Cost of Living Comparison Between Melbourne and Sydney 

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Cost of Living in Sydney is 8.4% higher than in Melbourne (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Sydney is 20.4% higher than in Melbourne
Rent Prices in Sydney are 45.3% higher than in Melbourne
Restaurant Prices in Sydney are 0.3% lower than in Melbourne
Groceries Prices in Sydney are 8.8% higher than in Melbourne
Local Purchasing Power in Sydney is 17.4% lower than in Melbourne
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Restaurants
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.53 $
(25.00 A$)
16.11 $
(24.35 A$)
     -2.6 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 79.36 $
(120.00 A$)
79.36 $
(120.00 A$)
     0.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.92 $
(15.00 A$)
9.92 $
(15.00 A$)
     0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.61 $
(10.00 A$)
6.83 $
(10.32 A$)
     +3.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.61 $
(10.00 A$)
7.94 $
(12.00 A$)
     +20.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 3.42 $
(5.18 A$)
3.33 $
(5.03 A$)
     -2.8 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.62 $
(3.96 A$)
2.52 $
(3.81 A$)
     -3.6 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.32 $
(3.51 A$)
2.11 $
(3.19 A$)
     -9.2 %
Markets
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.29 $
(8.00 A$)
5.94 $
(8.99 A$)
     +12.3 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.36 $
(3.57 A$)
2.53 $
(3.82 A$)
     +7.0 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.99 $
(1.49 A$)
1.07 $
(1.62 A$)
     +8.8 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.81 $
(5.76 A$)
4.04 $
(6.11 A$)
     +6.2 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.24 $
(6.42 A$)
5.05 $
(7.64 A$)
     +19.1 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.90 $
(5.90 A$)
3.82 $
(5.78 A$)
     -1.9 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.18 $
(9.35 A$)
6.37 $
(9.64 A$)
     +3.1 %
Apples (1 lb) 1.33 $
(2.02 A$)
1.46 $
(2.20 A$)
     +9.2 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.14 $
(1.72 A$)
1.27 $
(1.92 A$)
     +11.6 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.13 $
(1.72 A$)
1.38 $
(2.09 A$)
     +22.1 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.67 $
(2.53 A$)
1.93 $
(2.92 A$)
     +15.4 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.99 $
(1.50 A$)
1.10 $
(1.66 A$)
     +10.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.95 $
(1.44 A$)
1.03 $
(1.56 A$)
     +8.0 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.14 $
(3.24 A$)
2.23 $
(3.37 A$)
     +4.1 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.45 $
(2.20 A$)
1.44 $
(2.17 A$)
     -1.1 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.23 $
(18.50 A$)
13.23 $
(20.00 A$)
     +8.1 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.64 $
(7.02 A$)
4.68 $
(7.07 A$)
     +0.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.58 $
(8.43 A$)
5.45 $
(8.24 A$)
     -2.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 29.76 $
(45.00 A$)
33.07 $
(50.00 A$)
     +11.1 %
Transportation
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.50 $
(5.30 A$)
3.31 $
(5.00 A$)
     -5.7 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 122.61 $
(185.40 A$)
143.76 $
(217.39 A$)
     +17.3 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.64 $
(5.50 A$)
4.56 $
(6.90 A$)
     +25.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.19 $
(4.83 A$)
5.32 $
(8.05 A$)
     +66.7 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.59 $
(44.74 A$)
56.21 $
(85.00 A$)
     +90.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.81 $
(7.27 A$)
5.08 $
(7.68 A$)
     +5.6 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,808.62 $
(42,051.00 A$)
29,377.24 $
(44,423.00 A$)
     +5.6 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,512.72 $
(34,042.76 A$)
22,970.95 $
(34,735.68 A$)
     +2.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 156.98 $
(237.38 A$)
199.58 $
(301.80 A$)
     +27.1 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 26.43 $
(39.97 A$)
26.26 $
(39.71 A$)
     -0.7 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.57 $
(79.50 A$)
51.33 $
(77.62 A$)
     -2.4 %
Sports And Leisure
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 54.44 $
(82.32 A$)
57.91 $
(87.57 A$)
     +6.4 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.55 $
(22.00 A$)
19.57 $
(29.59 A$)
     +34.5 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.55 $
(22.00 A$)
15.87 $
(24.00 A$)
     +9.1 %
Childcare
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,654.41 $
(2,501.72 A$)
2,056.98 $
(3,110.48 A$)
     +24.3 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,169.64 $
(28,987.50 A$)
17,574.72 $
(26,575.74 A$)
     -8.3 %
Clothing And Shoes
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 79.24 $
(119.82 A$)
73.36 $
(110.93 A$)
     -7.4 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 52.16 $
(78.87 A$)
59.52 $
(90.01 A$)
     +14.1 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 105.01 $
(158.79 A$)
107.74 $
(162.92 A$)
     +2.6 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.29 $
(171.31 A$)
127.03 $
(192.09 A$)
     +12.1 %
Rent Per Month
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,476.45 $
(2,232.62 A$)
2,163.55 $
(3,271.63 A$)
     +46.5 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,211.96 $
(1,832.67 A$)
1,508.73 $
(2,281.44 A$)
     +24.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,725.28 $
(4,121.05 A$)
4,266.05 $
(6,450.94 A$)
     +56.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,763.48 $
(2,666.65 A$)
2,491.02 $
(3,766.81 A$)
     +41.3 %
Buy Apartment Price
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 656.64 $
(992.95 A$)
1,403.09 $
(2,121.70 A$)
     +113.7 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 526.42 $
(796.03 A$)
880.60 $
(1,331.60 A$)
     +67.3 %
Salaries And Financing
Melbourne Edit Sydney Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,205.77 $
(6,359.79 A$)
4,184.93 $
(6,328.28 A$)
     -0.5 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.34 6.35      +0.2 %
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