Cost of Living in Dublin, Ireland

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 82.12
Rent Index: 43.70
Groceries Index: 66.80
Restaurants Index: 93.88
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 63.41
Local Purchasing Power: 116.17

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 €
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 €
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.50 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.00 €
Cappuccino (regular) 2.82 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.58 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.21 €
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.02 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.56 €
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.73 €
Eggs (12) 2.48 €
Local Cheese (1kg) 9.10 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 9.41 €
Apples (1kg) 1.91 €
Oranges (1kg) 1.72 €
Tomato (1kg) 2.37 €
Potato (1kg) 1.29 €
Lettuce (1 head) 1.02 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.38 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.28 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.07 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 €
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.65 €
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.45 €
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.00 €
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.50 €
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.47 €
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 €
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 149.84 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 €
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 35.79 €
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 43.17 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.59 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 €
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 68.46 €
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.25 €
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 82.31 €
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 81.25 €
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,134.30 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 939.74 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,908.57 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,478.79 €
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,751.90 €
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,333.33 €
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,241.72 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.84

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Last update: March, 2015

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41 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 :
Is 90,000 EUR / Year before tax good enough to live in Dublin for a couple without children and wife not working for a year?
#Alan on Mar 04, 2015 :
Valentin, is your spouse employed? If not, you're getting roughly 4250 per month after tax, assuming no private medical insurance and no private pension plan.
That's pretty decent, but if you have to support a family of 4 you won't save much, if anything at all.
#valentin on Jan 21, 2015 :
For 75k/year before tax (found out that would be 51k/year after tax) married with 2kids, would that be enough? including here the rent/utilities/kindergarden etc

#areq on Jan 03, 2015 :
Jakub, bigger bullshit than in your comment I have never read. Not commenting everything, but just a few things. 365 rainy days? Seriously? So apparently I live in another city, the summer is mostly great with temperatures around 20-25 and sun is perfect, not too hot. Housing is expensive and small? Of course - it is a capitol of one of the richest countries in Europe, you have good job, so rent something in IFSC/Grand Canal or the whole house anywhere - there are no small apartments, but are expensive. You have crap job, don't complain - gain qualifications and get better. Banks are open only in working hours - that's true, but how often do you go to the bank? I was 2 times during the last year. There is no hobby? Don't expect someone to find you a hobby, if you have any there is no problem to develop it in Dublin.

Anonymous, 2000eE after tax is not bad - definitely enough to live, not a lot if you plan to save.
#Anonymous on Dec 24, 2014 :
i need to move to Dublin is that enough 2000 euro for one person
thank you
#sumit sinha on Dec 24, 2014 :
Hi All,

I have Ireland green card (work permit). If I would come with family. What would be cost of rent + grocery + transport + micscelenous ????

Kindly hlep me out....
#Cristina on Dec 09, 2014 :
Hey, I'm coming to Dublin as an Erasmus student from the Czech Republic. I contacted my card issuer if I will be able to pay in shops with a czech credit card. He said that I can, but that the shops might charge something for shopping here. Is it true? If yes, how much do you think it is approximately? And in which shops? Thanks a lot for any response ;-)
#Louis on Oct 30, 2014 :
I have an offer from HP for E1500 p/month plus relocation and a bonus, is it worth it to live in Dublin for this amount? Right now I have E1800 p/month but I rather make less in order to change my life for a new beginning...let me know thanks.

I don't mind the students that are drunk and party all the time.... :)
#Newbie on Oct 17, 2014 :
35k (before tax) would that be enough for decent live in Dublin ?
#Carrie on Oct 14, 2014 :
How is income paid out in Ireland, in 12 monthly equal installments?
In most German speaking countries yearly income is paid in 13 (Thirteen) increments.
In other words, for example Germany, 1 and half months wages are paid in May (for summer hols) and again in November (for Xmas), total 13 months wages.
In Switzerland end of November generally 2 months wages are paid.

Obviously if a potential employer states a yearly income, it doesn't matter too much, but some state a monthly, where it does then make a big differance.
#flo jo on Sep 17, 2014 :
we make after tax around 40 k i have a baby and my mom,still can save 12 k and 2 holidays 5 k.
#Matthew Downes on Sep 13, 2014 :
Hi All
I have a family of 4 (two kids under 5), interested in moving for work reasons to Ireland. Once visited Dublin and thought it was very nice but I was there for fun as a lad (this was years back). Reading the comments above, overpriced renting / jobs hard to secure (if not in a pub or local shop) and seeing the cost of living is quite high compared to the rest of Europe brings me to my question.

