Cost of Living in Prague

Summary about cost of living in Prague:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 Kč 120.00-183.63
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 Kč 600.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 135.00 Kč 120.00-160.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 Kč 35.00-45.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 Kč 35.00-59.00
Cappuccino (regular) 51.94 Kč 40.00-65.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 31.54 Kč 20.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 24.72 Kč 15.00-35.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 69.29 Kč 53.00-94.64
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 20.70 Kč 13.61-31.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 17.91 Kč 11.34-22.68
Eggs (regular) (12) 46.74 Kč 35.00-60.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 89.70 Kč 68.04-136.08
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 67.59 Kč 54.43-81.65
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 103.19 Kč 81.65-127.01
Apples (1 lb) 15.22 Kč 10.89-18.14
Banana (1 lb) 14.09 Kč 11.34-18.14
Oranges (1 lb) 16.83 Kč 13.61-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 18.72 Kč 13.61-24.49
Potato (1 lb) 8.10 Kč 5.44-11.34
Onion (1 lb) 8.13 Kč 5.44-11.34
Lettuce (1 head) 24.42 Kč 15.00-30.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13.37 Kč 8.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 130.00 Kč 100.00-160.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 16.56 Kč 12.00-25.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 31.06 Kč 20.00-45.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 100.00 Kč 99.00-105.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 24.00 Kč 24.00-32.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 550.00 Kč 304.17-550.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 Kč 30.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 43.45 Kč 33.80-45.06
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 360.00 Kč 300.00-360.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 124.67 Kč 117.35-132.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 430,004.00 Kč 400,000.00-485,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 437,047.06 Kč 396,000.00-500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,200.78 Kč 3,000.00-5,893.33
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 3.31 Kč 2.00-5.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 503.36 Kč 380.00-629.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 845.93 Kč 590.00-1,200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 271.45 Kč 190.00-400.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 185.00 Kč 160.00-200.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 10,789.17 Kč 7,000.00-16,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 252,462.72 Kč 127,776.00-450,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,649.02 Kč 1,000.00-2,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 829.77 Kč 500.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,924.25 Kč 1,500.00-2,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,392.46 Kč 1,500.00-3,200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 18,427.08 Kč 14,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 13,593.07 Kč 10,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 32,430.11 Kč 25,000.00-45,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 22,055.00 Kč 17,000.00-28,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,552.13 Kč 9,290.23-14,399.85
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 7,472.62 Kč 6,038.65-8,825.72
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 34,433.17 Kč
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.79 2.30-3.50

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Last update: April 2019
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100 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Apr 16, 2019 :
Also # Andriy understand that Numbeo really has nothing to do with pricing because Numbeo depends upon accuracy from other contributors from different regions so accuracy isn't always dependable.
#Anonymous on Apr 16, 2019 :
If you think it's bad now in Prague concerning housing and realestate wait another 6 months.Yes it's unfortunate Europe is doing so badly, nobody wants anyone to suffer economically.Like I mentioned before friends relocated to different parts of Eastern Europe hoping to be able to live better financially but unfortunately wages and those who are retired the cost of living didn't offset their money.All anyone can do is spend frugally and hope expenses don't escalate any further than they already have.
#Andriy on Apr 14, 2019 :
Yes, I understand what you say, the situation is not good in most places in Europe. What I try to say is that here, in Prague, CZ, is one of the worst situation about housing/real estate.
#Andriy on Apr 13, 2019 :
#Anonymous - I look at numbers only, from Numbeo and other source:

Prague - Average Net salary 34920 CZK/month , Average Rent + Utilities for 3 bedroom is minimum 30-32000 CZK/month, and easily 40000 (I don't talk about house/dum, only flat/byt). So between 90% to 115% is the rent in a salary

Now let us to look other cities, same numbers:
Berlin - 68% of salary is rent (I think this is a bit exaggerate, but still, 68% is <100%)
Stockholm - 56%
Amsterdam - 77% (high, but still better than Prague)

Only crazy London I can find in West Europe which come to 105-140% of same numbers above BUT, if you compare, in London there is huge network of suburbs, with excellent connections, so can easily find decent just out of London but for much cheaper price. So overall, I say situation in Prague, by looking just at rental/property price situation, is still more worse than even London, because trend there is to go down for some time now, but in Prague the trend is like escalator to the skies :)
#Anonymous on Apr 10, 2019 :
# Andriy Several friends have relocated to Bulgaria,Latvia, Macedonia,and other areas in Eastern Europe.Sure rents and purchasing a house are more reasonable compared to Prague.But once again salaries don't offset the real cost of living, once again no financial gain.
#Anonymous on Apr 10, 2019 :
# Andriy I agree with government intervention but you obviously haven't clearly thought out the most important things.Ofcourse people will make more money living in other areas of Europe as you stated, however the extra money people make will be eaten up with rent or purchasing a house, utilities, transportation,food,and taxes etc.Bottom line nothing gained financially.
#Andriy on Apr 10, 2019 :
# Anonymous
But if you look at percentaje of salary which is spent on place to live, is very few other civilised places in Europe which can be close to Prague.
1 Salary = 1 Rent (nothing luxury)

