Cost of living in Germany

Summary of cost of living in Germany

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,825
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,130
  • Cost of living in Germany is cheaper than in 61% of countries in Western Europe (11 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Germany is more expensive than in 71% of countries in the World (21 out of 68)
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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) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.59
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.97
12 eggs, large €3.15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.09
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.47
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.51
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.83
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €5.92
2 liters of coca-cola €1.73
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.38
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,769
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,313
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €190
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €998
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €737
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €123
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €32
40” flat screen tv €357
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €91
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €5.85
Hourly rate for cleaning help €14
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €77
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €34
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €80
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €114
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,112
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.48
Monthly ticket public transport €81
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €7
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €38
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €2.93
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.00
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.43
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.37
Tube of toothpaste €1.59
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €33
2 tickets to the movies €23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €112
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 €3.04
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.88
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €492
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.11
1 month of gym membership in business district €35
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €7

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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:
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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 Germany

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Hamburg 160
2nd Frankfurt am Main 160
3rd Munich 157
4th Cologne 151
5th Berlin 142
6th Stuttgart 140
7th Bonn 136
8th Freiburg 128
9th Essen 127
10th Hanover 123
11th Dortmund 122
12th Leipzig 120
13th Dresden 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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Prices recently added

  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Düsseldorf costs €20 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Jena costs €950 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Jena costs €25 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Jena costs €380 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Jena costs €6.00 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Jena costs €40 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Jena costs €24 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Jena costs €5.00 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Jena costs €2.00 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Jena costs €5.00 (1 day ago)

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