Cost of living in Brussels, Belgium

Summary of cost of living in Brussels

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €4,497
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,357
  • Cost of living in Brussels is more expensive than in 67% of cities in Western Europe (22 out of 64)
  • Cost of living in Brussels is more expensive than in 67% of cities in the World (60 out of 181)
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List of prices in Brussels
Current as of Apr 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €19
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €5.41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.40
12 eggs, large €4.38
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.77
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.51
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.87
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €2.35
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €8
2 liters of coca-cola €2.90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €2.31
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,837
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,467
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €286
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €1,057
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €872
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €117
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €50
40” flat screen tv €438
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €125
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €10
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €93
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €40
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €104
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €127
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €31,127
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.75
Monthly ticket public transport €49
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €22
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €6
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €37
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.77
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €4.65
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €4.34
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.83
Tube of toothpaste €2.64
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €28
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €46
2 tickets to the movies €26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €58
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €85
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.61
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.00
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €427
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district €30
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 197 prices entered by 37 different people.
Latest price update: April 18, 2024

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Brussels position in our World Ranking

the world
60th
out of 181
western europe
22nd
out of 64

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