Prague is (Still) the World’s Cheapest Major City for a Beer

Another year, another study of the beer prices in cities around the world.


Last year around this time, Deutsche Bank released a study pegging the price of a pint in Prague at $1.30 (around 30 crowns), which was the cheapest beer among 47 major cities around the world compared in the study.

Johannesburg, South Africa was the next cheapest at $1.70 (around 40 crowns) while Oslo, Norway was the most expensive at a whopping $9.90 (220 crowns).

A year later, and UK-based finance website MoneyGuru has released their own study comparing beer prices in 29 major cities worldwide, using April 2018 data sourced from Expatistan.

Wouldja believe that Prague is still the cheapest?

Instead of price per pint MoneyGuru compares the number of beers £4 (about 120 crowns) – an approximate average price of a beer in a UK pub – will get you in various locations.

In Dubai, for example, you’ll get a mere .4 of a pint for £4, a total cost of about £10 (nearly 300 crowns) for a single beer. That beats out last year’s most expensive city, Oslo for the priciest beer in the world (Dubai was not included in the Deutsche Bank study).

In Prague, £4 will get you about 3.4 beers. That’s 8.5 times the amount of beer you’ll get in Dubai for the same price, and nearly five times the amount of beer vs. London or New York (both at .7 pints for £40.

If our math is accurate, that comes out to about 35 crowns per pint in Prague, which is about 15% more expensive than last year but still, by far, the cheapest beer among the cities measured.

The second-cheapest beer in the survey is once again Johannesburg. But at 2.4 beers per £4, it’s a full pint less than the same price nets in Prague.

Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, Krakow, and Taipei followed among the cheapest major cities for beer, according to the study.

Here’s the full infographic via MoneyGuru:

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
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