Cost of living in Sydney, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Sydney

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$6,992
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$4,081
  • Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia (1 out of 8)
  • Sydney is the 2nd most expensive city in Oceania (2 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Sydney is more expensive than in 87% of cities in the World (39 out of 283)

List of prices in Sydney, Australia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.30
12 eggs, large AU$5.47
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.95
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.30
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.76
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.88
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.37
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$3,344
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,663
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$181
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$2,586
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,680
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$130
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$61
40” flat screen tv AU$497
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$182
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$34
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$97
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$55
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$154
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$113
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$26,198
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.49
Monthly ticket public transport AU$171
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$53
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$13
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$64
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.01
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.57
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$2.87
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.96
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$30
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$50
2 tickets to the movies AU$39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$206
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$105
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.56
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$731
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.28
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$77
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$35
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,533 prices entered by 281 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2020

Sydney position in our World Ranking

the world
39th
out of 283
oceania
2nd
out of 10
australia
1st
out of 8

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

the world
1st
the world
5th
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st

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