separated ? I saw above an average of 108.02. Are they together ? Are they paid monthly or in two and two months ? is 108.02 per person or to share ? So, for a student the basic living expenses in Prague will be room + food + transport + internet + mobile and some leisures, won't ? Is there any other extra expense to be paid such as insurance for student ? Wha about the internet. Is The price above of 19.28 to share or per person ? Tks Alexandre
Yolli (Guest)Published: 11:03:58 23.03.2012
Hi, I live in small town near Ostrava and study in Brno. I read your comments about salaries in Czech Republic. Believe me, 30 000 CZK is very nice payment. People here have normally 15 000 CZK...
Victoria (Guest)Published: 08:31:22 05.03.2012
Hi, there! I need some information regarding a job offer in Brno that I have received. The salary is going to be 23 500 CZK gross. I need to know if this is going to be enough, if I need to pay rent, utilities, food and of course having some money for personal needs. (Also if considering sharing an appartment with a roommate). Thank you in advance for inforamtion given.
Sarah (Guest)Published: 10:25:46 04.03.2012
I may be going to School in Prague and I am going to have a living budget of 10,000 Kc per month with a rent of about 3,200 Kc per month. This will be just north of the City, in Suchdol. So perhaps the tourist prices wont effect my area. How does the finances look? will this be enough?
Jonno (Guest)Published: 11:25:59 02.03.2012
Having visited Prague this week (27.2.2012) armed with the info that things are really cheap,i.e.a 2 course meal with beer for about a fiver we found that things weren't quite what we expected! Although not over expensive a steak meal for 2 with beer was costing about 24 in a fairly average type of restaurant.However if you wish to have extras like vegatables etc these are all extras The cheapest small beer was about 1, and a coffee about 2 each. They do charge extra for milk! A day pass on the tram is 4 which is good value. If you catch the 22 tram to the castle area, beware of a restaurant which is situated on the corner and sells mulled wine from outside. If you buy a coffee from this establishment, you may be offered a taste of their local 'medicine' from a charming lady salesperson. Then if you accept, you will find a bill for over 20!! Keep your money in your pocket or check the price on the menu first!!!
ROCK STAR DINESH (Guest)Published: 12:55:43 28.02.2012
i will be moved to prague..soon..i am a CCNA certified professional and my designation is System Admin. they told me 7000Kc per month..i dont know whether is true or lie..what is the average salary of a system admin in prague..and how much is need to live a descent life in prague..
William (Guest)Published: 03:52:49 24.02.2012
Hello... I'm moving to Prague soon... I will be alone... How much do I need per month to live a normal life? My salary will be 30000 net, can I save money with this salary? I really appreciate any advice...
Petr (Guest)Published: 03:24:55 12.02.2012
Hey jody, i lived in czech republic for 14 years, and 25000kc aka czk is more than enough if yyour appartment is paid off.
anthony (Guest)Published: 01:21:55 10.02.2012
Hi gyus!!!. I ama about to accept a job in Brno.The net salary is about 45000. I realize that this is a respectable amount of money but what if you want to bring your wife and kids here also??. How much money per month is enough for a 4 member family , leaving the rent aside. One more think i dont understand is why there is so much difference in rents between estates in Brno and ones 10-15klm away from it????
Nidia (Guest)Published: 05:45:40 10.02.2012
Hello, I might be rellocating to Prague with my 14 years old daughter. She does not speak Czech, but English and Spanish. How much is the cost of a private school? Any advise?
katka (Guest)Published: 02:00:34 08.02.2012
Hi, I am from Czech and I am quite surprised. Tom, My husband is Head chef in Prague and gets 1000Euro. In England even cleaners have more...
sivakumar (Guest)Published: 05:04:59 19.01.2012
hi i am chef work in cruise line ..i like to come czech repulic .what is the basic salary for cook and chef?please any one answer my question. thanks
Shone (Guest)Published: 11:35:13 05.01.2012
First, thanks to all who sent their inputs! They are various so I would simply like to know - would 700 euros be enough in Prague for a decent life? I am planning to do my masters over there so I guess would be living somewhere close to the Uni (CTU). Thanks a lot!
cate (Guest)Published: 08:53:44 03.01.2012
Judy, it depends on your planned activities...it doesnt seem to me much 25000 CZK http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Czech+Republic&city=Prague&displayCurrency=USD
Tom (Guest)Published: 03:20:24 16.12.2011
Judy if you dont have to pay any rent then its ok. Most money go away for accommodation.
