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 €3.85
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.97
12 eggs, large €3.03
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.56
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €4.94
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.36
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.96
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.75
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.26
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,427
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,084
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €168
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €862
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €640
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €117
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €24
40” flat screen TV €371
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €87
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €5.17
Hourly rate for cleaning help €13
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €84
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) €89
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €118
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,098
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.33
Monthly ticket public transport €72
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €63
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.38
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.05
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.04
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.35
Tube of toothpaste €1.42
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 €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €114
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 €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.48
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €458
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.16
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 Munich 162
2nd Hamburg 161
3rd Frankfurt am Main 160
4th Cologne 154
5th Berlin 152
6th Düsseldorf 149
7th Stuttgart 148
8th Bonn 144
9th Nuremberg 142
10th Essen 141
11th Hanover 137
12th Darmstadt 135
13th Bremen 134
14th Mannheim 132
15th Dortmund 132
16th Karlsruhe 129
17th Dresden 128
18th Leipzig 125

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Frankfurt am Main costs €800 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Berlin costs €1,500 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Berlin costs €78 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Berlin costs €0.09 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Hamburg costs €1,200 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Rostock costs €0.50 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Rostock costs €2.00 (2 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Rostock costs €1.55 (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Leipzig costs €120 (2 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Leipzig costs €15 (2 days ago)