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How expensive is it in Prague - how bad is the exchange rate from $$

How expensive is it in Prague - how bad is the exchange rate from $$

Jul 14th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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How expensive is it in Prague - how bad is the exchange rate from $$

We are visiting Prague in Sept. and heard the exchange rate is horrid. How expensive have you found Prague?

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Jul 14th, 2007, 12:05 PM
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It's still rather inexpensive, food is cheap and good and $1.50 (or less) buys you a beer in a restraurant. Don't go where the tourist masses go and you'll be amazed. At the given exchange rate, you'll spend far less for everything (except gas) than at home.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 12:48 PM
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My favorite story about Prague and the costs of food. My wife has a student who has returned to Prague after studying in the US for a few years. We met up with Libor on a visit there 2 years ago. We visited a bar that had internet access so my wife could take care of some e-mail. While waiting Libor and I enjoyed a beer (something local but not Urequell). When I began to pay, he insisted that he pay because we'd already offered to buy dinner. When the tab came, two large glasses of beer was just over $1 U.S. I was stunned. Libor said it's just the advantage of being in a non-touristy area.

Beyond that, we found great dining and wonderful hotels that we a bargain compared to major cities in the U.S.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 03:32 PM
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Prague isn't expensive at all. I lived there for just over a year after I graduated college in '03, and lived on graduation money ($2,000)for four months before I started working. Granted, I lived outside of the center, but still...
I went back in October of this past year, and while prices have gone up a bit, and it is MUCH more touristy, you'll still find yourself amazed at how cheap everything is.
Right in the middle of Old Town Square there are a bunch of different outdoor restaurants. There you'll find probably the most expensive prices in all of Prague. While the view is great and it's nice to sit under the old tin clock, I wouldn't suggest eating there. You'll be disapointed by the food, especially for the price. Sit and enjoy a beer while you watch the sun go down.
Enjoy Prague, it's a truly magical place. Ahoj!
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Jul 14th, 2007, 06:55 PM
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Prague is considerable less expensive than western europe - esp if you stay out of the tourist restaurants.

The problem is that the dollar is in freefall against so many foreign currencies that many places seem expensive.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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Prague accommodation is as expensive as for most of Western Europe
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Jul 15th, 2007, 08:54 AM
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I at least never had a problem finding a nice pension with breakfast for about 20€/night. I depends where you go/look.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 09:09 AM
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Prague isn't that expensive compared to many other European cities, and cheaper than many, so I wouldn't worry about it if you are going to Europe anyway. The exchange rate is terrible (and 2007 is a lot different than 2003) in comparison to prior years, but so is it compared to the euro, and they tend to trend similarly. When I was first in Prague (probably around 1999-00) it was around 41 koruna to a USD and now it's only 25 or even less. You can't separate exchange rates from prices, though, things are still cheaper there. Besides, as I said, the USD exchange rate is terrible everywhere.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 11:02 AM
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I have been here for two weeks and have spent less than $300 on food and drink (including one splurge meal that cost me about $75.00). I think everything is very cheap.

For breakfast in my hotel today I got room service for the equivalent of $5.00 - I got enough for 3-4 meals:

- 1 liter oj
- thermos coffee
- sausage omlet (2-3 eggs)
- 2 slices bread
- coffee cake
- 2 slices of a jelly roll type pastry
- a plate of turkey, pepperoni & cheese
- a sandwich roll
- yogurt
- corn flakes & milk
- a chocolate candy heart
- 2 biscotti's
- a small dish (2 oz) of pistachio nuts
- an orange
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