Summary about cost of living in Prague, Czech Republic:
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||210.00 Kč||150.00-300.00|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||1,000.00 Kč||700.00-1,800.00|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||180.00 Kč||160.00-209.00|
|Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)||50.00 Kč||40.00-65.00|
|Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)||60.00 Kč||40.00-80.00|
|Cappuccino (regular)||67.65 Kč||40.00-90.00|
|Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle)||36.98 Kč||25.00-55.00|
|Water (12 oz small bottle)||29.20 Kč||20.00-50.00|
|Milk (regular), (1 gallon)||97.19 Kč||75.71-132.49|
|Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb)||33.02 Kč||20.87-63.50|
|Rice (white), (1 lb)||25.02 Kč||13.61-40.82|
|Eggs (regular) (12)||70.45 Kč||36.00-96.00|
|Local Cheese (1 lb)||124.40 Kč||81.65-181.44|
|Chicken Fillets (1 lb)||90.57 Kč||58.97-113.40|
|Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)||135.31 Kč||90.72-204.12|
|Apples (1 lb)||18.13 Kč||9.07-27.22|
|Banana (1 lb)||17.33 Kč||13.15-36.29|
|Oranges (1 lb)||20.75 Kč||11.34-40.82|
|Tomato (1 lb)||33.79 Kč||18.14-47.17|
|Potato (1 lb)||10.18 Kč||4.54-13.61|
|Onion (1 lb)||10.45 Kč||6.80-15.88|
|Lettuce (1 head)||31.18 Kč||20.00-50.00|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||16.39 Kč||10.00-25.00|
|Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)||150.00 Kč||100.00-200.00|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)||22.71 Kč||14.00-35.00|
|Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)||37.91 Kč||20.00-55.00|
|Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)||144.00 Kč||130.00-150.00|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||32.00 Kč||30.00-40.00|
|Monthly Pass (Regular Price)||550.00 Kč||304.17-560.00|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||44.50 Kč||35.00-60.00|
|Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff)||45.06 Kč||38.62-57.94|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||360.00 Kč||240.00-500.00|
|Gasoline (1 gallon)||150.39 Kč||136.27-170.34|
|Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)||600,000.00 Kč||500,000.00-650,000.00|
|Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)||590,826.32 Kč||520,000.00-650,000.00|
|Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment||6,836.96 Kč||5,000.00-10,000.00|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)||3.65 Kč||2.50-4.00|
|Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||557.65 Kč||410.00-700.00|
Sports And Leisure
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||1,256.60 Kč||750.00-1,900.00|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)||352.62 Kč||240.00-450.00|
|Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat||220.00 Kč||170.00-300.00|
|Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child||17,032.26 Kč||10,000.00-25,000.00|
|International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child||278,269.23 Kč||130,000.00-400,000.00|
Clothing And Shoes
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)||1,951.67 Kč||800.00-2,700.00|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)||875.27 Kč||522.00-1,599.00|
|1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)||2,023.67 Kč||1,200.00-3,000.00|
|1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes||2,414.29 Kč||1,376.00-3,000.00|
Rent Per Month
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre||22,177.68 Kč||18,000.00-30,000.00|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre||16,942.86 Kč||15,000.00-21,000.00|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre||39,951.19 Kč||30,000.00-50,000.00|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre||29,567.89 Kč||22,000.00-37,000.00|
Buy Apartment Price
|Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre||17,190.24 Kč||13,006.32-23,225.57|
|Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre||11,960.06 Kč||9,290.23-16,257.90|
Salaries And Financing
|Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)||41,372.21 Kč|
|Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate||6.17||5.00-7.00|
Sources and References:
|Cost of Living in Ricany (Říčany)||15.00 miles|
|Cost of Living in Holubice||15.30 miles|
|Cost of Living in Kralupy nad Vltavou||20.14 miles|
|Cost of Living in Kladno||20.23 miles|
|Cost of Living in Beroun||20.86 miles|
|Cost of Living in Cesky Brod||26.27 miles|
|Cost of Living in Benesov||28.84 miles|
|Cost of Living in Nymburk||33.12 miles|
|Cost of Living in Melnik||35.45 miles|
|Cost of Living in Pribram||38.10 miles|
|DeutschLebenshaltungskosten in Prag|
|PortuguêsCusto de Vida em Praga|
|ItalianoCosto della Vita a Praga|
|FrançaisCoût de la Vie à Prague|
|EspañolCosto de Vida en Praga|
I've been offered 1.500 euro net salary. No accommodation included, I'll have to pay for rent, utilies, etc.
