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Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

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Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

Hi all,

I posted the info below in response to a recent question. Torii has suggested it would be usefully posted as a separate topic, as it seems to be a frequently asked question, so here it is:

We just came back last week. The cigarette prices range from about 55 crowns for local brands up to about 85 crowns for brands like Marlboro and B&H. 200 of premium brands were 820 crowns in both the local supermarkets and at the airport. We normally smoke Royals, which are the same sort of strength as B&H (but cheaper), and we bought Winstons at Prague airport - 200 for 640 crowns. If you buy at the airport make sure you've got enough crowns left because although you can pay with cards or sterling or euros, you'll get stung on the exchange rate!

We paid between roughly £13 and £20 a head for 2 courses, 2 drinks, 2 coffees in reasonably good/mid-range restaurants. Beer prices varied from 27Kc (in Mala Strana) up to 40Kc (Wensceslas Square), wine is a bit dearer but not too awful.

It is probably more expensive that it was, but this is mainly due to the awful exchange rate and at least it's still cheaper than here!

Be warned, if you want to smoke in the airport before you fly home, you have to buy something in the bar to be allowed to smoke in there (only place you can) and they were charging 145Kc for a beer!!!

Hope this is useful, enjoy Prague!!

Sara

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1. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

Thanks Sara

It will give us something to refer to untill the prices change.

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2. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

Airport beer up to 145czk !!!,when I was there less than 2 years ago it was 135czk and I thought that a crazy price,what was even crazier was that Gambrinus was the same price as Pilsner Urquell.

At present exchange rates that makes a beer at the airport about £5 a totally crazy price.

well no last beer at the airport for me on my next trip.:( :( :(

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3. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

I would pay that just to have a cigarette !! at least there is SOMEWHERE for a last gasp !

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4. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

I think things are changing - Slovakia has brought in a rudimentary smoking ban that comes into force in April and the Czechs will surely follow ...

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5. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

Hi Chere0q - I agree completely but unfortunately this is why they can get away with charging these prices! The only slight plus is that you can do what we did: buy one drink, make it last an hour and a half (or more if your flight is delayed), take it in turns to go to the loo, shops etc., and they can't say a thing!!!

For the non-drinkers I'm afraid the other prices are just as bad - coffee equivalent to about £4, 33ml soft drink £3 - £3.50!!!!

GCEK - I'm sure you're right, in fact I was a little surprised that this hadn't already come in, in public places like the airport, in Prague. I'm all for smoke-free areas, in fact despite being a smoker I don't actually like to be in a very smoky environment! However, I'm also in favour of freedom of choice for smokers as well as non-smokers, and it was a great pleasure to be in a country that still respected this!!!

Anyone reading this - please don't get the wrong idea - I'm not trying to start a debate on the pros and cons of smoking bans - this isn't the place for that :)

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6. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

Hi

Just back.

Superkings in some shops were 71Kc for 20 and the new price was 79Kc.

At the airport they were still 71Kc.

Malt wine varied from 45Kc near Charles bridge and 99Kc in the Old square.

I ate out and spent approx £16/£17 per night for a good meal 3 whiskey and lemonades and a coffee.

many restaurants had special at lunch time for 199kc

main meal, pudding, wine or beer approx £6, or starter main meal and coffee. All were good value.

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7. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

I wrote here before about outrageous beer prices at the airport, and asked how they get away with it.

Never found out??

£5 doesn't seem so bad until you factor in local prices, when looked at locally it's the equivalent of going to the bar at Heathrow and being charged £15 a pint!!! Should be a law against such extortion.

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8. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

'Blesk' (the Czech equivalent of 'The Sun') picked up on this last September blesk.cz/clanek/servis-penize/100350/nehoraz…

Headline: Monstrous prices at Prague Airport

There are a couple of tables that show the percentage markup against the 'real' price (běžná cena).

(BTW the 150 Crowns for a beer is for only 0.3l !!)

Then it says:

"The former management of the state-owned Prague Airport Company gave the refreshments service to a single company under beneficial conditions practically as a monopoly, and therefore there was not sufficient competition", explained the spokesperson for the Association of Travel Agencies, Tomio Okamura. "There might be expensive rents or insufficient competition", confirmed the commercial analyst Vladimír Pikora.

What does the airport have to say?

"From October (2008) half of the restaurants at Prague Airport will be taken over by ATB. We expect that these changes will bring about an overall improvement in the services offered including choice and prices," said the airpot spokesperson Eva Krejčí."

Whether they have done something about it or not I don't know, as we always fly through Bratislava. Somehow I doubt it...

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9. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

Thanks GCEK

I wonder how busy the bar is at those prices? It was empty when we went inside.

Perhaps they would get more business and profit if they made prices more sensible, simple economics???

o.3l, that's worse than last year. So equivalent to £22 for a pint at Heathrow! :-O

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10. Re: Current cigarette/beer prices in Prague

Follow-up article from February 2nd (same source) blesk.cz/clanek/zpravy-domaci/109181/ceny-v-…

According to the comparison tables some prices have gone down, but not by much, and they now have three 'price categories' - even so, the lowest price category serves beer at 'only' 95 Crowns, this time for 0.5 l

It seems to be only a token gesture.