What other areas of Ireland represent good locations for families, that need to find work and that perhaps have cheaper accommodations?

Any advice appreciated.
#Jambo Brown on Jul 18, 2014 :
Do not move to Dublin!

Dublin is not a nice place to live, I've been here for 6 years myself.

There are a lot of students! which you may think is a good thing, but really it just means the whole city is dedicated to serving them. Dublin is full of pubs and clubs. What you end up with is the typical loud, annoying drunks everywhere, loose girls, fighting, drugs. It's not a nice city for raising a family, and unless you are a student, you will not enjoy it.

Everything is expensive, this is one of the most expensive cities to live in Europe. And it's not justified! the local services are terrible, the gardai are terrible and just let kids and drunks run riot.

The colleges are poor, there are some rogue universities that have started up in recent years, Independent Colleges is one of the biggest, it's a completely corrupt university!

Finding work is very difficult, shop work, bar work, dodgy building sites perhaps, that's all this country has. The guys who go to good universities and get good degrees, finance, Medicine etc, they leave as soon as they have their degree! it's just a mass exodus, as they know Dublin will never offer them anything!

There is a huge brain drain in Dublin, people come over as students, they party, but leave as soon as they can. It's not a place many would choose to live. We get a lot of American tourists coming over for a piss up, I speak to them and they tell me how Dublin has been a huge let down and just looks like a run down, dirty large town!

The craic? this is just Dublin's answer to not having many decent tourist attractions, so they created this myth of really happy, friendly people. The truth is, Dubliners and the Irish are no more friendly than anyone else in the world. They just seem to be drunk a lot more!

The properties in Dublin are the lowest standard I've seen, and I once lived in Warsaw! they're incredibly small if you want an apartment, and very expensive. If you move out in to the burbs a bit more, you get a huge amount of housing estates. These are cheaper, and you soon see why! so many are house sharers, students, low income families and they're just not nice areas!

The people are strange... they moan all the time and just complain about the government and the English! the local girls are pretty much the same, party girls, they like sex, they like drinking and they complain about the Irish men being lazy, mammys boys who all cheat. Well to me, the girls are just as bad!

I moved to Dublin because I thought, it's a capital city, it's a bit different, it interested me.
But I really have no idea why people would choose to live here! unless they're druggies or alcoholics. Speaking to my friends, it's because none of us have any money and we can't afford to move! that's the consensus I get from people.

My dream is to move over to England, somewhere in the South and just get away from the drunks, the vomit, the dog shit, the moaning, the housing estates and the Irish men who seem to love gun crime! and the girls who all seem to have STD's!
#Dan on Jul 04, 2014 :
What is going to affect you in Dublin are rent and transportation.
It's tough to find rent under 1000 euro (there are 30-40 people attending the viewings for each apartment under 1000). Also you need to have a lot of patience, because it could take as long as 2-3 month to find a place to rent.
The transport (especially the monthly pass) is ridiculously expensive for what they offer (long time before buses, no subway, slow trams, close to non-existent night service).
If you smoke, it's a good time to quit :). Or to try a new type of tourism: "tobacco tourism" as the Ryanair tickets are much cheaper than the difference of ciggarete prices between Dublin and other parts of the world.
Other than that Dublin can be affordable. You can manage to live here if you still have 500 E after paying rent/utilities/transport.
#Harman on Jun 04, 2014 :
I have an offer in Dublin with 44K Per Annum and after tax , 3k per month. I have family - wife and daughter. Could anyone please suggest me whether it would be a good option to relocate to Dublin with this offer?
#dev on May 02, 2014 :

Can you tell me what the cost for three people living in Dublin per week is???
#Hector on Mar 25, 2014 :
Hi>>>i am getting relocated to Dublin salary of 2900 Euro per month this decent money to survive in Dublin 15?
#John Dennehy on Feb 25, 2014 :
The data on numbeo is a great resource. We provide more info about moving to Ireland (especially for people working in the tech sector) here:

Hopefully you'll find it useful.

