Cost of living in Israel

Summary of cost of living in Israel

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 17,413 ₪
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 9,553 ₪
  • Israel is the most expensive country in Middle East (1 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Israel is more expensive than in 89% of countries in the World (11 out of 93)
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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) 49 ₪
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 19 ₪
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 6 ₪
12 eggs, large 14 ₪
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.89 ₪
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 25 ₪
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 11 ₪
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4.84 ₪
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 10 ₪
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48 ₪
2 liters of coca-cola 8 ₪
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 7 ₪
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 7,758 ₪
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 5,841 ₪
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 755 ₪
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,967 ₪
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,650 ₪
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 476 ₪
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 78 ₪
40” flat screen tv 1,369 ₪
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 400 ₪
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33 ₪
Hourly rate for cleaning help 53 ₪
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 320 ₪
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 170 ₪
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 430 ₪
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 440 ₪
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 134,756 ₪
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6 ₪
Monthly ticket public transport 221 ₪
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 29 ₪
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 24 ₪
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 471 ₪
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.) 15 ₪
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 ₪
Tube of toothpaste 11 ₪
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 62 ₪
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 150 ₪
2 tickets to the movies 82 ₪
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 351 ₪
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 273 ₪
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 45 ₪
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 15 ₪
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 29 ₪
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,040 ₪
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.94 ₪
1 month of gym membership in business district 287 ₪
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 35 ₪

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:
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 189
2nd Eilat 172
3rd Jerusalem 171
4th Haifa 166
5th Ashqelon 153

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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Ashqelon Beersheba Eilat
Hadera Haifa Herzliya
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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Tel Aviv costs 9,000 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Jerusalem costs 6.00 ₪ (3 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Tel Aviv costs 130 ₪ (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Haifa costs 2,200 ₪ (6 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Hadera costs 3,000 ₪ (9 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Hadera costs 120 ₪ (9 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Hadera costs 6,000 ₪ (9 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Tel Aviv costs 150 ₪ (9 days ago)