Cost of living in Germany

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.71
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.85
12 eggs, large €2.86
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.69
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.40
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.49
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.93
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.73
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.43
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,375
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,025
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €195
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €872
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €636
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €112
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen TV €435
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €109
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €5.82
Hourly rate for cleaning help €14
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €82
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) €89
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €125
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €21,176
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.33
Monthly ticket public transport €76
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.68
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €10
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €49
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.40
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.26
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.20
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.22
Tube of toothpaste €1.53
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €18
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €101
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €50
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.02
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.38
iPod nano 16GB €170
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.09
1 month of gym membership in business district €43
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €6

Map of Cost of Living in Germany

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This map shows only the top cities in Germany. 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 Germany

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Heidelberg 175
2nd Munich 175
3rd Frankfurt am Main 169
4th Düsseldorf 168
5th Cologne 158
6th Hamburg 158
7th Mainz 153
8th Berlin 152
9th Stuttgart 152
10th Rosenheim 147
11th Hanover 145
12th Nuremberg 143
13th Mannheim 140
14th Bremen 135
15th Dresden 128
16th Leipzig 124

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Berlin costs €500 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Nuremberg costs €25 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Nuremberg costs €30 (1 day ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Nuremberg costs €0.00 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Nuremberg costs €77 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Nuremberg costs €25 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Nuremberg costs €850 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Nuremberg costs €3.00 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of local cheese in Nuremberg costs €6.00 (1 day ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Nuremberg costs €6.00 (1 day ago)