#Roy on Feb 24, 2014 :
Hello all, I would like to know about the actual cost of living for 2 people in Dublin. I would like to know the exact cost of monthly expenditure. My situation goes something like this: cost of Rent Apartment in okay location, job with salary 2700euro/month after tax. So in the end how much expense will I be looking forward to and most important how much can I save in the month end if any. Please do reply as my job employer is looking forward to my final decision in few days and I cannot help but think about this.
#JaKub Real on Feb 24, 2014 :
Hello All,

I leave in Dublin for the last 3 months. Dublin is affordable city when you compare to other cities. I lived in Prague as well Berlin and I assure you that Dublin is cheaper when you compare to these two cities. How ? Well you see net salary against how much you pay rent + food. Irish are in General the best people I met in my life, therefore lots of friends everywhere. Salaries on average are more than 1350 E which you cannot get in CZ as well in Berlin ( Customer support roles I am talking about). Also It is not nice to be greedy and let say ask for enormous amount of money because you saw in this web page that you need 4000E to survive. You need to be realistic nobody is paying this amount. First you need to show that you are worth this and later as it always goes you will get what you are looking for. Btw I have 20000 per year and I am happy about it because I know that next year I will have double- but still no complain, because I know that there are thousands of people similar to me who is competing for the same position, so I you have a chance to come here, take it ! Later on you will have a chance to change the job once you get more experience in Irish market. To sum up DO NOT BE GREEDY !!!
#Gulsen on Jan 28, 2014 :
Dear all,

I got a job offer in Dublin with a salary of 24-28k gross a year. In the beginning I thought it was ok, untill I saw the rent prices! In Belgium I can rent a new appartment with 2 bedrooms for € 600-700. In Dublin I see prices of €5000 a month for a house with 2-3 bedrooms. How do people pay this?! It's not possible!
#Kiran on Jan 13, 2014 :
I am getting an offer of 70K in Dublin. Can anyone tell me what would be my after tax monthly salary?
#tami on Dec 18, 2013 :
hi im wondering how you figure u.s money to Ireland currency??
#Jakub on Nov 02, 2013 :
I do not recommend moving to Dublin. I live here for 2 years now and and these are the things I don't like the most:
- housing - most of the houses, flats and apartments in the city center are small. They tell you you get 2 bedrooms but sometimes the rooms are so small that only a bed fits in. Also the big problem seems to be that there is not enough flats for rent. This leads to the situation where the prices for the flats are inflated to the ridiculous levels. Additionally, the renting companies are aware that people have problems with finding accommodation, and use this to their advantage - they don't care about the customer too much, don't come to viewings and generally seem not to be too helpful because they know that they will rent anyway, if not to you then to some other desperate soul. Also note, if you come from outside british islands, it may surprise you that they still have 2 taps in the sinks here. Fortunately not everywhere, but often enough to piss you off.
- communication - there are buses and 2 tram lines - very poor really, so your only alternative is taxis which are nice and relatively cheap. The traffic lights are absolute mess, if you ever experienced well designed traffic lights like for example in Germany, you will be very surprised when you see how bad the lights are programmed. The result is that pedestrians cross the roads on the red because they don't respect the lights. The streets are very narrow compared to other countries, so it's very dangerous to ride a bike, at least in the city center.
- social services - Dublin must be the only city on this planet that experiences water problems with 365 rainy days a year.
- shopping - you like buying on amazon or ebay? You can forget it if you live in Dublin. You can still do your shopping on but you will pay for the delivery accordingly, which makes it nonsense.
- motorcycles - there are literally 2 (3 if you have a car) companies that will insure your motorcycle if you have any. This leads to the situation when the insurance for a year is worth 1800 euros (one thousand eight hundred).
- irish internet - prepare for problems if you use brosers other than IE. With some exceptions, Irish web sites are compatible with Internet Explorer browser only. The most popular sites for finding a flat,, works with IE, and Safari (didn't try on FF), doesn't work with Chrome, although recently it kind of worked when I tried, maybe they finally fixed it. The biggest advertisments site,, doesn't even allow you to log in if you enter from anything but IE. Same for some of the food order sites, or tesco delivery website (can log you out when shopping if not using IE). Generally, just be prepared to use IE more often than not if you live here.
- banking - obviously banks are only open during work hours, so forget to be able to visit your branch if you have a job. Also, they take the lunch breaks at the normal hours so you will also not be able to visit them during your lunch break. Of course tax returns only come as cheque ;) This also applies to post offices. There is one bank that has its branches open on Saturdays but as imigrant I wasn't able to get an account there.
- hobby and sports - it's very hard to find a hobby here, people seem to settle for drinking in pubs as the most popular hobby. If you are into summer sports then you have a problem, because there is normally no summer. Nor is there any winter, so summer and winter sports you can watch in tv. The only sensible sport you can enjoy here seems to be the kite surfing, there is plenty of wind and water 365 days a year.
- tidiness - I lived in Dublin1 and Dublin3, work in Dublin2 and one thing is very apparent each time I travel between those locations - there is dog shit everywhere. I sometimes see people cleaning after their dogs, but I guess there is enough of those who don't so the city is covered in shit. Also, there is a lot of urine and vomit in the city center and specifically in TempleBar where all the parties go on during the weekend, sometimes you can still see it on Monday morning. Even though you can see people cleaning the streets pretty often I'm guessing there is simply too much of the piss and vomit to clean after the weekends, so it is what it is, better get used to it.

