Cost of living in France

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €5.96
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.12
12 eggs, large €4.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.79
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.60
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.76
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €2.08
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €8
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.09
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €2,091
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,617
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €173
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €1,002
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €792
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €108
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen TV €377
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €106
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €6
Hourly rate for cleaning help €13
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €88
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €39
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €103
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €133
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,122
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.50
Monthly ticket public transport €68
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.42
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €7
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €25
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.34
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.68
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.79
Tube of toothpaste €2.13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €22
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €41
2 tickets to the movies €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €83
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €62
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.95
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €6
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €449
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district €56
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €8

Map of Cost of Living in France

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This map shows only the top cities in France. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

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 France

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Paris 188
2nd Lyon 158
3rd Nice 149
4th Montpellier 144
5th Grenoble 139
6th Marseille 138
7th Nantes 136
8th Toulouse 136
9th Lille 134
10th Bordeaux 134
11th Strasbourg 130
12th Beauvais 114

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.

Are you moving to France? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Prices recently added

  • Public transport in Toulouse costs €30 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Paris costs €20 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Caen costs €70 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Caen costs €20 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Perpignan costs €3.00 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Perpignan costs €3.00 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Perpignan costs €8 (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Perpignan costs €90 (3 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Perpignan costs €50 (3 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Perpignan costs €10 (3 days ago)