Cost of living in France

Summary of cost of living in France

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,761
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,916
  • Cost of living in France is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Western Europe (12 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in France is more expensive than in 68% of countries in the World (24 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €5.50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.13
12 eggs, large €3.93
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.79
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.75
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.77
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.92
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of coca-cola €2.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,539
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,066
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €153
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €820
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €627
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €80
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €26
40” flat screen tv €333
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €119
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €9
Hourly rate for cleaning help €15
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €88
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €36
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €91
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €117
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €26,064
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.50
Monthly ticket public transport €54
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.07
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €7
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €25
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.46
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.80
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.47
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.00
Tube of toothpaste €1.61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €26
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €42
2 tickets to the movies €19
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €73
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €61
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.93
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €6
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €473
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.27
1 month of gym membership in business district €42
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €10

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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:
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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 France

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Paris 190
2nd Lyon 146
3rd Toulouse 135
4th Nice 135
5th Marseille 134
6th Montpellier 131
7th Grenoble 131
8th Nantes 130
9th Bordeaux 129
10th Strasbourg 128
11th Lille 128
12th Beauvais 84

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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  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Le Mans costs €300 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Paris costs €1.80 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Nancy costs €500 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Perigueux costs €1.00 (7 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Perigueux costs €1.00 (7 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Perigueux costs €2.00 (7 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Perigueux costs €1.00 (7 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Perigueux costs €2.00 (7 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Perigueux costs €2.00 (7 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Perigueux costs €1.00 (7 days ago)

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