Cost of Living in Paris

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 84.60
Rent Index: 47.79
Groceries Index: 78.64
Restaurants Index: 83.09
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 67.12
Local Purchasing Power: 100.52
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.00 € 10.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 40.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 € 5.00-7.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 € 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.52 € 2.50-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.25 € 2.10-4.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.13 € 1.10-3.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.98 € 3.03-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.17 € 0.91-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.90 € 0.54-1.36
Eggs (12) 3.19 € 2.00-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.07 € 4.54-9.07
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.98 € 3.63-6.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.81 € 6.80-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 1.15 € 0.91-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.88 € 0.77-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.02 € 0.91-1.21
Tomato (1 lb) 1.20 € 0.91-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.45-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.78 € 0.45-1.13
Lettuce (1 head) 1.13 € 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.75 € 0.45-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 5.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.83 € 1.50-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.68 € 1.05-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 € 7.00-7.50
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.80 € 1.60-1.90
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 € 70.00-70.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 € 2.80-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.09 € 1.69-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 34.00 € 32.00-38.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.04 € 4.54-5.60
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 € 15,000.00-23,350.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 177.73 € 113.33-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 € 0.10-0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 27.45 € 20.00-32.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.83 € 35.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.91 € 8.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 9.00-12.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 87.42 € 59.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.65 € 30.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 87.35 € 70.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 118.54 € 90.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,093.48 € 830.00-1,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 776.29 € 600.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,391.23 € 1,700.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,644.23 € 1,200.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 901.90 € 743.22-1,114.83
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 585.46 € 464.51-743.22
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 2,220.11 € 1,634.08-3,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.70 2.00-3.00

Prices in Paris, France

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Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Paris is 15.40% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 978.88$ (875.32€) and for four person family at 3,504.68$ (3,133.89€) (without rent).
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61 Comments so far
#LouisW on May 23, 2016 :
I was offered a job in Paris (from NYC) for a net yearly salary of 70,000 Euro. Can I support my wife on this salary? We want to live in the city center. Will we have a nice lifestyle?
#Adrian on May 03, 2016 :
P.S. Net salary calculators (i.e. do not take into account the income tax. So from the figures they show you need to subtract the income tax to get your real Net salary
#Adrian on May 03, 2016 :
Regarding monthly disposable salary (net after tax) - France is not a PAYE country, meaning that from your Net salary you will have to pay in September the income tax for the full previous year ( usually 1.5 x one Net salary).

Prices / sqm for buying an appartment are higher. I.e. 11th arrondisment 8500 € / sqm. In the 20th arrondisment 7500 € / sqm. Also mortgage interest rates have dropped to 2%.
#Neo on Apr 21, 2016 :
This website is excellent. That said, the price listed for a (furnished) 1 b.r in the centre of Paris is way below what is actually the case.
I have lived on and off in Paris since 1998... Have also lived for a couple of years in London. Rentals in London, I found, were furnished. Most in Paris are unfurnished. Furnished apartments are available in Paris but you will pay a lot more. For unfurnished, the leases tend to run for about 3 years.
Ten years ago, you could get a furnished 1 b.r. in the 5th arrond' for circa Euro 1000. Now, it is almost double that. (When I say the "centre", I mean the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th arrondisements. You can bring the price down a lot if you opt to live in a more earthy arrondisement.)
#Vanya on Nov 11, 2015 :
Hey Seb! Your info was awesome! My boyfriend moved to Paris because of his job and now I'm planning moving too. I'm IT engineer and currently I'm looking for a job...could you please point me to a descent website, HR company, give me some tips in order to ease my search. Soon I'll start learning French too, because I think it will be extremely difficult to find job without knowing a little French...?

#Yogesh T on Nov 04, 2015 :
Hi Seb,
Many thanks for super detailed response, it was the most helpful response i ever received from any blog. :-)
#Seb on Nov 04, 2015 :
Hi all, Parisian here, I have been living here for 10 years, so I'm going to answer some recent comments :

#Yogesh T, 900 euros for an appartement in Neuilly is a regular price there, it's a very expensive city close to Paris, and I've seen mor expensive appartements in those areas.

You can use this site for calculating what you will actually receive on your salry :

Brut = your salary without all the company taxes, fees etc.
Net = what you receive after all of those went through.

