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Cost of Living Report: 2015 Edition

Cost of Living Report: 2015 Edition

According to this year’s report, groceries and real estate are on the rise

Cost of Living Report: 2015 Edition

Cost of Living Report: 2015 Edition

According to this year’s report, groceries and real estate are on the rise


Published 20.01.2015
Last updated 20.01.2015
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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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Comment from: meisdmtr Published: 05:09:16 22.01.2015
since when shot of vodka is 20ml?)))
Comment from: Published: 04:58:28 22.01.2015
Bloomin eck, some of you are paying way over the odds it seems. I have everything on electricity except the gas hob which uses a PB tank and I pay ~400Kc for 10KG of gas which lasts 6 months and 2400 Kc a month on electricity. That is for a 3 bedroom house and I am home all day as my home is also my office! It may be worth chatting to your utility companies to see if there is a more optimal plan for you to switch to. At the same time mention you are thinking of changing to a different company, that should get you a discount.
Comment from: Published: 03:30:24 22.01.2015
Gas is certainly not much cheaper than Electricity these days, unless i have missed something. for me 2500kc a month on gas and 1600kc on electricity is what i am currently paying.
Comment from: Thomas1930 Published: 02:45:55 22.01.2015
@animaleyes Yes, cooking is with gas also. The large bills were due to terrible installation of the heating system (probably by a bunch of drunk handymen), now it's all changed and I'm glad it's finally done properly ;)
Comment from: animaleyes76 Published: 01:35:02 22.01.2015
@thomas1930 i use 1k a month for gas (3kk) and it's on 22/23c most of the time at the moment! Are you cooking with gas too?
Comment from: Rob_Prague_2004 Published: 09:32:31 22.01.2015
It's always like this with cost of living comparisons everywhere. It's only a very rough guide. In most flat shares the utilities are rolled into the cost of the room, especially for shorter term arrangements (as the consumption calculation is only done yearly). The previous years' surveys was more helpful - giving about 8K to live in the centre and 6K outside. I don't know where they got the idea it's cheaper to fly to London than Paris - there is plenty of competition on both routes and prices are broadly similar with the Paris price being more realistic unless you get a low cost flight with no baggage on Wizzair. 40CZK for domestic beer is a Prague 1 price - and it's steep even then. Outside the centre it drops to 25-28 and even lower outside Prague unless you get some luxurious beer from a small brewery like Unetice - a much tastier experience.
Comment from: Published: 06:35:53 22.01.2015
@Thomas1930 Thats backwards! Gas is much cheaper than electric here. But anyway, the prices listed here are pretty much all way off the mark, especially to anyone who shops smart.
Comment from: Published: 08:11:41 21.01.2015
Room in a flatshare in prague 1 or 2, avg 5,500kc...no no no no...not really. If you count utilities separately for a flat, then for a room in a shared flat you normally get all in and it is more around 7,000-7,500 in P1 and P2. Agree that a room around Chodov or Haje are even 3,000kc.
Comment from: Thomas1930 Published: 07:30:09 21.01.2015
@animaleyes That would be me ;) My 1+1 flat uses about 1300kc worth of gas per month!!! But just last week I changed everything to electric so hopefully it will be a bit better :)
Comment from: animaleyes76 Published: 05:08:26 21.01.2015
Wow, what kind of crazy person uses 1700czk worth of gas a month is a 1 bedroom apartment????
Comment from: tony.elkin Published: 03:36:01 21.01.2015
The stats are very good, but dificult to use to construct a realistic monthly picture from. I once posted my average monthly expenditure for living in cyprus and the comments ranged from.... rich plutocrat... to... you live just above the poverty line, neither of which were in reality true . We did eventually work out 3 bands, managing, comfortable, and Can afford the yacht/harley/ insertdreamhere. Tonye 17 weeks and counting.
Comment from: cs79 Published: 05:25:44 20.01.2015
It would be useful to show a % change for each item on the previous year. Any chance of doing so?