Must compare to Stockholm, Berlin, Amsterdam, etc. If in those countryes the rent will be eqal to salary, which is not, they will do somethin about it. Here, government don’t care, government/politics get paid by property industry in one way or other to continue in this way which is devastate for the normal citizen
#Anonymous on Apr 09, 2019 :
# Andriy The places you mentioned are no better than Prague.Its a mixed bag throughout Europe.Prices are even higher plus civil unrest abounds.
#Andriy on Apr 07, 2019 :
Is right what they say about crazy price of apartments. 9-12 milion Czechs Korunas for a modest new apartment...this is not right in a place where average net selary is <35,000 Korunas/month. So if couple both have OK job, one full selary must to go to rental/mortgage. How can live like that? What if want to have kid? Maternity money very less...that mean yuo can end up on street very quick. Property markets in Prague is like a giant castel of cards. Building up higher, and higher, but all fake, because shud never be so high if consider how much people earning selary.
Slowly becoming very depressing and stressful live in Prague. Whoever consider come here, should go instead Germany, Netharlands, Sweden, Finland. Those realy are good places, Prague was also good just little years ago, but now change so much only to the worst. Pity, but this is reality.
#Anonymous on Apr 03, 2019 :
# Daniel good overview of costs in general for Prague.The way I see it is the market will be flooded with so many vacant houses for sale that sooner or later some income will be needed to offset the cost of so many properties being vacant.Its true many expats make 55k 65k and more mine being twice the amount you mentioned. Regardless of the amount most expats make in general the majority are careless with their surplus of money.The majority of expats are retired Americans, Aussies Brits,etc.Any retired expat that'd even consider buying an apartment or house that late in life doesn't make sense but many do just the same.I lived in Prague for five years and although it was nice I got tired of living in the freezer lol but I knew that before I moved there.
#Daniel on Mar 30, 2019 :
@ Anonymous (latest comment, Mar. 27)

Depends what you call average salary. Average salary overall? For locals? For expats? I would think most people checking Numbeo are of course expats, and the average salary of an expat that came here to work as a professional is far above the general average. I would think 55-60 CZK net is the average an expat earns, or possibly higher, although of course the median might be lower due to the outliers that earn multiples of the normal salaries.

When seen in that context, it is not really 20 x years of net annual salaries needed to buy a new flat for an expat, but more like 12-13 yrs if we take the price of a new flat to be around 8mio CZK + 30y interest, so you get about 30-33k/month of mortgage. Yes, that is high, especially at this moment in time, but honestly, the more I live here the more I start to realize that when people kept telling me a few years back when I moved here that the prices (of property) can't really go lower, they were right, as the constant stream of newly created jobs and the new arrivals to take those jobs, simply have no available new housing to move into, and the government is doing sod-all about it, thus things cannot change into the next years, its simple math. I for one will continue to rent, as for me, right now renting makes much more sense, albeit its getting increasingly difficult to find a decent flat to rent, but unlike 3-4 yrs when I moved here when monthly mortgage was just about the same or even a bit lower than renting, right now mortgage would be at least 30-40% per month, at least for me, so its out of the question. I guess one thing is for sure, nobody will buy flats in Prague at these price levels for the rental yield, as this is slowly heading lower and lower.
#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019 :
The main, no. 1 problem in Prague is the cost of real estate (buying, renting). For the average salary taker, it woudl “cost” you more than 20 years of your working life to payoff a modest new flat. You can draw your own conclusions from that.
#Anonymous on Mar 26, 2019 :
The cost of living is ridiculous in Prague. Rent for a good 1 bedroom apartment is 20000 CZK per month. If you earn 30000 CZK per month, it is not enough because you have to pay something like 30% tax and food costs 4000 CZK per month at least. So there is no way you can survive on the average wage. I think you need at least 40000 CZK per month to survive.
#Anonymous on Mar 20, 2019 :
If you want an accurate answer to any salary in Prague or throughout the Chezk republic look at current currency values after all that's truely what determines saleries.Heres an excellent answer to current currency fluctuations updated every 24 hours. Google whatever your currency is to CZK the money converter.Scroll down and highlite the heading.The Hays website is fine for general information but goggleing the above info I provided will give up to the minute accuracy.Currency valuations dictate ecomonys regardless of which country, always will.Hopefully this will help you.
#Anonymous on Feb 20, 2019 : salary report will give everyone a good example of the Czech labor market.
#Anonymous on Feb 18, 2019 :
The price of real estate quoted are quite off from the current prices. You cannot find any 3 bedrooms (4kk)in prague 1 for 31K, the real rent would be more from 45K minimum going upwards. The same for a 1 bedroom (2kk), a decent place would be impossible to find for less than 25K minimum in Prague 1.
#Adam on Feb 14, 2019 :
I read all recent comments, so can we say that typical needings for 2 person are:

Mandatory: 25K for rent (2+1 or 2+kk) with utilities. 9K for food and other needings like transportation, mobile phone etc.
Other: 7K for going out, sports etc. 3K for shopping.

Waiting your comments, thanks :)
#Anonymous on Feb 07, 2019 :
I can confirm the cost here, for a single person for my experience in CZ for almost 2.5 years, it is around 14442 CZK, plus rent and bills... So, add other 14442 and you reach 28864 CZK = 1123 EUR, all this counting every monthly cost but WITHOUT THE CAR, that is a scandal considering a life of a foreigner, always trapped in the city centre because outside you find a lot of discrimination, it's impossible to go to live outside alone, forget it, with the consequence of high prices...
Furthermore, my price indicated for rent and bills is really hard to find, you will spend even more, let's say 12000 rent + 3000 bills to live alone in a 1+kk max 35 m2 in a decent zone.
#Daniel on Jan 24, 2019 :
@ Rocky
60k CZK net per month is almost double the average earnings here in Prague, so it is a good salary, you should be able to easily save a bit every month off that salary.

@ Rose
Highly depends on your personal preferences, whether you can manage sharing accommodation, how far from the center you can accept to travel etc. If you will want to live on your own, close from public transport and not more than 25-30min from the center, this budget will be rather tight. You have to factor in that at least 55-60% of that net salary will go on accomodation& related expenses if you're not going to share a flat, as its hard to find anything below 12-13k per month, to that you have to add 2, maybe 3k common expenses and another 1k or so for electricity/internet which usually isn't included.

Good luck with your move and if you haven't signed the contract yet, try to negotiate a bit higher salary, based on the skyrocketing cost of living here, especially cost of accommodation in the last couple of years, hopefully they will agree to increase it a bit, as it will make a world of difference to have some extra money to spend on yourself.
##Rose on Jan 22, 2019 :
Is 36K CZK per month net salary is low for a single person in Prague?
#Rocky on Jan 22, 2019 :

60K CZK per month net salary is good for single person in Prague? Or is it too high?
#Daniel on Jan 19, 2019 :
Hello "NotDaniel" :)

Long time since I checked this page. I think you've misunderstood what I said. I haven't said that 40k Kc is for rent only, but rather for rent+utilities+food. People have to eat as well you know, as well as travel to work etc.

