Cost of Living Comparison Between Sydney and Melbourne 

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Consumer Prices in Melbourne are 4.62% lower than in Sydney (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Melbourne are 14.82% lower than in Sydney
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 30.77% lower than in Sydney
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 2.25% higher than in Sydney
Groceries Prices in Melbourne are 4.01% higher than in Sydney
Local Purchasing Power in Melbourne is 4.32% lower than in Sydney
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Restaurants
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 A$ 18.00 A$      0.00 %
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) 8.00 A$ 9.64 A$      +20.54 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.75 A$ 10.00 A$      +14.29 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.04 A$ 4.37 A$      +8.10 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.17 A$ 3.20 A$      +1.11 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.71 A$ 2.79 A$      +2.76 %
Markets
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.45 A$ 5.87 A$      -8.97 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.42 A$ 2.82 A$      +16.77 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.14 A$ 1.22 A$      +6.68 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.77 A$ 4.86 A$      +1.87 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.13 A$ 5.49 A$      +7.03 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.98 A$ 5.19 A$      +4.27 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.32 A$ 8.37 A$      +0.59 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.20 A$ 2.03 A$      -7.44 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.54 A$ 1.43 A$      -7.19 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.56 A$ 1.51 A$      -3.04 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.38 A$ 2.12 A$      -11.06 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.51 A$ 1.46 A$      -3.29 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.29 A$ 1.22 A$      -5.79 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.58 A$ 2.66 A$      +3.00 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.95 A$ 2.28 A$      +16.61 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 15.00 A$      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.94 A$ 5.60 A$      +13.41 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.71 A$ 5.90 A$      +3.49 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 35.00 A$ 40.00 A$      +14.29 %
Transportation
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 4.50 A$      +12.50 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 217.39 A$ 156.00 A$      -28.24 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.50 A$ 5.00 A$      +11.11 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.02 A$ 2.61 A$      -35.12 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 56.68 A$ 34.08 A$      -39.87 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.19 A$ 5.09 A$      -1.98 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 A$ 27,000.00 A$      -10.00 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,175.93 A$ 26,342.05 A$      -3.07 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 183.99 A$ 205.49 A$      +11.69 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.78 A$ 0.22 A$      -72.15 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 70.97 A$ 72.97 A$      +2.81 %
Sports And Leisure
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 76.24 A$ 66.11 A$      -13.29 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25.28 A$ 22.04 A$      -12.81 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 20.00 A$      0.00 %
Childcare
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,311.12 A$ 2,454.77 A$      +6.22 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,157.14 A$ 19,286.67 A$      -4.32 %
Clothing And Shoes
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 105.33 A$ 99.88 A$      -5.17 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 67.20 A$ 55.38 A$      -17.59 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 143.24 A$ 137.46 A$      -4.03 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 149.42 A$ 147.56 A$      -1.25 %
Rent Per Month
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,647.23 A$ 1,715.82 A$      -35.18 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,905.07 A$ 1,385.47 A$      -27.27 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,894.31 A$ 3,251.59 A$      -33.56 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,996.83 A$ 2,261.50 A$      -24.54 %
Buy Apartment Price
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,339.65 A$ 866.92 A$      -35.29 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 824.41 A$ 723.78 A$      -12.21 %
Salaries And Financing
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,072.66 A$ 4,949.60 A$      -18.49 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.96 2.88      -2.69 %
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