Cost of living in Brussels, Belgium

Summary of cost of living in Brussels

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,485
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,728
  • Cost of living in Brussels is cheaper than in 53% of cities in Western Europe (37 out of 70)
  • Cost of living in Brussels is more expensive than in 61% of cities in the World (112 out of 285)

List of prices in Brussels, Belgium. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €5.09
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.09
12 eggs, large €4.09
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.07
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.75
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €2.19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €9
2 liters of coca-cola €2.39
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.42
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,238
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,001
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €131
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €869
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 €110
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €31
40” flat screen tv €454
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €111
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €9
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €89
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €49
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €135
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €21,615
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.47
Monthly ticket public transport €50
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €21
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €7
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €29
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €5.43
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.53
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.54
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.62
Tube of toothpaste €2.44
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €22
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €44
2 tickets to the movies €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €67
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €66
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.63
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.80
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €427
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district €28
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €7
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 880 prices entered by 125 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2020

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Brussels position in our World Ranking

the world
112th
out of 285
western europe
37th
out of 70

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