I thought that I would start providing some budgeting advice for some of the destinations I’ve visited, in case it’s of use to people. It can be hard to know what to expect with new countries, particularly how much it will set you back, so maybe this insight is worthwhile. These numbers will be based on travel for one person and are generally at a level of travel comfort somewhere middle of the range. I know that you can certainly travel on a smaller and tighter budget if you’re willing to, but these numbers relate to how I’m most comfortable travelling.
In November 2015, I spent 2 weeks exploring the intriguing country that is the Czech Republic. In this part of Europe, the Czech Republic is kind of the first step outside of Western Europe and as such is a fair bit more affordable that its neighbours Germany and Austria. It’s still very much a modern country, just without the high cost of living found in some of the richer European countries. The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna which I’m showing as ‘czk’.
Over 14 days my stops within the Czech Republic were: Cesky Krumlov, Plzen, Loket, Prague (including a day trip to Kutna Hora), Brno, and Olomouc. So here’s how my Czech Republic budget unfolded.
For my stay in the Czech Republic, I ended up staying at a slightly nicer level of accommodation than usual. This was partly because travelling in the Czech Republic is a little more affordable but also because I was able to redeem a free nights stay with my Hotels.com account, under their rewards scheme. I also chose to stay in a slightly nicer hotel than normal for my stay in Prague, simply because I was going to be there longer.
All in all, my accommodation amounted to 4 nights in guesthouses, 6 nights in 3* hotels, 2 nights in a 4* hotel and 2 nights in a private room at a hostel. For my stays, 8 breakfasts were included, which I often find to be good value for money. I should point out that I was traveling through in the off-season and as such prices would likely be higher during summer. Still, to stay at this level of accommodation for such a steal shows the value on offer in the Czech Republic.
Accommodation = 11,360 czk (420.24€) / 30.01€ a night
Food and Drink
When it comes to meal times, I have to admit that I’m pretty lazy. Every dinner, I ate out at a restaurant, most of the time enjoying a good Czech dish with a good Czech beer. I found the restaurants in the Czech Republic very good value for money by in large; big portions at low prices. A standard meal in a decent restaurant or tavern including a main course, drink and sometimes even a dessert, cost between 8-12€. In my books that’s good value. And like most of Europe, beer is very cheap compared to Australian standards.
For lunches I did what I always do and just find sandwiches and coffee, together usually running about 5€. Coffee was probably the only thing that wasn’t overly cheap in the Czech Republic, usually at about 2€. In my mind this puts it in the middle ground of cheap Spanish 1€ coffee and the more expensive 3€ tastes of Austria. Regardless, overall a cheap country to feast in.
Food and Drink = 6,288 czk (232.61€) / 16.61€ per day
First me let me state that the Czech Republic has a pretty good public transport network across the country. No matter the weirdness of my route, I managed to find transport options available, sometimes with a few connections. But it’s also very affordable, especially compared with neighbouring Austria. That being said, my most expensive train fare was for the start of my journey, leaving Vienna for Cesky Krumlov. In fact that one fare made up half my transport expenses.
Getting around on Czech public transport worked out quite well, with extremely affordable ticket prices and understandable timetables. All but one trip I made was by train, the other a local bus, and they were all exceptionally good value for money. For a good example, my train from Prague to Brno which lasted 2.5hrs only cost me about 8€. Trains in Austria would cost twice as much for a trip that goes half the distance. I should add that I used very little local transport, just a tram here and there to get around.
Transport = 1,989 czk (73.47€) / 7.7€ average per domestic trip
When it came to activities in the Czech Republic, I tried to limit my costs as best as possible (like usual). This generally meant a lot of self-guided sightseeing on foot around the cities and towns; visiting free churches and museums; and finding free tours where possible, like a walking tour I took in Prague with Sandemans.
As for paid activities, I took a tour of the Pilsener Brewery in Plzen, explored the castle of Loket and actually followed up my free tour of Prague with a paid tour of Prague castle. From Prague I also went on a day trip to the nearby towns of Kutna Hora and Sedlec, where I paid a visit to the eerie Ossuary. As such, I’m counting the train fares of this day trip as part of the activities here.
Through a combination of finding plenty of free things to do and choosing selective tours and activities, it’s quite easy to sightsee in the Czech Republic for very little.
Activities = 1182 czk (43.66€) / 3.12€ per day
Final Numbers – Czech Republic Budget for 2 weeks
Days = 14
Accommodation = 11,360 czk (420.24€)
Food and Drink = 6,288 czk (232.61€)
Transport = 1,989 czk (73.47€)
Activities = 1182 czk (43.66€)
Misc = 230 czk (8.5€)
Total = 21,049 czk (779€) / 55.64€ per day
I hope that this has given you an idea of what to expect when budgeting a trip to the Czech Republic. If you have any questions or comments about travel costs or anything really, let me know in the comments below.