Judy (Guest)Published: 08:41:08 29.11.2011
Hi There! Me and my husband will be living in Pragua for 6 months. I would like to know if 25000 CZK is enough money for a living for two of us. The apartment already been paid for. Thank you for alll the comments!
atom (Guest)Published: 03:35:41 04.11.2011
hello can anyone give me any info on if your reg disabled in uk and u want to live in czech are there any beneifts for somene like me? my son is residing there and im thinking of going ive tried many websites but have yet had no feed back would be gratefull if u could help
Tale (Guest)Published: 08:53:31 23.10.2011
hello guys...just I wanna to know that how much money I need to live there as a student,for example for a month how much money I need(rent home,food and etc)...pls help me....thankss
BenTennison16 (Guest)Published: 08:07:25 21.10.2011
@alan, hey alan, considering the living costs in brno (got a friend studying there), 19k would be plenty for you and your wife and your child to live there. if your wife cannot (for any reason) then you should still be easily able to live on about 500 euros a month yourself. that friend is a student and for a private room you'd pay approx. 100-130 euros per month, so incl. food and everything , it is possible to live under 250 EUR quite easily. 500 EUR, VERY comfortable. Heck 500 Euros is what i spend here in the UK! where prices and wages are double. But obviously Belgium is more expensive (more than the UK i'd say) so although you'd be living like a king for 500 euros a month, your family in Belgium would be just about okay with over 1000 !! But i suppose you can always claim government support (benefits ) or something. The bottom line is, Czech republic (except maybe for Prague) has an amazing purchasing power. Although salaries are maybe like 50% of Belgium, (avrg. 12-13k EUR per annum gross), the prices are low as well. so ---> similar standards of living pretty much. You need to calculate how much it costs to live in Belgium first.
Louis Grobler (Guest)Published: 11:14:39 21.10.2011
Hi I am going to teach in Prague. I will be payed in USD. What is a good not great salary??
Adrian (Guest)Published: 11:01:40 19.10.2011
Hi all, Is 25000 czk/month (before taxes) enough for one person to live in prague? Thank's in advance.
alan (Guest)Published: 11:09:24 17.10.2011
Hi all, I'm offered a job at Brno which is paid 19000 Euros gross per year. Consideraing I have 3 months trial and for this time my wife and kid must stay home here in Belgium and I must send them 800 euros net do you think I can survive and if I was there with wife and children considering my wife only speaks french Could it be enough for us 3 ? Thanks for answers.
Ashu (Guest)Published: 06:13:19 16.10.2011
Is 20000CZK pretax permonth salary is enough for living in Brno for a family of two?
Sandman (Guest)Published: 09:00:38 01.10.2011
Hi, I am considering a move to Brno. Would 50000Kc/month before taxes be enough for a good life of a couple with a small kid?
Doug (Guest)Published: 10:59:59 15.09.2011
are some of the comments for real? Asking things like 'is 100,000czk enough to survive on' or 'which business should I start'. If a company is really paying someone 100,000czk/month then they should be smart enough to do basic research on cost of living here. And if they can't, then I want their job!
Tomas (Guest)Published: 04:34:09 05.09.2011
Xavier, Im not familiar with business plans here so you should check some official international websites about business in Czech republic.
