Cost of living in Essen, Germany

Summary of cost of living in Essen

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,113
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,394
  • Essen is the 2nd cheapest city in Germany (6 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Essen is cheaper than in 68% of cities in Western Europe (43 out of 63)
  • Cost of living in Essen is cheaper than in 56% of cities in the World (95 out of 171)
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List of prices in Essen
Current as of May 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.30
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.96
12 eggs, large €2.93
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.33
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €4.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.80
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of coca-cola €1.77
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.35
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,047
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €598
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €201
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €615
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €427
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €146
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €25
40” flat screen tv €447
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €134
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €13
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €82
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €49
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €82
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €111
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,072
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.43
Monthly ticket public transport €66
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €22
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €13
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €77
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €2.52
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €1.73
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.36
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.35
Tube of toothpaste €1.38
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €16
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €31
2 tickets to the movies €19
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €89
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €56
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.49
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €453
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district €27
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €6
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: May 18, 2024

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Essen position in our World Ranking

the world
95th
out of 171
western europe
43rd
out of 63
germany
6th
out of 7

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