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Moving to Czech Republic – London vs Prague – living costs comparison

by Justyna BartaMoving to Czech Republic

Hundreds of years ago Hercules said that We live in a world of constant change. The world is becoming a place where uncertainty takes control of our lives.
But what if there’s a place somewhere in middle Europe where worldwide inflation and sky-high living costs are not a worrying matter?

Whether you are looking to relocate, start a new work adventure, study or perhaps you just need a change, without any doubt, the Czech Republic is a great place to live.
The country is on the list of the 15 most peaceful countries in the world with a very low crime rate. It also ranks 6th in the world in terms of cleanliness and ecology.

The low cost of living might be another reason why you would consider moving to the Czech Republic. Compared to other European countries, the expenses for everyday goods and services tend to be below average.
As of September 2021, the unemployment rate in the Czech Republic was the lowest in the EU at 2.6%, and the poverty rate is the second lowest among OECD members.

In this post, we will give you some detailed information about the cost of living in the Czech Republic vs. the UK.

Grocery

The average cost of living in the Czech Republic is 36% less expensive than in the UK.

Food is one of the sectors where you can see big differences in prices.

For example, a basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district of London would be £13 (380 Kč) compared to 227 Kč in Prague ( 67% more expensive in the UK). More examples of food prices:

  • 1 litre (1 qt.) of whole fat milk costs £1.11 (31 Kč) vs 27 Kč (17% more expensive in the UK)
  • 12 eggs, large £3.57(101 Kč) vs 72 Kč (40% more expensive in the UK)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day is £1.11(32 Kč) vs 22 Kč (42% more expensive in the UK)
  • 0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.72 (49 Kč) vs 25 Kč (92% more expensive in the UK)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8 (234 Kč) vs 160 Kč (46% more expensive in the UK)
  • 2 litres of Coca-Cola £2.24 (64 Kč) vs 37 Kč (70% more expensive in the UK)

Housing

Housing in the United Kingdom is 30% more expensive than in the Czech Republic.
Monthly rent for 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished accommodation in a normal area on the outskirts of London costs £1,225 (34,758 Kč) which is 42% more compared to 24,409 Kč in Prague.
Monthly utility bills (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in an 85m2 flat in England cost £219(6,214 Kč) which is 21% more compared to 5,121 Kč in the Czech Republic.
Also, you will pay more for the internet in London than in Czech.
On the other hand, you will find electronics like flat-screen TVs and mobiles on average 5% cheaper in the UK.
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Clothing

Clothes in the United Kingdom are 26% cheaper than in the Czech Republic.

Prague is a cosmopolitan city that loves fashion. Decked in history and style, Prague street style is a mixture of casual and formal. The costs in Prague’s shops might be terrifying, especially if you’re unprepared.

For example, 1 pair of jeans (Levi’s 501 or similar) costs £63 (1,783 Kč) in the UK compared to 2,099 Kč (- 15%). If you fancy buying yourself a nice summer dress in a high street store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) you are looking to pay about 31% less in London £31 (874 Kč) compared to 1,273 Kč in Prague.

Another example of pricing: a pair of men’s leather business shoes cost £70 (1,983 Kč) in the UK Which is 40% cheaper than in the Czech costing 3,278 K.

Transportation

Transportation in the United Kingdom is 124% more expensive than in the Czech Republic!

This beautiful country has one of the most advanced railway networks in Europe and a modern system of bus transportation. Both trains and buses are very reliable, something that we definitely miss in the UK 🙂
For example, a monthly ticket for public transport in the UK costs £89(2,538 Kč) which is 367% (!!)more than in the Czech Republic costing 544 Kč.
If you prefer to use your own car 1 litre (1/4 gallon) of gas costs £1.50 (42 Kč) in the UK compared to 39 Kč.

Personal Care

Let’s look a little bit closer into personal care prices. If you fell ill, for one box of antibiotics
(12 doses) you will pay £11 (303 Kč) in the UK compared to 200 Kč.

You would pay for Hair Shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ) £3.39 (96 Kč) in the UK which is 6% more expensive than 91 Kč in the Czech. For 4 rolls of toilet paper in the UK, you would pay £2.15
(61 Kč) which is 24% more expensive than in the Czech Republic, costing 49 Kč.

The Czech healthcare system ranks 8th in the World Index of Healthcare Innovation. Like in the UK, The Czech Republic provides free medical treatment to Czech citizens, permanent residents and foreigners working for a local company through a universal healthcare system that uses an approved Czech health insurance company.

Entertainment

The Czech Republic has the most castles in Europe therefore is also called the castle capital of the world. It also has many chateaus and theatres each with its own unique history. 2 tickets to the theatre (best available seats) cost 2,132 Kč which is 103% cheaper than in England costing £153 (4,328 Kč). If you fancy going to see a hockey game (which is a Czech national sport) you are looking to pay £12.13 (350Kč) per ticket. Also, bear prices in Czech are astonishingly low;1 beer in a neighborhood pub (500ml) costs 54 Kč which is 158% cheaper than in the UK costing £4.92 (140 Kč). What you would pay more for in Czech is Gym Membership; 1 month of gym membership could cost you 1,406 Kč which is 32% more than in the UK costing £34 (958 Kč).

Regardless of what are the reasons that you are planning to move to the Czech Republic, you can be reassured that you can have a good quality of life there at very affordable prices and MyCheapRemoval can guide you every step of the way.


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