Do you think it is enough for one person?
Czech salaries are THE WORST, lowest by far of any European country that one would want to live in. Praha is still a beautiful place, but I'm content to visit every couple of years and take in the anti-visitor vibes from afar. Those who spoke about Czechs' inhospitable welcome to foreigners (especially North Americans) know in which they speak. Czechs are very zenophobic and the bureaucracy is mind-numbing. Count in weeks (but probably months, if not years) to get any little thing resolved. If it involves the government, forget it.
I nearly married a Czech woman, but so glad I didn't. I'm now spending less than a fourth of my income in the States on housing, travel any time I wish, have an American partner (fit, beautiful, red head, golfer) who is delightful. Passing on Czech was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Take it from a guy who thought about being an ex-pat in Czech: it may sound romantic, but it's really just a huge PITA. Better to stay in North America and visit from time to time. And get out while you can.
Xenophobia, unpleasant attitude especially in government offices, frauds (because as immigrant you don’t have many rights to protect yourself against citizens, which they use every day): You will give all of your money to the Czech, and when there will be nothing to take from you they will throw you out.
I was hoping to escape Canada where it is impossible to have a family and go back home to Czech but it is depressing to read comments here that say software engineers will just barely survive on average software salary.
It's still a vibrant, welcoming city with great people all around.
The cost of rent is higher than stats here, food also, its not correctly adjusted to current costs.
1 person cannot have a decent life of less than 45-50 000 CZK net , and for a family with 1-2 kids, you need to be earning well above 100 000 to live well here. Which isn’t the reality for many. Property has doubled in price in the last 5-6 years, rents have not doubled but its catching up, whilst salaries moved maybe 30-35% in the same period. With this last wave of increases in price of everything, it means the quality of life for most folks took a nosedive and will continue to do so for sometime, as the city has no solution to the housing shortage that is the main pain point in this city, by far.
Costs vs earning just don’t compute, and the locals are still rushing in a frenzy to buy up property.
The only way for a reset to happen is the hard way, when some people will start failing on payments.
Czechia adopted full-on the worst version of bottomless capitalism and it has pretty much destroyed what used to be a nice, wholesome country.
This city became too expensive. Probably the worst rent/salary ratio in Europe.
1. What is the cost of groceries?
2. Cost of rent?
3. Cost of education for my 2-year-old kid?
4. decent savings amount ?
If you are a standard Germanic guy German, Canadian (Quebecians are Latin/Romanic, but nevermind) and American, then Czech Republic is normal journey for you. There are many Eastern Europeans working in USA, Canada and Germany.
Prague is not a cheap place and it is in many aspects more expensive than any average German city including Berlin,(supermarket food and groceries, real estate, going to restaurants etc) and the cost of living is very comparable with top cities like Wien, Frankfurt etc.
Coming to the point of 80K gross for a family of 3 which means 63/4K net per month, in my opinion you will be in survival mode at the best as you will have the following expenses every month:
>renting a low end 3KK will cost you at least 20/25K czk per month + 5/6K in bills and probably more with new electricity prices etc. If you want to consider a more realistic price for a decent 3KK, I would estimate 30K czk going up. People saying that are paying way less than that, it is because they are on old renting contract but now these old prices do not exist anymore.
> Food and groceries for 3 people will costs you at least 12K per month on a very basic diet. If you eat a vegetables rich diet and fish be prepared to increase your budget by 50%/100%.
> Public transport costs are cheap. I do not remember but it should cost 500/600 Czk per person.
> After just all basic expenses you will be left with probably not more than 20/22K per month which in my view is not enough for building some financial savings, unexpected expenses, going out once a week with a family and have some good time, save money for holiday etc.
To summarize, with that salary you will have a very simple life.
Prague is a fantastic city to live - i am comparing 27 years living in Germany. There's 0% (!) unemployment rate in Prague, the public transportation is working and in Prague the most people are speaking better English than e.g. in Stuttgart/Germany.
Prague is full of culture, activities, definitely anything else then boring. It's a small country but hat's the plus: in 1 - 1,5 hours from Prague you are in some mountains, there's relatively plenty of water, lot of green. There's a reason why some areas are compared with Italy's Tuscany.
