Cost of living in Berlin, Germany

Summary of cost of living in Berlin

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,776
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,129
  • Berlin is the 2nd cheapest city in Germany (4 out of 5)
  • Cost of living in Berlin is cheaper than in 65% of cities in Western Europe (28 out of 43)
  • Cost of living in Berlin is more expensive than in 57% of cities in the World (68 out of 157)
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List of prices in Berlin
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €10
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.66
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.98
12 eggs, large €2.80
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.41
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.85
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of coca-cola €1.81
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.27
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,818
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,284
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €135
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €998
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €683
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €102
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €25
40” flat screen tv €396
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €101
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €3.96
Hourly rate for cleaning help €14
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €77
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €32
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €79
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €110
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €22,537
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.43
Monthly ticket public transport €84
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €23
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.78
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €8
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €80
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €3.35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €1.94
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.45
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.39
Tube of toothpaste €1.28
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €20
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €85
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €49
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.08
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.90
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €426
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.10
1 month of gym membership in business district €30
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €7
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 330 prices entered by 85 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2022

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Berlin position in our World Ranking

the world
68th
out of 157
western europe
28th
out of 43
germany
4th
out of 5

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