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The cost of a pint of beer around the world

The cost of a pint of beer around the world

Are Aussies 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 157 countries has found a huge range of prices: from $0.98 in Freetown, Sierra Leone to $19.00 in Doha. Sydney sits at $11.00, which is the 21st most expensive place to buy a pint. Still cheaper than Canada. Explore the rest of our findings with our interactive map below.

The 5 cities with the most expensive beer

1. Doha, Qatar $19.00
2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates $18.15
3. Reykjavik, Iceland $15.47
4. Muscat, Oman $15.23
5. Beirut, Lebanon $14.91

The 5 cities with the cheapest beer

1. Sierra Leone, Freetown $0.98
2. Nigeria, Lagos $1.04
3. Laos, Vientiane $1.08
4. Burundi, Bujumbura $1.12
5. Malawi, Lilongwe $1.24

The full list of countries

CountryMost populated cityAverage cost of a pint
QatarDoha$19.00
UAEDubai$18.15
IcelandReykjavik$15.47
OmanMuscat$15.23
BahrainManama$14.91
NorwayOslo$14.75
United StatesNew York$13.83
LebanonBeirut$13.48
SwitzerlandZürich$13.02
SingaporeSingapore$12.78
FinlandHelsinki$12.68
SeychellesVictoria$12.63
JordanAmman$12.07
FranceParis$11.83
United KingdomLondon$11.82
DenmarkCopenhagen$11.64
IrelandDublin$11.41
SwedenStockholm$11.25
IsraelJerusalem$11.24
New ZealandAuckland$11.12
AustraliaSydney$11.00
CanadaToronto$10.19
NetherlandsAmsterdam$9.50
French GuianaCayenne$9.00
MauritaniaNouakchott$9.00
BelgiumBrussels$8.68
ItalyRome$8.66
GreeceAthens$8.66
DjiboutiDjibouti$8.00
Solomon IslandsHoniara$8.00
AfghanistanKabul$8.00
BahamasNassau$7.97
EstoniaTallinn$7.66
LatviaRiga$7.34
LithuaniaVilnius$7.29
AustriaVienna$7.25
BangladeshDhaka$7.00
VanuatuPort Vila$7.00
MauritiusPort Louis$7.00
CyprusNicosia$6.84
GermanyBerlin$6.83
MalaysiaKuala Lumpur$6.51
SpainMadrid$6.50
UruguayMontevideo$6.38
MoroccoCasablanca$6.32
TurkeyIstanbul$6.06
East TimorDili$6.00
BruneiBandar Seri Begawan$5.78
South koreaSeoul$5.74
PolandWarsaw$5.35
GuineaConakry$5.23
ChileSantiago$5.21
SloveniaLjubljana$5.14
JapanTokyo$5.12
IraqBaghdad$5.08
ChadN'Djamena$5.04
RussiaMoscow$4.93
IndiaMumbai$4.90
Costa RicaSan José$4.83
Papua New GuineaPort Moresby$4.79
Dominican RepublicSanto Domingo$4.78
NepalKathmandu$4.73
IndonesiaJakarta$4.67
AndorraAndorra la Vella$4.59
PeruLima$4.58
MexicoMexico City$4.56
CroatiaZagreb$4.50
PanamaPanama City$4.43
PakistanKarachi$4.41
Rep. of the CongoBrazzaville$4.32
BarbadosBridgetown$4.31
ArgentinaBuenos Aires$4.29
AlbaniaTirana$4.24
SenegalDakar$4.22
SurinameParamaribo$4.11
JamaicaKingston$4.05
GuatemalaGuatemala City$4.03
SerbiaBelgrade$4.02
EgyptCairo$3.99
Czech Rep.Prague$3.93
ArmeniaYerevan$3.92
BrazilSão Paulo$3.90
Sri lankaColombo$3.88
BelizeBelize City$3.88
RomaniaBucharest$3.80
PortugalLisbon$3.78
MontenegroPodgorica$3.71
AlgeriaAlgiers$3.70
GeorgiaTbilisi$3.61
ThailandBangkok$3.58
SlovakiaBratislava$3.58
Central african republicBangui$3.56
HungaryBudapest$3.44
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo$3.44
El SalvadorSan Salvador$3.43
Saint LuciaCastries$3.37
GuyanaGeorgetown$3.36
GabonLibreville$3.36
BulgariaSofia$3.28
BoliviaSanta Cruz de la Sierra$3.24
KazakhstanAlmaty$3.14
ZimbabweHarare$3.14
BotswanaGaborone$3.14
South africaJohannesburg$3.09
Equatorial GuineaBata$3.06
EritreaAsmara$3.06
ParaguayAsuncion$2.95
KosovoPrishtina$2.92
ChinaShanghai$2.90
TunisiaTunis$2.88
KenyaNairobi$2.86
CubaHavana$2.76
MoldovaChişinău$2.74
AzerbaijanBaku$2.73
Saint Kitts and NevisBasseterre$2.71
BelarusMinsk$2.61
NigerNiamey$2.56
Guinea BissauBissau$2.56
Cape VerdePraia$2.54
MaliBamako$2.54
EcuadorGuayaquil$2.50
CameroonDouala$2.50
VenezuelaCaracas$2.40
DRCKinshasa$2.37
HaitiPort-au-Prince$2.36
Cote d'IvoireAbidjan$2.36
MozambiqueMaputo$2.36
LiberiaMonrovia$2.32
NicaraguaManagua$2.28
NamibiaWindhoek$2.27
BeninCotonou$2.23
HondurasTegucigalpa$2.22
UkraineKiev$2.16
PhilippinesQuezon City$2.16
Myanmar (Burma)Yangon$2.16
AngolaLuanda$2.14
KyrgyzstanBishkek$2.06
UzbekistanTashkent$2.06
TajikistanDushanbe$2.04
BhutanThimphu$1.97
UgandaKampala$1.97
CambodiaPhnom Penh$1.95
TanzaniaDar es Salaam$1.80
Burkina FasoOuagadougou$1.80
ColombiaBogotá$1.67
VietnamHo Chi Minh City$1.64
EthiopiaAddis Ababa$1.58
GhanaAccra$1.57
TogoLome$1.55
RwandaKigali$1.35
MadagascarAntananarivo$1.31
ZambiaLusaka$1.26
MalawiLilongwe$1.24
BurundiBujumbura$1.12
LaosVientiane$1.08
NigeriaLagos$1.04
Sierra LeoneFreetown$0.98

methodology

The numbers in this piece are based on data taken from cost-of-living sites Expatistan and Numbeo on 17 October 2023. To compare a range of ways to pay for a pint compare travel money cards.

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.

The average price of $5.28 shown above is the mean of all the cities' prices.

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