The cost of living in the Czech Republic and even Prague, its capital, is fairly low compared to other countries and major cities in Europe. Prague ranked of 97th out of 209 cities in Mercer's 2020 Cost of Living Survey, ranking well below cities such as London, Dublin and Milan.

That said, as with anywhere in the world, there are a few things that don't come so cheaply – the cost of entertainment and healthcare among them. 


Cost of accommodation in Czech Republic

Generally, the cost of accommodation and utilities in the Czech Republic is similar to the rest of Europe, although the cost of accommodation is rising. Accommodation in Prague, in particular, is more in demand and therefore more expensive than in smaller towns or cities.


Cost of transport in Czech Republic

Expats should not find transport in the Czech Republic to be a major expense as both public transport and petrol are relatively inexpensive. Expats can purchase a small car at a reasonable price, although thanks to a well-developed, reliable and inexpensive public transport system, many expats (especially those living in Prague) may find this isn't a necessity.

There are a variety of different passes available for the public transport system in the Czech Republic and expats can get excellent value for money if they buy a monthly pass and use public transport regularly.


Cost of schooling in Czech Republic

Public education in the Czech Republic is cheap but, because of the language barrier, most expats send their children to private or international schools which, unfortunately, have notoriously high fees. Expat parents moving for work purposes are advised to try to negotiate with their employer for an allowance for this as part of their employment package.


Cost of food in Czech Republic

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 and Albert. 


Cost of clothing in Czech Republic

Clothing is one of the few expensive items in the Czech Republic, particularly brand-name items. 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. 


Cost of eating out and entertainment in Czech Republic

Eating out at restaurants in the Czech Republic costs around the same as it would in the rest of Europe. Alcohol and tobacco, however, are less expensive, especially the locally brewed beer for which the country is renowned. 


Cost of living in Czech Republic chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Prague in April 2021.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

 

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

CZK 15,000 - 25,000

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

CZK 11,000 - 19,500

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

CZK 25,000 - 45,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

CZK 18,000 - 30,000

Food and drink

 

Milk (1 litre)

CZK 20

Dozen eggs

CZK 45.50

Chicken breasts (1kg)

CZK 150.90

Rice (1kg)

CZK 39.60

White bread (loaf)

CZK 26

Pack of cigarettes

CZK 111.50

Utilities

 

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

CZK 3.60

Internet per month (ADSL)

CZK 512

Utilities (average per month for a standard household)

CZK 5,080

Eating out

 

Three-course dinner for two in mid-range restaurant

CZK 800

Big Mac Meal

CZK 150

Bottle of beer (local)

CZK 41.50

Cappuccino

CZK 57.80

Coca-Cola (330ml)

CZK 35.50

Transport

 

Taxi (1km)

CZK 28.50

City-centre bus fare

CZK 24

Petrol (per litre)

CZK 39.50

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