Cost of Living in Belgrade

Summary about cost of living in Belgrade, Serbia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.68 € 5.12-10.24
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 32.84 € 25.59-51.18
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.82 € 5.97-7.64
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.13 € 1.28-2.99
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.56 € 2.13-3.58
Cappuccino (regular) 1.80 € 1.11-2.87
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.74 € 1.36-2.13
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.19 € 0.85-1.71
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.79 € 3.87-5.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.55 € 0.39-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.80 € 0.46-1.35
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.23 € 1.54-2.56
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.10 € 1.55-6.80
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.87 € 1.86-3.48
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.45 € 3.29-5.42
Apples (1 lb) 0.45 € 0.27-0.58
Banana (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.46-0.89
Oranges (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.43-0.97
Tomato (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.39-0.97
Potato (1 lb) 0.36 € 0.25-0.46
Onion (1 lb) 0.26 € 0.19-0.39
Lettuce (1 head) 0.60 € 0.30-1.02
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.52 € 0.43-0.77
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.12 € 2.99-10.24
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.68 € 0.51-0.94
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.15 € 0.77-1.71
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.41 € 2.99-3.84
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.77 € 0.76-0.85
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 27.94 € 25.59-30.71
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.88 € 1.62-2.13
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.10 € 0.89-1.65
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 7.68 € 6.40-8.53
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.47 € 5.68-7.10
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,624.92 € 23,624.92-24,140.40
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,974.89 € 18,390.72-23,884.49
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 144.98 € 108.76-193.35
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.04-0.13
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 23.02 € 13.65-39.23
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29.15 € 23.88-42.65
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.56 € 6.82-19.62
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.12 € 4.27-7.68
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 277.80 € 213.25-350.01
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,249.61 € 4,265.09-10,043.13
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 66.98 € 25.59-102.36
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.49 € 17.06-42.65
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.93 € 59.71-127.95
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 104.62 € 59.71-170.60
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 616.65 € 400.02-1,000.04
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 382.95 € 255.91-700.03
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,108.96 € 767.72-1,706.04
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 703.37 € 500.02-1,006.56
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 284.06 € 232.26-371.62
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 174.78 € 148.65-213.68
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 632.20 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.16 3.00-6.00

Prices in Belgrade

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58 Comments so far
Anonymous on Dec 02, 2022:
Serbia is full of terrorists and wannabe mafia types.
Anonymous on Nov 30, 2022:
Serbia government has always taxed pensions abroad just how it is no tax websites are needed to know that.Serbia will never be a member of the EU for these reasons.Serbian citizens have a rebel mindset just like Russians do.
Erick on Sep 14, 2022:
@Anonymous on Aug 24, 2022 on taxes in Serbia>

here is a very helpful site to get pretty accurate tax information on countries worldwide: https://taxsummaries.pwc.com
For Serbia check here: https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/serbia/individual/taxes-on-personal-income

As you mentioned after spending 183 days in Serbia you are considered resident thus taxable on your worldwide income (see residency section of the above mentioned report). Also I did not find any mention of a tax exclusion or special deductions for incomes out of retirement plans for that country (Serbia) in the report.

Getting trustable information before making such important decisions resp. moves is key. Keeping up to date with such information is key also as things can change (sometimes quickly as it happened in Malaysia with the MM2H program). Double checking information even if trusted is not a bad idea either.
Anonymous on Jul 04, 2022:
Love serbian food & happy-minded and admirable serbians to all international guests, good luck and prosperity to the nation
Anonymous on May 24, 2022:
Overpriced real estates for a city without metro, bad cleaning services, bad traffic, bad air quality, half baked city center... Clubing is also overrated in my opinion, there are a lot of night clubs (kafanas), but they all are the same. If you see one, you've seen them all.
Anonymous on Nov 24, 2021:
Americans have an old saying its only mind over matter because you don't matter to us.
Milos on Nov 15, 2021:
Pretty accurate. Life in Belgrade is much much easier and better now in 2021 and its been on an upward scale for the past couple years. Education matters, jobs are everywhere and its just getting better. My wife is from Singapore and she is amazed with life here. Both leaving USA and moving to Belgrade for good.
Kosta on Sep 14, 2021:
Real average net salary in Belgrade is 350-400e (41000-50000din.)
Rade on May 31, 2021:
" If the Serbian government would care enough to understand the pay scale overall isn't adequate to live comfortably things would be much better for everyone."

