Cost of living in Israel

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 58 ₪
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 47 ₪
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 20 ₪
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 6 ₪
12 eggs, large 14 ₪
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6 ₪
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 25 ₪
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10 ₪
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4.88 ₪
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 10 ₪
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 52 ₪
2 liters of Coca-Cola 9 ₪
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 8 ₪
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 8,106 ₪
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 5,829 ₪
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 598 ₪
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 4,900 ₪
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 3,618 ₪
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 470 ₪
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 74 ₪
40” flat screen TV 1,969 ₪
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 404 ₪
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 29 ₪
Hourly rate for cleaning help 51 ₪
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 358 ₪
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 194 ₪
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 424 ₪
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 483 ₪
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 134,665 ₪
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6 ₪
Monthly ticket public transport 235 ₪
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 28 ₪
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 28 ₪
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 317 ₪
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 33 ₪
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 20 ₪
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17 ₪
4 rolls of toilet paper 7 ₪
Tube of toothpaste 13 ₪
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 61 ₪
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 149 ₪
2 tickets to the movies 79 ₪
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 282 ₪
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 274 ₪
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 45 ₪
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 ₪
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 29 ₪
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,390 ₪
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.92 ₪
1 month of gym membership in business district 301 ₪
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 36 ₪

Map of Cost of Living in Israel

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This map shows only the top cities in Israel. 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 Israel

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Tel Aviv 178
2nd Jerusalem 164
3rd Eilat 161
4th Haifa 150
5th Ashqelon 142

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

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List of all cities available in Israel

Ashqelon Beersheba Eilat
Hadera Haifa Herzliya
Jerusalem Nazareth Netanya
Tel Aviv

Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Tel Aviv costs 213 ₪ (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Herzliya costs 250 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Herzliya costs 14 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Herzliya costs 80 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Herzliya costs 7 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Herzliya costs 50 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Herzliya costs 7 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Herzliya costs 4.00 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Herzliya costs 12 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • 1 lb of local cheese in Herzliya costs 53 ₪ (3 days ago)