The price of a pint of beer around the world

Use our interactive world map to learn about variations in beer costs globally. Hover over or tap a country to see the local price of a pint.

Is the UK getting a raw deal on beer? We scoured the internet to get the cost of a pint in the most populated cities around the world. Our comparison of 177 countries has found a huge range of prices: from £0.52 in Caracas, Venezuela to £8.58 in Dubai. London sits near the tail end at £4.76, which is 82% above the sample’s average and the 22nd most expensive place to buy a pint. Explore the rest of our findings with our interactive map above.

The full list of countries

CountryMost populated cityAverage cost of a pint
UAEDubai£8.58
QatarDoha£8.50
IcelandReykjavik£7.96
NorwayOslo£7.17
Åland IslandsMariehamn£7.00
BahrainManama£6.31
SingaporeSingapore£6.28
OmanMuscat£5.88
New CaledoniaNouméa£5.83
SwitzerlandZürich£5.79
MayotteMamoudzou£5.62
JordanAmman£5.61
KuwaitKuwait City£5.58
USNew York City£5.56
FranceParis£5.51
IsraelJerusalem£5.49
SwedenStockholm£5.44
Hong KongKowloon£5.39
FinlandHelsinki£5.35
DenmarkCopenhagen£5.19
IrelandDublin£4.85
UKLondon£4.76
AfghanistanKabul£4.74
ItalyRome£4.62
New ZealandAuckland£4.62
CameroonDouala£4.61
AustraliaSydney£4.47
MauritaniaNouakchott£4.29
VanuatuPort Vila£4.25
French GuianaCayenne£4.24
NetherlandsAmsterdam£4.19
MaldivesMale£4.14
CanadaToronto£4.09
BangladeshDhaka£4.03
JapanTokyo£4.01
DjiboutiDjibouti£3.87
GreeceAthens£3.80
SeychellesVictoria£3.76
BahamasNassau£3.59
ChinaShanghai£3.55
Antigua and BarbudaSt. John’s£3.54
MalaysiaKuala Lumpur£3.43
SpainMadrid£3.37
Virgin IslandsCharlotte Amalie£3.35
MaliBamako£3.30
AustriaVienna£3.25
BelgiumBrussels£3.23
Virgin IslandsRoad Town£3.21
East TimorDili£3.17
CyprusNicosia£3.16
MoroccoCasablanca£3.15
EstoniaTallinn£3.12
UruguayMontevideo£3.08
GibraltarGibraltar£3.06
AndorraAndorra la Vella£3.03
ArgentinaBuenos Aires£2.94
South KoreaSeoul£2.94
BrazilSão Paulo£2.94
Solomon IslandsHoniara£2.94
Northern Mariana IslandsSan Antonio£2.90
GermanyBerlin£2.84
BruneiBandar Seri Begawan£2.79
NepalKathmandu£2.77
MauritiusPort Louis£2.75
Papua New GuineaPort Moresby£2.74
TurkmenistanAshgabat£2.72
IndonesiaJakarta£2.70
JamaicaKingston£2.68
CuracaoWillemstad£2.67
SamoaApia£2.66
BoliviaSanta Cruz de la Sierra£2.61
PakistanKarachi£2.59
BeninCotonou£2.57
LebanonBeirut£2.53
LithuaniaVilnius£2.51
LibyaTripoli£2.49
TurkeyIstanbul£2.49
ChileSantiago£2.47
IndiaMumbai£2.47
RussiaMoscow£2.40
GuineaConakry£2.32
SloveniaLjubljana£2.31
IraqBaghdad£2.31
GabonLibreville£2.27
BarbadosBridgetown£2.24
PanamaPanama City£2.24
Guinea-BissauBissau£2.22
PhilippinesQuezon City£2.16
Dominican RepublicSanto Domingo£2.15
PeruLima£2.15
GuatemalaGuatemala City£2.13
LatviaRiga£2.10
Equatorial GuineaBata£2.07
Sri LankaColombo£2.05
ThailandBangkok£2.03
BelizeBelize City£2.02
Cote d IvoireAbidjan£1.98
Republic of the CongoBrazzaville£1.95
PolandWarsaw£1.94
SenegalDakar£1.94
Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa£1.90
Saint LuciaCastries£1.87
ColombiaBogotá£1.86
EgyptCairo£1.81
AlgeriaAlgiers£1.79
Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre£1.79
CroatiaZagreb£1.79
HaitiPort-au-Prince£1.75
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesKingstown£1.66
AngolaLuanda£1.65
PortugalLisbon£1.63
MexicoMexico City£1.62
EritreaAsmara£1.59
KenyaNairobi£1.57
EcuadorGuayaquil£1.56
MontenegroPodgorica£1.53
South AfricaJohannesburg£1.49
RomaniaBucharest£1.47
GuyanaGeorgetown£1.46
KosovoPristina£1.46
SerbiaBelgrade£1.46
AlbaniaTirana£1.44
Vatican CityVatican City£1.42
MoldovaChişinău£1.40
BelarusMinsk£1.39
SlovakiaBratislava£1.39
MacedoniaSkopje£1.39
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo£1.38
ChadN’Djamena£1.37
El SalvadorSan Salvador£1.37
HungaryBudapest£1.37
HondurasTegucigalpa£1.33
ZambiaLusaka£1.33
BotswanaGaborone£1.29
MongoliaUlaanbaatar£1.28
KyrgyzstanBishkek£1.27
BhutanThimphu£1.25
CubaHavana£1.25
ArmeniaYerevan£1.25
GhanaAccra£1.24
NigerNiamey£1.23
ZimbabweHarare£1.23
ParaguayAsuncion£1.21
TunisiaTunis£1.20
Czech RepublicPrague£1.19
BulgariaSofia£1.16
Sierra LeoneFreetown£1.15
SurinameParamaribo£1.14
Cape VerdePraia£1.11
NamibiaWindhoek£1.11
Central African RepublicBangui£1.09
LaosVientiane£1.09
MyanmarYangon£1.09
LiberiaMonrovia£1.08
MozambiqueMaputo£1.07
Burkina FasoOuagadougou£1.00
MadagascarAntananarivo£0.99
TajikistanDushanbe£0.99
UgandaKampala£0.98
TanzaniaDar es Salaam£0.97
AzerbaijanBaku£0.96
NicaraguaManagua£0.96
CambodiaPhnom Penh£0.93
GeorgiaTbilisi£0.90
RwandaKigali£0.85
KazakhstanAlmaty£0.84
LesothoMaseru£0.84
TogoLome£0.84
UkraineKiev£0.83
Puerto RicoSan Juan£0.79
Saudi ArabiaRiyadh£0.73
VietnamHo Chi Minh City£0.70
EthiopiaAddis Ababa£0.67
MalawiLilongwe£0.64
NigeriaLagos£0.63
UzbekistanTashkent£0.59
VenezuelaCaracas£0.52

methodology

The numbers in this piece are based on data taken from cost-of-living sites Expatistan and Numbeo on 29 November 2017. See today’s exchange rates.

On Numbeo, the metric used was “Restaurants: Domestic Beer, (0.5 liter draught)”. On Expatistan, it was “1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)”. Where possible, the figures provided by both sites were averaged. Four cities had data on Numbeo, but not Expatistan, so the value from Numbeo was used alone. Similarly, 80 cities had data only on Expatistan, and that data was used alone.

The average price of £2.61 shown above is the mean of all the cities’ prices.

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