So it's only about the Government understanding? Simple as that? Are you living on Mars?
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2021:
Serbia has been on a downward spiral for years now and it isn't getting any better I'm from Belgrade.The amounts of money given by people aren't correct. If the Serbian government would care enough to understand the pay scale overall isn't adequate to live comfortably things would be much better for everyone.
Anonymous on Feb 27, 2021:
Keep in mind that Serbian Bureau of Statistics lies about average salaries, so the people dont revolt and the main party stays in power. The real situation is that average salary is around 350 euros, and the prices of everything is the same as in west Europe. Exept real estate and cigarettes.
Marko on Feb 01, 2021:
Average net salary for Belgrade was 75649 RSD in november 2020 and not 61617 RSD.
Anonymous on Jan 15, 2021:
I spent one month in Serbia two weeks in Belgrade two weeks in Nis.If you're looking for a place that pretty much has it all for a much reduced standard of living without giving up convience,then Nis is that place. Ofcourse Belgrade is nice too which we enjoyed during our visit.
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
No matter what country anyone is from there'll never be peace amoung people because they want to represent their ideals of their country upon others and expect them to agree which will never happen.Many people may think the pandemic worldwide is a terrible thing and it is in certain ways.But one thing is for certain it has forcefully made people around the world to distance themselves from each other.Travel has been highly restricted worldwide too.No matter where anyone is from or what their status is in life another thing is a reality. The pandemic has truly alienated people and cultures from each other which is just the beginning of the new normal.Although costs of living are important to everyone throughout life there's a new need presented it's called survival.
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2020:
No worries covid19 has put the world on notice and it's the beginning of the end even though people around the world won't accept the outcome the proof is total inaliation. However people around the world desperately needed a wake up call, but remember it's just the beginning of much more to come no matter how much others cannot accept doom and gloom being a stark reality.
Tariq on Oct 17, 2020:
Actually I've visited Serbia three times in the last 5 years, I found it affordable, I agree with some previous comments that there is some stereotype or a propaganda which promote Eastern Europe as a bad place, there is many Eastern European countries who have developed and managed to build a good economy such as Poland which is located in central Europe, where Poland used to be in the past and where they are in the present time, Italy France and Spain are suffering from bad economy, I don't speak Serbian but I managed to find few nice and friendly Serbian people who were kind and warm, I think Serbia deserves a chance to develop and move forward, I am thinking with my partner to open a small size business in Serbia, I don't know much people in Serbia but I would like to make new friends
mister X on Jul 26, 2020:
Belgrade is by far the richest city of all cities in former Yugoslavia, except Zagreb and Ljubljana who are much smaller cities.
So in Belgrade you have all kinds of people, rich, poore, etc. but the fact is Belgrade can offer you lots of chances you would not have in smaller exYU cities.
Belgrade has been growing at fast pace since 2000, and during the last few years the city is even faster transforming itself, faster than anytime in history. Many people lifted up themselves out of poverty.
For example you can not find a good electrician, for less than 50 euro per 2 hours, good independent car-mechanic won't come to work in your service if you don't pay him 1000-2000 euro, professional waiter won't work if you don't pay him 600 euro plus at least 600 tips, hairstylist 500euro + tips 500 euro.
Of course if you are not skilled, or independently working, but just a helper of a professional, you can not earn even a third of what I wrote.
I lived during the 90es outside of Serbia, in West Europe and USA, and I returned in 2001, with a little savings started my own business, on the market, everything was lacking at those times in Belgrade, and enterpreneurs who knew how to fulfill the gap made millions. I muself know a few self-made millionaires (from 2-3 to 40 million) who during the 90es could not afford to eat, and after selling some little estate, invested into machines, started production or import of things everyone needed.
There are many such cases, so everyone can come and visit Belgrade, and many haters will start loving it, or hate it even more, it's all up to you guys!
Anonymous on Jun 03, 2020:
CHEAP HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I live in Serbia and so many things are expensive
If there is a thing for 300$ in Serbia it would cost 400$
Krešimir on May 02, 2020:
Belgrade is the largest city of ex-Yugoslavia and certainly has a lot to offer to everyone. People are generally very kind and helpful and I feel at home in this city whenever I come for a visit or on business.
Night life is rich and diverse and the city itself is not mentally and spiritually sterile. I always look forward to coming back, and any turist will probably feel the same way as Belgradians are easy-going people and great friends. ZG ♡ BG Lijep pozdrav! ;)
Anonymous on Mar 18, 2020:
If one man is eating meat and another man is eating cabbage, they are eating sarma on average
Anonymous on Feb 26, 2020:
Average salary in Belgrade is 74,000 RSD / 636€ per month by the newest data.
Nathasa on Feb 04, 2020:
How much paid for a skilled/unskilled construction worker in Belgrade?
Belgrade man on Jan 19, 2020:
90% of Belgrade earns around 250-300 euros a month and that is the whole truth. I dont know where do people come up with those numbers 500, 600, 700?? That's nonsense.
Anonymous on Jan 07, 2020:
A blok 3000 eur. Zemun 2200+ to buy 1m2 of apartment.!!!!
As on Dec 17, 2019:
This is great estimate. I have two children which make us four person family. An calculation is right. I am wondering how regular people survive in Belgrade with low/average salaries and have children. Answer is probably that we leave still in big families where everybody work and contribute for youngest ones. I am working for US companies development so I can afford to have two children but still nothing fancy.
Anonymous on Dec 14, 2019:
Average salary in Belgrade is 600€/mo, and in few neighbourhoods it's over 700€/mo.

