Cost of Living Comparison Between Sydney and Melbourne 

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Cost of Living in Melbourne is 9.1% lower than in Sydney (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Melbourne is 18.1% lower than in Sydney
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 31.7% lower than in Sydney
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 4.9% lower than in Sydney
Groceries Prices in Melbourne are 8.8% lower than in Sydney
Local Purchasing Power in Melbourne is 22.0% higher than in Sydney
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Restaurants
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 23.50 A$ 25.00 A$      +6.4 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 A$ 100.00 A$      -16.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 A$ 15.00 A$      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.20 A$ 10.00 A$      -2.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 A$ 10.00 A$      -16.7 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.02 A$ 5.08 A$      +1.2 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.87 A$ 3.85 A$      -0.3 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.15 A$ 3.42 A$      +8.6 %
Markets
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.48 A$ 8.13 A$      -4.2 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.78 A$ 3.57 A$      -5.5 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.54 A$ 1.52 A$      -1.4 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.08 A$ 5.70 A$      -6.3 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.69 A$ 6.51 A$      -15.4 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.83 A$ 5.88 A$      +0.9 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.81 A$ 8.55 A$      -12.8 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.20 A$ 2.05 A$      -6.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.89 A$ 1.71 A$      -9.3 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.08 A$ 1.79 A$      -14.2 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.87 A$ 2.42 A$      -15.6 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.65 A$ 1.52 A$      -7.8 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.52 A$ 1.49 A$      -2.3 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.37 A$ 3.21 A$      -4.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.24 A$ 2.11 A$      -5.8 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 A$ 18.25 A$      -8.8 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.98 A$ 7.13 A$      +2.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.99 A$ 8.16 A$      +2.1 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 50.00 A$ 45.00 A$      -10.0 %
Transportation
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 A$ 5.30 A$      +6.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 218.70 A$ 185.40 A$      -15.2 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.90 A$ 5.50 A$      -20.3 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 7.24 A$ 4.83 A$      -33.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 85.00 A$ 39.48 A$      -53.6 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.74 A$ 7.27 A$      -6.0 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 43,711.50 A$ 40,500.00 A$      -7.3 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,728.05 A$ 32,701.29 A$      -3.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 290.93 A$ 241.35 A$      -17.0 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 39.49 A$ 39.22 A$      -0.7 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 77.83 A$ 80.00 A$      +2.8 %
Sports And Leisure
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 88.93 A$ 78.12 A$      -12.2 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 29.98 A$ 23.62 A$      -21.2 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 24.00 A$ 22.00 A$      -8.3 %
Childcare
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,137.89 A$ 2,321.59 A$      -26.0 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 24,043.75 A$ 28,987.50 A$      +20.6 %
Clothing And Shoes
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 111.70 A$ 116.36 A$      +4.2 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 91.79 A$ 77.22 A$      -15.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 165.78 A$ 155.89 A$      -6.0 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 193.92 A$ 167.16 A$      -13.8 %
Rent Per Month
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,286.17 A$ 2,210.59 A$      -32.7 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,255.04 A$ 1,793.36 A$      -20.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,581.88 A$ 4,100.00 A$      -37.7 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,669.89 A$ 2,675.35 A$      -27.1 %
Buy Apartment Price
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,054.57 A$ 993.49 A$      -51.6 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,286.34 A$ 796.37 A$      -38.1 %
Salaries And Financing
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,318.64 A$ 6,314.90 A$      -0.1 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.32 6.35      +0.4 %
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