Things I like:
- cheap, fast and reliable internet - UPC provides very fast internet in most locations in Dublin, 55 euros for 100Mb/s, quite reliable as well, only had 1 problem for the 2 years and they fixed it in 3 days.
- Tesco groceries delivery - you can get this in most european coutries now, but it's still nice when they bring it to your door for the reasonable price of 5 euros. Getting your tesco club card is a different story though, I had to call them 4 times to finally get my card after 2 moths (sic!)
- Taxis - they are cheap, and if you have the Hailo application on your mobile then you can pay with card. Very convenient.
- free internet with prepaid - there is a nice prepaid offer in Three (the name of the provider), basically you keep your account active and you get all you can eat internet (some websites are not available though, but most of them are). I have not seen this in any other european country.
#david on Oct 30, 2013 :
Can you tell me what the cost for two people living in Dublin per month is ?
#Kieran on Oct 21, 2013 :
Martin, 22k would not be huge. You can calculate your after tax income in Ireland here:

You would be on €368 per week
#Martin on Oct 11, 2013 :

I have an opportunity to start work in Dublin and the salary would be 22k. Could you please give me an estimate how much would be net salary and would it be sufficient for living in Diblin??
It is quite urgent.

Best Regards,
#bee on Oct 08, 2013 :
My email is
Thank you Bee
#bee on Oct 08, 2013 :
The info above is very helpful! Thank you! I need a bit more assistance if someone could please help me! I have a family of 5 (includes my father who has medicial needs and I will not place him in a home, I will be with him until he leaves this earth!)!!! I have 2 children as well one about to start school the other in training nappies! What do I have to do to get things rolling to move to Ireland? Had the privilege to visit my grandmothers homeland with her several times from early childhood until she fell ill 7 years ago and I have been in love with the entire country my entire life...rhe the research I have been able to do has boasted many qualities that I am certain that we will benefit from...voted best place to live year after year, great schooling from grammer to college and I have been given a great time with to work on getting the ball Rollin! I need some guidance, directionally sound advice, anany HELP I am able to find!!!
Thank you so much, Bee
#Peter on Oct 05, 2013 :
This is an atypical market for renting. There are very few apartments for 1-2 persons in civilized areas, and the prices are from 1000-1100 E up. It takes a lot to find accomodation here. If one pays 50% of salary for the place to live in, I think it's quite expensive.
#Leila on Aug 06, 2013 :
Looking to move to Dublin in the spring/summer of 2014. How can I find a money efficient room to rent for a few months?

#Krysatal on Jun 10, 2013 :
It look so beautiful I don't really care the price
#June on Apr 15, 2013 :
What about education? i looking for a college in Dublin but I'm unsure about pricing
#CHEDO on Dec 29, 2012 :
#CHEDO on Dec 29, 2012 :
Hey Kristina send me an email maybe we can advise each other I am also looking to move to Dublin
#HAG on Dec 28, 2012 :
The prices for food, transport and energy seem to be pretty accurate to me. As rent will probably be your biggest expense, you should check this site out to find out the prices in the parts of Ireland that you intend to move to.
#Matic on Dec 28, 2012 :

I'd appreciate if you could get in touch, as we as a family of 4 are looking to move to Ireland and have no one for guidance.

Kristina Matic
#Mladen on Nov 28, 2012 :
mya, please check other sources
#mya on Nov 27, 2012 :
what about education?
#Mladen on Aug 25, 2011 :
Hi Seb, what kind of information regarding recent updates would you like to see?
#Seb on Aug 25, 2011 :

Where can I find information regarding recent update for these figures?


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