Xavier (Guest)Published: 05:42:46 04.09.2011
I would like to live in Czech.. I have 90000 USD. what can I do with that money in Czech. Is it possible to set up a small business..
Tomas (Guest)Published: 12:52:05 24.08.2011
Hello everyone I read all commenst and there are few things I would want to tell you. Im czech and I live in Prague right now. My salary is 19 100,- CZK after taxes. I live on my own in flat which is 3 minutes away of the subway station and its situated on top of the hill above the historical center of Prauge. I pay 9200,- CZK for rent, energy, TV, internet, water, electricity. I pay monthly about 500-1000,- CZK for my phone bill and 2500,- CZK for food and I have a car as well. So Im able to save up money even though I have this starting money. If you guys follow the main tourist routes be ready to pay like 200% or 300% of the common price there for everything! But few steps away from the main tourist roads you can get normal prices so theres no problem to get a good beer for 25,- CZK. As I said I live on my own and I have no problem with anything. I dont need to share my flat with anyone to live comfortably. Its true that salaries in different areas are lower than in western europe or north america. For those who are from US, you have health care paid from your taxes in general you have to pay less money to live here even though Prague is the most expensive city in Czech republic. My salary will rise twice in one year (made by my contract) so I will have 35 000,- CZK before taxes in one year which is very cool. To buy high guality goods for good money you have to go to other stores that arent straight in the center. Its true that everything thats on the main tourist roads is fucken expensive. If you would need any advice or help just email me at tomas.kavecky@seznam.cz I have no problem to answer your questions or help you with something in Prague.
ali (Guest)Published: 01:06:02 15.08.2011
hi. i am going to czech republic for starting a small business.i have 20000 euro.anyone tell me which small business and which city will b suitable me in czech republic.i will b thanks ful to you.
frank. (Guest)Published: 12:02:25 10.08.2011
I'm going to Czech this month with 250$ in my pocket. And that's it!!!! Adventure time and on a one-way ticket. Time to see what happens, and im makeing a documentary on it how to survive urban life abroad!!! Ahoj.
prashant mishra (Guest)Published: 12:19:09 01.08.2011
Hi All, Need your valuable help , as i got an offer from Czech republic. Could someone tell me if annual pkg of around 500000 would be enough to live a good life there. Please also tell what are the good places to look for a home at rent. Has anybody been successful to get a job after returning back to india from Czech republic.
Atli (Guest)Published: 10:35:42 23.07.2011
I'm sorry to hear how little all of you make. I'm going there in a few days to tear up the party scene, will buy you guys a beer if I run into anyone of you.
rabit (Guest)Published: 09:40:17 05.07.2011
Let me tell you how salaries in Czech are very unevenly distributed. I am a qualified postgraduate doctor and let me tell you that in less than a year after completing my specialization , I was out of there. After 6 years of medical school I was earning a miserly 12800 Kc (before taxes) in 2005. After another 5 years (which is the min. time to complete a specialization) I was earning 35000 Kc (before taxes) a month. Let me tell you about my friend who went through 4 years of Engineering school and his starting salary was around 16000 Kc (after taxes) in year 2003 and after another 2.5 - 3 years he was earning 40000 Kc (after taxes). Professionals such as doctors are extremely under paid. No wonder so many of them leave in their prime. I am now in UK and am earning like 4x that amount even without doing any on calls.
Curtis (Guest)Published: 09:20:32 05.07.2011
Are these prices real ? If they are I am visiting the Czech Republic !! I only saved up about 8,000 CAD dollars for a 1 month visit but after seeing this site thats about almost 140,000KC. And I guess thats enough to hold me over for one month as this site says. Cya Soon !!
Ben (Guest)Published: 04:08:50 15.05.2011
I've been living in Prague for nearly four years with my wife and 2 year old son, we own our flat but still pay ground rent, have a Skoda Octavia and rent a small 12Msq office space too. We did our sums carefully and came to the conclusion that really we need to be earning at least 50K per month Net (73K gross) to allow us to live comfortably - ie cover all of our costs, go on holiday a couple of times a year, save around 5-8k month for our old age etc. Salaries in Prague are generally quite low I think, compared to the cost of food and clothes. I often wonder how on earth people who earn the 'average' monthly salary of 25K/month gross manage to raise a family.
