Cost of Living in Athens

Summary about cost of living in Athens:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 € 8.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 € 5.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.90 € 2.00-3.90
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.44 € 1.00-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.50 € 0.50-0.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.39 € 3.79-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.54-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.87 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.88 € 2.00-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.92 € 2.72-4.99
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.18 € 2.27-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.23 € 3.18-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.62 € 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.64 € 0.52-0.82
Oranges (1 lb) 0.40 € 0.27-0.68
Tomato (1 lb) 0.60 € 0.45-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.35 € 0.27-0.45
Onion (1 lb) 0.31 € 0.20-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.60 € 0.45-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.82 € 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 € 5.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.25 € 1.00-1.80
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.63 € 1.00-2.80
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.50 € 4.20-4.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.40 € 1.40-1.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.00 € 30.00-30.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.00-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.19 € 1.09-1.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 11.81 € 10.00-16.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.75 € 5.49-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,000.00 € 16,000.00-21,700.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,336.16 € 16,000.00-23,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 138.60 € 80.00-233.75
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.37 € 0.10-0.74
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29.70 € 20.00-45.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28.39 € 10.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.06 € 11.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.00 € 7.00-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 356.64 € 300.00-450.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,295.12 € 4,500.00-8,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 72.99 € 50.00-95.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29.88 € 20.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.13 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 91.04 € 70.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 301.45 € 220.00-400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 290.67 € 200.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 501.01 € 359.60-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 513.23 € 400.00-700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 138.14 € 92.90-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 142.08 € 92.90-232.26
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 722.50 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.66 3.50-6.00

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#Greek sufferer on Feb 02, 2018 :
710€ salary? Hah! You wish!
Have a masters degree, speak 3 languages and I got 600€ (with a raise included!) and forget about 8 hours workdays. More like 10+.
Why do you think everyone wants to move out of this hellhole?
#Arax on Jan 09, 2018 :
The prices in Athens are mostly cheaper than written on Numbeo and there are some hard mistakes, for example one bottle of water 1,5L costs only 30 cent or less (and not 82), you can check it here And at every restaurant they serve water for free. Enjoy and Cheers!
#Svenja on Jan 08, 2018 :
I live in Athens since 3 years, paying 250€ rent for a very nice 50sqm apartment close the center, in other cities I would pay much as double for a place like this. I spend 30 euros for water and electricity in summertime and 50 in winter, because my heating runs electric. Another 350€ goes for food, but I go to small restaurants nearly every day. Another 70€ I spend for a private health insurance, 30€ for public transports monthly ticket and about 80€ for clothes, shopping, culture and so on. All in all about 850 per month and with this I have a very high standard of living. By the way, cultural, for climate and things to do, Athens is surprisingly great. A good website to get more informations seems
#Vas on Dec 15, 2017 :
We are a family of four and our monthly costs are between 700-1000 euros. We don't pay rent as we own a big house in one of the northen suburbs. We live very comfortably as we earn almost 3 times that money and I believe there are very few places in the planet where we could enjoy the same quality of life. We are 30 minutes from the beach and 2 hours from a ski resort.
#Marcello Tamma on Nov 06, 2017 :
1.How much would a studio or one bedroom apartment cost in a central area?
2.I'm vegetarian; you say that groceries are expensive. What about vegetables?
3.I use the bike to get around. Is it safe to leave it locked in the street? Or do I have to carry it up to my flat?

#Kos on Aug 15, 2017 :
A few points:
★The groceries are about 50% more expensive than shown here.
Groceries are the most expensive thing in Athens.
Be prepared to spend 300-500€/month for them, especially if you like to eat quality food.
Ofcourse if you eat pasta all day long, it's cheaper.

★Mobile plans are also expensive, much more than most countries.
Be prepared to spend 30-60€/month, if you need a mobile plan with lot of data, like 2-10GB a month

★Rents are quite cheap.
You can get a nice 2bedroom flat in a nice area for 500€, and a cheaper one in a cheaper area for 300€.
You can rent an amazing house, or a small villa, for 800-1000€/month.

★Nightlife/restaurants are cheap as well. You will soon find out though that most locals do not spend much money on those.

★Average salary is about 800€/month, and for specialized university graduates about 1000-1500€/month. Due to high unemployment though, new job positions usually pay less than that.

★Being self employed is not the best idea due to extreme red tape and high taxation which is about 60-80% of earnings(!). Unless ofcourse you are ready to evade taxes like many locals do.

★Cost of living is about 800€/month for basic costs (housing, groceries, bills) and can go up depending on other factors.