Ok, you might get 40% more salary in Germany or Austria but potentially 60% higher cost of living. Just compare the figures.
Unless you choose a really small place, around 25k will go on rent + expenses alone which is 42% of your income. If your partner plans to get a job too…different story
If you come alone, renting will take at least 10000-12000 czk. Food could be around 5000 czk in a month. You will end up having 8000-9000 free money for other things. For my opinion it is not worth for moving for Prague for that money.
1. Economic growth is one of the highest in EU, on par with Poland
2. Unemployment rate is very low
1. One of the lowest crime rates in Europe (For example Germany is overally safe, but assault rate is way higher)
2. Climate is better, than in UK, Germany, Netherlands or Belgium because of noticeably less rainy days. And of course way better than in any country of Northern Europe
1. Prague is beautiful
2. Not so expensive place compared to neighbourhood countries
3. A lot of things to do in the city (concerts, bars, clubs, museums and etc.)
4. The city is close to other interesting cities (Berlin, Vienna, Krakow) and quite cheap to get there.
5. Quite big expat groups
6. Public transport works almost perfect
1. Prague is getting more and more expensive city
2. Local people are cold and not friendly to immigrants. It makes difficult to adapt here.
3. Most people dont speak English. So probably they will not understand English in you local shop.
4. A lot of Ukrainians workers
5. Salaries are not as high as in neighbourhood countries as Germany and Austria
6. Quality of food is not great. Not so many fish products
7. Apartments are getting more and mor expensive. Mortgage is difficult to pay with Prague salary.
8. Long queues to wait for a doctor.
For 2 people you will need around 70000 CZK for good living for 2022 year.
We are a family of 2, and we have found a house with all included (heating, electricity, internet, etc) at 20000czk.
Is the rest of the salary enough for the supermarket, some savings for a vacation, and shopping for usual things when needed?
We also hope that my spouse will find a job in 2-3 months.
If you live alone, it could be enough,but try to get at least 1800 eur. If it is it related job you can get even more like 2000 eur. You can find place wi 15k czk suitable for 1-2 persons
I was thinking of a salary 1600 euro after taxes Can I find a place in Prague for 15000czk? I was thinking of tje following expenses in euros:700 apartment, 300 food, 100 a pair of shoes or similar and I would be left with 500 euro to spend or save.
Does this sound reasonable?
What is the average cost of living for two adults and a child including rent in Euros?
I will be renting on the edges of Prague as the work isnt in the City center?
Whats the average net salary that if you have will be covering all your needs?
Thanks in advance
I live in Prague for 1.5 year and just want to share my opinion.
I work in IT and earn 60k czk net salary and live alone, so one person it looks very good. I do not spend much money on restaraunts and cafes, so I can save from here. I pay around 16k czk for a studio with all utilities included.
The very big disadvantage of Prague and Czechia overall is local language. Without it, it will be really tough to live or going outside. Even buying smth. from shops can be problematic, cause shop workers will not understand you and more importantly they will start to treat you as a sh*t. Even Immigration Officers will not speak with you in English, where it is logical that, only foreigners will come to Immigration :(
I have been in post stores, shops, shopping malls, gym, cafes and most of them do not speak English, so it becomes very stressful to communicate with locals. As a advice, I suggest you, for the first period to choose apartment near some hotels. Cause hotels have their own barbershops, gyms, massage salons and etc. and most of personal speak English, so it can help you.
If you know Russian language, so it would also help you, cause here very large number of expats from Russian speaking countries like Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, so you will probably meet them on daily basis.
Overall, if it is your first move to abroad, it can be useful to move here, cause you can travel Europe cheap and fast and see other places. But personally I do not consider Czechia as permanent living place.
Good luck :)
I will have a phone call interview on Thursday, for a job offer in Prague, for the position of Ecosystem Sourcing Specialist at Accenture. I have no experience in this particular field/job, but an overall experience of 11 years, of which 8 1/2 as assistant manager & marketing in English & French. What would be the right salary to ask (net), so that I can live decently there? PS: I also have a mortgage to pay for my apartment in Romania, which is about 300 € / month, so I should either earn enough to cover that one up, or rent it (which is highly undesirable), because I don't think I'll be able to afford paying a rent/mortgage in 2 places.
Thanks a lot in advance!
Get a flatmate and you can live decently on 1450 Euro net.”
Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds? Yes, I know you are probably right, but it is outrageous that Prague transformed itself, in the space of just few years, from a low-cost,
affordable place that it was, to the bloody ripoff place it is today, where the limits of common sense and rationality have been crossed many moons ago.
For those of you looking to come here to the CEE El-Dorado, keep your sanity and save your nerves, go elsewhere!
I earn 55k before tax, which is about 40k after tax. This is quite a bit ABOVE the average.
I spend 15k on a 53 sm2 apartment, with bills (3k) and Internet (529), so 18,529 CZK a month.
I spend roughly 1 to 1,2k crowns a week on groceries, so 4 to 4,8k a month.
I have a cleaning person, I pay her 200 CZK an hour, so it is 2,4k CZK monthly.
My phone bill is the cheapest tariff I could find, 350 CZK a month.
The public transport card for 1 year is 3650 CZK, but if you divide it monthly it is 304 CZK.
I like to go to the cinema (roughly 140 CZK at the art cinemas), have drinks out (beer and wine are insanely cheap here at mostly places, take full advantage when you come here), go to a restaurant once/twice a week (lunch can be 150-220 CZK, dinner per person is about 250-300k).
After my main expenses I have something like 14 or 15k left over every salary, and I usually finish the month anywhere between 6k to 9k CZK to go to savings.
Overall, I think I have a very good, privileged life in Prague compared to many. My flat is rather good quality and cheaper than many other ones in comparison to current market prices, and is also pretty close to the city center by tram.
I would not move to Prague earning less than 40k CZK before tax, but I like to live alone. If you don't mind sharing an apartment with one or more people you will of course spend much less.
How much would be an ideal pay scale for a Solution Architect with 14+ year of IT experience in CZ-Prague?
What are the tax slabs.
Any inputs are highly Appreciated.
How much would be an ideal salary be, not a lot, but with enough savings, to live in Prague with my wife and 2 years old kid? I have 7 years of experience in IT and what is the market standard salary that an IT engineer of my experience gets offered in Prague?
I live in Vienna (Austria) but I am considering to move to Prague with my girlfriend.
I should have a salary of 2.400 euro net per month (14 months) but I am not sure that it is enough considering:
- social system
- health system
At the moment I am not working but the social system in Vienna it is really advanced, therefore I would have time to learn german and maybe find a job.
I do not really know if I have to accept the job offer.
Do you any experience like this?
There should be anything else I have to consider?
Now I understand better. As you said it though, moving from DE to CZ, no matter how you look at it, is a step backwards in many ways, regardless of earnings. Germany has a much more advanced social system, health system, infrastructure, quality of education etc. And as you mentioned it, prices in Czech Rep. are heating up A LOT in all areas, much more so than in neighboring Poland for example that also is seeing a good growth period but without the big inflationary aspects seen here.
Especially if you have a family or considering starting one soon, Germany would be more adequate IMO, and if you really want a change of scenery rather consider places like Switzerland, Netherlands or the Scandies.
thanks in advance...
Now, I have a proposal to go to Prague with 35000 brutto, with the following increase during the year to 40000-45000. I think to rent a one-room studio for 10 thousands, live on the rest (26,000 will be net, I think).
Help me please to decide, ist it okay? In general, aftrer 5-8 years, they proposing for me 50000-55000 brutto.
I would like to travel minimally, go to the gym.
What do you think about that?
It is approx 1455 eur after taxes. You can use: https://salarycalc.eu/en/
fall back plan is that I make now without bonus the 2650 euros in Germany net so 2700 net in Prague plus bonus 3000 net would have been more
however rent is a more in Prague for what I get now with 750 euros all is 65 SQM in prague would get me 50 sqm
Also consumer goods are way more expensive in Prague clothes, electronics, branded products cost way more then in Germany.
social live still a bit cheaper but not by much like meals out etc
Also the job in Prague would have been way harder, more stressful longer hours etc
but I would have gain in better social life
where I am the Retirement pension is way better then Prague also Social Security in case one loses a job etc
Again you right I said no already but still considering move back to Prague
so thanks for your comments
What's the point of asking now after you already said no? Have no idea what you said no, what your fallback plan is, what your expenses are, whether you are single or with family, etc. etc. , but independently of that, 3000 EUR to have as a net income is not shabby at all, nor would it put you up there with those living in the lap of luxury, for that you would need I would say at least 5-6k EUR net per month, and of course upwards of that the sky is the limit. Same as in London you probably need 20k/month for a glimpse of luxury living.
