Cost of living in Netherlands

Summary of cost of living in Netherlands

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €4,613
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,474
  • Cost of living in Netherlands is more expensive than in 74% of countries in Western Europe (6 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Netherlands is more expensive than in 78% of countries in the World (18 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.39
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.08
12 eggs, large €4.31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.47
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.77
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.64
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €3.10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.34
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,904
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €1,549
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €261
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €1,338
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €1,014
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €159
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €36
40” flat screen tv €357
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €126
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €6
Hourly rate for cleaning help €20
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €90
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €50
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €129
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €143
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €29,655
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €2.16
Monthly ticket public transport €80
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €3.53
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €12
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €37
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €5.91
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €4.38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.87
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.65
Tube of toothpaste €3.44
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €24
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €52
2 tickets to the movies €24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €248
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €72
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.48
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.33
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €552
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.14
1 month of gym membership in business district €45
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €7

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Map of Cost of Living in Netherlands

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This map shows only the top cities in Netherlands. 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 Netherlands

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Amsterdam 172
2nd Utrecht 158
3rd The Hague 157
4th Rotterdam 144
5th Eindhoven 143
6th Maastricht 138

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

  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Groningen costs €1.15 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Groningen costs €8 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Groningen costs €5.40 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Amsterdam costs €8 (7 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Amsterdam costs €50 (7 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Amsterdam costs €15 (7 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Amsterdam costs €3.00 (7 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Amsterdam costs €6 (7 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Amsterdam costs €45 (7 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Amsterdam costs €3.20 (7 days ago)

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