Cost of living in Cologne, Germany

Summary of cost of living in Cologne

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,741
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,967
  • Cologne is the 2nd cheapest city in Germany (4 out of 5)
  • Cost of living in Cologne is more expensive than in 57% of cities in Western Europe (19 out of 42)
  • Cost of living in Cologne is more expensive than in 70% of cities in the World (55 out of 182)

List of prices in Cologne, Germany. Current as of Apr 2021.

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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) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.24
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.18
12 eggs, large €3.55
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.57
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.46
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.82
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.89
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.15
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,586
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,124
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €182
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €981
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €670
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €125
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €24
40” flat screen tv €364
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €84
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €6
Hourly rate for cleaning help €13
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €86
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €37
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €95
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €95
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,938
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.40
Monthly ticket public transport €90
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) €6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €10
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €46
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €3.29
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.15
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.31
Tube of toothpaste €1.34
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €19
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €37
2 tickets to the movies €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €120
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €72
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.82
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.18
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €485
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district €36
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €7
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 40 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: April 11, 2021

Cologne position in our World Ranking

the world
55th
out of 182
western europe
19th
out of 42
germany
4th
out of 5

Cheapest and most expensive products in Cologne compared to other cities:

western europe
1st
western europe
4th
western europe
4th
western europe
4th

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