Prague is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world — it’s like you stepped inside a fairytale. It’s steeped in history, the beer is amazing, the architecture is world class, and the prices are affordable. But you’ll want to visit sooner than later as prices have been slowly creeping up as more and more people discover this amazing ancient city.
In this Prague travel price guide, we’ve outlined the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things that you’ll experience when you visit this magical city.
This article is part of our City Price Guide Series — Click here to see all our city price guides.
Average Daily Cost For Visiting Prague
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Prague: $40 USD
- Attractions: $6 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: $18
- Breakfast: $2.50
- Lunch: $4.50
- Dinner: $9
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): $1.50
- Transportation: $2
- Accommodation (hostel): $14
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Prague: $23 USD
- Attractions: $4 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: $8
- Breakfast: $0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: $3 (ethnic street food, takeaway shop fare, or a sausage)
- Dinner: $4 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: $1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: $1
- Accommodation (cheap hostel bed): $10
Prague Attraction and Museum Prices
Part of Prague’s beauty is simply strolling the streets and admiring the architecture — which helps keep your costs down. Many of the main sights don’t charge admission. However, while the main (and arguably best) parts of Prague are free, some areas will cost you a bit.
- Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral: Free, but some extra areas require a ticket
- National Theater Opera Tickets: $3-$50
- Church of St. Nicholas: $3.10
- DOX Center for Contemporary Art: $8
- Walking Tours: Free (but you should tip the guides) or $12-$30 (for paid tours)
- Bike Tour: $24
Prague Food Prices
Traditional Czech cuisine tends to be fairly heavy, but it’s filling and affordable — perfect for the penny-pinching backpacker. And once you’re finished with your meal, you can wash it down with an amazing Czech beer (which can also be cheap). Avoid the tourist areas as you’ll find overpriced and low-quality restaurants. Do a bit of research online before you head out to ensure you get a quality meal at a good price. Read more of our strategies for Eating and Drinking in Europe on a Budget.
Budget Breakfast: Free-$5
- Many hostels will offer a free, simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice.
- A basic breakfast at a café will normally consist of bread, jam, honey, bacon, cheese, yogurt, and fruit. Expect to pay $4-$5.
- You can also find plenty of budget-friendly options at the bakery or grocery store.
Budget-Friendly Breakfast Spots:
- DEN NOC: Great place for pancakes, bacon, eggs, and other tasty breakfast treats. Pancakes start under $5.
- Bakeshop Little Bakery: Tasty cakes, pastries, and coffee.
- Cafe Ebel: Great coffee and more breakfast treats.
- Donuterie: Super cute doughnut place.
- Tricafe: Boutique-style cafe with great coffee, cakes, and sandwiches.
- Chocafe: They’re famous for their chocolate fondue but they have solid coffee, waffles, yogurt, and more. A waffle with two toppings is only around $3.
- Mezi srnky: Lots of healthy breakfast options.
- Cafe No 3: Great coffee and hot chocolate. Excellent pancakes
- Bistro Sisters: Traditional Czech open-face sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.
Budget Lunch: $2-$6
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, lunch meat, and fruit from any grocery store for a few dollars.
- Pubs and taverns offer affordable fare for lunch (or dinner). For a burger, expect to pay around $4.00-$6
- A traditional goulash will cost about $5-$6.
- A traditional open-faced sandwich will cost $1-$3.
- A sausage from a street sausage stand will cost about $3.
- Takeaway meals (like kebabs with fries) or similar dishes from a takeaway shop will cost about $3-$4.
- A combo meal at McDonald’s (or similar) will cost about $6.
Budget Dinner: $5-$7
- Budget travelers will want to look at the many international restaurants — a bowl of Pho will be about $5.
- An average traditional Czech meal for a non-touristy restaurant will cost $7-$12.
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
Budget-Friendly Lunch and Dinner Spots:
- Nase maso: Super popular restaurant that specializes in hearty meat dishes.
- Ferdinanda: Hearty traditional Czech cuisine.
- Restaurace Pod Vysehradem: Sparse restaurant serving up classic Czech dishes on a budget.
- U Magistra Kelly: Unassuming restaurant serving traditional Czech food.
- Pivnice U Jary: Tasty Czech dishes. Good prices.
- ROESEL: Lots of local craft beer and a limited food menu.
- Sad Man’s Tongue Bar & Bistro: Excellent place for burgers and beer.
- Johnny Pizza: Where to grab a quick slice of pizza.
- Mr.HotDoG: The place for a quick hotdog with dozens of toppings.
- BARFuD: American bar food.
- Banh-mi-baL: Nice Vietnamese spot.
Drinks and Alcohol
- A pint of standard beer out: $1.00-$2.00
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: $.65
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from the grocery store: $5
- Espresso: $1.60
Prague Transportation Prices
Prague has a very good network of trams, buses, and subways. They’re all affordable but be sure you always validate your ticket because they do check riders’ tickets often (and the fine is hefty). All forms of public transport use the same ticket.
- 30-minute ticket: $1.00
- 90-minute ticket: $1.40
- 24-hour pass: $4.80
- 3-day pass (72 hours): $13.50
- Ticket (via Bus + Subway) Between Airport and City: $3
- Taxi to Airport: $27-$35+
Prague Hostel, Hotel, & Rental Apartment Prices
Prague does have plenty of cheap accommodation, but you’ll probably want to book a little early to ensure you get the best options. There are also a good number of very cheap hotels (they’ll probably be fairly bare-bones), or you can spend a little extra if you want more comforts. Rental apartments are a great option in Prague (I probably wouldn’t even consider getting a hotel room).
There are many quality hostels in Prague and they’re priced well. The average price per night is about $12-$20, although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay $40-$70. Check out the latest hostel prices at Hostelworld since prices are always fluctuating.
The Top-Rated Hostels in Prague:
- Hostel One Prague
- Hostel One Home
- Mosaic House
- Hostel Santini Prague
- Post Hostel Prague
- Czech Inn
- Sir Toby’s Hostel
Here’s our list of the Best Hostels in Prague if you want a more in-depth guide.
Budget Hotels: $50-$120/Night
At the low end, you can expect very basic accommodation. Additionally, the cheaper places ($30/night) tend to be a few miles outside the city center — which can be a bit of a hassle. Cheap hotels near the center of the city will cost around $65-$100/night.
Looking for a budget hotel? We suggest checking out Booking.com to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing based on demand, time of year, etc.
Rental Apartment: $50-$120
Prague has quite a few vacation rental apartments. These rentals can be a good option for large groups or travelers who want a little more space (and a kitchen). On the other hand, there are a few downsides to rental apartments — like limited/inconvenient check-in processes and extra cleaning fees/service charges (which can make short-stays quite a bit more expensive). For short stays, we prefer hotels/hostels but rental apartments can be a nice option for longer stays.
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