Vlad (Guest)Published: 02:06:36 10.05.2011
Some answers for you guys who ask about the salaries and costs of living (I am from Brno, CZ). Prague is certainly most expensive city in CZ Rep as you'd expect from capital. Someone wrote he/she is considering relocating and accepting salary of 16 000 CZK. That sucks to be honest, with that money you ll have to share a room or so, unless you plan to live in a village very far from bigger cities. The sad truth on the other hand is that most of Czech people earn about 20 000 per month so they need to couple up to be able to pay rent and still have some entertaining life. So generally, I will take it that you wanna know how much you need to have in order to live a "high standard" life. Well that would be round 50 000 in Prague, 40 000 in Brno, 30 000 in other cities and 20 000 somewhere else (all before paying taxes as this is what you see on the job offers usually). If you just want to survive sharing a room eating bread and salt, having a one or two beers at the end of the week, then divide the values by two. Any salary that is higher that 50 000 is considered to be very high and you'd belong to the "richest" 10% of population here. For illustration - senators have roughly some 60 000 base (+ crazy high compensation packages but let's not mention it). So that gentleman above who's considering 110 000 CZK a month does not really need to be doubtful about the life standard he'd gain for him and his family (congrats by the way and 1 hint - don't tell any Czech people, they're very jealous and they always think that if you have higher salary than them - you must be either a thief or, in the better case, son of a damn rich bastard who leads the company you work for). I wish you all to like Czech Rep more than I do :-)
Uno (Guest)Published: 05:15:29 18.04.2011
I planned to visit Prague in this coming June. May i ask what is the basic living cost per month to live in Prague?
Paulo (Guest)Published: 07:59:25 16.04.2011
Hello. Any help would be appreciated. I'm looking at a tefl program that's advertising average teacher salaries around 16-20 CZK a month, which they claim is about "breaking even."This looks to be rather low for the cost of living. Or, is this feasible? Any response would be most welcome.
Verity (Guest)Published: 08:13:55 15.03.2011
Hi, Can someone tell me how much bills are for a 2kk? I live here with my husband and our 1 year old son & we've been here a year so we're due our settlement bill! We pay 3500 a month towards the elec, water, etc etc. Should that cover it? Thanks :)
Gencis (Guest)Published: 11:43:30 01.03.2011
Hi guys , I Need some help , I have a job offer in Brno and the salary is grossly 510 000 cz/ per year , and question is : Is that a good enough money to live in Brno and is it possible to save ???? Please Help , i have 2 month to decide
Dw (Guest)Published: 08:14:54 28.02.2011
I am going to move to the czech republic for university there, & i just want to know, are all universities in czeck? & is it difficult for student life there?! I would really like to get some help! Thank you! :)
Bezledu (Guest)Published: 06:36:01 21.02.2011
Seems to me answers to the questions here of whether a particular salary will allow for a decent lifestyle or ability to save money are somewhat relative to what kind of lifestyle one expects or will accept living. To give an example of our lifestyle (My GF and I) not an extravagant one IMO: We're not big consumers at all. We go out for dinner once a week on average..I like to cook, we make our own bread and homemade pasta...I like good quality Intl. ingredients to cook with , we like to have people over...we never get our grocery bill (good wine,booze incl.) under 7000kc/mth...our rent +utilities in a 2+1 with a big garden close to Mala Strana is 15,000kc, I buy an intl. paper 2 or 3 times/wk I often read them in a cafe... (as in leisure)...add in mobile tel., metro/car costs,VZP,social,internet, a concert or a jazz club once in a while,cinema,a social drink out now and then. then there's travel...We both work freelance...My work takes me abroad for weeks at a time, often to interesting places and my GF tags along when she can so fortunately that satisfies much our travel needs. And there will always be expenses one does not account for or things we just need or want to buy now and then...I'd say on average our lifestyle costs us around 45,000kc - 50,000kc/month...and this is before putting anything away.