As for your comment that "Absolute majority of people don't make that much money and get by just fine.", I don't know what is your definition of just fine, but I can see a helluva lot of young people sharing rooms in flats here, even cases with 2 families living in the same flat because they can't afford their own, which is a sad state of affairs. The worst part, in my humble opinion is just how fast things have precipitated towards the worse, meaning that the real-estate market has really gotten out of hands when prices are concerned, its very easy to observe if you keep an eye on the changes on simple search websites such as bezrealitky, but its also reflected in the official statistics. In my case, as I work for a company that kept expanding its base here, and hiring more people, I've helped many of the newcomers with the chore of settling in here, hence why I kept a keen eye on the rental prices for the last 2-3 years, and it is rather shocking to see that a flat which you could EASILY find for 15k Kc back in 2016, now commands more like 23-25k, as well as the numbers seem to be narrowing down, as I've had saved searches on multiple sites and I can see the number of results dwindling. Its even worse it seems for purchase prices, but at the same time that also reduced the rental yield on properties here to rather small figures, which should at least hopefully discourage some from investing in property here for the sake of renting it out.

I for one firmly believe that the property situation in Prague is a classic example of a bubble, even though 99.99% of the Czechs I've spoken say the property prices will keep going up, partly because it has definitely reached withering heights versus earnings, and also because any kind of upset that might be coming along (i.e. a crisis or major increase in interest rates) will probably find a lot of vulnerable people among those that have bought in the last couple of years at these "atmospheric" prices.
#Anonymous on Dec 02, 2018 :
Yes...52K net is enough for two people. No more than 22K for flat rent. Use public transportation. You will be ok with 52K.
#A on Nov 30, 2018 :
52000czk net salary is enough for living in Prague for two person?
#Anonymous on Nov 29, 2018 : is ok salary if you do a flatshare with someone.
#anna on Nov 22, 2018 :
hello ive been proposed a job that pays 428000 czk yearly + 2500 monthly bonus, is that enough for one person living in prague ?
#Anonymous on Nov 22, 2018 :
Yes. 55000czk net salary is enough for single person in Prague.
#Anonymous on Nov 17, 2018 :
Hi i have been offered job in Prague with 55 123 CZK net salary? i am single, would this be enough to live in a normal life and also save a money?
#Daniiar on Nov 16, 2018 :
Hello I am looking for a share room in Prague 2 or 3 the budget is up to 5000 czk
phone number 728312959
#Leo on Nov 13, 2018 :
What is the minimum base salary for living two person (me and my wife) in Prague?

I don't need to live in luxury but I want to live good enough and maybe save money. Cost calculator says 43K, including 1 bedroom in city centre. It seems base salary should be higher than 60K. Waiting your comments. :)
#Andrej on Oct 19, 2018 :
@Zika: Yes, social security is obligatory for every employee, doesn't matter where are you from. It will be deducted automatically from your salary every month.
#Anonymous on Oct 11, 2018 :
Times has changed quite big time in the city over last 5 years. Unemployment is record low, but salaries against the growth of prices grew very slowly, don't be misled by averages. It became much more expensive.

I agree with Daniel in most of what he says.

Rent of 2 rooms flat (60-70sqm) equiped and in good condition, in the more central area is about 28,000-30,000 Czk with utilities per 1 person. If you want to eat outside and get reasonable quality so you don't risk any problems next day, it is for more or less same money as in the many other big cities in Western Europe. 60,000 Czk net per person is starting level for having good life so you can afford little savings, buy clothes etc.
#NotDaniel on Oct 06, 2018 :
Of course, I am talking about single person or a pair, not raising a family in a huge 4 bedroom apartment in the city center on a single person's paycheck.
#NotDaniel on Oct 06, 2018 :
Daniel's responses are completely unrealistic. Absolute majority of people don't make that much money and get by just fine.

Apartments in the absolute city center (read withing 2 minutes walk from Wenceslas square) will cost you maybe 25k for a single bedroom / some 2 bedroom.

I don't know what he means by "alright to get by" but for 40k you would live in a huge luxurious place.
#Zika on Sep 29, 2018 :
Hey folks,
Since I am a non EU citizen, if I am planning to work in Prague, will I need to pay for social security?
Because if I check the net salary calculator I see a lot of fields of deductions, so I am wondering if they all apply to us as non EU.
#Daniel on Sep 19, 2018 :
Hi "Anonymous"

Is 40 000Kc a net/take home salary ,or the base/gross?

For a single person willing to live in a small (25-40sqm) flat, I would say its manageable, but not good enough to live the "good life" for sure. Depends a lot on what your living arrangements expectations are, as if you used to and willing to share a flat, than probably you will have a lot more money left over for fun stuff. Try to negotiate a higher salary as well, based on the increases of cost of living that shot up at least 20-30% in the last few years. Back in 2012-2013 for example, 40 000 would have been considered quite good, as it was easy to find accommodation for 12-15k or even up to 10k for a single person living in a small flat, however those days are long gone now, in some areas of Prague rent prices have gone 60-80% in the last 5 years.
#Anonymous on Aug 29, 2018 :
Hi I was offered a job in Prague for 40,000Kc,

I would like to know if that is enough as a single parson to live in the city
#shahriar on Aug 20, 2018 :
Hello friends
I've written about Prague and its charm, it's better to print it in local Language or in English?Have a comment?
#Peter on Aug 20, 2018 :
Overpriced housing. This city is getting too trendy. It is full of stupid/naive tourits and Erasmus students, not to mention armies of unemployed from Ukraine and southern Europe willing to cram into shared flats just to get a low-paid job as the unemployment rate is very low.
#JJ on Jul 20, 2018 :
I’m heading to Prague for 5 days,will 11,000kr be enough?? Flights and accommodation already paid
#Daniel on Jul 18, 2018 :
Hi Martin

60 000Kc after taxes is OK for living alright. But you will not be living in luxury, nor renting something near the center, that's for sure. I would say you have to set aside around 35-40K for rent + necessary expenses (food, utilities etc.), the rest should be what you save or use for vacations, etc.

