Beer price index helps gauge cost of trips abroad

The price of a beer is a good gauge of the overall travel cost of a country (Photo: Hector Rodriquez / Flickr)

The price of a beer is a good gauge of the overall travel cost of a country (Photo: Hector Rodriquez / Flickr)

Enjoying a beer in a foreign land is one of the primary pathways to exploring a new culture, meeting locals and soaking up the scenery (and the suds).

But the price of that beer varies wildly around the world, and a new study by a Berlin-based startup company called GoEuro helps gauge how cheap, or expensive a city can be by monitoring average beer prices around the world.

For example, the study shows that you’ll find your cheapest beer buzz in Poland, Berlin or Prague where a bottle bought at a local store will set you back a little over $1.00 (79-93 euros).

On the other hand, a moment of beerjoyment will set you back significantly more in Tokyo, Zurich or Oslo, where you’ll pay nearly $5.00 (3.03-3.55 euros) per bottle.

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The Beer Price Index, which calculated the average cost of buying some of the world’s most well-known beers in 40 major cities across the globe, was carried out by GoEuro, the online travel search engine. 

This study was made based on the cost of a 33cl bottle in a regular discount store, with several worldwide brands and a major local brand. Keep in mind that buying a beer at a store is significantly less then buying one at a bar or restaurant! 

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How do you gauge the the cost of traveling in foreign country? Please leave your comments below! 

–Chris McGinnis

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