Cost of living in Brussels, Belgium

Summary of cost of living in Brussels

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,672
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,803
  • Cost of living in Brussels is more expensive than in 65% of cities in Western Europe (30 out of 83)
  • Cost of living in Brussels is more expensive than in 60% of cities in the World (92 out of 230)
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List of prices in Brussels
Current as of Oct 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.69
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.06
12 eggs, large €4.02
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.29
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.43
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.98
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €9
2 liters of coca-cola €2.62
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.39
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,307
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,029
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €132
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €818
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €689
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €98
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €43
40” flat screen tv €476
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €161
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €10
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €88
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €42
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €130
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €25,227
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.66
Monthly ticket public transport €50
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €21
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €5.99
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €36
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €5.35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.70
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.80
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.70
Tube of toothpaste €2.29
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €27
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €49
2 tickets to the movies €23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €67
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €71
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.28
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.92
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €427
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district €40
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €6
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 148 prices entered by 36 different people.
Latest price update: October 01, 2022

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