★Most of the city is safe, with a few exceptions

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#Delfina on Jul 18, 2017 :
Is Athens a safe city?
Is it possible live well with 850€ per month?
#Alexander on May 04, 2017 :
Quite irrelevant results. For example, How is it possible to find a taxi, where taxometer starts not from 1,30€? Or Where will one find an inexpansive restaurant in Athens, where the prices for meal will be higher, than 11-12€? Expansive restaurants have prices in a range of 9-21€ a dish. One can buy a flat in a city center to live with a minimum renovation budget starting from 600€ a sq.m! I don't understand, what people read and what they have experienced, when they put 1000 instead! One can find a good 1-bedroom flat in a city-center starting from 180-200€ a month. It is not unique at all. What man can consume, if he/she pays 145€ a month as a "basic" bill? It is way too much! Mobile prepaid prices: who has called for 50 cents a min?
Of couse, everyone has different expactation for the same amount of money, but here we speak about the real figures, what we meet in a daily life. Don't we?
#Mary Lova on Mar 29, 2017 :
Rent price is higher. Impossible to find a decent apartment 2bd outside the city centre in a nice neighborhood thars close to public transport for under 550€ unfurnished. And if you're a millennial who wants to get away from parent and live alone it's not possible since salary for people under the age of 26 is 17€ per day and 21€ for 26+ yrs old. And most employers don't give you a bigger salary because the law set the basic salary and they're fine with that obviously. Quality of fun is the only thing that keeps a Greek in Greece but everything else is falling so fast down the hole its devestating and sad but it's so true. That's why Greeks start to move and myself planning to move to the Netherlands for a better tomorrow..
#Anonymous on Jan 15, 2017 :
Dear sir,
Thank you for all the information which you provided in you site but I miss some information about startinh business in Athens and about jobs information.I will appreciate if you can send me some information about it.Thanks
Kindest regards
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#vicki on Jan 15, 2017 :
Most of the comments here are very misleading.The prices above are quite accurate, although I think that prices for a three bedroom appartement outside the city center are a bit higher. You will need around 550-650 Euros for a decent appartement in the suburbs and I wouldn't advice anyone to live in city center.The comments about crime are absolotely untrue.Athens is still very safe,comparing with other European cities. I will also agree with Yiannis about the public hospitals.As a greek who has lived many years abroad- mostly in western European countries-I found out, to my surprise, that the service in the public hospitals in Greece is as good as in many european countries and the doctors even better.
#Yiannis on Dec 22, 2016 :
Xenophobic groups do indeed try to cause trouble but are generally hated and hunted by the police.

Also our public hospitals are ranked 14th among the best in the world, even though most greeks are convinced otherwise. In fact, my experience is that you should stay away from private hospitals in Greece.
#Nick on Sep 12, 2016 :
There is a dangerous rise in fascist and xenophobic groups. If your color or characteristics seem unfamiliar you might get assaulted and life threatened.
#Elena on Mar 28, 2016 :
I am looking for information on the cost of living in 1976-78 in Athens. I know that the military dictatorship had open the credit for everyone and people were buying cars and a lot of stuff they could not really afford. I was there at the time, but I am not sure if I remember correctly. Is it possible that a Fiat (there was a lot of Fiat back then) cost 40 000 $ US in those times?

What about a meal? I remember a bottle of wine would cost 30 drachmes, to rent a house in the island could cost 30 $ US a month...

If you could share some light, I would really appreciate it.
#anonymous on Feb 17, 2016 :
The most dangerous is the public Health ! Don't TRUST doctors, all they want is Money !!
#Anonymous on Feb 06, 2016 :
To Melissa,

Go on
There are plenty of apartments in the Athens suburbs that are very nice for less than the 1500 you are paying. You can also find apartments for the 800 you are looking for but naturally less nice

Note the very best of the apartments the agencies do keep on even after they are rented to attract but a lot of the apartments are available

