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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 68.92
Rent Index: 32.52
Groceries Index: 63.90
Restaurants Index: 65.12
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 50.86
Local Purchasing Power: 130.48

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.00 €
7.50
12.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 €
30.00
50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.90 €
6.00
7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.50 €
3.00
3.80
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.50 €
3.00
4.20
Cappuccino (regular) 2.96 €
2.50
3.50
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.55 €
2.00
3.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.81 €
1.00
2.20
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.10 €
3.79
4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.47 €
0.91
1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.70 €
0.41
0.91
Eggs (12) 3.19 €
2.50
4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.13 €
2.72
7.26
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.76 €
2.72
4.54
Apples (1 lb) 1.03 €
0.90
1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 0.96 €
0.68
1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.07 €
0.90
1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.73 €
0.54
0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.13 €
0.99
1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.71 €
0.50
1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 €
4.00
7.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.92 €
0.80
1.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.20 €
1.00
1.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4.90 €
4.50
5.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.20 €
2.20
2.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 48.20 €
43.80
48.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.80 €
3.60
4.30
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.29 €
2.09
2.90
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.80 €
27.80
27.80
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.61 €
4.24
5.22
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,116.50 €
18,000.00
24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 144.21 €
103.89
195.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.07 €
0.05
0.10
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 21.38 €
17.90
26.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.48 €
20.00
40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.33 €
16.00
20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 €
8.00
12.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 78.88 €
60.00
90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.27 €
23.00
45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.57 €
60.00
100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 105.42 €
80.00
130.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 771.50 €
600.00
1,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 546.96 €
400.00
700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,634.29 €
1,400.00
2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,176.67 €
900.00
1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 660.73 €
464.51
929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 357.38 €
278.71
464.51
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,936.00 €
1,500.00
2,320.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.89
2.00
3.00

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Last update: August, 2015

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18 Comments so far

#Nate on Jun 26, 2015 :
Will be renting apartment. Is it also possible to rent garage space for my tools? at what cost?
#mk on Feb 23, 2015 :
@Rasul Gudarzi:
Supporting a family of three with 2000 euros is definitely possible, although you won't live in luxury. Students generally live on around 700-1000 euros a month, while the median income is around 1300 per month. renting a 2-bedroom apartment in the centre should be around 1200 euros, so that leaves you 800 for other expenses per month.

@Sekhar:
living alone on 2200 is definitely very comfortable. rent for a 1-bedroom apartment including bills should be less than 1000 euros, so you have more than enough for other expenses. public transport ticket is 365€ for the whole year and you really don't need a car.
#Au on Jan 29, 2015 :
Hi i will come in Vienna next month on Red White Red card immigration i have to find job in 6 months In the beginning i may do odd jobs as well but i would do a job of my field which is engineering i am Asian. Can anyone please tell me what are the chances of odd jobs or low level jobs from the beginning.
Shall be thankful to you for this favour
#Laura on Jan 26, 2015 :
@Rasul Gudarzi....I saw your comment, I am new in Wien as well and I was wondering what do you get paid 2000/month for studying as I'm interested in a master's degree here.
At what university are u studying?
#Sekhar on Jan 13, 2015 :
Hi Guys,

I have a query here,please help me out with your answers

I have an job offer which would pay me 2200€ net per month in Vienna, I would be coming alone. So how much would it cost on average for an individual on monthly expenses including accommodation, food and travel in Vienna. How about renting an individual house with one bedroom.

Would this amount be enough, how much is enough to live with out any problem and with out any sacrifices?

Please post your answers soon. Thanks in advance

Regards
#Rasul Gudarzi on Dec 03, 2014 :
Hi
I'm wondering if you can help me out with these questions:
I want to study in Vienna with my wife and my doughter who has 2 years, how much does it cost living there per month?

The university has promised to pay me around 2000 euros per mounth with this money, can I live normally and without problem?

Tanks
#TF on Nov 13, 2014 :
For the people considering a job in Vienna, don't. Look elsewhere ie. Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz. Vienna's prices are rising every two months due to greedy and incapable politicians. The crime rate is exponentially increasing. Every 5th person roaming the streets is of Turkish/Romanian/Ukrainian descent.There have been many reported sexual assaults on women in the past two years, and that number just gets bigger every year. Just last year, I was robbed at gunpoint by an Eastern European gang in a district that should be considered 'safe'. A couple of weeks ago, there was a shoot-out between two tschechien mafia families in a park. The media desperately tries to hide these facts but I feel that people have the right to know what really goes on in the city. I can assure you, that Vienna shouldn't be in the 'safest city' rankings and the reason why it still shows up in these lists is solely due to payed marketing.
#RK on Oct 15, 2014 :
I might get a job in Vienna too.. But I have a question.

What are you (they) mean by 14 x 5500....what do you mean by 13rd and 14th month.. I saw also in the clauclator as 13th and 14th month are high salary.. how do they count ?
#Ju on Sep 08, 2014 :
#A tourist on Aug 16, 2014 :
sorry you had such problems but i hardly ever meet people from/in vienna who do not speak english, friends from english speaking countries who wanted to learn german here had problems to learn german because everybody no matter where could and wanted to speak english with them
#Ju on Sep 08, 2014 :
#S.Dwane on Sep 05, 2014 : 5500 Euro in vienna
i'm guessing it's brutto which would make netto: 3.168,51 € (12x) 4.324,68 € (1x) and 4.598,77 € (1x)
on this site you can calculate your netto income:
https://bruttonetto.arbeiterkammer.at/
this already includes health care for you and your family

living will cost about 800-1200 plus 150 for heating and warm water depending on where you want to live and how much space you will need -i'm guessing 3rooms (1living 2bedrooms)

you will still have about 2000 euros left per month plus 13th and 14th "month" which is quite good (with this income you'd be middle-class)

i'm not calculating a car, i don't have one, so i don't know how much that will cost(rather expensive usually flats do not have a garage!)
fortunatly in vienna public transport is excellent! a one year ticket costs 365 EUR per person

i've been living in vienna for mor than 10 years, i studied here and since 5 years i work here, my partner also works, we could live well enough with 1 income(each of our incomes are less than your would be income 2000&2500netto) but we don't have kids
#Vienna-Student on Sep 08, 2014 :
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#S.Dwane on Sep 05, 2014 :
I received a job offer for around 77k (14x5500).

