Cost of Living in Athens

Summary about cost of living in Athens:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 € 9.00-15.00
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 (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.07 € 2.00-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.60 € 1.00-2.64
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.50 € 0.50-0.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.64 € 3.79-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.73 € 0.54-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.78 € 0.45-1.20
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.09 € 2.00-4.70
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.88 € 2.95-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.15 € 2.45-4.21
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.31 € 3.63-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.62 € 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.65 € 0.53-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.44 € 0.27-0.68
Tomato (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.45-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.42 € 0.27-0.54
Onion (1 lb) 0.37 € 0.23-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.62 € 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.87 € 0.40-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.25 € 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.45 € 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.10-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.50 € 4.20-4.60
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) 3.45 € 2.90-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.19 € 1.09-1.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 11.81 € 10.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.88 € 5.49-6.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 € 16,000.00-22,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,099.87 € 16,500.00-22,870.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 144.08 € 90.67-226.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.36 € 0.15-0.75
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 30.73 € 20.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.30 € 8.33-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.94 € 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.00 € 7.00-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 358.46 € 250.00-450.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,799.64 € 5,000.00-9,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 74.83 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.57 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.34 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 89.89 € 60.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 345.42 € 250.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 296.76 € 220.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 608.32 € 400.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 551.63 € 400.00-750.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 143.91 € 88.26-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 151.47 € 92.90-232.26
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 755.13 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.15 4.00-7.00

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Last update: May 2019
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32 Comments so far

#Pan on Feb 24, 2019 :
You can understand everyone of course that those "Greeks" that say bad things about Athens are xenophobics or not Greeks at all.Athens is more safe than every European capital as Paris Rome London etc. and of course has the less homeless people.
#Christina on Jan 01, 2019 :
Happy New Year! I am looking for information on cost and logistics of renting a dumpster (possible crew) to clean out a field north of Athens near Marathon. An old trailer, equipment, general debris, old fence, etc. Many thanks!
#ruff on Dec 11, 2018 :
I was recently in Athens, Greece for few weeks and find that it is a good place to live. During my stay in athens, I set aside roughly 500 euros weekly for expenses and suprised I still have some leftovers at the end of the week.

Now the question, would be enough with 2K euros/monthly for an expatriate to live in athens, preferably in the city center within 1-2km of monastiraki/syntagma, renting a one bedroom apartment, eating out maybe 4 times a week, some leisure activities and travelling only with metro and/or motorcycle. I also don't go out to pub or drink at night, so will be able to save some money on that.
Appreciate your input.
#Nick on Sep 16, 2018 :
Athens is indeed a very beautiful city to live in as there are countless of activities to do whether cultural or athletic for example. The climate is wonderful and is considered among the best in the world. As for the cost of living here. As an expat, I highly suggest 'renting' at first until you find your job, get settled and see if you can live here on your salary. Many of the comments from Greeks with homes handed down to them by their parents have answers which differ drastically from someone who has to pay rent and utilities, transportation costs, insurance etc etc. Not only are the salaries very low, jobs are hard to come by for many. Many offices prefer younger adults with less responsiblities, who might be willing to work with no insurance among other things and do so for much less than a family man/woman who has two kids to feed at home. Utilties are sky high. They are nowhere near what is stated here and they include many other costs which triple the bill. The supermarket for a family of four who wants to have three proper meals is no less than 600 euros a month. Anything less means you are taking away. Rent to live in a two or three bedroom apartment differs drastically with the average between 200 and 375 euros in the inner ring suburbs. Crime levels are nowhere near what they are in other European cities. It is generally very safe in most of Athens with the exception of a few neighborhoods which are run down by recent migrants/illegals etc. and the sale of drugs is the primary industry of the area. It is by Greek standards that it is very high as Greece was never a country with violent crime. Petty theft was more or less the crime of yesteryear here. Nowadays we hear of other crimes which was traditionally viewed on TV and is now appearing here slowly. To get back to the cost of living, I have found living in Athens a very good experience overall but to attain a good job quite difficult. On the question of bills it is very hard to keep up with your monthly bills. Keeping the family fed is a challenge. If you have kids, the cost of having a baby and keeping the baby fed for the first two three years is three four times more expensive than abroad. Diapers, formula, creams, baby food and the like is very expensive. Again as I said at the beginning, if you have a house that is paid, and you are working only for yourself, you'll be "okay". If you are married, the two of you will work it out as long as at least one of you is working. If you have a family, unless you are both working and you are bring in at least two thousand euros per month clear, you don't have a chance. You'll be making one sacrifice after the other. Rent, try it out for a year. If you can live here or any other foreign city to you, then make a permanent move. If not, bear the brunt of the difficulties you are going through where you are. It is much more difficult to go through difficult times in a foreign country than your own.
#Karen on Aug 24, 2018 :
Can you please tell me how much cost middle privat school per month? And kifisia area is good and save for children?
#john on Jul 23, 2018 :
in athens salary is low but you can have better life compare with other cities of europe cause you can have your own big is so cheap in athens,gyms are cheap,food and nightlife also cheap.supermarket is more expensive than other europe cities but its ok.i stayed in rome before i had better salary but the money was not enought to do the same thing like in athens
#JamesJ on Jul 01, 2018 :
It's not as bad as many people say. There might be high unemployment, but there are even waiters or barmen in Athens (no higher education needed) who make 1.000 - 1.500 €/month
#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

If you need more help, SKYPE me at kwstasxgr1
#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
Hanah Yousif
#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