Yvonne Mikulencak (Guest)Published: 08:06:09 15.02.2011
Food is excellent. I am an American of Czech descent .. the Czech Republic has come a long way.. it is not cheap anymore..They are resourceful people considering it was the wealthiest country in Europe before WWII.. and the Plague of Communism leaches.. Now its beginning to shine.. the local food is excellent... its Czech Food... The days of cheap travel to CR are gone... The country is shining again like it once did.
Marcel (Guest)Published: 02:32:16 01.02.2011
I will be moving to Prague end this month. Ggross salary will be around 1,200 p/month. Is this enough to live in center of Prague? Are there any part time jobs for weekends or night shifts? Appreciate to hear some reactions. Speak English, Spanish and dutch. What percentage will be dedicted from salary (taxes and more)?
Maria (Guest)Published: 09:56:58 19.01.2011
hi, excluding rent and utlilities. How would 100eruo, 2,000cz a week do for a daily etro food and social life do e? would the quality of life be week to week? does anyone know how it is tro travel or interrail, financially speaking?
saeid (Guest)Published: 09:20:04 16.01.2011
hi everybody i am planing to come in prauge and i am looking for a person how knows english and cz .just for a week or more . special whom knows cz laws.what shall i do? thank you
Andrew (Guest)Published: 03:34:09 12.01.2011
Justin, I come from Belarus, but the quality of local food sucks, what am I doing wrong?
Justin (Guest)Published: 09:54:04 10.01.2011
The only thing cheaper in Prague than most other countries is the beer. Rent is about the same in the West and US. UK you might need 75% of your income to live the same here because the pound is stronger than the ck. Food is sometimes cheaper but the quailty sucks, unless you are coming from Belarus. Gas is very expensive, especially for those from the US, about $6 to $7 a gallon depending. I would warn anyone coming to Prague for the sole purpose of saving money. Maybe 10 or even 5 years ago, but definitely no more. In fact, I always ask my Czech friends how they get by on just the normal salary which usually average in the low 20's kc.
chica (Guest)Published: 06:01:42 10.01.2011
czech people usually get 15.000/20.000 per month let's say they survive(!) but these are the common salaries, even for professionals at junior position so you all over 30.000 should feel really lucky!
Sanan (Guest)Published: 11:23:18 10.01.2011
CABLEGUY: You're going to be taking home about 79,000 Kc per month after taxes. Your costs, if living in the suburbs will probably run anywhere between 15,000-35,000 Kc depending on you living in an apartment or house. Owning a Skoda Octavia II will cost you about 3,000-5,000 Kc per month in fuel and minor service. Utilities 2500-4500 Kc. Internet 500 Kc. Phone 500 Kc. Electricity 1000 Kc. Satellite/Cable 700 Kc. Hope that helps.
Jeremy B (Guest)Published: 11:45:40 03.01.2011
This is a great list! Honestly, I LOVE watching house shows in other countries because I love seeing what you can afford to buy at what prices. My favorite ones are the ones in Europe but your list is so comprehensive going far beyond houses! However, like others are saying, it would be nice to compare salaries for job positions to get a true understanding of the cost of living.
Chubiss (Guest)Published: 12:48:25 02.12.2010
Im planning on going to study to prague next fal, im gonna live with a friend and we are looking for some good apartmets at a reasonable cost, also recommendations of part time jobs for us, we both speek fluent english and spanish, and i also speak chinese and a little frech. THANKS
Cableguy (Guest)Published: 04:53:11 01.12.2010
I'm considering a position in Prague with a monthly gross of 110,000CZK. This will mean relocating me, my wife and my son. My wife is a stay at home mum, so I was wondering if anyone can give me some sort of indication of what sort of disposable in we may see? We would probably prefer to live in suburbs. Also I have not noticed any indicative costs of owning or operating a vehicle. Does anyone have these numbers?