Depends where you're coming from and what you're used to as well, I suggest you use this cost of living comparison tool between cities right here on numbeo...its not 100% accurate, but at least you can get a rough idea, and also you can insert your current/latest salary from the place you live, and the tool will tell you how much you should earn here, in order to maintain the same standard of life that you are accustomed to.
#Martin on Jul 10, 2018 :
Hi, I have been offered a job position in Prague. The base neat salary to discuss is 60.000Kc, is it enough for living for me and my partner?

I have recently been in the city on vacations and I really loved it.

Thanks in advance.
#Lukas on Jun 03, 2018 :
Average salary in Prague is 26k and you are asking if 130k is ok? hmmm it is.
Dont worry about health insurance, it is not more than 3k for month for person or mostly paid by state, if you get confirmation of rezidence or work here.
These numbeo prices are very correct, 310 czk for three day ticket is correct, but is not described here above.
There is many restaurants you can eat for 130czk very well, but you have to know where to find them. I am sorry but center is full of turist traps: expensive food,taxi,exchange. Every tourist should be avare of it.
#Zuzana on May 31, 2018 :
Most of people who working in prague dont live there, cause it is too expensive to rent there. You will find cheaper rent in stredni cechy, severni cechy. And sometimes just take a train 1hour to work every day.but really depends where you working. Usually Praha 3 is cheaper to live and there is more people speak english, usualy Young people speak some english or germany. Prague is more expensive than other cities around, but also only multicultural place in Czech.
#Zuzana on May 31, 2018 :
If you want to save on public transportation buy the one for 60days, cause it cost 1480,- instead of paing 550,- every mont. Thath was I did when I was living there. Prague is very expensive, but locals know how yo safe and where. Try find small local markets for better prices for seasonal veggie and one across the street of entry to metro kobylisy.I also remember my friends will go shoping on thuesday night to kaufland, cause they drop all the price on veggies after like 7 or 8pm. Most off the people really hunting the prices and go buy the cheapest here and there. My mom using for delivery groceries to home and most of special healthy products are best to search in online shops.
#Fadi on May 22, 2018 :
I WAS in prague this month and to be honest prices are much more higher than that in this table
for example three days public transportations costs around 330 crona .
ordinary meal in a resurant not less than 300 crona for one person .
#Moe on May 10, 2018 :
Hey all, is 130k is more good to a family relocating to Prague?
Will also need to know how much health insurance will cost for my wife and 1year baby. Any renting websites for fair flats?
#Vin on May 06, 2018 :
How much does it cost to live in for 3days in Prague for holidays?
#Reader on May 06, 2018 :
Just want to add my thanks to Daniel for delving deeply into this topic and providing us with a bird's eye view, yet still plenty of of detail attached.

Reading about the situation in Prague makes me wonder if there will be ANYTHING that will snap the locals out of their inertia. I don't understand why there hasn't been a political backlash?

Also, given the criminal underbuilding, there is no quick fix here. Something's got to give, and either that means that Prague and Brno will suffer from economic stasis or a new city will have to be planned and built to house all the new people.
#Daniel on May 05, 2018 :
@mojomo mojomo

I myself do not live in the center, far from it (I live in Dolni Chabry) and my apartment could in no way be considered luxurious in comparison with other places I lived, but it is decent, and large enough, as I simply could not accept to live in a 40-50m2 flat (ours is slightly over 100m2). And the rent + poplatky is around 25k Kc. Also, I live pretty much like the locals, shop where the locals shop, eat out at places popular with the locals etc., not because I'm purposely trying to save but simply because I don't particularly enjoy the "expat" lifestyle (after living abroad for more than 15 years in various countries, I'm a sort of "permanent expat" :)

I find your statement that "only a foreigner would pay 20k for rent" extremely misleading and challenge you to go ahead and post a few links to decent 3kk or 3+1 flats, anywhere in Prague, let alone near the centre for the 10-12k you are referring to. As a matter of fact we were considering to maybe find a bigger 4kk flat, but after some weeks of searching and realizing just how much prices went up in the last year alone, I've decided it would be foolish to give this one up since right now there is a very thin to none offer of similar quality&size flats for the price.

Yes, the public transport is amazing, I've heard this like a popular tune here from all the Czechs, and that's very good, but people cannot live on public transport and cheap beer/klobasa alone :) The reality, harsh as it might sound, is that local Czech people are struggling the hardest here I would say, and unlike most expats, they can't just pack up and go at anytime - well, they can, but most wouldn't. As for those salary increases you are mentioning, yes, fully agree that there have been salary increases, but if you look at the past 2-3 years, the prices of securing a dwelling (renting or buying) as well as other prices, have gone up a lot more than salaries, by a factor of 2-3 both here and in Brno and other major cities, just look at various statistics available online, don't take my word for it.

