Cost of Living in Paris, France

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 83.84
Rent Index: 47.23
Groceries Index: 75.50
Restaurants Index: 90.16
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 66.06
Local Purchasing Power: 99.71

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 €
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 €
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.50 €
Cappuccino (regular) 3.61 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.34 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.25 €
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.96 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.49 €
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.84 €
Eggs (12) 3.12 €
Local Cheese (1kg) 15.12 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 11.78 €
Apples (1kg) 2.72 €
Oranges (1kg) 2.36 €
Tomato (1kg) 2.27 €
Potato (1kg) 1.65 €
Lettuce (1 head) 1.41 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.86 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.75 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.33 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 €
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.80 €
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 67.90 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.70 €
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.24 €
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.00 €
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.54 €
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,075.00 €
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 179.39 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 €
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25.81 €
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 61.56 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.57 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 €
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 83.00 €
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.38 €
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 97.50 €
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 108.44 €
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,121.63 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 843.89 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,220.27 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,679.17 €
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,363.64 €
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,822.26 €
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,338.35 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.22

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Last update: March, 2015

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41 Comments so far

#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 .
#Kiko on Feb 28, 2012 :
I would want to comment that would be a good idea, to include the rate eur/m2 on renting flats, due the one room flat conception in Paris, is really different from other cities in europe, due a "flat" in paris could measure 15m2. compare with other cities in europe is not admissible (>30m2 min)
I hope that could be useful
#William on Sep 14, 2011 :
I have lived in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. While Paris is expensive.... NY and LA are much more expensive to live in. Apartments are almost double what you quote, food is higher and that you do not factor is health care costs. One trip to the hospital for 12 hours cost me $5,200.00. Also if you happen to be a family... where is the cost of education in this model. Again, the US i smuch worse.

Paris is an expensive European city but major cities in the US are much worse.

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