For example my salary is 37k brut a year, but I will only get 28488 net.

For taxes : You can count a bout 10% of your salary. Meaning if you earn 2000 euros a month, you'll end up paying roughly 2400 in taxes yearly. The first year you pay taxes in france you have to pay the full amount up front, but after that you can start paying monthly.

Also know for taxes : it's based on the previous year ! Meaning that if you work in 2015, you'll be paying those 2015 taxes only in 2016.

There is also habitation taxe once a year (in november), it all depends on where your appartement is located exactly, you can get a rough estimate if you were to contact the town hall of your city.

More information here for other users :

If you are planning to find an appartement, 90% of owners will make sure you earn 3x the salary. So if you find a studio for 600 euros per month, you'd need to earn at least 1800, all of this with a CDI contract.

You can have multiple contracts for work : CDI = Contract with no end date, "permanent" job. CDD = A fixed end date, for example 6 months and then it's over. These are the 2 main types. Also know that all contracts have a trial period, generally 2 months, but it can be renewed once (4 months). Higher paying jobs can go up to 8 months in total.

Some good cities on the outskirts of Paris for cheaper rent :

Asnières sur seine (7 minutes away by train).
Bois Colombes (10 minutes).
Colombes (12 minutes).
La Garenne Colombes (10 minutes).
Courbevoie (Next to la defense, 5 minutes from Paris).

In Paris, the cheaper districts are :


These districts are however a bit dodgey sometimes, I'd avoid them if possible.

Some affordable ones :


Minimum wage in France is about 1300 euros.

To benefit from unemployement, you will have to have worked for 4 months in a job, and not have quit. If you quit your job, you loose all rights to unemployement, you have to either be : end of contract, fired, or an agreement between your employer and you too leave ("Rupture de contrat Conventionelle).

Medical insurance is pricy in the personal domain (around 70 euros a month), however most jobs offer one with a contract (deducted from salary, you end up paying 20 euros).

Public transport is now 70 euros a month for an all zone pass, Paris and all the outskirts.

I hope this information helps.
#Yogesh T on Nov 04, 2015 :
Thanks a ton Mouhwa!
The URL was really helpful.

My company would provide me a studio room for 900 Euros (inclusive all charges) per month near my workplace 'Neuilly sur seine', is that normal rate in Paris, or would there be any better deals?

I researched online, the avg. price was around 850-1200 Euros + additional charges, which I felt was way more costly.
#Mouhwa on Nov 03, 2015 :
Reply to Yogesh : You will get around 2600€ net/month. It actually depend on the position you will fill, but if you want to calculate you can remove ~20% or use this website can work too : .

You also may have troubles to get an appartment, being a foreigner might scare a little the landlords.
#Yogesh on Oct 29, 2015 :
Dear experts, I got a job in Paris with pay of 3450 Euros per month gross. Could you please let me know, what will be my net salary then? How the taxation works in Paris?

Thanks is advance!

#Yee on Oct 12, 2015 :
I am Asian staying in Malaysia now.
I would like to get a process/mechanical engineer job in Paris due to relationship with a french guy and plan move there for long term moving.
Any recommended to get related job?
#SJ on Aug 12, 2015 :
Reply to Sunburn: I think 1300 euros is an alright salary to survive in Paris, however you will hardly be able to save anything, thats for sure. I spend 30 euros easily a week in groceries (without alcohol), another 50-60 euros on weekends. Also, once you spend 1-2 months here, you would understand more reasonable places to go for drinks/dinner etc.
#Sunburn on Jul 24, 2015 :
Hi guys! I am a 30 year old single male and I have just received an offer for a job in Paris with a monthly salary of 1300 EUR. I can see the prices on this site are enormous. I've heard the rent for a 1 bedroom flat should cost me about 700 EUR in a decent neighborhood, which leaves me with 600 EUR for everything else. I would really appreciate the advices from people who are actually living there. I am not a big posh spender, but I would like to have a decent life including a cup of coffee / beer from time to time (2-3 times a week) and lets say go out 2-3 times a month. But I always prefer a “coffee / beer to go” and to enjoy the city in long walks. I am also a smoker which I think is important as the prices for cigarettes/tobacco are high. So, my dear friends, is it possible to live in Paris with 1300 EUR and what can I afford with that money? I would appreciate any information and each of your advices will be very helpful to me. Thanks in advance!
#Cassie on Jul 20, 2015 :
I really would like to try to live in France and teach English, but I am trying to decide which city. I have no desire to live in Paris. I think maybe the South of France (because I like hot weather). As far as the cost of living, which city in the South would be better?
#Elham on Jul 10, 2015 :

I'm going to do my PhD in Paris. This position offers 1400 euros net/month. Do you think it's sufficient for student-living expenses?

