Cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Summary of cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,223KM
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,623KM
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina is the 3rd cheapest country in Eastern Europe (8 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina is cheaper than in 82% of countries in the World (56 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 19KM
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 14KM
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7KM
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.26KM
12 eggs, large 4.62KM
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.89KM
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13KM
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.25KM
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.92KM
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.76KM
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 21KM
2 liters of coca-cola 2.94KM
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.42KM
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 940KM
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 644KM
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 302KM
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 639KM
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 452KM
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 196KM
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 25KM
40” flat screen tv 580KM
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 390KM
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 11KM
Hourly rate for cleaning help 11KM
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 166KM
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 79KM
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 200KM
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 200KM
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 25,000KM
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.67KM
Monthly ticket public transport 65KM
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 30KM
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 11KM
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 50KM
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 5.70KM
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 8KM
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 6KM
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.38KM
Tube of toothpaste 6KM
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11KM
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 32KM
2 tickets to the movies 17KM
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 43KM
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 81KM
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 10KM
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.60KM
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4.62KM
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 924KM
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 57KM
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 6KM

Map of Cost of Living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This map shows only the top cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Bosnia and Herzegovina

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Sarajevo 63
2nd Mostar 54
3rd Zenica 50

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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