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 €3.66
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.95
12 eggs, large €3.16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.49
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.18
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.42
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.58
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 €1.80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.28
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,456
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,074
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €188
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €888
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €670
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €126
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen TV €365
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €104
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €5.28
Hourly rate for cleaning help €13
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €85
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €37
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €88
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €107
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,543
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.43
Monthly ticket public transport €74
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.75
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €10
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €56
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.44
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.27
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.26
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.37
Tube of toothpaste €1.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €100
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €54
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.42
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €440
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.11
1 month of gym membership in business district €37
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:
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 Frankfurt am Main 162
2nd Munich 160
3rd Hamburg 159
4th Cologne 151
5th Düsseldorf 149
6th Stuttgart 148
7th Berlin 144
8th Bonn 140
9th Nuremberg 140
10th Essen 138
11th Freiburg 135
12th Bremen 135
13th Hanover 133
14th Karlsruhe 133
15th Darmstadt 132
16th Dortmund 131
17th Mannheim 131
18th Saarbrücken 125
19th Dresden 124
20th Leipzig 123

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

Find out what is the real equivalent in Germany of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Munich costs €2,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Berlin costs €70 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Berlin costs €81 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Berlin costs €60 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Berlin costs €5.00 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Berlin costs €70 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Berlin costs €18 (about 22 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Berlin costs €2.80 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Berlin costs €81 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Berlin costs €60 (about 22 hours ago)