Is this enough to survive in Vienna with a wife and small child (2 years old)? My wife will not work (at least not from the beginning).

Thanks.

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Hey Mr. S! I moved to Vienna just some 6 months ago, but I think I may be of help (being student living on tight budget, knowing all the prices, expenses and so on). I must admit I chuckled a bit at your question (no bad intention there)! I don't know where are you coming from, but with month salary of 5500€, you may as well "live like a king" here haha I don't know what kind of life you are used to, but let's say you could rent a very nice and spacy center-located flat, buy lots of quality food from supermarkets, get some nice clothes every month, pay the car insurance every month and so on. Unless you're used to very luxurious life, you should be more than fine!

On other side, if the 5500€ salary is brutto, which would leave you with about 3000€ (I guess) of netto salary per month, you could still live nice and without bigger worries, though not in middle of the centre (but you'd still be not so far away).

Even when the both partners are working, I dare to say they that in lot of the cases total income would be well under 5500€ (again, if we're talking about netto), and even if it was brutto, you'd still be in the group of people with quite average household income (not to mention you only have a one child, and a little one for that matter, so the expenses for he/she are not as big as they would be for a teenager).

Bottom line - you really shouldn't worry! Brutto or netto, your life should vary between good and very good.

I hope I was helpful! All the best to you and your family, N.
#S.Dwane on Sep 05, 2014 :
I received a job offer for around 77k (14x5500).

Is this enough to survive in Vienna with a wife and small child (2 years old)? My wife will not work (at least not from the beginning).

Thanks.
#A tourist on Aug 16, 2014 :
I have visited Vienna (as a tourist), it is a beautiful city, and I like to comment about the city and people. I hope people of Vienna also read this comment.
As many of travellers to Vienna say, transportations are accelerant in the city.
If you travel to Vienna, unlike many countries in Asia, you will find people in Vienna so serious, no smiles and no welcomes in supermarkets, and in shopping. No one seems to know English (or do not want to communicate in English). Every where, driving signs, food products in supermarkets, etc, all are in German language. If you need to ask questions in English language, you should only ask from foreigners who live there.
When you go around, it looks the Vienna people do not like foreigners or do not like tourists.

There are a lot of people from Turkey, Arabic countries (Egypt, Syria, ...), Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Romanian, Pakistani, Iranian, Indian... are living in Vienna. Many of them are working mostly as own business.
#fancy B on Aug 14, 2014 :
Also they like cheap workers, even if you have Uni degree. Fluent German is a must even in English speaking companies as their internal chats are in German and they require you to speak fluent German which is a problem if you haven´t studied in German and you don´t know professional expressions. Takes about 2 years of hard work to reach that level.

Jobs that are easier to find are in Billa and such grocery stores. Segregaiton per nationality is common here. Even foreigners segragate foreigners although there are great foreign groups to hang out with.

Bureaucrecy is huuuuge, takes ages to have smth finalized. It´s the most bureaucratial country on the planet. Many papers are required and noone wants to speak english so you need to be well prepared. In smaller towns is easier but in Vienna is hard.

Headhunting companies are horrible and unprofessional, they´ll hardly ever find you a job. If they don´t match you with the first company they found, they´ll never contact you again for another job. You´re off their call list.

Even if you are most skilled person and they´ll never find one like you, that doesn´t mean you´ll get hired and do not be surprised when they offer you low salary, around 200 Gross, which is 1400 netto. Even if they have budget for it, they still want to pay less. On the other side, they are also afraid of people with quite experience. It´s suits them better if you are not that good. Sounds stupid but that´s that fact.
#fancy B on Aug 14, 2014 :
Room in shared apartments costs average 350 per month. There´s always additional payment for gas&electrisity after 6 months. Around same amount is needed for food per month. Dorm rooms are around 250 per month.

Transportation is really good, students younder than 30 yrs old have discount on ticket, usually yearly ticket for u-bahn, tram and bus is 365 Euro and is worth to have it. Trains are fast, never late, buses and trams as well. There are many connections.

I´d say for a student is around 1000 euro per month needed for all expences.

Job is extremly hard to find. It´s austrian tradition to find it thru aquentances and friends. It´s hard to find a job thru job postings although there are many (half of them expired but they are still rolling on the internet). If you apply regularly, you can get job earlierst within a year, usually takes 2 years to find it.
#sepehr on Aug 08, 2014 :
Hi I want a list of living in a month fore student living,Can you send me high and low level list Thanks!
#Michael petsche on Oct 21, 2013 :
Hi: I would love to come visit there to find family & possibly live 1day .any help on cost in US $$ & what do I need to do to live there? Any help would be appreciated .. Thank u
#Shahnaz on Aug 29, 2013 :
This information is so much usfull.becuse I want to come to this country for continue education .i am looking for best college in field of interior design please inststruct me about it.thanks a lot

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