Czech Republic as a whole, and the main cities in particular appear in the 1st or top 3 positions of "least affordable housing" across the EU, which of course can't be good, here's a link as well: (not only is the price of a 70m2 flat the most expensive from the countries listed, requiring 11 years of GROSS annual salaries of a family to acquire, but you will also notice if you read the report that the Czech Republic also scores very low for newly built dwellings, Prague in particular is in dire straits when it comes to not building enough to sustain the increase in population, which can only point to higher and higher prices to come. Even if the elected officials here eventually get their head out of the sand and find solutions for this housing crisis/scarcity, by the time any effects of such measures that might be implemented can be seen, you are still looking at many years of struggle. Of course Mr. Market could come along and induce a powerful enough crash to slow down or halt the attractiveness of Czech Rep. or Prague to incoming work force, but I highly doubt that, as there is plenty inertia to keep it from tumbling, as well as a very resilient attitude among locals that would literally do anything and everything, slaving multiple jobs in some cases, only to afford getting that mortgage; others especially in Western countries would never fathom spending such a high % of income on housing, because luckily they haven't been pushed to, whereas here it seems to become norm.
#mojomo mojomo on May 02, 2018 :
@daniel, well, for expats, who do not speak czech language, it is expectable, living cost will be higher, then for locals.

yes, there is no lower rate for locals, but when it come to negotiation, anyone, not speaking czech will have it more expensive And doesnt matter if oyu live in prague for 20 years. Unless you speak language, it is expected from you to offer more. Its not bilingual pllace.
same for other aspect of daily life. With english only, you rely on english speaking comunity only , or czechs, who are willing to speak with you in english. Both options offer mostly very expensive way of living...

situation in czech republic in getting better - salary are going up alot. Huge number of people managed to get mortgage for house/apartment ( which is major reason for ths hike in prices )

but its not much different from other cities in developed world ( try to tell new grad dude to buy apartment in central london(or few km from it) ;) - oh i forgot. he cant. he got huge loan for his university ;) ). My friends in hongkong got mortgage for 50m2 apartment - 30 years... thats all, they can afford.

anyway. just advise. If you have work in prague, Do not waste money for living in center. Center is just tourist place... Public transportation in czechia is amaizing, and you can live for 10-12k CZK... Only foreigner would pay 20k for rent.
#Andy on Apr 29, 2018 :
@Daniel: spot on regarding Prague situation. As I wrote in October last year - it is really the rents and housing situation that is completely out of control. I lived in Prague for more than a decade but decided enough is enough and voted with my feet. If I had 110k net/mo then I would care less (conrats on that btw), but as someone who had around 100k gross/mo it slowly but surely stopped making financial sense to stay in Prague over the years.

It is otherwise a good place, but housing (rent and buy) is extremely overpriced and not worth it considering the low average salaries and also crappy quality compared to e.g. Western Europe. Case in point: I live in a building built by Skanska here and also back in Prague - night and day difference in temrs of materials, floors, sound insulation, etc. Maybe cause they aren't as stingy and don't hire dodgy Ukranian labor at the lowest price here.
The only thing I really miss is the cheap and good public transport and relatively cheap restaurants. You don't realize how ridiculously cheap it is until you pay 3-4x the amount elsewhere :)
#Daniel on Apr 27, 2018 :

2500$ is around 52000Kc. This will allow you to live, but you will be quite restrained in your spending if you will have to make ends meet on this salary alone for all your family.

Factor in a spending of at least 20-23000Kc for the place you are renting, possibly higher, about 1200Kc per month for transportation for you and your wife, that public transportation only, no taxies/Uber as those will cost a lot more, 3-4000Kc for insurance, 8-10000Kc for groceries and maybe going out 1-2 times per month , and of course with a baby most likely at least another 7-8000Kc associated with the various baby needs.

I would say, maybe ask for a bigger salary or consider another job elsewhere, Prague is not what it used to be, Im here only a few years and during this time alone prices have been really spiraling out of control, especially rents/property which in turn of course affected other things as well. Its really-really hard for a family to live on ~50 000Kc as expats here. For locals its different as most will have some kind of support from family, dont need to pay for separate medical insurance etc., but even locals are struggling lately, its easy to see.
#Daniel on Apr 27, 2018 :
@##wanderer on
"How can one find local fully furnished apartment prices that locals use?"

I'm afraid such things do not exist anymore here. If you are under the belief that locals have access to much lower rents in places foreigners do not know such thing.

Prices have gone really CRAZILY up in the past 2-3 years, in the past 2 years alone about 30-32% increase in rents/prices in Prague.

For a furnished 2kk flat (40-55m2) in a rather central area, not the most popular like Vihohrady which is even pricier, but close enough, prepare to spend around 25000Kc or more including expensed. For a 3KK (60-80m2) in the same areas its more like 35000Kc.

If you are living to live on the outskirts, like Prague 11, 15, 8, 9, about 35-45 min away from the center by public transport, you are looking at 16-20000Kc for a 2kk flat and 23-25000Kc for a 3kk

These prices above are certainly not for luxury-finished apartments or some with amazing views, as those will go even higher.

2kk = 1 bedroom flat
3kk = 2 bedroom flat
##wanderer on Apr 13, 2018 :
How can one find local fully furnished apartment prices that locals use?
#Suren on Mar 30, 2018 :
Hi, I would like to know is 2500$ enough for good life in Prague for family with 3 year old child ?
I have to pay for insurance for wife and child and rent 2KK apartment
#Nitish on Mar 25, 2018 :
Im planning to study Doctor In Prague. How much does the living cost and food and other expenses come for a year.
#Anon on Feb 17, 2018 :
AMEN! Daniel you're so right about the current situation in Prague. As a post-communist society, the Czechs will tolerate things which would not be tolerated elsewhere (Germany, Austria etc...). The current system does serve the elites and not the average citizen thus making Prague very unattractive for life compared to other cities.
#Sanchita on Feb 15, 2018 :
I would like some advice. Can I live in Prague just as a tourist for about six months if I make some 1,700 euro a month as a freelance writer? I don't need to save, and I don't need a big space; a small, simply furnished studio is good enough. But the location is very important for me. I would like to stay within 2km of Charles Bridge. Can I get something within about 16,000 CZK (as Numbeo has listed that price for a small city centre studio)? Thanks.
#Daniel on Jan 21, 2018 :
And just to make things clear, I didn't write the below post out of spite or regret...luckily my job still pays way above the local averages or even expat salaries for that matter (around 110k net/month) so I consider myself rather fortunate while seeing others struggle, but at the same time, I would not touch the real-estate in Prague with a 10 foot pole! I would much rather put my savings in other investment vehicles, since I see real-estate in Prague as a very poor investment at these current levels, and if someone would come right now to the city expecting a worry-free life, as a single person renting a flat I would say you need to earn at least 50-55k net per month, because at least 25k out of that will go for rent+utilities for a 2KK, 2+1, and if you're coming with family, kids, probably more like 70-75k net/month for a couple to live on and add another 10-15k/month on top for each child, of course not including private school or other things considered high-luxuries here but just basic decent living, with accommodation in a flat. If you want to rent an actual house, those numbers will be 2-3x higher, as having your own house is seen as some sort of uber-luxury here.
#Daniel on Jan 21, 2018 :
What really drags down Prague is the price of accommodation, be it the price to buy or price to rent, its bad and its getting worse at a ridiculous rate, fueled by dozens of companies opening regional centers here, offering jobs which by local standards are considered very good, whereas by W. European standards these would be hardly considered decent.