I got an offer paying 90K brutto plus early Bonus of 17% plus 11K drive allowance
so 101K a month net is 70K plsu the Yealy bonus would make 3K euro net
I said no did I made a mistake ?
If you are coming here to retire, you would of course not be tied to live within Prague or surroundings for that matter. There's plenty of places within 45min-1hr of a train ride from Prague, where you can live in a house on that money, including the rent, however it would be a frugal life at best, no luxuries. If you would buy a house up front, which would be pretty cheap outside of Prague, in a rural area (something between around 40-50 000 EUR 1-1.25mil CZK would buy you a fixer upper with a plot), but within Prague...forget about it. Even if you had to buy a flat outright, assuming you can afford to spend around 250 000 USD for a 70-80 sqm. flat, which is at the low-end so it would not be a new property but an older flat, that 800 USD to live on, assuming you would have to pay health insurance and many other things as a non-Czech, and probably non-EU citizen too?, you would have very little left to "live" one out of that $800. Sadly, we met multiple US retirees here at expat get-togethers who were in the process of sorting out their Czech "exit" and either return to the US of move to some other country, because their dream retirement place has in the meantime seriously deteriorated and the small pension or savings that they came with here, to boost their quality of life considerably at the time, nowadays barely affords them a decent life. One notable exception was an elderly lady we met who, along with her now gone husband had the brilliant idea in 2001 when they moved here to scoop up multiple flats with the proceeds of the house they sold back in the US when they relocated, and now those 3 flats she has, plus the one she lives in, all within "old" Prague, Petrská čtvrť area, I'm sure altogether it's worth at least 1.5mio $, maybe more, not shabby at all and probably 7-800% return as they bought each in a bad state and renovated it.
The conclusion...no, Prague is far from being a cheap retirement location..think Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia, over there you bucks will go the furthest and probably quality of life is better than here.
is easy to survive with $800 month for month?
To be honest, 90000 CZK (equivalent of 4000 USD) would be very less if gross, and if net, it would be barely manageable for 6 people to live on, as in you would be in a real struggle.
Things to consider in your budget:
- minimum 30 000 CZK would go on rent, and I would say this is a happy case if you find a 3 or 4 bedroom apt, which I would assume is quite small still for a family with 3 kids + a grandmother to live in. Forget about any houses with garden or anything like that, for a house you would have to pay that entire salary
- the other expenses, what they call poplatky here (water, heating, refuse, etc.), plus electricity, internet, mobile phones will run you at least another 10 000 I would thing for a family of 6.
- transport, basic food shopping, without any going out, I would say maybe 15-20 000 for 6 at a rather frugal level with cooking at home, taking home-cooked food to work/school, etc.
- health insurance costs, don't know what your employer might cover, but I'm quite certain they will not cover all 6 of you, so factor in probably at least another 7-8000/month, which by the way is mandatory in some cases (as in the visa of your family members will depend on health insurance contributions)
So as you can see, without adding and casual or luxury expenses. I assume if coming from UAE hopefully the time spent there and the better pay has afforded you the possibility to accumulate some savings, so if you just want to spend 1-2 years in Prague and see how you'll get along it might be a good experience, but definitely consider doing some hard negotiating to try to increase your pay. If your spouse has an in-demand degree/occupation, then of course things could be a lot easier, if she can get at least a part-time, well paying job, although I don't know if she would be willing to do so with 3 children.
If you have a chance to consider offers from other locations, such as Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Scandinavia, definitely look at other options too, as Prague is very quickly becoming very expensive for local pay, and even locals are starting to leave in droves due to the big cut in quality of life with all these hikes, mainly in property prices/rents, but of course many other services followed suit, and there doesn't seem to be any sign of relief anytime soon.
Good luck with whatever you choose.
I have got an offer from Prague from one of the reputable IT firm.
They are offering me 4000 US$ /month which I don't know how much in the local currency?
I have wife, 3 kids and my old mother with me. Can anyone please share the details about living expense, schooling, medical felicities etc etc?
Is this package is sufficient to settle there? Currently I am working in UAE with much more high package however, you cannot trust/rely on the current job situation here as well.
Thanks & BR.
For a city break Prague is beautiful but thats it. If you expect people to respect you as a foreigner dont even bother.