Cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Summary of cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,686KM
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,994KM
  • Cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Eastern Europe (8 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina is cheaper than in 84% of countries in the World (61 out of 73)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 17KM
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 8KM
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5.26KM
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1.96KM
12 eggs, large 3.67KM
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.32KM
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14KM
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.02KM
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.81KM
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.23KM
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 27KM
2 liters of coca-cola 2.45KM
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.12KM
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,508KM
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 852KM
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 335KM
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 627KM
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 450KM
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 100KM
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 32KM
40” flat screen tv 610KM
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 248KM
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 32KM
Hourly rate for cleaning help 10KM
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 77KM
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 93KM
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 140KM
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 80KM
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 37,000KM
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3.33KM
Monthly ticket public transport 47KM
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 9KM
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30KM
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 50KM
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 14KM
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7KM
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 3.87KM
4 rolls of toilet paper 1.39KM
Tube of toothpaste 2.35KM
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 15KM
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 23KM
2 tickets to the movies 15KM
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 31KM
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 64KM
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 15KM
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.90KM
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 5.99KM
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 924KM
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.80KM
1 month of gym membership in business district 56KM
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 6KM

Map of Cost of Living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This map shows only the top cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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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 Bosnia and Herzegovina

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Sarajevo 69
2nd Mostar 59
3rd Zenica 56

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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