Kind regards,
#Katie on Jun 09, 2015 :
You can live anywhere if you're thrifty. Maybe Paris is too expensive because you're bathing in champagne and partying every weekend. Maybe it's too expensive because you don't know how to keep a belt on the budget?

You can live anywhere if you have a job and the will to look after your pennies.
#tome on Jun 07, 2015 :
Hello guys, i wonder how much a construction worker is paid in Paris?
do they get around 2000-3000 euros?
##alex on May 27, 2015 :
i want to do bachelors in fashion design from paris (instituto marangoni). what will be the cost of living per month.which includes college fee,rent, transport and all other expenses...
##alex on May 27, 2015 :
i want to do bachelors in fashion design from paris (instituto marangoni). what will be the cost of living per month.which includes college fee,rent, transport and all other expenses...
#Poivre on Apr 22, 2015 :
If you need information on French salaries, here is a valuable source with many details:

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#Javad Dortaj on Apr 16, 2015 :
Hi guys.
How much does an international English teacher earn each month?
I want to move to Paris to continue my Education in Linguistics and Literature, and my wife is studying law.
considering the case that both of us worked, could we live a "normal" life?
#A-Sykes on Apr 08, 2015 :
within a month or 2 ill be moving to france to join the F.F.L, i would like to find a nice small place outside of a city, anyone have any reccomendations?
#nawfal on Mar 18, 2015 :
you are so wrong comparing Paris to Auckland and saying that services in Auckland are crap and living expenses high etc...Please go up and compare quality of life in both cities and you will find that living in Auckland is 100 times better than living in Paris. I don't think you are a kiwi
#dawn on Feb 13, 2015 :
I woul,d like to live in Europe for a few years

buy a condo in Italy,France,Rome,Greece
#to Luca on Jan 31, 2015 :
It depends on your current living standards. If you originate from Western Europe/US/AU/NZ, you'll feel quite poor with that money in Paris.
#Luca on Jan 28, 2015 :
I received a job offer to work in Paris. The net salary will be around 1800 euros. I am 33. What kind of life can you conduct in Paris with 1000 euros per months, after paying the rent? Thank you
#kiara on Dec 06, 2014 :
i would like to go to college in paris and im not quiet sure how much it would cost to live ther and i need help deciding in colleges because i do want to be in france. how much is it to rent houses and how much is the average low income?
#Rainbow on Nov 16, 2014 :
I read there's French minimum salary payment, which is 1500 eur. So for example for a maid or labour their payment is 1500€ ?
And are 3000€ considered expensive or cheap as a payment for doing a design project such as designing logo, products, or poster?
#george on Nov 15, 2014 :
I'man engineer moving to Paris for a one year contract
Any hints for where to shop for food and a gym to workout?
#Pete on Nov 07, 2014 :
is 3,000 Euros (not counting rent) enough for 1 person to live "easily" in Paris ?
#JR on Oct 19, 2014 :
There's no question NYC is more expensive than Paris.
#Slam on Sep 09, 2014 :
I visited Paris during the last 2 weeks of August. The high prices are about correct. Weather is either sunny/cool and constant rain. Air quality is slightly polluted and could be a problem with breathing problems. Sidewalks are difficult to walk due to the cobblestone or Dog Feces (don't pickup). Streets are hard to follow as they split into different twists and turns. Driving is extremely aggressive and with roads hard to follow and dangerous (witnesses a pedestrian killed walking the road). As for locals, they're quite decent and not as rude as commented. Very helpful when you need directions or assistance.

