Cost of Living Comparison Between Melbourne and Sydney 

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Consumer Prices in Sydney are 4.95% higher than in Melbourne (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Sydney are 16.92% higher than in Melbourne
Rent Prices in Sydney are 42.64% higher than in Melbourne
Restaurant Prices in Sydney are 5.30% lower than in Melbourne
Groceries Prices in Sydney are 2.39% lower than in Melbourne
Local Purchasing Power in Sydney is 2.37% higher than in Melbourne
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Restaurants
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 A$ 18.00 A$      -10.00 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 100.00 A$      0.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 A$ 12.00 A$      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 A$ 8.00 A$      -20.00 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.75 A$ 9.00 A$      -7.69 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.34 A$ 4.05 A$      -6.74 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.13 A$ 3.15 A$      +0.68 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.69 A$ 2.71 A$      +0.73 %
Markets
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.90 A$ 6.48 A$      +9.89 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.78 A$ 2.51 A$      -9.90 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.18 A$ 1.14 A$      -3.44 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.87 A$ 4.85 A$      -0.52 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.67 A$ 4.97 A$      -12.27 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.21 A$ 5.13 A$      -1.69 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.24 A$ 8.61 A$      +4.56 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.00 A$ 2.20 A$      +10.14 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.45 A$ 1.58 A$      +9.02 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.51 A$ 1.53 A$      +1.35 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.07 A$ 2.40 A$      +16.06 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.45 A$ 1.51 A$      +3.99 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.16 A$ 1.32 A$      +14.02 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.58 A$ 2.60 A$      +0.79 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.27 A$ 1.99 A$      -12.61 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 16.50 A$      +10.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.59 A$ 5.05 A$      -9.67 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.06 A$ 5.80 A$      -4.33 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 A$ 35.00 A$      -12.50 %
Transportation
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.50 A$ 4.00 A$      -11.11 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 156.00 A$ 217.39 A$      +39.35 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 A$ 4.55 A$      -9.00 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.61 A$ 3.80 A$      +45.50 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 34.08 A$ 56.68 A$      +66.31 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.16 A$ 5.36 A$      +3.84 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,500.00 A$ 29,995.00 A$      +9.07 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,471.78 A$ 26,807.65 A$      +1.27 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 201.21 A$ 173.80 A$      -13.62 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.21 A$ 0.78 A$      +273.21 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 73.15 A$ 71.85 A$      -1.78 %
Sports And Leisure
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.24 A$ 78.68 A$      +22.48 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.54 A$ 24.54 A$      +13.93 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 20.00 A$      0.00 %
Childcare
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,493.23 A$ 2,338.68 A$      -6.20 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,025.00 A$ 20,059.09 A$      +5.44 %
Clothing And Shoes
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 99.88 A$ 106.69 A$      +6.81 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 58.16 A$ 69.14 A$      +18.87 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 134.96 A$ 138.57 A$      +2.68 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 147.56 A$ 151.35 A$      +2.56 %
Rent Per Month
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,735.37 A$ 2,654.92 A$      +52.99 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,398.09 A$ 1,941.44 A$      +38.86 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,285.04 A$ 4,797.83 A$      +46.05 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,261.50 A$ 2,986.93 A$      +32.08 %
Buy Apartment Price
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 867.82 A$ 1,354.22 A$      +56.05 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 733.77 A$ 826.83 A$      +12.68 %
Salaries And Financing
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,011.84 A$ 5,998.82 A$      +19.69 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.88 2.95      +2.50 %
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