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 €6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.21
12 eggs, large €3.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.85
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.65
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.73
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.87
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €8
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €2,107
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,649
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €143
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €1,209
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €946
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €109
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €25
40” flat screen TV €413
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €123
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €9
Hourly rate for cleaning help €15
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €99
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €41
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €99
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €126
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €24,139
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.33
Monthly ticket public transport €70
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €4.19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €5.21
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €24
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.62
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €4.25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.95
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.02
Tube of toothpaste €2.52
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €42
2 tickets to the movies €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €56
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €65
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €4.16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €6
iPad Air 2, 64GB €498
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district €58
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €7

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 198
2nd Lyon 155
3rd Nice 154
4th Marseille 147
5th Montpellier 146
6th Grenoble 142
7th Lille 140
8th Nantes 139
9th Toulouse 137
10th Strasbourg 136
11th Bordeaux 134
12th Beauvais 118

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Paris costs €530 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Le Mans costs €230 (3 days ago)
  • 1 year rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Paris costs €169 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Paris costs €20 (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Paris costs €100 (3 days ago)
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  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Paris costs €6.00 (5 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Paris costs €9 (5 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Paris costs €45 (5 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Paris costs €18 (5 days ago)