Cost of living

The cost of living in the Czech Republic is low compared to other countries in Western Europe. The Czech capital, Prague, is also inexpensive when compared to most other European cities. On the other hand prices in the countryside are a bit lower than in Prague. Especially when comparing the prices for the services like restaurants, massages, hair dresser etc. The only things that are not so inexpensive in the Czech Republic are entertainment and healthcare. The prices for these things are on par with the rest of Europe.

Cost of food

Groceries are not expensive in the Czech Republic and expats from Western Europe and the United States will find themselves spending much less money on food than they are used to. Some common grocery stores in the Czech Republic include Tesco, Billa, Kaufland, Interspar, Lidl and Albert. All the shops are usually open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. depending on the location. Shops located in the big shopping stores are open until 9 p.m. and you find some shops which are open also non stop.

Perishable products in the Czech Republic tend to expire quickly so expats should keep an eye on expiry dates on their food items, as they might not stay fresh for as long as they expect.

Milk (regular), (1 liter) 19 CZK
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 21 CZK
Rice (white), (1kg) 31 CZK
Eggs (12) 39 CZK
Local Cheese (1kg) 179 CZK
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 151 CZK
Apples (1kg) 30 CZK
Oranges (1kg) 35 CZK
Tomato (1kg) 35 CZK
Potato (1kg) 15 CZK

Restaurants

If you are not the best cook ever and prefer going to the restaurants you should keep in mind that the prices differentiate quite well. The price is depending on the type and quality of the restaurants, but also depending on the location. Generally prices in the city centre of Prague are way more expensive than outside of Prague. Also keep in mind that there is usually a special offer during lunch time (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.). In some restaurants they serve just limited choice of meals for the special price. After 2 p.m. you can choose again from the regular menu only for the prices they usually have.

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150 CZK
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600 CZK
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 150 CZK
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 35 CZK
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 40 CZK
Cappuccino (regular) 60 CZK
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 35 CZK
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 30 CZK
Lettuce (1 head) 20 CZK
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14 CZK
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 100 CZK
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 15 CZK
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 26 CZK
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 86 CZK

Clothing and Shoes

Clothing is one of the few things that is expensive in the Czech Republic. A pair of men’s name-brand jeans costs about 1,900 CZK and a woman’s summer dress costs about 850 CZK. Expats should take advantage of the many vintage clothing stores in Prague where they might be able to find good quality clothing at a more affordable price.

1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,000 CZK
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 1,500 CZK
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 1,913 CZK
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 1,899 CZK
T- shirt 600 CZK
1 Pair of Trousers in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 1,200 CZK

Sports and Leisure

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1000 CZK
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 266 CZK
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 154 CZK