Alex (Guest)Published: 01:46:59 20.10.2010
Hi all, I got an offer for 40,000Kc per month for a job in Prague Would this be enough for a single person to get an apartment and pay the utilities, and of course safe some on side?
Didi (Guest)Published: 05:02:26 14.10.2010
Hello everyone. I might be getting a job offer for Ostrava around 30.000Kc net salary (1,200 euro). I know that Ostrava is cheaper that Prague, but do you think it will be enough to live comfortable and maybe save some money?
Andrew (Guest)Published: 07:08:33 27.09.2010
I recently received a job offer in Prague, but want to try to get feedback about cost of living before I accept. The position will pay me 360,000 CZK gross salary. Does this seem like a livable level of compensation for a single, recent college graduate? I don't need the most opulent lifestyle, but do want to live comfortably (potentially in an expat area?). Any feedback will prove extremely helpful. Thank you!
Gabriela (Guest)Published: 06:29:41 27.09.2010
I've applied for a job that pays 60,000 czk/month (gross). I don't know anything about Czech tax rates and am wondering how much of that 60,000 I could expect to keep. Also, like others on this site, I am wondering what my standard of living would be. My housing is paid for, and my husband and daughter would be living with me, but my husband may have a difficult time finding any work at all. We have no debt expenses, but transportation and miscellaneous expenses will likely cost 8000 czk/month at least, plus food... I'm not sure how much disposable income we would have after that.
Karan Sehgal (Guest)Published: 12:41:48 21.09.2010
Hi. I've been offered a job at 30,000 Kc gross per month. I'm looking for a second job to make it more around 50,000 Kc per month. Do you think this would suffice? I'm single and not a big spender. By the way, anywhere here ever worked for BCG, McKinsey or Accenture consulting? Thanks!
jane (Guest)Published: 09:26:35 12.09.2010
my daughter is going to study in Prague. Can you suggest the best way for me to get money to her there?
BenTennison16 (Guest)Published: 01:35:41 31.08.2010
I think the most important thing you people need to understand is this. Prague is STILL cheaper than other parts of western Europe. Outside centre, you can find some VERY affordable accommodation. Although Salaries are only about half of the UK, the cost of living is also about half or so...and yes...you might be slightly better off financially in the UK , but life is more than just money. to compare British and Czech capitals, I dont think there's any contest in which one of these cities (london VS prague) would win when it comes to atmosphere and beauty.
Bill (Guest)Published: 01:44:07 20.08.2010
Hello , ı have a job offer in prague. The offer is Gross salary 65kCZK per month + 800 Euro extra payment for flat rent. is this enough to live confortable in prague ? also ı am single and is it possible to save some money with this condition related to this offer.
Gagan (Guest)Published: 02:05:53 18.08.2010
I m getting an offer to work in Prague with salary 80000 Krownes will it be enough for surviving alone & save as much as i can?
Ke'alohi (Guest)Published: 09:38:23 16.08.2010
I'm planning to visit Prague very soon and am wondering what would be some hard to find (inexpensive) items that I can bring as small appreciation gifts. I live in Florida.
Shantelle (Guest)Published: 02:00:45 01.06.2010
Hi everyone I may be moving to the city of Prague to work. My wage will be around 22 000 Krone (785) and 36 000 Krone (1285) per month. My question is would this be enough for a single person to pay rent in the city centre includinjg utilities and get weekly supplies from the supermarket as I am not sure if I can afford to move. If anyone can provide information I would really appreciate it as I have another job offer which may be financially better. Thank you for reading Shantelle
Dan (Guest)Published: 09:47:25 08.04.2010
I'm moving to Prague in June for a job that pays 40,000 CZK net. How much rent should I pay for just me. My office is in section 5, but I don't need to be that close.
