Cost of Living in Athens

Summary about cost of living in Athens, Greece:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 € 6.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 € 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 2.50-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 € 3.00-6.50
Cappuccino (regular) 3.13 € 1.50-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.75 € 1.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.50 € 0.50-0.60
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.66 € 3.60-6.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.45-1.13
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.81 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.12 € 1.56-4.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.70 € 2.72-6.35
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.16 € 1.81-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.24 € 3.18-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.45-1.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.53-1.13
Oranges (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.23-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.34-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.38 € 0.23-0.64
Onion (1 lb) 0.37 € 0.22-0.77
Lettuce (1 head) 0.60 € 0.40-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.78 € 0.30-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 3.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.39 € 1.00-2.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.12 € 1.00-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.60 € 4.30-5.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.40 € 1.20-1.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.00 € 30.00-32.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 2.60-3.70
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.19 € 1.19-2.01
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 11.81 € 11.00-20.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.57 € 5.11-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 € 18,000.00-22,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,260.40 € 17,600.00-21,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 139.01 € 85.00-212.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.39 € 0.10-0.80
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 30.45 € 25.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.63 € 8.33-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.72 € 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.00 € 7.00-9.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 396.25 € 300.00-600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,168.75 € 5,000.00-11,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 71.34 € 40.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.49 € 18.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 67.86 € 50.00-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.94 € 50.00-120.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 396.07 € 300.00-600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 343.34 € 250.00-450.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 713.97 € 550.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 628.62 € 450.00-900.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 168.93 € 111.48-278.71
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 172.56 € 102.19-232.26
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 813.44 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.46 3.00-7.00

Prices in Athens

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31 Comments so far
Costas Kouts on Jul 23, 2020:
Ans Mayasi Mayasi

Hey, Kallithea has its own train station which is 11 minutes walk from your work.

The train station has stops on the following areas : Tauros, Thisio, Monastiraki, Omonoia, Viktoria, Attiki, Aghios Eleutherios, Aghios Nikolaos, Ano Patisia, Perissos and some more further away (The train in the green line). With 400-500/month you can find something good for yourself (450 without bills like internet, water, electricity). If you plan on using a car to get to work you can check other areas too. Use spiti24.gr to see some properties. Search mostly for " Athens-center" or "Athens-south" .
Ans Mayasi Mayasi on Jul 06, 2020:
Hello Im leaving Holland cause they offered me a job in Athene. It’s No problem for me to travel an hour to work If I cam get a Nicer place Instead. Im kinda off modern and I want to keep it like that. Looking for a rent to hire for a year around 400/500 per month. This is where I will be working. 330 Eleftheriou Venizelou (Thisseos) Ave.
17675, Kallithea. This is my first experience.
John on Mar 20, 2020:
It is hard to believe the prices for rents posted here. I live in Athens long enough to know it is impossible to get any decent apartment outside the city center for less than 700 in a good neighbourhood. More likely its around 1000-1200 and on top of that you need to add bills for electricity and so on. If you are lucky you will get something nice for less than 1000. Forget city center, prices may be lower but this is not the place to be (filthy, dark and crowded). Reading about whole houses and villas for less than 1000 makes me laugh. Not in Athens, maybe far from here in distant location in much poorer areas you can find it, but good luck living there. Basically those years are gone and prices are much higher now for rent. If you dont earn more than 1.5k per person just forget it.
Enric on Feb 26, 2020:
The cheapest living options are 200€ rooms in shared apartments in the centre-north of the city (around Victoria or Amerikis). I've lived there. They have a negative reputation, and they are actually ugly, but they weren't as bad as one would expect after hearing some comments. Part of their negative reputation are prejudices againsnt African and Muslim immigrants who live there.

Groceries or basic shopping costs are at least 200€ per month and person. Fruits, vegetables and raw ingredients are very common and affordable (though not super cheap, prices are not too different than what I've seen in other countries). Sadly there are very few options (less than in other countries) for "easy meals". If you don't like to cook too much (or you don't have too much time) you can spend a lot in food. Frozen pizzas cost over 4€ and that is if you're luck to find one.

Public transport is affordable with a 30€ monthly card, but it is the worst I've seen in Europe. Only the proper metro is fine, sadly there are only two lines. The "green like" (or train) is overcrowded, some buses are a disaster and so are the trolleybuses. They are not as frequent as they should be and crowd ness can reach extreme levels in some places and times.

