How Much Does It Cost to Spend a Month in Prague?

by Gigi Griffis

This post is part of an ongoing series about how much my digital nomad lifestyle costs. For a full list of budget posts and a detailed breakdown on how I budget for a life of full-time travel, visit this detailed article.

First things first. Let’s set the record straight:

Prague is not a budget city.

As is the case with so many places, the internet and the travel gossip is behind the times. Before we arrived, we were still hearing and reading glowing reviews of how exquisitely cheap the city is to visit.

And I get it. There are some things that run super cheap. Beer, for instance. And jam.

But for the most part, Prague has caught up to other Western European cities. My haircut cost almost $100. Our rent was around $1000 (with Airbnb options starting about 50% higher). And based on my experience with lots of places around Europe, I’d call it mid-range.

Not crazy expensive. Less than Paris or Amsterdam or Zurich, for sure. But no longer the “cheap, cheap, cheap!” spot people used to rave about.

So if you’re looking for extremely low cost of living in Europe, I’d skip Prague and take a look at cities like Split, Croatia (though not in the summer, when prices double), or Ljubljana, Slovenia. Or head to a smaller town or mid-sized city like Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kobarid, Slovenia; Toledo, Spain; or Taormina, Italy.

Prague from above

If you are planning on visiting or moving to Prague, here’s what I spent for one month in the city. The number are from July 5th to August 4th, 2018.

Keep in mind that I work while I travel (so if you’re retired or on vacation, you’ll probably spend more time and, thus, more money exploring) and my partner and I are mid-range travelers. We rent apartments in local neighborhoods (rather than pricey hotels or uber cheap couchsurfing). We eat out a few times per week, but often cook at home. And we both really like activities that tend to be cheap or free, like cycling, hiking, or picnics in the park. Consider this budget mid-range.

So now, to the numbers:

Category Dollars CZK
Accommodations $602.75 13371.53
Transportation (national/international) $74.68 1656.72
Transportation (local) $41.68 924.64
Groceries $272.64 6048.30
Supplies $25.78 572.40
Eating/drinking out $277.96 6166.32
Entertainment & activities $67.86 1505.42
Luna (vet bills, supplies) $29.57 656.49
Health & wellness $349.62 7756.04
Other Laundry: $9.64 213.86
Totals $1752.18 38871.72

Budget notes:

The above expenses are my spending and do not include my partner’s expenses. We split the rent 50-50 and lunch and dinner groceries 60-40 (while purchasing our own breakfast stuff and sometimes our own snack stuff separately). Luna is my responsibility, so these are her full bills and our health insurance and healthcare costs are totally separate as well.

For accommodation in Prague, we were thrilled to discover a mid-term rental site called Flatio. They offer mid-term rentals (several weeks to several months) at prices cheaper than Airbnb and they vet each rental personally. Rents on Flatio ran about 1/3 lower than rents on Airbnb for the same period and in similar neighborhoods. Our rent was about $1000 US total, so the above represents my half of that plus my half of our weekend accommodations in Karlovy Vary, a popular spa town up north.

Our apartment in Prague

International transportation includes the cost of my half of a private compartment on a night train from Zurich, as well as uber rides to and from train stations.

Local transportation includes a day trip to Dresden to see my friend Ali and a weekend trip to Karlovy Vary, as well as the monthly transit pass in Prague (approximately $25), which allowed me to take the trams as often as I wanted. My receipts got a little mixed up, so some of this may have ended up in the international line item, but this number should be close.

The eating out budget reflects about two meals out per week (with the exception of our weekend in Karlovy Vary, when we ate every meal out as we didn’t have a kitchen), plus little snacks, drinks, and gelato stops. When we eat out, Chad and I generally split one entree (and maybe a dessert), which is the perfect portion size for us and keeps eating out more affordable. If you and your partner aren’t splitting meals, expect this line item to run higher.

porridge in Prague

Our grocery bill includes fresh market purchases as well as grocery runs.

Supplies are things like toilet paper, soap, and lotion.

Entertainment and activities included museum tickets and a food tour, but I had an Airbnb credit, so that line item is a bit less than someone else would pay for the same thing.

Luna the traveling pooch’s line item is mostly food this month.

Health and wellness includes travel insurance, therapy (three appointments), and one very expensive haircut.

As a final note: the above budget is our day-to-day living and exploring costs and does not include my business expenses and certain personal expenses like books, movie rentals, and replacing water bottles and clothes. I figure those things are too personal and variable to be helpful if you’re using these budgets to figure out your own trip costs, so I generally pull them out.

Want to see more nomad budgets? Check out this extensive piece with links to all my published budgets from the last six+ years.

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Ali August 31, 2018 - 1:01 am

I totally agree that Prague is not the cheap city it once was or is still touted to be. I think it’s a place where people who are willing to go bare bones budget can still find those kinds of savings but it’s not the kind of thing most of us are willing to deal with. We have a friend who moved to Prague 3 years ago & when he was looking for apartments he’d occasionally send me pictures of the interesting finds. One in particular had the toilet in a little closet type compartment ON THE BALCONY. Wouldn’t that be fun in the winter.

gigigriffis September 2, 2018 - 10:40 pm

Oh man, yeah.

Riana Ang-Canning September 2, 2018 - 1:25 am

I love these budget breakdowns! It’s so cool to get this inside look. I haven’t been to Prague before but have always heard it is a cheap place to visit. It’s good to know that that isn’t really the case anymore. I’d love to spend time there around Christmas for the Christmas markets so will definitely keep these numbers in mind. And excited to check out Flatio! What an awesome website! SpotAHome is another website I like to look around on for similar rentals and vetting.

john September 3, 2018 - 10:01 pm

I love these budget breakdowns! It’s so cool to get this inside look. The cost can be said to be high for the underprivileged family, but also relatively reasonable

gigigriffis September 3, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Yep. I think it’s empowering for everyone to know what the actual costs look like and what kind of lifestyle they support so that they can decide whether it fits their travel budget.

safaritravelplus September 5, 2018 - 12:12 am

For some people if beer is cheap then everything is just fine. lol … It’s nice that you break down the cost of travel to Prague. I think that most places get price hikes once they become tourist attractions. This can be quite a challenge for residents too because all over sudden life in the city you grew up in becomes really expensive as food and accommodation prices go up.

alex September 26, 2018 - 2:24 am

its too much expensive…i was planing to visit Prague..this will really helps me to arrange my budget.

Doctear April 10, 2019 - 7:42 am

Hey Gigi! So it’s true, Prague is no longer the same city most people rave about being a cheap city to visit in Europe. But still, Prague is still one of the cities I wanted to visit. This budget list is going to help me with planning my trip. Thank you for sharing.


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