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.
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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: $36 USD
- Attractions: $6 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: $15.50
- Breakfast: $2.50
- Lunch: $4.50
- Dinner: $7
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): $1.50
- Transportation: $2
- Accommodation (hostel): $12
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Prague: $21 USD
- Attractions: $4 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: $7
- Breakfast: $0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: $2 (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): $9
Prague Attraction and Museum Prices
Part of Prague’s beauty is 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: $2.75
- DOX Center for Contemporary Art: $7.75
- 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. 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.
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 Lunch: $2-$6
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, 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-$5.50
- A traditional goulash will cost about $5.
- A traditional open-faced sandwich will cost $1-$2.
- A sausage from a street sausage stand will cost about $2.75.
- Takeaway meals (like kebabs with fries) or similar dishes from a takeaway shop will cost about $3.00
- A combo meal at McDonalds (or similar) will cost about $5.50.
Budget Dinner: $5-$7
- Budget travelers will want to look at the many ethnic restaurants — a bowl of Pho will be about $5.
- An average traditional Czech meal for a non-touristy restaurant will cost $7-$10.
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
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 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. All forms of public transport use the same ticket.
30-minute ticket: $1
90-minute ticket: $1.35
24-hour pass: $4.65
3-day pass (72 hours): $13.20
Ticket (via Bus + Subway) Between Airport and City: $2.76
Taxi to Airport: $22+
Prague Hostel/Hotel Accommodation 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).
Hostels: $9-$25 (bed in a shared dorm room)
There are many hostels in Prague and they’re priced well. The average price per night is about $12-18, 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.
We book our hostels through Hostel World.
Budget Hotels: $50-$120
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.
Rental Apartment: $50-$120
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
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