Cost of living in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in Edinburgh

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £4,031
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,324
  • Cost of living in Edinburgh is more expensive than in 74% of cities in Western Europe (18 out of 66)
  • Cost of living in Edinburgh is more expensive than in 70% of cities in the World (59 out of 193)
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List of prices in Edinburgh
Current as of Feb 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.64
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £1.12
12 eggs, large £3.37
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.47
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.84
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.96
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £9
2 liters of coca-cola £2.32
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £1.08
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £1,813
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,645
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £154
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,003
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £809
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £97
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £26
40” flat screen tv £305
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £77
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £5.72
Hourly rate for cleaning help £13
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £69
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £36
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £70
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £70
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £26,809
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.53
Monthly ticket public transport £64
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) £16
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £4.50
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £84
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £3.07
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.59
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.84
4 rolls of toilet paper £2.39
Tube of toothpaste £1.44
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £20
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £39
2 tickets to the movies £18
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £118
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £61
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £5.34
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £410
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district £33
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £12
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 163 prices entered by 25 different people.
Latest price update: February 29, 2024

Edinburgh position in our World Ranking

the world
59th
out of 193
western europe
18th
out of 66
uk
3rd
out of 5

Cheapest and most expensive products in Edinburgh compared to other cities:

western europe
3rd
western europe
4th
western europe
4th
western europe
4th

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