Ostrava, the number three city in the Czech Republic by the population, cannot be named a popular tourist destination.
However, thousands of guests visit it yearly and find some charm here in this place.
Ostrava is an industrial city where most of the plants and factories are centered.
It is often named “black” due to coal, steel, and iron deposits.
Local citizens are straightforward and sincere.
The cost of living in Ostrava is $1,784.37 per month without the rental price for a family of four while a single person needs only $521.00 per month.
The meals in the Ostrava restaurants are rather cheap compared to the other cities in the Czech Republic.
A mid-range restaurant charges $21.74 for a three-course meal for two.
The fast-food eateries offer meals at $5.22 on average.
A cup of coffee in Ostrava is $1.68, and a glass of beer 0.5 l is $1.30.
Ostrava has a lot of supermarkets and shopping centers along with the little food markets in different districts of the city.
They sell flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
Local cheese, beef round and chicken breasts are rather expensive, while a kilo of fruits or vegetables does not exceed the price of $2.
Trams, buses, and trolleybuses connect the four zones which Ostrava is divided for.
20% of the public transport in Ostrava is comfortable for disabled people and parents with baby strollers due to the lowered floors.
The system of buying tickets by SMS has been recently implemented.
If you want to buy a new car in Ostrava, you will find that the prices are lower than average European prices (with Volkswagen Golf being sold at $18,257.64 and Toyota Corolla at $19,016.20).
Some of the mobile operators offer unlimited calls and SMS at a price of $0.20 per minute.
A basic unlimited package of the Internet which is provided through ADSL or cable would cost an average of $17.83.
The fully furnished apartments with the furniture and basic appliances usually receive the bills with an average price of $128.13.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Ostrava has different indoor and outdoor opportunities for people of all ages to keep fit and live an active life.
Saunas, solariums, fitness centers, pools, and stadiums are at your disposal here.
As for the cinemas, there is one multiplex and two regular halls.
The price for a seat in the cinema is $7.14 on average, and an hour of playing tennis at the court on the weekend is $11.15.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Despite being an industrial city with lots of factories and plants, Ostrava is considered a nice shopping destination in the Czech Republic.
There are hypermarkets, specialized shops, and large shopping areas selling clothes, shoes, accessories, books, and anything else you might need.
In the chain stores, you can buy summer dresses at $38.64, jeans at $60.76 and running shoes at $74.70.
RENT PER MONTH
Ostrava is not that popular among tourists because it lacks some historical heritage and beautiful picturesque sights.
However, the demand for rented accommodation is still high due to other attractive events such as concerts, or sports competitions.
The prices for rented apartments differ depending on the district and furnishing.
The cheapest are one-bedroom apartments outside the city center.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Ostrava
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$5.35|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$1.34|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.95||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.73|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.98|
|Eggs (12)||$1.90||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.89|
|Gasoline||$1.37||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$128.13|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.20|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$17.83||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$26.31|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$11.15|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$7.14||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$60.76|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$38.64|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$74.70||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$287.41|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$224.48|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$521.24|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Ostrava?
Monthly earnings of an average person in Ostrava are divided very unequally.
As much as 35.3% of the income is spent on the markets while 17.5% of the money is given to the landlords.
Only 4.4% is the percentage that an average Ostrava citizen affords for going shopping for clothes and shoes.
The other 6.6% are left at the fitness clubs, stadiums, tennis courts, horse riding clubs or other cultural places like cinema, philharmonics, museums or theatres.
Utilities are rather expensive in terms of the average salary and monthly rent.
The average local has to put away 10% of the earned to cover monthly bills.
They also tend to spend more on transportation (14.1%) rather than the restaurants (12%).
Ostrava: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Ostrava was a large industrial city in the past which is now trying to become a large modern city with lots of cultural and business events which would be interesting to youth, tourists and investors.
The average salaries are paid to electrical engineers, IT developers, human resource managers, network specialists, business development managers and the like.
The figure $934.87 is the amount of money that a qualified specialist receives monthly being employed on one of the above-mentioned positions.
The national minimum wage is fixed at $573.0 per month which would not be enough to rent a flat and at the same time live with dignity.
Of course, this amount is very small to cover the mortgage interest rate, although 2.10 percent is the fifth highest interest rate in Europe.
Cost of Living by City in Czech Republic
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|City||Cost of Living Index|