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The cost of a pint of beer around the world

Find out where in the world you'd pay a whopping $19.36 for a pint of beer.

70%PrefixCountry70%PrefixCountryLusaka,Zambia$1.08|Auckland,New Zealand$11.10|Average$4.77|Dubai,United Arab Emirates$19.36|
We have compiled data on the average prices of beer in the most populated cities around the world. The analysis looks at 177 countries so you can find out where your city ranks. Read on to find out where New Zealand sits globally and how beer prices compare between New Zealand’s major cities. For everything from flights to hotels to travel insurance, check out Finders travel guide.

The full list of countries

The cost for a pint ranges from $1.08 in Zambia all the way up to $19.36 in Dubai, a slight decrease from last year’s prices, which spanned from $0.62 in Venezuela to $21.18 in Qatar.
Auckland comes in pricier than most other cities, with the average cost of $11.10 for a pint coming in as the 12th most expensive of the 177 cities. Compared to the world average for the 177 countries in 2021 ($4.77, up 4% from last year’s world average of $4.60), Auckland charges more than double (133% higher) for a local pint.

The 5 cities with the most expensive beer

1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates $19.36
2. Doha, Qatar $18.52
3. Oslo, Norway $15.27
4. Muscat, Oman $14.26
5. Reykjavik, Iceland $12.55

The 5 cities with the cheapest beer

1. Lusaka, Zambia $1.08
2. Freetown, Sierra Leone $1.18
3. Lagos, Nigeria $1.31
4. Antananarivo, Madagascar $1.36
5. Tashkent, Uzbekistan $1.38