Bhavesh (Guest)Published: 06:54:34 01.03.2010
I am planning to relocate to Czech. I have a job offer with 30Kc per month. Will this be sufficient if I have to pay the rent for 1 room flat in the outskirts of Prague plus the taxes and ofcourse the basic utilities?
Sanan (Guest)Published: 03:33:19 27.02.2010
Naturelle: This list has been published for years and it's pretty accurate. I've been in PRG for 12 years an have seen the dramatic rise in costs. PNB: 55,000 Kc per month isn't great. Remember that after taxes you'll be taking home about 41,000 Kc (if you claim your child as a dependent). Take off rent and utilities and you're going to be left with a lot. I guess if you're ok not going out with your wife AND if you've got no debts to pay, especially credit cards or student loans, then you'll get by with just the bare minimum. If you're wife will be working, then you can count on that for disposable income. If it's just you, it's not going to be easy. Bottom line... Prague is just as expensive as any other capital city in Western Europe. I suppose one reason salaries are so low here is that Czechs are nowhere near as mobile as citizens of USA, UK, D, F or N and therefore cannot command salaries of their European counterparts. The employers know that due to language barriers, culture, technical knowledge and so on the employment pool will always be full. Trust me, if there was a "brain drain" of Czech talent, companies would have to start paying more. This is slowly changing, but unfortunately not at the pace of increasing cost of living.
Pizzaboy (Guest)Published: 10:24:06 24.02.2010
Following on from the points about beer... what are the parts of town that are good to stay in to get good local beer at local prices for a weekend trip? Do the P3 and P7 areas still give good access to the centre of town? Can you suggest a street name or landmark for me to look for a hotel near?
Leon Barnard (Guest)Published: 03:27:19 24.02.2010
To PNB: I would say that 55000 czk per month is not very much for a family of 3. Take out about 30% for taxes and about 15000+ for rent+utilities and you're not left with that much. I wouldn't expect to be able to save much, if at anything, unless you are extremely frugal. Sorry.
CokeDrinker (Guest)Published: 08:28:35 24.02.2010
I'd like to know where you get 330 ml coke for 35 CZK as they usually sell 200ml bottles for 35 CZK - 39 CZK Also doubt two can have a three course meal including drinks for 570 CZK in a MID PRICE restaurant... can you share which one it was?
w (Guest)Published: 03:41:30 24.02.2010
55 000 seems like a very good salary. (It's almost two times the mean gross salary in Prague.) Is it net income? It seems you'll be able to save some money if you will be modest. The rent of small 1 room flat depend on the area - it could be around 10 000 or less or more... My personal opinion is that you could be able to spend 10 000 or even less on food for 3 people if you avoid restaurants and cook at home from cheaper food. You'll surely have some other expenses (transportation etc.). My opinion is that you can save up to 25 000 each month, but you need to be lucky to find cheap and suitable accomodation.
Lindsay (Guest)Published: 10:34:33 23.02.2010
This message is to Ernest....I am moving to Prague in May as well. What are you moving there for, and where are you from??
Naturelle (Guest)Published: 08:34:55 23.02.2010
I don't see how this table can be considered accurate or useful (in view of the disclaimer at the bottom in the notes). Who is to say this is a true "sampling" of Czech products? If you only visited one supermarket, ate in one restaurant, looked at one brand of water and domestic and imported beer, that in no way can be considered average or a realistic view. Why don't you spend a little more time gathering data to give us an accurate comparison? In spite of that, Pado's and Richh's comments from a year ago are still correct today. I also make about half what I might make in the US for comparable work, even though it's considered an above average salary for CZ. And what with the prices equaling those in the US, I cannot have a similar lifestyle. In case you are wondering, 30,000Kc before taxes is considered a good salary, about average I think for Prague. Your basic needs will definitely be met.