The problem are the non-residents: Gypsies and Africans that steal, physically harm or trick you of your money (fake surveys and found jewelry). Locals and Tourists are generally fully aware of these thieves. Unfair to view Locals in the same manner. Besides the beautiful people, history, buildings and shopping; there is nothing else to do. Loved the city, but cannot live in a city with little job opportunities besides services, govt. or fashion. Great city, but a cold feeling with so little control over the thieving non-residents I wouldn't recommend to permanently live.
#Anonymous on Sep 02, 2014 :
salaries in paris are really higher than in the rest of France.
i have absolutely no idea of what a designer wins unfortunaetly. Anyway, out of some spécific diplomas (finance, any doctor except perhaps gp, some engineers in some specific fields, lawyers if billingual and or specialised on the above fields, and phd), very hard to begin With above 2200 after tax, i ´ d say.
HoWever, hard to live Alone downtown With less than a 1900 eur wage dowtown.
2000 per 2 person: impossible rai! (Even in the suburb i think)
Property tenant require the couple to earn 3 Times the amount of wage by law, but most of time Will require additional commitment from your parents or company unless you can pay around 5 Times...
However: child éducation is free, so most familiies are double income ones. Insurance not too heavy in the budget as well. Food is expensive but quality above average.
Weather is not very good. (Mix of oceanic and temperated). People are dirty, rude, never smile, often snobish, but quite fun when you know them more. (More and more people speak enclise correctly). You can make very close good friends who Will quickly invite you home for dinner. (Not only meeting in anonyme us pubs)
The city is wonderful doWntown, transport costs are peanuts, we have a city rent service + bus in addition to the metro.
Hope it helped
#Lily on Sep 02, 2014 :
I 'm french and live in Paris
I confirm, most price Sound correct. I confirm the rent price are correct, and you also néed to take into account the fact that each of our rooms are really smaller, certainly bécause Paris has been suffering from housing pressure since decades, if not centuries.
Average wage appear to me too High. even if this could be inflated by banking and luxury wages as well as possible from property tenants, i think this might be around 2000 max. however it is hard to estimate the impact of the rich tail on the statistic nowadays as it can go so high!!!! Anyway, median should be around 1700-1900, for those who have the chance to work! (Unemployement rates are high).
#Keith on Sep 01, 2014 :
So if I have a pension of $3800 USD per month can I live comfortably in Paris in a 1 Bedroom? on Jul 29, 2014 :
Price of real estate in Paris is disproportionate compared to the cost of living and the salaries.
#Rainbow on Jul 15, 2014 :
Hey is average people's salary in Paris accurate?
I mean for professional's salary such as designer, how much they will make? 2400 Eur per month? --> is that for talented/skillfull designer or fresh graduates?
# Martina Alvarez on Jul 01, 2014 :
I would like to know about medical andschoolsalaries and what I need to live in france
#Hulahula on May 01, 2014 :
Paris is just so over-rated now! It's sticks everywhere, i'm not even talking about the metro inside. Rudeness and ignorance is art for parisians. You need about 1500 eu for a month to live like a middle class parisian. City itself is beautiful with those amazing buildings and parks. But please be prepared for this city and never smile as soon as you get here.
#charlie sean on Mar 21, 2014 :
Well you know what guys, if you want to enjoy your life in paris you need a minimum of 2970£ per month (including all taxes) to fully enjoy your life for ONE PERSON . Paris is amazing, with this 2970£ , you can cover all your needs from monthly clothing to rent and appartment needs to the movies and dinning.
#Alf on Mar 20, 2014 :
1.10€ per milk liter? hahah that's so not true! As well as the average salary..I'd say it's somewhere 1500-1850€
#Billie on Mar 17, 2014 :
What do you need to do to be able to live in Paris?
#Rai on Feb 07, 2014 :
I would be moving to Paris to pursue my higher studies. I would be offered a fellowship of 2000 euros. Is that amount sufficient for 2 people (couple)to live in Paris?
#raju on Jan 09, 2014 :
I would like to study MBA in France i mean Paris.

Can anyone of you please let me know the expenses and cost of living on average basis.

What kind of part time jobs i will be getting there ?

I do not know at least basic info..