The most common street food options are gyro (a brochette) and soulaki ("Greek durum")
The cheapest gyros cost 2€ per brochette (many would get two more though) or 3€ for a soulaki
If you want to sit down the cheapest restaurants cost 10€ per person

Clothes can be affordable if if you go for second hand shops. I've found used jeans for 5€ and used shirts for 1€

Anyway. The best about Athens is how apartment and public transport prices are still cheaper than in most European capitals, but they are often also worse. Maybe the minimum wage to survive in Athens without being homeless is 600€ per month, but that is living with a lot of frustration and poverty, no vices, no enjoyment, no dates, just going for the cheapest and saving absolutely nothing. I would not recommend anyone to move to Athens unless they offer you a wage over 1000€ per month (after taxes)
Mike on Jan 29, 2020:
Living in chalandri with my wife and two kids, my expenses are as follows:
Electricity: approx 200 every two months, amazingly out of the total bill, around 80 euro is tax and the rest is my electricity consumption, mind boggling.
Grocery: 400 per month at least
Petrol: 80 to 100 per month without any day trips
Common charges: 80 to 100, its a complete rip off!
Car insurance: 140 every six months
If my employer wasn't paying for my accommodation (800/month) and medical expenses, it would be practically impossible to survive on anything less than 2000 euro per month. You are paying 24 pc vat on everything. If you plan to travel outside the city, be prepared to set aside at least 30 to 40 euro for toll tax with toll stations practically a
Located after every 50 to 80 km.
Julie on Oct 20, 2019:
Was surprised how much I loved Greece. There's a rugged honesty to the people and the country. People are abrupt but very friendly and willing to help if you ask. And as a San Franciscan, my expenses in Greece seemed minimal by comparison. Many people bash Athens, but my sons and I felt safe,and enjoyed the vibrant pulse of the city.

By the way- We can unite the world with kindness and acceptance!
Anonymous on Sep 15, 2019:
Hi everyone,
I am Greek and I was born and lived abroad most of my life.
I can say one thing is that the new generation is totaly different, welcoming and not xenophobic at all.
Maybe some people tend to forget that Greece lived many wars and was occupied several times during it’s history, many countries that lived that are far more xenophobic then some Greeks can be.
We are proud yes, we don’t like to be offended, but this is not a greek thing it is a in all the Mediterenean countries, we do have a temper but we are uncivilised.
We have wormth of heart generosity ane kindness that most European countries lost.
We are not rude, the whole country suffered from the Economical crisis, people are simply tired, but they still smile!
There can be a lack of profesionalism compared to some European countries but if you compare that to Mediteranean countries it’s the same there.
Now, despite your income you will have a beautiful quality of life, you can be in one hour by bat on the first island and not for much, you can have nice hikes around Athens, not to mention the cultural scene that is quiet rich Local products are not overpriced, and are not expensive, try to buy local it’s quiet various and delicious.
Local tavernas with home made food are great.
I curently live in the Middle East, where everything is ovepriced, you have to go only to private clubs and beaches, and I would give everything I have to live in Greece!
Enjoy your stay and try to see positive things in our beautiful country.
Artist on Sep 02, 2019:
@ #ruff Yea 2K Euros per month are more than enough to do what you describe.

Athens is a fairly safe city, of course depending on the area one lives.

Prices above are a general indication, fairly true at the moment.

#Dutch Citizen, Pride is not a problem with the Greeks, the problem is indifference in critical situations, and lack of respect or professional ( at least) responsibility to what one does or says, something that is very rare here in Greece. so in general, you have to live here to understand these.

Of course there is no comparacing to the ancent Greeks with these new ones, absolutelly not.
Anonymous on Aug 11, 2019:
To Dutch Citizen, You have the same backwards thinking just like greeks have.Everyone knows the Dutch are nonachievers just like greeks are.Atleast your tongues are both brown from licking each other's asses.Open a jar of green olives and smell them because greeks and Dutch smell just like that,nasty and unclean naturally.
Magda on Jul 11, 2019:
Unfortunately for 4 persons family the cost of leaving in athens is far from this amount.if you add also the rent is doubled.search again the numbers the rents are very high and not lower outside the city center but higher
Dutch Citizen on Jul 07, 2019:
I do honestly not understand what kind of person can write such negativity about Greeks (in Athens). I want to outbalance this comment for others to read. Yes, Greeks have a temperament! It is their nature. And you're in a capital city where life is faster/more chaotic. But I find Greeks to be very warm and welcoming. The most welcoming and warm people in all of Europe. They are interested in you and don't mind talking to you, genuinely interested in where you are from and who you are. Be respectful to them as well! Do not question their history, culture or politics. It's their business, not ours! They have a sense of pride, which is very much needed in Europe in this era. Long live Hellas! From a respecting Dutch citizen.
Anonymous on May 29, 2019:
To Pan # Greece is nothing more than a bunch of failures,rejects of society all of Greece.Athens like all of Greece is full of negative minded people who could care less if anyone visits Greece at all.Currently tourism in Greece is down by 93%,yes tourists were listening and observing behaviors of greeks.Greeks openly display their hatred with anyone who's not from their country and even then there's infighting between locals.Greece will turn into another Moldova in the not too distant future, where nobody visits.Greek God's? I think not.
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:
Hi,
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 apartment.rentals 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 http://www.shopnsave.gr/quick_research.php?x=0&y=0&keywords=%ED%E5%F1%FC 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 movingtoathens.info
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:
Question:
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?

Thanks...
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.