Only 991.63 Kč/€41. This is enough for 1-2 people for a week. It turns out that you can budget about €200 per month. For a family, spending will increase to €280-320+. It all depends on your lifestyle and eating habits.
At the Rohlík restaurant you can order Pilsner Urquell beer (500ml) for 29 Kč/€2, Vogue La Lilas cigarettes for 124 Kč/€6, Mikulov Sommelier Club Pálava wine for 180 Kč/€8.
Prices in the restaurant are reasonable. An order for two in a mid-range place costs about 22 €
. At McDonald's you can get a hearty meal for €7-8 (French fries+burger+coke set).Transportation
The Czech Republic has a well-developed system of public transport. In Prague it is convenient to travel by bus, metro and streetcar. It is cheapest to buy a single pass for 1000 Kč/€42
per month, and for a year – 7800 CZK/€320. It is not tied to a specific person, so any family member can use it (but it is only valid for 1 passenger at a time).
The average cost of a short cab ride is 200 Kč/€9.
It is convenient to travel between the cities by train/bus or rented car. A trip to Plzen by train takes about an hour and costs 97-150 Kč/€4-6.
To access the freeways, you need to buy an electronic vignette pass for 440 CZK/€18 (for 30 days). Rent a VW Polo
for 24 hours for 954 Kč/€39 (you can find cheaper and more expensive options), gasoline €1,23-1,25 per liter.Schools and kindergartens
When you move, there is no problem getting your children into educational institutions. Kindergartens take kids from 3 to 6 years, but can also take older children (7-8 years).
Public options – the most economical option, about 500 Kč/€21 per month + small fees for stationery and mugs. Private ones are more expensive – at least 8000 Kč/€330 per month + additional expenses for optional activities.
There is an excellent educational program in kindergartens: learning foreign languages, drawing, singing etc. The adaptation process in the new country in such a place will go as smoothly as possible.
School education is free of charge in public institutions and from 110000 CZK/€4500 per year in private institutions. If your child has already attended school in his home country he is offered a lower grade. This is necessary for adaptation and mastering the Czech language. In the first year he will not receive grades in Czech language and literature.Leisure spendingSports
A membership to the Next.Move
fitness club costs 1490 Kč/€60 per month, but you can find an easier place from €30/month. The indoor Šutka
(pool (50 m lanes) is open all year round. 1 session for an adult (60 min) costs 135 Kč/€6, and a monthly pass costs 1200 Kč/€50.
Prague has developed infrastructure for cycling and joggers. The latter is free, but renting a bike
and equipment costs 350 CZK/€15 for 2 hours (or also free if you have your own).Personal care
90 minutes massage in Beauty Shape
salon – 1200 Kč/€50, business manicure - 550 Kč/€23, basic make-up – 220 Kč/€9.
A haircut for girls costs about 760 Kč/€31, and for guys from 420 Kč/€17. You can also get a beer belly, which is not uncommon in this beer paradise center. A special massage for 40 minutes for 1250 CZK/€52 (you will need several procedures) helps with that.Entertainment in Prague
- A movie show – 150-400 CZK/€6-16
- City tour (river, road and walking tour) – from 970 CZK/€40
- Zoo – 250 CZK/€11
- Play – from 730 CZK/€30
- Beer tour – 970 CZK/€40
- Bowling – from 230 CZK/€10 for 3 hours
- Quest room – from 1690 CZK/€70
- Shooting gallery – from 900 CZK/€37
Attention: Please keep in mind that you have to keep your distance and wear masks in all places. Sometimes you might not be allowed in some places, if you do not have a certificate of vaccination or a negative test for coronavirus. So check the requirements in advance.To sum up
Let's calculate how much it would cost to live, for example, as a Java developer
in Prague (one of the current vacancies in our agency).
Gross salary is €3100 (~76000 Kč). Including taxes, a programmer with 1 child will get €2460 net. The cost of a two-room apartment, utilities, food, internet and travel will be around €1000 per month*. It is also worth adding €200 for contingencies. Subtract this and you have about €1260 of spare cash to spend on your child's school, clothes, trips around the country, entertainment, furnishing the apartment, and everyday life.**
We understand that the calculations are approximate, since everyone's standard of living is different. But we hope that we were useful to you and helped you to understand the cost of living in Prague.
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*The deposit and the first month's rent is paid by the employer (in our case)
**Medical insurance is also paid by the employer