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World’s cheapest city for a beer revealed

The average price of a bottle of beer is £1.07 in Krakow and Kiev, making them the cheapest cities in the world to buy beer, according to a recent survey.


The 2015 Beer Price Index, collated by, combines data from 75 cities around the world, taking the five most commonly imported beers as well as the main local beer.

It found the Polish and Ukrainian cities to be the cheapest place to buy a 330ml bottle of beer costing just £1.07, with another Eastern European city, Bratislava, coming in at third.

Spanish favourite Malaga came in at 4th, where an average beer costs on average £1.11. Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City, Mexico City, Belgrade, Asunción in Paraguay and Bangkok round out the top 10 cheapest destinations, with the highest average overall price hitting £1.37.

The cheapest Asian cities, when its comes to beer, were Delhi (5th), Ho Chi Minh City (6th), Bangkok (10th), Bali (14th) and Manila (15th), with a 33oml bottle of beer costing less than £1.50 in each destination.

The most expensive city for beer drinkers was Geneva in Switzerland where a 330ml bottle costs on average £4.08. This was followed by Hong Kong at £3.97, Tel Aviv at £3.73, Oslo at £3.42 and New York at £3.36. London came in at 63rd, with a bottle of beer costing on average £2.92.

Of the destinations to feature, Bucharest in Romania was found to drink the most alcohol, consuming 133 litres per capita each year, while Cairo consumes the least – just four litres per capita. In comparison, Brits typically drink 79 litres on an annual basis.

Releasing its findings, the report said beer prices have changed in 2015 fur to currency appreciations and devaluation, with the US just one destination to have become more expensive.

“As a result of a dramatic change in the CHF exchange rate, Zurich and Geneva are now both among the 15 most expensive cities for beer, surpassing last year’s most expensive city, Olso”, the report read. “Similarly, US cities have become relatively more expensive since the US dollar appreciated against the euro.”

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