Country City Price of pint 2020 Price of a pint 2021
Zambia Lusaka $1.11 $1.08
Sierra Leone Freetown $0.80 $1.18
Nigeria Lagos $1.21 $1.31
Madagascar Antananarivo $1.21 $1.36
Uzbekistan Tashkent $1.56 $1.38
Ethiopia Addis Ababa $1.48 $1.43
Togo Lome $1.62 $1.47
Nicaragua Managua $1.99 $1.48
Tajikistan Dushanbe $1.52 $1.50
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City $1.35 $1.53
Rwanda Kigali $2.05 $1.53
Cambodia Phnom Penh $1.25 $1.53
Malawi Lilongwe $1.70 $1.54
Uganda Kampala $1.46 $1.56
Philippines Quezon City $1.87 $1.60
Colombia Bogotá $1.48 $1.65
Tanzania Dar es Salaam $1.70 $1.66
Laos Vientiane $1.99 $1.67
Vatican City Vatican City $1.77 $1.68
Suriname Paramaribo $2.30 $1.70
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek $1.46 $1.72
Honduras Tegucigalpa $1.99 $1.78
Armenia Yerevan $1.95 $1.79
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou $2.83 $1.79
Benin Cotonou $1.68 $1.81
Mozambique Maputo $1.62 $1.87
Saudi Arabia Riyadh $2.07 $1.87
Ghana Accra $1.62 $1.88
Venezuela Caracas $0.62 $1.91
Myanmar (Burma) Yangon $1.79 $1.91
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar $2.20 $1.97
Moldova Chişinău $1.81 $2.00
Georgia Tbilisi $1.52 $2.01
Cape Verde Praia $5.28 $2.07
Paraguay Asuncion $1.50 $2.14
Ukraine Kiev $1.46 $2.15
Argentina Buenos Aires $2.24 $2.16
Kazakhstan Almaty $1.95 $2.18
Ecuador Guayaquil $2.34 $2.22
El Salvador San Salvador $1.95 $2.26
Hungary Budapest $2.26 $2.29
Gabon Libreville $1.76 $2.30
Namibia Windhoek $2.03 $2.30
Cameroon Douala $1.81 $2.31
Belarus Minsk $2.93 $2.32
Azerbaijan Baku $1.48 $2.36
Botswana Gaborone $2.30 $2.47
Jamaica Kingston $2.94 $2.48
Kosovo Prishtina $2.65 $2.54
Czech Rep. Prague $2.32 $2.56
Macedonia Skopje $2.57 $2.56
Guinea Bissau Bissau $1.46 $2.58
Brazil São Paulo $3.43 $2.60
Virgin Islands Road Town $4.72 $2.62
Bulgaria Sofia $1.99 $2.65
Lesotho Maseru $1.81 $2.69
Haiti Port-au-Prince $4.68 $2.69
DRC Kinshasa $2.34 $2.74
Sri lanka Colombo $2.52 $2.75
Romania Bucharest $2.18 $2.76
Guyana Georgetown $4.49 $2.76
Eritrea Asmara $2.73 $2.77
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo $2.26 $2.77
Tunisia Tunis $2.18 $2.81
Saint Lucia Castries $2.91 $2.84
Senegal Dakar $2.69 $2.86
Cote d Ivoire Abidjan $1.62 $2.87
Liberia Monrovia $3.92 $2.88
Peru Lima $3.12 $2.97
Serbia Belgrade $2.40 $2.99
Zimbabwe Harare $2.57 $3.00
Portugal Lisbon $3.53 $3.00
Mexico Mexico City $2.09 $3.00
Cuba Havana $3.12 $3.01
Puerto Rico San Juan $3.12 $3.02
Slovakia Bratislava $2.65 $3.09
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo $3.22 $3.10
Belize Belize City $3.12 $3.14
Niger Niamey $1.21 $3.18
Iraq Baghdad $3.12 $3.19
Republic of the Congo Brazzaville $3.14 $3.20
Kenya Nairobi $3.67 $3.20
Bolivia Santa Cruz de la Sierra $3.14 $3.25
Montenegro Podgorica $3.53 $3.26
South africa Johannesburg $2.71 $3.37
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kingstown $2.91 $3.42
Croatia Zagreb $3.72 $3.47
Egypt Cairo $2.89 $3.50
Pakistan Karachi $3.12 $3.50
Libya Tripoli $4.19 $3.58
Samoa Apia $2.91 $3.62
Bhutan Thimphu $4.13 $3.62
Albania Tirana $2.13 $3.64
Guatemala Guatemala City $4.06 $3.68
Central african republic Bangui $2.05 $3.68
Poland Warsaw $3.18 $3.78
Equatorial Guinea Bata $2.69 $3.81
Turkey Istanbul $3.59 $3.83
Andorra Andorra la Vella $3.53 $4.01
Curacao Willemstad $3.80 $4.15
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby $3.61 $4.19
Mauritius Port Louis $2.93 $4.23
Barbados Bridgetown $3.12 $4.27
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint-Pierre $5.28 $4.38
India Mumbai $2.98 $4.39
Russia Moscow $4.89 $4.40
Mali Bamako $3.14 $4.47
Panama Panama City $3.14 $4.48
Thailand Bangkok $3.53 $4.49
Slovenia Ljubljana $4.41 $4.55
Indonesia Jakarta $3.86 $4.56
Hong Kong Kowloon $10.06 $4.65
Kuwait Kuwait City $5.11 $4.66
Angola Luanda $2.79 $4.73
Antigua and Barbuda St. John's $3.45 $4.73
Nepal Kathmandu $3.88 $4.79
East Timor Dili $4.31 $4.90
Uruguay Montevideo $3.69 $4.95
Algeria Algiers $2.42 $4.99
Turkmenistan Ashgabat $4.49 $5.01
Chile Santiago $4.76 $5.26
Lithuania Vilnius $5.28 $5.28
China Shanghai $6.20 $5.52
Guinea Conakry $7.80 $5.53
French Guiana Cayenne $4.41 $5.60
South korea Seoul $5.11 $5.70
Morocco Casablanca $4.88 $5.75
Latvia Riga $4.23 $5.80
Vanuatu Port Vila $5.07 $5.84
Germany Berlin $6.16 $5.93
Spain Madrid $4.41 $6.08
Solomon Islands Honiara $6.59 $6.14
Northern Mariana Islands San Antonio $7.86 $6.16
Gibraltar Gibraltar $5.85 $6.39
Mauritania Nouakchott $5.34 $6.39
Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie $7.47 $6.41
Austria Vienna $6.96 $6.41
Japan Tokyo $6.57 $6.58
Cyprus Nicosia $5.28 $6.60
Chad N'Djamena $8.74 $6.65
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur $5.46 $6.67
Belgium Brussels $7.06 $6.73
Estonia Tallinn $7.06 $6.77
Bahamas Nassau $6.63 $7.10
Greece Athens $7.06 $7.25
Seychelles Victoria $7.74 $7.58
Djibouti Djibouti $8.78 $7.60
Canada Toronto $6.90 $7.87
Afghanistan Kabul $7.00 $8.10
Netherlands Amsterdam $7.94 $8.13
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan $3.92 $8.41
Italy Rome $7.94 $8.48
Australia Sydney $8.66 $8.57
Bangladesh Dhaka $6.40 $8.75
Ireland Dublin $8.81 $9.65
Finland Helsinki $10.57 $9.85
Lebanon Beirut $5.46 $9.99
Denmark Copenhagen $10.65 $10.28
Maldives Male $4.89 $10.34
United Kingdom London $10.12 $10.39
Jordan Amman $11.00 $10.57
Switzerland Zürich $11.54 $10.74
Sweden Stockholm $11.10 $10.95
Singapore Singapore $11.23 $10.96
Mayotte Mamoudzou $12.36 $11.06
United States New York City $14.10 $11.12
New Caledonia Nouméa $11.82 $11.13
New Zealand Auckland $9.07 $11.10
Bahrain Manama $14.45 $11.47
Åland Islands Mariehamn $12.32 $11.47
Israel Jerusalem $13.65 $11.59
France Paris $10.57 $11.71
Iceland Reykjavik $13.51 $12.55
Oman Muscat $12.15 $14.26
Norway Oslo $14.76 $15.27
Qatar Doha $21.18 $18.52
UAE Dubai $16.97 $19.36
$4.77

The price of a pint in New Zealand

Auckland takes the prize for the city with the most expensive beer in the country, with a standard pint costing an average of $11.10. This is followed by Wellington ($10.05).

Out of the 7 cities analysed, the cheapest place to grab a beer is Napier, where a pint costs $9.06 on average. That’s $2.04 cheaper than in Auckland, and $0.89 cheaper than the national average across the cities we analysed.

Following Napier, Dunedin ($9.77) and Hamilton ($9.86) would be your best bets to pick up an affordable pint.

CityAverage price of pint
Auckland$11.10
Wellington$10.05
Queenstown$9.94
Christchurch$9.90
Hamilton$9.86
Dunedin$9.77
Napier$9.06

Methodology

The numbers in this piece are based on Finder analysis of pub, bar and restaurant menus in each New Zealand location to develop an average. The average price of a pint in other countries is based on data from cost-of-living sites Expatistan and Numbeo as of April 2021. The majority of values were averaged from the two sites. In the few cases when this was not possible, data from Numbeo or Expatistan was used alone. Data from Finder’s analysis in New Zealand is consistent with data from Expatistan and Numbeo sites.
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