Cost of living in Cologne, Germany

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.84
12 eggs, large €2.16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.97
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €4.41
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.64
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.99
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.36
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,599
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,056
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €171
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €915
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €507
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €102
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €21
40” flat screen TV €454
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €86
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €3.93
Hourly rate for cleaning help €17
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €93
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €45
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €102
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €96
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €19,162
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.31
Monthly ticket public transport €88
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €20
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €43
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.18
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €1.56
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €1.90
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.41
Tube of toothpaste €1.36
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €30
2 tickets to the movies €19
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €90
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €56
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.60
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.53
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €513
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district €34
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.43
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 217 prices entered by 29 different people.
Latest price update: April 24, 2018.

Cologne position in our World Ranking

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76th
out of 336
western europe
30th
out of 68
germany
4th
out of 7

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