Czech people, and Praguers in particular seem to have a very deep resilience to being fleeced by a system controlled by the lucky few, basically a group of wealthy developers and other well-off people involved in real-estate business, obviously in a close "partnership" with the politicians, so they can keep a very tight lid onto whatever is being built in Prague, thus carefully controlling the prices (as in heavily overestimating value) so they can line their pockets. Hopefully some day soon the locals will wake up and smell the flowers and not allow the current caste of politicians+developers to continue usurping them! (via their carefully placed vote ballot!

When I first came here a couple years back, I actually researched the market a bit, as I was considering buying/building rather than renting, since I knew beforehand it is a very dynamic city with room to grow. After this time spent here, I find it very strange how the common-folk, those who have not inherited some piece of land, are practically completely locked out of considering to build a home, onto a modestly-sized piece of land. No such thing here! Feel free to take the agents as well as independent websites "direct from owner" such as bezrealitky, and have a look what 150-200k EUR can buy you within the Prague zone...practically nothing! You read that right, you CANNOT find 250-300m of land to buy for up to 200k EUR, which I find rather ridiculous in a city where the average Joe earns around 1100 EUR net/month. Basically any decent standalone house, with some minimal patch of land (<300 sq m) starts at about 300k, and that's a bit out in the sticks, not anywhere near the center expect exponentially higher price for anything consider "central".

As for rents... considering that since I came to live here rents went up about 30% at least, in some cases more, you judge for yourself.

Young Czechs find it absolutely normal to live with their parents sometime well into their 30's or share a flat with 2-3 others, just to be able to afford living "well". As for those brave enough to buy at these prices, so far the fact that Czech Rep. has among the lowest interest rates in the world, not just Europe, has been on the side of developers& co. but if tides turn, if the economy will take even a small hit and those interest rates double of more...lots of young people will be in trouble. Although, Czechs treasure that small flat or tiny piece of land so much that they would probably go starving just to afford paying the mortgage, they have a totally different outlook on life than say the average American or even Southern European, that latter gladly going bankrupt before giving up a certain lifestyle.

Sorry for the long post, just to summarize it...if you're looking for a place that's "affordable" and where an expat can easily save considerable amounts of money every month while still enjoying a lifestyle he's accustomed to at home (referring to those that come from countries with a higher standard of living), then surely you will get disappointed sooner or later, as Prague is becoming really too expensive for its own good, primarily in the housing department.
#Adam on Jan 04, 2018 :
You could save money for accommodation when you will live 20-30 minutes from the old town center.
Prague has very good public transportation and annual ticket cost 3650 CZK.
metro operates daily 5:00am – midnight
two to three minutes between trains during peak hours
four to nine minutes in off peak hours (after 7:00 pm).
#Adam on Jan 04, 2018 :
Personal health insurance: we have state insurance and is paid automatically from gross salary before taxes, means your personal health insurance will be covered ( – you don’t need to pay for doctor when you will be sick, etc., regular dental care visits are for free, but if you will have dental cavity you are paying for that some money according to your preference of material and so on.
#Anonymous on Dec 09, 2017 :
Prague is getting increasingly expensive. I wanted to switch my flat, but after awhile I realised that I won't get a better deal. It wasn't that bad 4 years ago. Like others have noted, don't move for anything less than 50-60k gross.
#Frisky on Nov 26, 2017 :
Hi everyone,

The cost of life is getting ridiculous in prague right now, inflation is expected to keep gaining speed and reach at least 3% this year and next year.

Flat that used to cost 3 000 000 CZK now cost between 4.5 - 5 000 a 3 year time frame!

The fruits and vegis also got noticeably more expensive...

Truth is, I need to keep working more, get on top of the ladder, just to keep up with the cost of life. That sucks!

I don't think it makes sense for an expact family with a household net income bellow 60k per month.

#Maria on Nov 25, 2017 :
Lars Jakobsson the prices you saw were tourist restaurants. I just spent two months in Prague and I was eating lunch with my coworkers in a restaurant on a daily basis with 100-140 CZK. The prices mentioned are quite correct for restaurants that offer daily menus for people taking lunch breaks (not high end tourist restaurants.
#Allen Skywalker on Nov 19, 2017 :
I just receive an offer to come and work in Prague 9 with paid relocate package. My gross salary is 60.000CZK is it enough to 1 people living in Prague? I dont want to share flat. How much can I save from it? Thanks a lot.
#Valerie on Nov 14, 2017 :
I can remember a few short years ago, you could supposedly live "comfortably" in Prague for $400 a month...looks like that isn't the case any more. What a shame. I can't afford to go to Europe anyways, but this looks like a beautiful city, I guess it will remain only a dream.
#Andy on Oct 18, 2017 :
Rents have gone up a lot lately in Prague. Add a few thousand more a month to numbers you see here. Check out E.g. 1 bedroom flat 55m2 in Krc (Prague 4, not center) around 16000-19000 Kc/mo rent + 3500-4500 Kc/mo utilities. Compare that to 11371 Kc average rent reported here. Those prices are long gone, real estate market is red hot and it shows in rental prices.
Now, I wouldn't move here for anything less than 75-80k CZK gross (53-57k net), unless you want to flat share or live in a tiny 20-30 m2 studio apt.
#Arsen on Oct 13, 2017 :
Zorana, zivim u Pragu 25 godina, oko informacija me kontaktiraj na
Ako bis dobila platu 33 hiljade kruna, to znaci nekih 24 hiljada netto. Sa tim se moze u Pragu ziveti, za mali stan ces platiti nekih 13-14 hiljada mesecno, hrana ce ispasti oko 4 hiljade i ostatak imas na potrosnu :)
#Zorana Zivkovic on Oct 08, 2017 :
Hi. I'm from Serbia and I got a job offer as a customer service representative in Prague. It's located in Prague 4. I' ve been asked what is my salary expectation and I saw on the internet that minimum wage for that job is 1300 (converter says it's 33,665 czk)euros per month. I don't know is it true and if is, is it enough for a single person to live decent? I still didn't make a decision since it's a big step to move in another country. Thank you.
#Vikas Patel on Sep 18, 2017 :
Hello everyone!