#Melissa on Dec 11, 2015 :
Hi, Me and my husband just moved to Athens few days ago...We thought we could find a place to rent for 600-900eur, well, let me tell you, NOT, we did not manage...We wanted a short term rent at first, the minimum we got was for 850eu, a mini studio (25msq) like 20 min from the city center.... We tried long term rent, nothing alright good for less than 800eur a month!! So, where is the crisis? At the end we are paying 1.500 euros!!! for a studio!!!!! from airbnb!!! BTW, people posting in that website are thieves, they post beautiful pictures and is a horrible place at the end! Since airbnb, prices for foreigners are going ridiculous high, nobody will keep paying 150 eur for a night in a dirty hole! The greek people are speculating on real state price for tourist, but let me tell you, now we are going to stay only a month, we will not contribute with the economical situation, thanks to airbnb and crazy renters! Also, around us is full of restaurants and bars, they are all full and 90% of the people are greek, I do not understand the "crisis".
#Kostantinos on Dec 02, 2015 :
Hi all.Im a greek man about 50 year old.Greece is a very nice place to be but only for vacation.Dont make the mistake to try a new life in a country that is collapsing every day.Taxes strikes people searching in the garvich sleeping on the benches the center is full of hungry Illegal immigrants and refugees from Syria.Unemployment is more than 75% (i think that is the true) and if you are lucky to find a job is more easy to win the lotto than to receive your salary at the end of the month.Only the State employee and retired have money and everybody (stores workers etc) wait from them to survive. I think we are close to Civil War and is gonna be one of the worst of the history of Greece
#noni on Oct 19, 2015 :
Hello! I am greek. I am 23 years old and I live here all of my life. This country is the most beautiful country in the world BUT!! I mean is beautiful because we have very good weather we have the sun we have beautiful sea but but but...this country sucks! there are no jobs and we have to rely on our parents or grandparents if you have. The salary is ""oh my god"" is awful if you want to work part time you earn 290 euros/per month!!!!!! and full time is about 495 euros per month!there is no 14 salaries per year! you΄ll woundering if they are gona pay you for the month that you had been working!the crime is very high these days! we have strikes many strikes and there is a huge wave of immigration of young people. imagine that 50% are unemployed! I believe that moving in greece is a very bad idea! ONLY IF YOU ARE RITERD FROM AN OTHER COUNTRY AND NOW YOU WANT TO ENJOY THE SUN!
#Michael on Oct 02, 2015 :
I would just like to say that I have read all the posts on this page and there is absolutely no consensus on how much is good. But if I have to sum it up, people write that 700 - 900 EUR per month net will get you by okay, 1000 - 1200 you will be fine and more than 1200 seems like a good salary in Athens.

I was offered a job for 847 EUR a month (plus two more payments in a year so on average 988 EUR a month netto and would have to work a quite a lot). I am not sure if I should take it because I live in Prague now and earn 850 EUR netto in a comfortable job but Prague is from what I read cheaper than Athens plus has EXCELLENT public transport which Athens do not have (and I will not buy a car).

Could you guys tell me if you would risk moving for 190 EUR pay increase from Prague to Athens?

Thank you and have a relaxed day!
#Ayoub on Sep 10, 2015 :
_Guys, I am intending to stay in Athens for a one-year job contract, with a net salary of 780 Euros per month, will that amount be sufficent to live a 'decent' life, for a young man who likes to eat healthy food, workout, makes some touristic visits in other parts of Greece once in a while (2-3 times a year), so will 780 Eur be enough?
_Another thing: will it be a problem for me not speaking all ?!
#Dimitris on Aug 27, 2015 :
When you judge Athens you need to be specific if you are talking about the municipality (ie. center of the city) or the greater Athens area. There are vast differences in the quality of life between the center and the suburban municilities some of which are attached to the city center. For the example the issue of refugees and immigrants is not evident outside the center. Also the quality of life is much better in the coast and the north and east side (with parks, bike lanes etc).
#lefteris on Aug 10, 2015 :
Athens is the absolute nightmare,i live in athens sometimes,very expensive,refugees everywhere,drugs,criminality!Go Away!!!
#Tom Tom on Aug 04, 2015 :
Please tell me what the city is like .. are there nice recreational parks and gardens..

Are the people generally friendly and honest and is personal safety an issue..

I am thinking of living in Athens for a year just to get away from where I am currently situated and
will self finance my stay while there.
#Anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 :
Athens/Pireus is good for the expats that can get a nice contract in a big company, not for locals ...

Also weather and nightlife are great, but Christ if it's a grey ugly city!
All concrete, no parks, no bicycle tracks, public transportation is so-so, and is heavily polluted
#Philip on Mar 31, 2015 :
I would say that with anything above 1000 euros/month you can live quite comfortably in Athens... obv not like a rich person, but still you will not have any problems with money. You can get by with like 700-800 euros.
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#Anoushka on Mar 09, 2015 :

Your ideology of Athens is very jaded and farfetched…. You wrote “not uncommon to see people searching the garbage bins for something to eat or leaving on a bench. Also, the last years, we have a fascist government, so the police has become pretty rough on foreigners and there are lots of instances, where foreign people (tourists, international students) have been beaten or spent time in a cell.”

What are you talking about????? All cities in Europe have homeless people and Athens is no different and actually to be very clear about something I find it foolish for you to write something so dumb in a forum like this.