PNB (Guest)Published: 07:39:08 23.02.2010
I need urgent help on cost of living in Prague. I'm getting offer of around 55000CZK per month. I'm have a family with one 3 yrs old child. Could anybody suggest i much i would be able to save there? 1 room apartment is sufficient for me to stay.
Nick (Guest)Published: 01:51:54 23.02.2010
Hey I'm moving to Brno to play baseball.. I'm earning about 12000 crown a month.. I have flights accomodation and a car paid for included .. Will 12000 be Enough to live does anyone know?
Kirill (Guest)Published: 04:23:23 22.02.2010
Rich, just stop going to bars at Staromestka and W. Square, eferything is for tourists there. Try the bars&restaurants in P3 or P7 Much better and the beer is 25-29 :)
Ernest (Guest)Published: 11:38:18 03.02.2010
I plan to move to Prague during May. I wonder how much I will need to live well. The flat will be paid separately. I then have 30.000 CZK/ month to spend for living. Is this enough??
wustpisk (Guest)Published: 12:14:56 09.12.2009
In general the more you pay for a beer the poorer the quality and atmosphere. I personally wouldn't pay more than 30 Crowns for a beer - 35 would be an absolute no-no. You just need to go out of the centre a bit away from the rip-off tourist joints where locals wouldn't dream of going and you can even find beer for 18 or 20 easily. Also 50 Crowns for a hot-dog? 12 is more like it! (but maybe on Wenceslas Square they could charge anything...)
Andrew Donaldson (Guest)Published: 07:54:42 03.11.2009
Why are people surprised to hear half litre of beer is Kc35,- ? We always go to the nice Czech places, like U Parlamentu on Valentinska and other Pilsner Brewery approved restaurants and the beer is this price. Also Hard Rock Cafe in Male Namesti is Kc50, happy hour 17-20 is 2 for 1, We wouldn't be seen dead in the tourist traps and rip-off Irish pubs on Wenceslas Sq!
Deesko (Guest)Published: 04:53:47 04.08.2009
Thanks for the info. Very useful. One more thing... Would anyone like to hazard a guess on income % needed for comparable living? For example if I earned 60k in the UK, and lived in central London, what would I need to earn to have an equivalent lifestyle in Prague? 50% of that? 75%? I know it depends a lot on what sort of life one leads, but a general ball-park figure from someone with experience is probably more reliable than my adding up all the hot-dogs I'm going to buy from Wenceslao Square :-) Cheers
Tom (Guest)Published: 04:43:01 07.05.2009
Hi there, I'm Dutch and just got a job offer in Prague, salary around 1,200 p/m. Does anybody have any idea whether this is a reasonable offer? Would like to live in a nice neighbourhood and enjoy Prague's night scene.
Sanan (Guest)Published: 03:54:16 22.04.2009
50-60 Kc. Only at the expat bars or at dance/music clubs. Husa, Kolkovna, and any other good place not catering to English speakers will run 25-40 Kc a half litre. As for saleries, I guess it depends what you do and where you work. There seems to be a huge divide even among expat workers here. You either make an English teacher's salary (quite paltry - speaking from experience) or one where you can actually afford the nicer things in life. I'm also surprised they didn't meantion any hedonistic expenses. Strippers must do pretty well here. $50 a lap dance!!! $10-20 back in Miami. Oh, I do miss Cheetah's.
Richh (Guest)Published: 08:28:33 21.04.2009
Pado is right, salaries here arent increasing as much as prices, so in reality affordability is worsening here. For example property rental prices are the same as in many parts of the UK, but average salaries are half the amount! Also where did the outhor find a large domestic beer in Prague for 35 Kc? More like 50-60 Kc.
Pado (Guest)Published: 12:31:12 21.04.2009
The problem is I make less than half as much money here as I would make in the US, so even though on paper the prices are similar I still can't afford to buy as much here. Do you know of anywhere that calculates affordability based on salaries?