Czech Price Check

So how much does it cost these days in the Czech Republic? Well, it’s kind of a loaded question as that depends on whether you are talking about Prague or the countryside. Because Prague has gotten so expensive, I took the country out of The World’s Cheapest Destinations. After just spending a week in Moravia, however, I should have probably left it in there. As I noted in this new Tripso/MSNBC column, traveling in the European countryside is far more reasonable than the big cities.

Here is a random sampling of prices from the southern Czech Republic, far away from the capital.

Beer in a pub (1/2 liter) – $1 or less

Half liter of house wine – $2.50 to $3

Bottle of good wine in a restaurant – $8 to $15

Quality hybrid bike rental, with helmet and bag – $27 a day

Meal in a basic restaurant – $2.75 to $6

Meal in a fancy restaurant – $8 to $25

Basic pension hotel – $20 to $40

Nicest hotel in Drnholec/Mikulov – $60/$75 with breakfast

14-inch meat pizza – $3.50 – $5

Cappuccino in restaurant – $1.25 to $1.75

Museum or site admission – $1 to $4

Tasting your limit of the 100 best wines in the country – $19

10-minute taxi ride – $3 to $4

Keep in mind that these prices are after the recent tumbling of the U.S. dollar. If you venture to Moravia with bulging pockets of euros, you’ll live like a Lichtenstein.

  1. james

    Hey Tim – I visited Prague in May and found prices to be quite reasonable. Of course I was coming from Munich :)

    One bit of advice: Stay the hell out of Old Town unless you’re seeing the sights. It’s tourist and VERY expensive. Staying in “New Town” or Prague 2, or across the river in Prague 7 you’ll find small family restaurants, markets, coffee shops which are extremely affordable. South of Prague in the country I’d visit a small market for lunch and make a sandwich for $1.

    But Prague is affordable – you just have to know what neighborhoods to stay in.


  2. tim

    James, thanks for the comment on this–much appreciated. It’s true in a lot of cities, including New York, that the most touristy part of town is the one with the highest prices. That’s why it’s always good to get advice from real locals on where to go, especially when it’s time for dinner!

  3. Sam

    The Czech price check gives a great guide, and an excellent pun, 2 for 1! You forgot to mention to bring traveller’s czech’s. aaah terrible humour. There was a recent No Reservations episode were Bourdain went there. It was quite interesting, and got me curious.

  4. Lyon

    Having read about the Czech republic, I would like to pay a visit. Is there a more up to date price/expenses list ? and perhaps suggestions for cheap stays at the capital.
    Thanks !

  5. Frank

    Hey Tim – I had to revisit this post after our 3 months in the Czech Republic.
    We’ve been in Thailand now a month and are in a bit of shock because Bangkok, even excluding rent, is more expensive then Prague. Everyone talks about how Thailand is cheap but we’ve noticed that prices this time around higher than they’ve ever been. But we would have never thought that the Czech Republic was cheaper than Thailand.
    We’re off to Hua Hin and we’ll see if costs come in cheaper for the 2nd month. Costs are strange in Thailand and some things are overpriced, while others cheap (like picking up food at markets). But have to admit we’re a little surprised by costs this time around (the last we were in Thailand was 6 years ago).

    Ever think of doing an update of the above or writing more on the Czech Republic? I touched a bit on costs when I did this post a couple of months ago: Damn, I miss those $3 bottles of wine you can pick up in shopping centers.
    On that note; when we planned on leaving for the road, we thought we’d save most of our money in Thailand. The Czech Republic ended up cheaper then we thought. I’m rethinking it; all things being even, we might spend more time in Eastern Europe next year.
    Funny how things change.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Tim Leffel

      Frank, I do have the Czech Republic as an honorable mention in my World’s Cheapest Destinations book, but “outside Prague.” The problem with Prague is the same problem you’ve got in much of Thailand: far too many tourists on a free-spending vacation budget. I’d have to go dig up the figures, but I’d guess Thailand has literally twice as many visitors as it did just six years ago when you were first there. If you get away from the main tourist zones though, it gets a lot more reasonable in a hurry.

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