Cost of living in France

Summary of cost of living in France

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €4,394
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,252
  • Cost of living in France is cheaper than in 47% of countries in Western Europe (8 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in France is more expensive than in 75% of countries in the World (17 out of 63)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.37
12 eggs, large €5.03
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €3.26
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.76
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €2.03
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €2.42
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €10
2 liters of coca-cola €2.19
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,681
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,369
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €197
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €1,017
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €772
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €132
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €30
40” flat screen tv €429
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €151
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €11
Hourly rate for cleaning help €16
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €96
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) €102
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €123
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €30,827
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.89
Monthly ticket public transport €61
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €3.03
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €8
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €29
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.13
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.62
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.99
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.43
Tube of toothpaste €3.31
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €23
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €48
2 tickets to the movies €24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €136
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €73
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €4.93
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €657
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.27
1 month of gym membership in business district €34
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €11

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Map of Cost of Living in France

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This map shows only the top cities in France. 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 France

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Paris 161
2nd Nice 119
3rd Lyon 118
4th Marseille 114
5th Toulouse 110
6th Bordeaux 109
7th Grenoble 108
8th Montpellier 107
9th Lille 105
10th Nantes 105
11th Strasbourg 104
12th Rennes 99

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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  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bordeaux costs €13 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bordeaux costs €8 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bordeaux costs €15 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bordeaux costs €60 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Bordeaux costs €40 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bordeaux costs €1.80 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Bordeaux costs €42 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bordeaux costs €1.90 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Bordeaux costs €130 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Bordeaux costs €800 (1 day ago)

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