Map: The cost of a pint of beer around the world

70%PrefixCountry70%PrefixCountryLusaka,Zambia£0.56|London,UK£5.33|Average£2.45|Dubai,United Arab Emirates£9.93|
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 the UK sits globally and how beer prices compare between the UK’s major cities. To find out more about how to travel smart, check out our travel guide.

The full list of countries

The cost for a pint ranges from £0.56 in Zambia all the way up to £9.93 in Dubai, a slight decrease from last year’s prices, which spanned from £0.32 in Venezuela to £10.86 in Qatar. London is still pricier than most of the list, with the average cost of £5.33 for a pint coming in as the 18th most expensive of the 177 cities. Compared to the world average for the 177 countries in 2021 (£2.45, up 4% from last year’s world average of £2.35), London charges more than double (118% higher) for the same drink.

The 5 cities with the most expensive beer

1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates £9.93
2. Doha, Qatar £9.50
3. Oslo, Norway £7.83
4. Muscat, Oman £7.32
5. Reykjavik, Iceland £6.44

The 5 cities with the cheapest beer

1. Lusaka, Zambia £0.56
2. Freetown, Sierra Leone £0.61
3. Lagos, Nigeria £0.67
4. Antananarivo, Madagascar £0.70
5. Tashkent, Uzbekistan £0.71

