Cost of Living Comparison Between Brussels and Mechelen 

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Consumer Prices in Mechelen are 1.07% lower than in Brussels (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Mechelen are 8.85% lower than in Brussels
Rent Prices in Mechelen are 28.78% lower than in Brussels
Restaurant Prices in Mechelen are 3.87% higher than in Brussels
Groceries Prices in Mechelen are 2.53% lower than in Brussels
Local Purchasing Power in Mechelen is 18.83% lower than in Brussels
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Restaurants
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 17.50 €      +16.67 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 € 60.00 €      -7.69 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 € 9.50 €      +5.56 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 4.00 €      0.00 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.70 €      -7.50 %
Cappuccino (regular) 2.98 € 2.90 €      -2.64 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.30 € 2.57 €      +11.59 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.15 € 2.38 €      +10.28 %
Markets
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.87 € 2.86 €      -26.05 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.48 € 1.51 €      +2.07 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.81 € 0.95 €      +17.69 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.79 € 3.76 €      +34.99 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.77 € 4.75 €      -17.61 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.21 € 4.32 €      +2.67 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.94 € 6.23 €      +4.79 %
Apples (1 lb) 1.02 € 1.00 €      -2.46 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.78 € 1.12 €      +43.52 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.06 € 0.95 €      -10.29 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.06 € 1.00 €      -6.11 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.65 € 0.83 €      +28.11 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.37 €      -40.13 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.31 € 0.84 €      -35.55 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.08 € 0.62 €      -42.54 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 € 5.50 €      -21.43 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.76 € 1.90 €      +7.89 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.36 € 0.92 €      -60.99 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 € 6.60 €      -5.71 %
Transportation
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 € 2.25 €      -10.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 47.50 €      -5.00 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.98 € 3.00 €      -39.76 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.12 € 3.62 €      +15.98 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 35.77 €      +19.25 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.17 € 5.86 €      +13.29 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 € 26,650.00 €      +6.60 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,980.00 € 25,820.00 €      +12.36 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 138.73 € 124.00 €      -10.62 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.24 € 0.30 €      +23.71 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 45.92 € 44.75 €      -2.55 %
Sports And Leisure
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 34.71 € 27.83 €      -19.81 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.23 € 12.33 €      -41.92 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.30 €      -14.17 %
Childcare
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 799.15 € 453.83 €      -43.21 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,942.22 € 25,000.00 €      +19.38 %
Clothing And Shoes
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 80.26 € 95.00 €      +18.36 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.33 € 35.00 €      -13.22 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 81.79 € 96.67 €      +18.19 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 122.93 € 136.25 €      +10.84 %
Rent Per Month
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 866.84 € 695.00 €      -19.82 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 718.33 € 608.33 €      -15.31 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,544.84 € 973.33 €      -36.99 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,277.33 € 868.33 €      -32.02 %
Buy Apartment Price
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 344.90 € 353.03 €      +2.36 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 289.24 € 306.58 €      +6.00 %
Salaries And Financing
Brussels Edit Mechelen Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,521.63 € 1,865.50 €      -26.02 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.53 1.65      +7.69 %
Last update: September 2021September 2021
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