Jan 20

Cheapest beer in Europe ? Check my Europe Cheap Beer Index

by in Europe, Uncategorized, Where to?


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When I started travelling I used to refer to the Big Mac Index  to get an idea of how cheap or expensive the city might be.


Recently, I’ve found in my maturing years, the cost of beer in a city is now a popular point of reference when looking at the costs of travelling to a city.

With this in mind I thought it would be a fun research exercise to find out where I could find the cheapest beer in Europe.

I looked at 35 countries in total.

(apologies if I left anyone out but it’s hard to define Europe nowadays )


In my research I stumbled upon a handy website called Pintprice.com where visitors submit the cost of beer in their own city.

So the price you see there is an average of beer price across the cities in one country.

So while this is not the precise indicator of what the cost of beer might be, still offers a rough idea of what prices you can expect.


Based on Pintprice.com , the winner for the cheapest beer in Europe  is Ukraine where the average cost of beer is just 49 pence or 58 cents.


Ukraine- Cheap beer prices mean you can look forward to a real beerfest (anarchy) for next year’s Europe 2012


Great news for football fans who will be heading to Ukraine for this summer’s Euro 2012! ( Recipe for anarchy!)


So the top eleven most affordable countries in Europe to buy a pint are


  1. Ukraine  £0.49
  2. Czech Republic  £0.71
  3. Belarus  £ 0.75
  4. Bulgaria  £ 0.78
  5. Slovakia  £0.79
  6. BosniaHerzegovina  £ 0.82
  7. Serbia   £0.85
  8. Hungary  £1.00
  9. Poland   £ 1.25
  10. Lithuania   £1.26
  11. Belgium  £1.27


Below I have the league table of beer prices.


Do you think costs are roughly indicative or inaccurate in your experience?


Great to hear your comments and thoughts about my Europe Cheap Beer Index!


Happy Beer Travels for 2012!


Cheers! Happy Beer Travels for 2012 !




Average Pint Price ( in Euro)

Average Pint Price

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26 Responses to “Cheapest beer in Europe ? Check my Europe Cheap Beer Index”

  1. From Peter:

    What a brilliant measurement! Don’t think I’ll be going drinking in Norway any time soon though…

    Posted on January 31, 2012 at 8:58 am #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Aye-it’s pricey in Norway. Beautiful country still though :)

      Posted on January 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm #
  2. From quazimodo:

    Dont know how you made this ranking, but these figures are inacurate. Average price od beer in a supermarket is (as it stands) :

    Germany – 1e
    Poland – 1e
    Ireland – 2e
    Netherlands – 1.4

    While in a pub : Poland (1.5), Netherlands ( 5,5 Amsterdam ), Ireland ( 5e Dublin). From my personal experience…

    Posted on September 9, 2012 at 10:36 am #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Cheers for the feedback.

      The figures are an average of the beer prices from across the whole country.

      Even with each country, there can be huge variations- compare beer prices in Berlin and Munich for example.

      I’ve taken an average so while it is not accurate, still gives people a rough idea of what to expect.

      Beer prices I’ve looked at are what you would spend at a bar also.

      Posted on September 12, 2012 at 10:58 am #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Hey. It’s an average of beer prices from across the country so it’s a rough indicator. Can be big variations across a country so again these prices are to be used as a guide.

      Posted on January 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm #
    • From RJ Hickey:

      At the bottom of the list is says “….at a bar or restaurant”.

      Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:11 am #
  3. From Mike C:

    Anyone been to Bratislava?

    Is it a good city for a Stag party?

    Posted on September 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Think the city exclusively caters to stag parties and no other tourists or humans…

      Posted on October 12, 2012 at 12:12 am #
  4. From Tuga:

    1.92 euro for a beer in portugal is inacurate. Locals drink 25 to 33 cl cups anywhere from 0.5 euro to 1 euro. You will only get prices that high if you go to the fancy tourist bars in downtown Lisbon. It can be even more expensive inside the night clubs though.
    Anyway, if you get to Lisbon, feel free to ask the young people where can you find “happy hours”. You will certanly not regret it, as the portuguese beer is just awesome and you will be able to get realy drunk on a budget.

    Posted on January 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Hey Joao

      Thanks for the feedback and the tip. The price of 1.92 is an average of prices across Portugal. Even within cities like Lisbon I know prices can vary. I do enjoy Portuguese beers like Sagres and Super Bock :) Drop by again.

      Posted on January 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm #
  5. From Nige B:

    Enjoyed reading your research and intend to do some of my own this year for my 40th with my twin bro and some mates.

    I’m trying to find somewhere that is not too expensive to fly to and the beer is cheap. I figure if we drink enough whilst there it will offset the cost of the flight & accommodation….. Any ideas.

    p.s. Not Amsterdam, done it 12 times

    Posted on January 17, 2013 at 10:57 am #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Hey Nigel

      Thanks for dropping by and the question.

      I would recommend Poland ( Krakow is great but cities like Wroclaw are cheaper and also beautiful to visit ) or Czech Republic ( out of the historic centre of Prague you can find cheap beer in the suburbs, still cheap compared to prices in UK and other parts of western Europe ) -easy to reach to and the beer there is very good.

      Hope that helped. Please subscribe to my RSS feed and come by soon.

      Posted on January 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm #
  6. From BearDrinker10Maß:

    In Germany one litre bear costs only 0.58€…one pint is nearly one half of one litre so one pint costs only 0.24€…but we Germans drink much more bear like other european countries so we still spend more money in bear than you ;P
    Just look for “Oettinger Original” if you want to drink cheap bear 😀 😀

    ~ greetings from Germany

    Posted on June 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm #
  7. From sudharsan:

    Come to coimbatore navavvor piriru tasmac, and compare the price and location.. you will definitely go mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:26 am #
  8. From Drink:

    Thank You For Sharing
    I Support You
    I Love german beer

    Posted on February 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm #
  9. From Rob:

    For Poland, £1.25 (6 zlotys) looks about right for local, non-touristy bars.

    The cheapest beer I’ve found in Poland (as of Wed 5 Mar 2014) is at the bar called ‘No To CYK’ in the old town of Gdansk. Just 4 zlotys (80p / 1 euro) for a 50cl beer. Same price for large measure of vodka in various flavours.


    Posted on March 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Hey Rob

      ‘No to CYK’ is on my to see list for my next trip to Gdansk…great city.

      Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:36 am #
  10. From kay sandin:

    Hey Norway is great we buy everything in the shop in Sweden, drink home then go out beer in shop in Sweden cost average 1 euro for a 0.5 l

    Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm #
  11. From Juraj:

    Beer in Slovakia is really incredibly cheap, as you’ve already found out. If you wanna taste some of the best Slovak brands, just give it a try, Slovakia is still an affordable country to visit.

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 10:51 am #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Hope to be visiting Slovakia soon. Heard a lot of great things…

      Posted on April 2, 2015 at 8:20 am #
  12. From Nikolai:

    I live in Ukraine and indeed beer here is very cheap compared to other counties. Quality varies from crap till perfect (ussualy 20% more expensive)

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:29 am #
    • From BudgetTraveller:

      Hey Nikolai

      Country I am yet to visit but would love to. Hopefully soon I’ll be tasting that cheap and not so crap beer soon :)


      Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:29 am #


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