Country City Price of pint 2020 Price of a pint 2021
Zambia Lusaka £0.57 £0.56
Sierra Leone Freetown £0.41 £0.61
Nigeria Lagos £0.62 £0.67
Madagascar Antananarivo £0.62 £0.70
Uzbekistan Tashkent £0.80 £0.71
Ethiopia Addis Ababa £0.76 £0.74
Togo Lome £0.83 £0.76
Nicaragua Managua £1.02 £0.76
Tajikistan Dushanbe £0.78 £0.77
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City £0.69 £0.79
Rwanda Kigali £1.05 £0.79
Cambodia Phnom Penh £0.64 £0.79
Malawi Lilongwe £0.87 £0.79
Uganda Kampala £0.75 £0.80
Philippines Quezon City £0.96 £0.82
Colombia Bogotá £0.76 £0.85
Tanzania Dar es Salaam £0.87 £0.85
Laos Vientiane £1.02 £0.86
Vatican City Vatican City £0.91 £0.86
Suriname Paramaribo £1.18 £0.87
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek £0.75 £0.88
Honduras Tegucigalpa £1.02 £0.92
Armenia Yerevan £1.00 £0.92
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou £1.45 £0.92
Benin Cotonou £0.86 £0.93
Mozambique Maputo £0.83 £0.96
Saudi Arabia Riyadh £1.06 £0.96
Ghana Accra £0.83 £0.97
Venezuela Caracas £0.32 £0.98
Myanmar (Burma) Yangon £0.92 £0.98
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar £1.13 £1.01
Moldova Chişinău £0.93 £1.03
Georgia Tbilisi £0.78 £1.03
Cape Verde Praia £2.71 £1.06
Paraguay Asuncion £0.77 £1.10
Ukraine Kiev £0.75 £1.11
Argentina Buenos Aires £1.15 £1.11
Kazakhstan Almaty £1.00 £1.12
Ecuador Guayaquil £1.20 £1.14
El Salvador San Salvador £1.00 £1.16
Hungary Budapest £1.16 £1.18
Gabon Libreville £0.90 £1.18
Namibia Windhoek £1.04 £1.18
Cameroon Douala £0.93 £1.19
Belarus Minsk £1.50 £1.19
Azerbaijan Baku £0.76 £1.21
Botswana Gaborone £1.18 £1.27
Jamaica Kingston £1.51 £1.27
Kosovo Prishtina £1.36 £1.31
Czech Rep. Prague £1.19 £1.32
Macedonia Skopje £1.32 £1.32
Guinea Bissau Bissau £0.75 £1.33
Brazil São Paulo £1.76 £1.34
Virgin Islands Road Town £2.42 £1.35
Bulgaria Sofia £1.02 £1.36
Lesotho Maseru £0.93 £1.38
Haiti Port-au-Prince £2.40 £1.38
DRC Kinshasa £1.20 £1.41
Sri lanka Colombo £1.29 £1.41
Romania Bucharest £1.12 £1.42
Guyana Georgetown £2.30 £1.42
Eritrea Asmara £1.40 £1.42
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo £1.16 £1.42
Tunisia Tunis £1.12 £1.44
Saint Lucia Castries £1.49 £1.46
Senegal Dakar £1.38 £1.47
Cote d Ivoire Abidjan £0.83 £1.47
Liberia Monrovia £2.01 £1.48
Peru Lima £1.60 £1.53
Serbia Belgrade £1.23 £1.54
Zimbabwe Harare £1.32 £1.54
Portugal Lisbon £1.81 £1.54
Mexico Mexico City £1.07 £1.54
Cuba Havana £1.60 £1.55
Puerto Rico San Juan £1.60 £1.55
Slovakia Bratislava £1.36 £1.59
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo £1.65 £1.59
Belize Belize City £1.60 £1.61
Niger Niamey £0.62 £1.63
Iraq Baghdad £1.60 £1.64
Republic of the Congo Brazzaville £1.61 £1.64
Kenya Nairobi £1.88 £1.64
Bolivia Santa Cruz de la Sierra £1.61 £1.67
Montenegro Podgorica £1.81 £1.67
South africa Johannesburg £1.39 £1.73
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kingstown £1.49 £1.76
Croatia Zagreb £1.91 £1.78
Egypt Cairo £1.48 £1.80
Pakistan Karachi £1.60 £1.80
Libya Tripoli £2.15 £1.84
Samoa Apia £1.49 £1.86
Bhutan Thimphu £2.12 £1.86
Albania Tirana £1.09 £1.87
Guatemala Guatemala City £2.08 £1.89
Central african republic Bangui £1.05 £1.89
Poland Warsaw £1.63 £1.94
Equatorial Guinea Bata £1.38 £1.96
Turkey Istanbul £1.84 £1.97
Andorra Andorra la Vella £1.81 £2.06
Curacao Willemstad £1.95 £2.13
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby £1.85 £2.15
Mauritius Port Louis £1.50 £2.17
Barbados Bridgetown £1.60 £2.19
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint-Pierre £2.71 £2.25
India Mumbai £1.53 £2.25
Russia Moscow £2.51 £2.26
Mali Bamako £1.61 £2.29
Panama Panama City £1.61 £2.30
Thailand Bangkok £1.81 £2.31
Slovenia Ljubljana £2.26 £2.34
Indonesia Jakarta £1.98 £2.34
Hong Kong Kowloon £5.16 £2.39
Kuwait Kuwait City £2.62 £2.39
Angola Luanda £1.43 £2.43
Antigua and Barbuda St. John's £1.77 £2.43
Nepal Kathmandu £1.99 £2.46
East Timor Dili £2.21 £2.52
Uruguay Montevideo £1.89 £2.54
Algeria Algiers £1.24 £2.56
Turkmenistan Ashgabat £2.30 £2.57
Chile Santiago £2.44 £2.70
Lithuania Vilnius £2.71 £2.71
China Shanghai £3.18 £2.83
Guinea Conakry £4.00 £2.84
French Guiana Cayenne £2.26 £2.87
South korea Seoul £2.62 £2.93
Morocco Casablanca £2.50 £2.95
Latvia Riga £2.17 £2.98
Vanuatu Port Vila £2.60 £3.00
Germany Berlin £3.16 £3.04
Spain Madrid £2.26 £3.12
Solomon Islands Honiara £3.38 £3.15
Northern Mariana Islands San Antonio £4.03 £3.16
Gibraltar Gibraltar £3.00 £3.28
Mauritania Nouakchott £2.74 £3.28
Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie £3.83 £3.29
Austria Vienna £3.57 £3.29
Japan Tokyo £3.37 £3.38
Cyprus Nicosia £2.71 £3.39
Chad N'Djamena £4.48 £3.41
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur £2.80 £3.42
Belgium Brussels £3.62 £3.45
Estonia Tallinn £3.62 £3.47
Bahamas Nassau £3.40 £3.64
Greece Athens £3.62 £3.72
Seychelles Victoria £3.97 £3.89
Djibouti Djibouti £4.50 £3.90
Canada Toronto £3.54 £4.04
Afghanistan Kabul £3.59 £4.16
Netherlands Amsterdam £4.07 £4.17
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan £2.01 £4.32
Italy Rome £4.07 £4.35
Australia Sydney £4.44 £4.40
Bangladesh Dhaka £3.28 £4.49
Ireland Dublin £4.52 £4.95
Finland Helsinki £5.42 £5.05
Lebanon Beirut £2.80 £5.13
Denmark Copenhagen £5.46 £5.27
Maldives Male £2.51 £5.31
United Kingdom London £5.19 £5.33
Jordan Amman £5.64 £5.42
Switzerland Zürich £5.92 £5.51
Sweden Stockholm £5.69 £5.62
Singapore Singapore £5.76 £5.62
Mayotte Mamoudzou £6.34 £5.67
United States New York City £7.23 £5.70
New Caledonia Nouméa £6.06 £5.71
New Zealand Auckland £4.65 £5.75
Bahrain Manama £7.41 £5.88
Åland Islands Mariehamn £6.32 £5.88
Israel Jerusalem £7.00 £5.95
France Paris £5.42 £6.01
Iceland Reykjavik £6.93 £6.44
Oman Muscat £6.23 £7.32
Norway Oslo £7.57 £7.83
Qatar Doha £10.86 £9.50
UAE Dubai £8.70 £9.93