Please guide me anyone

#Mallesh on Dec 25, 2013 :
Hi, how many euros are sufficient to stay cofortably for one person around ecole polytechnique university, Paris
#Alie on Dec 19, 2013 :
As someone who checks numbeo quite often I've noticed that the last three topics regarding real estate and salaries aren't too accurate for most of the cities... on the other hand everything else proved to be very reliable and extremely helpful.
#Anonymous on Dec 02, 2013 :
Yes - the way salaries are calculated (not just for Paris - but in general) is skewed.
By skewed I mean that if you take a sample of 100 people all of which are Mangers/Senior Managers who make €60,000 on average then the average salary is inflated. Or overestimated.

Having said that, Paris is a rich city, much richer on average than the rest of France. But still €2.600 (as reported here) is crazy.

If you're in your 30ies and you have a good job (Bank or a big Multinational), depending on your position your salary will range from €2.200 net to €2.800 but that's if you have a good job.

The average salary in the EU is €1.600.. France as a country is not that rich, especially nowadays.
#kevin on Nov 26, 2013 :
Yes, salaries appear wildly overestimated here! €2,600 after tax? NEVER! As for renting, France makes a legal distinction between furnished and non-furnished apartments. The latter is usually exclusive of electricity and other household charges.
#Igor on Nov 18, 2013 :
the average salary in paris can't be €2.600 after tax. No way..
If it is, then it's a mere average between the many millionaires who live in Paris and ordinary people..
Salaries in Paris are higher than the EU average for sure, but not as high as €2.600..
This amount is ridiculous.
#Vibhav on Sep 16, 2013 :
The rend per month that is given,is it inclusive of electricity?

#Mark on Apr 30, 2013 :
When saying "Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,400.00 €" is the income tax already deducted from this figure?
As I understood in France there is not a PAYE system and everyone should pay their income tax separately by their own.
#Anonymous on Apr 20, 2013 :
I have lived in Nice for 3 years and the only way I could afford it was finding a french "Madam".
The 40 year age difference is challenging , however our mansion perched in the Ciemea district and 5 servants do help.
#Alexandre on Mar 27, 2013 :

1500€ is the minimum wage / 2350€ is the medium wage
#Anonymous on Mar 09, 2013 :
Paris is too expensive to live in.
#Rochard on Jan 30, 2013 :
The price of real-estate in Paris will continue to rise until the physical boundaries of Paris expand to include the outlying areas. It is likely that central Paris will sell for €10.000 M2 as soon as 2014.
#Danny on Jan 27, 2013 :
Paris price per square meter is about €8,400 with prices going up to 12,000 in the city center (5th, 6th) and even €24,000 per square meter on the islands. It is extremely expensive, second only perhaps to London. The most expensive city int the USA is NYC and that doesn't even enter the list of most expensive cities in the world until around number 26 or so (data from the Economist Intelligence Unit for, say, 2011), far behind Paris or London.

#cara on Dec 02, 2012 :
I agree with Kiko, there should be a price per meters squared in the comparison as Paris 1br flats are quite small compared to others in Europe and the USA. Would be very useful as my husband and I are considering moving from Paris to elsewhere in Europe.
#Nelson on Nov 27, 2012 :
It all balances out at the end because there is really nothing that neends not
be paid for wherever you are. In other words, education may be free in Paris but taxes are higher. Where an apartment in Paris is costlier than New York, the monthly charges are much less. In reality, it all depends on your situation. If you have a large family, you may be better off in Paris, but if you are single, maybe in New York. And so forth.... at the end of the day, big cities are big money.
#Cecile on Nov 25, 2012 :
Paris is more expensive than New York because of the inflation as I lived in both of them
#Manny on Sep 16, 2012 :
Hi, there is something I don't get and is that table on the bottom of the page where it shows paris more expensive than New York. Can somebody please say something about that maybe william you have lived in the 2 countries, THX.
#Cafesoul on Sep 10, 2012 :
If you think it's expensive living in the Big Cities of France or the USA try living in New Zealand . It's outrageously expensive , you get crap service and even crappier food . Everything you buy and everywhere you go you get gouged and the government we have here are Hell bent on creating a fully employed slave class for our off-shore masters to benefit from since the government sold all the things that belonged to us , to them . Best of all , we have none of the class or grace Paris has but at least we have the crime and luckily that's increasing . And by the way . NZ . Size of UK . Population approx 4 mil . Have you seen our money ? Because we don't know where it is .

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