I am at the final stage of my selection in the interview and my company is located in Praha (Prague) 4. Can anyone please let me know what would be the cost of living for me and my spouse to stay near by my job location?

I really do not know the taxation system in Prague, hence I would appreciate if someone suggests me that how much should I earn minimum to survive there?

Guys please respond.... THANKS A LOT.
#Anonymous on Sep 13, 2017 :
Hello, I plan on moving to Prague to work inside the city center and from my calculations I would be getting nearly 19,000 CZK after taxes in the first couple of months of my new position. Can anyone offer advice if that is reasonable/doable?
#Iffi on Aug 21, 2017 :
Hello Imran.
Have u accepted the offer? Have u moved there or not?
#Brian on Aug 19, 2017 :
Photo Pass for ages 65-70 costs 20 Kc and gives free travel in Prague.

It's great!
#Belle on Jul 31, 2017 :
Hi everyone.
I wonder if czk14,000 per month for my scholarship would be enough to live in Prague. This has to include the room rental fee. What is the cheapest room?
Thank you.
#Ellen on Jul 20, 2017 :
Lars Jakobsson,

I feel like you must have been stuck in the tourist area if you didn't see food for 130Kc.
Especially if you were in Old Town or Praha 1
#Swe on Jul 18, 2017 :
Hi All, I got an offer in Prague for 70,000 gross salary. I am a SQL DB admin. Me and my wife will be staying there. Can someone tell me if this is good salary for 2 people? Please help guys.

#Dinuka on Jul 06, 2017 :
I want know per month how much I can earn and monthly cost of living , I'm in srilanka I want to go there and stay 4 , 5 years . Before take deceission Iwant details
#Lars Jakobsson on Jul 05, 2017 :
I just spent 4 days in prague. I would say that a meal for two, just a main course, costs 900kc.i never saw food for 130kc anywhere
#Eleni on Jun 22, 2017 :
Hello! I would like to know if Prague is dogfriendly. Is it difficult to rent a room or appartment with my dog? I don't want to left my dog back.
#Melissa on Jun 04, 2017 :

I am going to study my master degree in September in Prague and I am looking for an apartment in Prague 1 or 2.

Please let me know if you have something
#Imran on May 18, 2017 :
Hi i need some information i have offered a job 50,ooo that could be enough for one person in prague and its urgent plz let me know
#TrulyBlue on May 08, 2017 :
To Tony Elkin:
Can you please describe a little further the home you have - is it rented or owned and how much did it cost, if I may ask? I am looking to find somewhere to retire where approximately $1,700 USD monthly will provide me with a decent lifestyle.

Thank you for your help!
#Brezen on Apr 15, 2017 :
to #Paoblo - you may look at sreality cz for a potential apartments that you may rent.

You have noticed correctly that the living costs in decent properties are unrealistically high. A decent apartment 70sq m with 1 bedroom is around 15k CZK including utilities. If you would like 100sq m with 2 bedrooms, then the price goes to 21k CZK including utilities. Utility costs are reasonable and reflect the fact that czech winters are much colder than in Spain :).

If your wife is unemployed for the 1st few months, then the state will cover her health insurance (which is a kind of a must and costs at least 2k CZK per month).

There is a list of things, which are most probably a way more affordable than Spain: manual labor for any kind of services, transportation costs, and food/drinks in restaurants. You may have fun and do a high variety of outdoor sports for almost no money.

Here is my cost approximation for 2 people: 15k - rent, 6K - supermarket, 4k - car maintenance, 5k - restaurants, 5k - clothes/others. If you follow such a spending profile, you will be left around 25k CZK monthly.
#Zuzana on Apr 11, 2017 :
to #Pablo: 60k for 2 is absolutely OK to live with if you have moderate tastes. Appartment for 23k plus utilities sound as too much to me, you can absolutely find better. Usually the rent should already contain the costs, only exception is internet connection - this is always stated extra.
Other costs are very low though, public transport good, so you can be searching farther away (but close to metro) to get to work in 30 minutes.
#Pablo on Apr 01, 2017 :
I have been offered to relocate, by my current company.

Don't know a lot about the cost of living in Prague or Central Europe in general for that matter, but noticed that rents are quite a bit bit higher per sqm than my current location (Cataluna, Spain - smaller city just south of Barcelona). Over here renting a rather modern and good sized flat for 600€/month , around 100 sqm size, 2.5 bedrooms, separate kitchen, large living room.

Having had a look at some websites for flat-searching in Prague, the same size flat, not in the centre but in Prague 5 for example or similar, would be at least 22-23.000 CZK, and plus the utilities seems to be far more than in Spain as well - over here I pay no more than 90-100 EUR on average, for water, electricity, whereas the flats I looked at online for Prague showed 6-8000 CZK/month range for utilities only, which is 250 EUR, I wonder how come its so high, are flats so poorly insulated that it takes a lot of energy to heat or what? Because otherwise I see the price of electricity, water, natural gas, internet are same if not lower than Spain, so only the heating could maybe cause such a big difference?

