Cost of Living Comparison Between Sydney and Melbourne 

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Consumer Prices in Melbourne are 4.39% lower than in Sydney (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Melbourne are 13.49% lower than in Sydney
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 27.84% lower than in Sydney
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 7.68% higher than in Sydney
Groceries Prices in Melbourne are 2.53% higher than in Sydney
Local Purchasing Power in Melbourne is 6.46% lower than in Sydney
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Restaurants
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.00 A$ 18.00 A$      +12.50 %
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$ 10.00 A$      +25.00 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 A$ 10.00 A$      +25.00 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.13 A$ 4.38 A$      +6.14 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.04 A$ 3.22 A$      +6.03 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.62 A$ 2.88 A$      +10.10 %
Markets
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.37 A$ 5.90 A$      -7.28 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.47 A$ 2.78 A$      +12.65 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.12 A$ 1.24 A$      +10.44 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.79 A$ 4.77 A$      -0.45 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.08 A$ 5.42 A$      +6.74 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.07 A$ 5.12 A$      +0.94 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.56 A$ 7.80 A$      -8.88 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.19 A$ 1.99 A$      -9.14 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.49 A$ 1.42 A$      -4.93 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.58 A$ 1.54 A$      -2.51 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.48 A$ 2.12 A$      -14.47 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.50 A$ 1.39 A$      -6.90 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.23 A$ 1.14 A$      -7.54 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.58 A$ 2.70 A$      +4.72 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.92 A$ 2.13 A$      +10.85 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 15.00 A$      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.93 A$ 5.87 A$      +19.04 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.16 A$ 5.73 A$      -7.01 %
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$ 155.50 A$      -28.47 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.10 A$ 5.00 A$      +21.95 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.58 A$ 2.62 A$      -26.92 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 56.68 A$ 34.20 A$      -39.66 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.15 A$ 5.12 A$      -0.51 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,990.00 A$ 27,000.00 A$      -6.86 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,845.75 A$ 25,761.96 A$      -0.32 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 193.44 A$ 203.66 A$      +5.28 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.76 A$ 0.19 A$      -75.30 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 71.96 A$ 70.98 A$      -1.37 %
Sports And Leisure
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 81.16 A$ 64.50 A$      -20.53 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.72 A$ 22.91 A$      -3.40 %
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 2,316.68 A$ 2,506.15 A$      +8.18 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,472.00 A$ 18,793.33 A$      -12.48 %
Clothing And Shoes
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 101.34 A$ 100.10 A$      -1.22 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 63.36 A$ 54.93 A$      -13.30 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 142.09 A$ 131.94 A$      -7.15 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 152.74 A$ 145.88 A$      -4.49 %
Rent Per Month
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,597.00 A$ 1,745.45 A$      -32.79 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,880.00 A$ 1,416.73 A$      -24.64 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,769.40 A$ 3,329.17 A$      -30.20 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,041.03 A$ 2,306.22 A$      -24.16 %
Buy Apartment Price
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,238.39 A$ 902.92 A$      -27.09 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 790.38 A$ 741.94 A$      -6.13 %
Salaries And Financing
Sydney Edit Melbourne Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,138.19 A$ 4,967.12 A$      -19.08 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.12 3.00      -3.86 %
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