The price of a pint in the UK

It comes as no surprise that the UK’s most expensive city to grab a drink is still London (£5.33). The cheapest place to get a pint (out of the 42 largest cities analysed) is Perth. A beer there will cost you £3.07, which is £2.26 less than London and 79p less than the UK average of £3.86. Overall, the average cost of a pint in the UK has decreased by 2% this year from 2020, when the average was £3.94, but has increased by 4% from the UK average of £3.70 in 2019.
Following Perth, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent are the second and third cheapest cities to buy a beer (meaning in these cities you won’t need to be searching for the best credit cards in order to get you and your friends a round of drinks!). Compared to the £3.07 for Perth, Leicester charges £3.12 and Stoke-on-Trent’s average is £3.17. On the pricier side, Brighton and Hove is the second most expensive city to buy a beer, charging £4.83 (19p less than last year’s price of £5.02).

The 5 UK cities with the most expensive beer

1. London £5.33
2. Brighton £4.83
3. Edinburgh £4.73
4. Bristol £4.46
5. Cambridge £4.40

The 5 UK cities with the cheapest beer

1. Perth £3.07
2. Leicester £3.12
3. Stoke-on-Trent £3.17
4. Dundee £3.29
5. Preston £3.32

Place Average price of a pint 2019 Average price of a pint 2020 Average price of a pint 2021
London £5.18 £5.19 £5.33
Brighton and Hove £4.53 £5.02 £4.83
Edinburgh £4.19 £4.74 £4.73
Bristol £4.36 £4.41 £4.46
Cambridge £4.40 £4.91 £4.40
Belfast £4.05 £4.19 £4.35
York £3.72 £4.19 £4.29
Oxford £4.14 £4.49 £4.25
Southampton £3.92 £4.11 £4.20
Newcastle upon Tyne £3.53 £4.27 £4.16
Exeter £3.91 £4.32 £4.16
Norwich £3.70 £3.95 £4.08
Ipswich £3.81 £4.12 £4.01
Manchester £4.11 £3.94 £4.00
Nottingham £3.59 £4.27 £4.00
Birmingham £3.94 £4.34 £4.00
Reading £4.12 £4.10 £3.92
Portsmouth £4.11 £4.22 £3.92
Glasgow £3.79 £4.31 £3.90
Plymouth £3.66 £3.74 £3.85
Liverpool £3.27 £3.84 £3.84
Poole £3.71 £3.72 £3.84
Southend-on-Sea £3.29 £3.79 £3.80
Leeds £3.57 £3.72 £3.77
Northampton £3.61 £3.82 £3.66
Sheffield £3.37 £3.72 £3.64
Coventry £3.52 £3.78 £3.64
Aberystwyth £3.56 £3.87 £3.64
Inverness £3.62 £3.73 £3.62
Gloucester £3.61 £3.71 £3.61
Luton £3.68 £3.41 £3.58
Aberdeen £3.60 £3.86 £3.56
Cardiff £3.46 £3.43 £3.47
Swansea £3.31 £3.12 £3.43
Peterborough £3.51 £3.56 £3.41
Sunderland £3.25 £3.30 £3.40
Kingston upon Hull £3.27 £3.64 £3.37
Preston £3.06 £3.64 £3.32
Dundee £3.29 £3.08 £3.29
Stoke-on-Trent £3.29 £3.33 £3.17
Leicester £3.73 £3.62 £3.12
Perth £3.07 £3.14 £3.07

Methodology

The numbers in this piece are 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.

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