Cost of living in Netherlands

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.05
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.11
12 eggs, large €2.89
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.96
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.03
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.56
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €8
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.14
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.22
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,752
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,277
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 €1,127
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €832
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €118
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €24
40” flat screen TV €440
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €125
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €6
Hourly rate for cleaning help €14
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €88
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €41
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €150
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €25,314
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.54
Monthly ticket public transport €81
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €3.19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €33
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.29
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.70
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.55
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.46
Tube of toothpaste €1.92
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €26
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €42
2 tickets to the movies €22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €115
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €67
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.79
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €557
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.18
1 month of gym membership in business district €38
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €7

Map of Cost of Living in Netherlands

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This map shows only the top cities in Netherlands. 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 Netherlands

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Amsterdam 184
2nd Utrecht 175
3rd Maastricht 165
4th The Hague 164
5th Rotterdam 153
6th Groningen 152
7th Eindhoven 152
8th Venlo 133

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 Netherlands? 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 Netherld. of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Amsterdam costs €900 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Amsterdam costs €500 (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in The Hague costs €15 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in The Hague costs €7 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in The Hague costs €45 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in The Hague costs €2.70 (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in The Hague costs €9 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in The Hague costs €26 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in The Hague costs €45 (2 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in The Hague costs €25 (2 days ago)