My offered salary there is around 60 000 CZK net, it will be just me& my wife, but I'm a bit skeptical about the move, since by my calculations, 30000 CZK or just about half will go on rent+utilities which seems very high to me, here in Spain, it costs me no more than €700/month for rent+utilities, which represents about 1/3 of my salary here, so I'm worried I will not be able to save as much.

Is it maybe that I am looking at some ripoff websites intended for websites or how can it be possible for rents to be so high in Prague? I'm thinking with the average salaries in Prague, which are purportedly around 33000 CKZ, that would make it hardly affordable to have a decent life...or do all the locals live somewhere on the outskirts and commute for a long time? :-/
#Artois on Mar 15, 2017 :
Do you think is enough to live in Prague with 30.000 Czech Crown?
#Cemony on Feb 22, 2017 :

Is it ok to live for 35300 net salary in Prague, its me and my wife, thank you
#Daisy on Feb 19, 2017 :
Best part of Praha are its people, its food and its pivo (beer), the finest beer in the world! Get a SMALL apartment and spend most of your time OUTSIDE walking around, talking to people, getting a used car and going places in The Czech Republic. Also, get a motor scooter or small motorcycle. DO THINGS. Low priced health care better than any other country - except Cuba. Forget the US "health care." A terrific country in which to retire. Look for smaller, better apartments along the Number 3 Tram across the Karlov Most (Charles Bridge). About 1 mile along the tram's route the apartments are terrific! Learn their language! Americans who are worried about getting a modern, large apartment should stay home. Europeans live a much different - and FAR BETTER - life than
Americans do. People of Praha are the best in the world. They've been though a lot since '65 and have suffered and survived more than most in Europe. They love their country, and if you respect their country, they will love you, too. The Square in Praha is much different today than when I lived there in '65 to '68. Don't worry about the small stuff. Enjoy life and the freedoms that THEY have which Americans no longer have.
I'm now retired and will return to Prague to live a great life.
#nfl on Feb 09, 2017 :
Hi! I got a job proposal from Prague. They asked me about salary. For a 3 person family, how much I need to live in Prague (outsider of centre) and considering health cares, kid education? 35000 czk net it will be enough?

Thank you in advance.
#Sam on Feb 01, 2017 :
@Joseph :

Why do you say that the healthcare in Czech Republic(or just in Prague?) is one of the best in the world? Only because it's universal healthcare like the NHS in Britain? I would appreciate it if you could elaborate please.
#gm on Jan 28, 2017 :
Hi! I received a job proposal from Prague, earning 21350 czk NET.

Is it enough to have a quiet life in Prague?

I am single and i just wanted to find a room in a Shared flat, so i will not spend too much in Housing.

I hope you can help me.
#Rita CA on Jan 17, 2017 :
I'm going for two job interviews this week, can anybody tell me what's the average salary for a pastry cook at a high quality restaurant? I mean in the most expensive restaurants in Prague. I have an idea of how much I would spend already because I've lived in Prague as a student
#Anonymous on Jan 10, 2017 :
Lol, if people aren't able to live with 50k net in Prague with a family of two children than there is something wrong with the way they spend their money
#Kate on Dec 26, 2016 :
I am thinking on moving to Prague. I am alone and I made two intervies with a company there , propably they will get me. From what I can see the rents for an apartmenta are too high. Can you tell me which areas are normall and which are expensive for renting an apartment? The company's adress is in the area 'prague 5'.
Also, in the interview , they asked me the amount of money , the salary , i would like to have. I did not answer the question but they insist. I have a degree in marketing and a master in business administration. Can you help me by telling me an idea about the amount of money i will ask with my qualifications?

Thank you in advance.
#Joseph on Dec 09, 2016 :
Hi all,

let me to add comment. I have Czech nationality and lived in Prague for 10 last year. Price of living in Prague are now very high for us here and continues to grow. Prices for apartments increases in high demand due to low mortgage and lack of opportunities for other investments. But believe that the family in Prague, rarely receiving more than 60000 CZK per month. I think that the minimum expenses for the family with children are about 40000 CZK per month. Others depend on your lifestyle. For us here it is inconceivable that the wife stayed at home with the children, it is economically unfeasible for 90% of families. The ratio of housing prices to income is much better outside Prague.

In relation to foreigners the populism of local or Vysegrad politicians have raised a number of hostile sentiments but only momentarily. Czechs do not really have any real negative experience with immigrants and are not radical nature. It is true that the longer there are negative attitudes towards Gypsies, but it is necessary to know the historical context and the Government's efforts to concentrate them in specific locations.

In universities there are certainly international environment, Prague is definitely a tourist town full of restaurants, galleries, theaters and the like. Healthcare is one of the best in the world. Prague's share of income from the state budget is 30% of all the cities in the Czech Republic.

In the long term here is generally little negative attitude among Prague residents and other Czechs.
#Anonymous on Dec 05, 2016 :
Hi Jell,

no that is not possible, sorry to say that. I have 50k net(nearly tripple of average salary here), 2 kids and hell we are struggling. Rent + car leasing + necessities + kids needs and we are in minus more or less every single month. Czech republic is not a place to make money. In Germany, I'd have double to tripple salary when compared to here. Then one man can provide for big family. Actualy thinking of moving abroad for these reasons.
#Jell on Sep 30, 2016 :
Hello everybody!

I hope someone will give me the information, it's really needed in this moment.
My husband has offer for a job - salary of 60.167 kč (gross)/month, which is 43.513 kč (net value - after calculating). Is it possible to live normally with this money in Prague for two of us and expecting baby?

Thanks in advance!!!
#Robot55 on Sep 29, 2016 :
Hi all,
was offered 50,000 CZK (gross) monthly salary in Prague (Tech industry) - We are a family of 4.
Will I be able to support all of us on this salary? We are aiming for decent standard of living, comfortable, but not fancy.
Is this doable?

Also, I am a no-citizen. Will my approved work status enable my wife to work too?

Appreciate your answers,
great site,
take care,