Working Abroad in Prague
Thinking about working abroad in Prague? Nice choice, and we don’t say that only because it is Europe’s party capital. The Czech Republic’s economy is just getting better and better which can only mean great things for anyone having a working abroad experience here! In 2015 the Czech Republic had the highest growing economy in Europe and in 2016 the country’s budget surplus was 61 billion! Prague is the capital of this great economy and you can see the effect in the buzzing restaurants, clubs and bars. What is particularly lovely about Prague is that despite the highlife it offers, Prague still holds a picturesque charm with its beautiful architecture, bridges and castles.
A Place You Can Call Home
Where will you live while working abroad in Prague? Will you live in the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, right in the centre or on the outskirts? The more research you do the easier this choice will be, but for now let us show you how much you should expect to pay for accommodation (in the local currency of Czech koruna) –
Rent Per Month Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 14,658.02 Kč
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,624.94 Kč
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 25,521.74 Kč
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 16,777.78
To give you an idea of the value of the Czech koruna in comparison to the Euro let’s compare. In Dublin, Ireland, you would buy an imported beer in a restaurant for €5, in Prague the same purchase would cost 135.13 Kč. Use Google’s currency converter if you need it!
Cost of Living in Prague
While working abroad you can expect to have to pop down to the shops every now and again! Let’s have a look at what that shopping list might look like (remember it is in Czech koruna!)
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 18.22 Kč
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 21.09 Kč
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 29.00 Kč
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 96.00 Kč
Public Transport in Prague
Ever travelled by funicular railway? Well you might end up using one while you’re working abroad in Prague! Or you could always hop on the tram, bus or metro. You can buy your ticket (which can be used across all public transport) at metro stations, newsagents and Public Transport Information Centres. They are very affordable - you can get a standard ticket for 32 Kč.
However, it is worth noting that when you arrive fresh off the plane, ready to start working abroad, the metro does not go to the airport so bus or taxi is the way to go!
Putting Your Feet Up
You will not be at a loss as to how to spend your evenings when working abroad in Prague. Prague is a fabulous city with so much to offer. It is a very old city, much of its architecture built in 14thC, so Prague has buckets of character. The Czech’s enjoy their beer so you will find many different flavours to try and they won’t cost much either! It is a very busy place because it is so popular with tourists, but this also means that there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. The Charles Bridge is a spot you are sure to visit with markets, entertainers and musicians creating a lively atmosphere. Prague has a strong musical core, especially rock’n’roll. You can understand how much the Czech people appreciate their music icons when you see the John Lennon memorial they created after he was murdered.