Cost of living in Germany

Summary of cost of living in Germany

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,599
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,888
  • Cost of living in Germany is cheaper than in 61% of countries in Western Europe (11 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Germany is more expensive than in 74% of countries in the World (22 out of 82)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.78
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.98
12 eggs, large €2.86
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.45
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.76
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.58
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.99
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.76
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.29
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,422
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,159
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €182
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €945
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €718
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €136
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €25
40” flat screen tv €396
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €89
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €4.97
Hourly rate for cleaning help €14
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €83
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €37
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €112
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €22,888
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.39
Monthly ticket public transport €78
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €11
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €63
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €3.65
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.21
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.52
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.33
Tube of toothpaste €1.63
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €35
2 tickets to the movies €21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €95
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 €3.41
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.65
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €493
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.14
1 month of gym membership in business district €43
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €7

Map of Cost of Living in Germany

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

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 Germany

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Frankfurt am Main 170
2nd Munich 164
3rd Hamburg 161
4th Cologne 157
5th Stuttgart 150
6th Berlin 147
7th Bonn 144
8th Karlsruhe 137
9th Essen 136
10th Bremen 135
11th Freiburg 135
12th Regensburg 134
13th Mannheim 132
14th Dortmund 132
15th Hanover 131
16th Darmstadt 131
17th Leipzig 125
18th Saarbrücken 125
19th Dresden 124

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Kiel costs €0.09 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Kiel costs €40 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Kiel costs €20 (2 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Kiel costs €15 (2 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Kiel costs €1.50 (2 days ago)
  • 8 rolls of toilet paper in Kiel costs €1.25 (2 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Kiel costs €1.50 (2 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Kiel costs €1.88 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Kiel costs €1.40 (2 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Kiel costs €30 (2 days ago)