Firstly this is about cost of living in Athens not about the homeless people and secondly I see more homeless people in other European cities eating out of garbage and sitting on benches etc etc. As for the police beating up foreigners!!! Are you serious? I’m not being funny but are you Pakistani? Your name and what you write would make me think you are. Nothing wrong with that at all but maybe you’ve had a bad incident here in Athens.

Do yourself a favor and Stop lying. I’m a British expat now living in Athens for the past three years and I see no such things that you write….you’re just a trolling bandwagon jumper who is deliberately trying to give Athens a negative reputation.

Statistically speaking Athens remains one of the safest cities in all of Europe and even during the turbulent years still held that accolade so please think before you write utter nonsense.

TIP: If anyone here is new to Athens I would suggest living in Kifissa or Politia in North of Athens or Glyfada or Vouliagmeni in South Athens…..very nice neighbourhoods and not too far from downtown Athens.

Have a good day
#Dave on Feb 16, 2015 :
Hello everyone!
I have been offered a job for 1040€/month in Athens, they say there are 14 salaries a year. So I just wanna know, is that enough to live in Athens? Accommodation, utilities, food..
#Perik on Jan 10, 2015 :
With anything up from 2k€ you can have a very good life in Athens. You can afford to rent a nice house in a nice area and have enough money to have a confortable life.

The good thing with Athens (and pretty much all of Greece) is that the climate is really really nice (some days in the summer can be seriously hot though) and this fact has a BIG effect in the way of life. Also the food (either you go out to eat, either you cook) is FANTASTIC!

The bad think is, that during the last years with the economic crysis hitting Greece hard, the local people have suffered a lot and nowdays it's not uncommon to see people searching the garbage bins for something to eat or leaving on a bench. Also, the last years, we have a fascist goverment, so the police has become pretty rough on foreigners and there are lots of instances, where foreign people (tourists, international students) have been beaten or spent time in a cell.

So, in conclusion Athens is a great place to be, if you have a descent income, but the political and economical environment is very tense and things can get pretty bad if you have to interract with the goverment.
#David on Nov 24, 2014 :
Hello everybody I saw on this web site I want property for own My budget is 50,000 - 75,000 Euros. Anywhere in Greece is this possible to buy a property for Non- Euro peoples. Please let me thank you
#anonymous on Nov 08, 2014 :
Don't even bother come to Greece. Politicians are in the corner just to rob your wallet.
#Brian on Oct 22, 2014 :
I'll be moving to Athens next year with my wife and child, I estimate to bring home USD 4,554 as my salary and another USD 1,100 for housing rent (utilities are not included). Do you think We'll be able to live nicely? With that housing budget, which residential are should I looking for apartment/house? how much can I save from my salary? Many thanks in advance
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#Anoushka on Aug 05, 2014 :
HI #JoAnn,

Firstly that's a great salary whether or not living in Athens and secondly I would say yes it's more then enough however, many people forget that Athens is still part of Europe and has European prices.

If you live in the North suburbs like Kifissia, Kefalari, Politia, Nea Erythrea etc then be prepared to spend a lot of money on your living costs as these areas are affluent and expensive. If you go to the Southern suburbs for instance Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni etc also be prepared to spend on your living costs.

Central Athens might be slighter cheaper but by no means cheap but I would say with your salary you would be fine. There's even Piraeus they have some pretty nice suburbs too but it depends on where you're commuting to as well.

Personally I would like to live in Thessio in central Athens I just love it there but after house hunting in the neighbourhood and viewing properties as expensive as 555, 000 EUR for a 3 bedroom/3 bathroom flat I was put off. I'm not prepared to spend that amount of money in Athens. London I would think about it. Anyway you will like Athens when you get to know's very much an insiders city so make sure you make friends.....Good Luck!!!
#JoAnn on Jul 27, 2014 :
Curious - what's the real cost of living nicely in or around Athens? Thinking of taking a position there and with my monthly investment income I'll bring home $3800 euros a month - enough to live nice??? How is it buying a used car? What can I get for say, $10,000 US cash?
#Anonymous on Jun 08, 2014 :
is it good salary in Athens for 1100 euros?
#Bill on Jun 02, 2014 :
Lets be honest:
Rent for a small 2b house in city center(not expensive area), about 300€ & add to that about 200€ for mothly utilities& ...there you are at 500€ just for having a place to live.
So lets see the net salary (after tax etc) nowdays in my city: with a university degree&by working about 9-11h per day, lets say that you should be happy with an more or less 650€-800€ max.
So you have about 150€-300€ to spend for all the rest of your needs, foud included.
If you anyone thinks they can made...welcome guys&girls...&N'joy our sun!!! :-D