People working in IT/or for foreign enterprises, banking sector make over 1,000€ without doubt.
Ivan on Nov 01, 2019:
@#Anonymous on Aug 12, 2019 :
Apparently you are also doing well at killing your own children in schools and shopping malls... Congrats, keep practicing, and make the world a better place
Natasa on Aug 15, 2019:
I was reading some of the comments and can't believe what I am reading. I used to live in Serbia and miss it every day. It is truth that Western Europeans think of the whole 'Eastern Europe' including Serbia as a bad place, but it is only due to propaganda. People are brainwashed to believe that they are better there. On the contrary, their people (I live in the G. Britain and will return to live in Serbia as soon as I can) are lacking basic education and some of the natives speak English worse than anybody who has finished Grammar school in Serbia. There is nothing better in great Britain but the amount of money you earn. Food is rubbish, people are robots who get drunk every weekend in a pub so they can stand their meaningless little lives. People in Serbia are lovely, polite and friendly and I think that some of the people there don't know how lucky they are to be there. I know many people want to leave because of bigger salaries and opportunities for work, but quality of life is so much better in Serbia because what you have there cannot be bought with money. I wasn't lucky to be able to stay and find work in Serbia, but I hope that this will change in the future.
Anonymous on Aug 12, 2019:
My wife and I visited Belgrade May 2019 not as tourists but to see how many buildings we're damaged with bombs from NATO 20 years ago. We weren't impressed to see so few buildings destroyed,or to find out the small number of Serbs that died during the 78 days of NATO bombing.You never send boys to do a man's job.Be happy that NATO pilots were flying those U S bombers and not real U S pilots, otherwise Belgrade would've been leveled and no Serbs left.As we were looking at some damaged buildings a Serbian man told my husband NATO most vicious military on earth my husband laughed and said give the U S military a reason and we'll show Serbia what vicious really looks like afterall the U S military does one thing very well anialating countries and people, best in the world, practice makes perfect.
Anonymous on Aug 10, 2019:
Numbers numbers numbers people can calculate and put incorrect numbers out there all day.Salarys even within the same company for the same jobs can and normally are different pay because it all depends upon skill levels and actually the astetics ie attractiveness of the employee being male or female hired.The anonymous post July 24 is just putting numbers out there but once again calculating pay scales is impossible.
Anonymous on Jul 24, 2019:
Also, 67,864 RSD is netto (after tax). Many European countries and US calculate average salary in brutto (before tax). Average Belgrade salary before tax is 941 eur, which is 110,906 RSD. But as you can see, government taxes are high so basically person who earns 576eur after tax, pays about 365 in taxes (original salary would be 941eur)
Anonymous on Jul 24, 2019:
The average salary posted for Belgrade, is average salary for Serbia. In Belgrade region, average salary in 2019 was 576 eur, which is 67,864 RSD.
Anonymous on Jul 16, 2019:
IT sector brings the average salary up in Belgrade, I'm netting (after taxes) around 140K, and I'm not even a senior yet...
Whatever on Jun 09, 2019:
There is no point relying on any open discussion about Serbia on whole internet. That Country is surrounded by so many "forum psychopaths", that one's gonna end up reading all sorts of disgusting words against anything comes from there, and end up with no conclusion or with the wrong one. I suggest, if you're open minded, to go to any country. All of them are good. Serbia is cheap, Belgrade too if you shop around, as anywhere else, it's high on the food, drinks and night life scale. What else do we need?
Anonymous on May 27, 2019:
I visited Belgrade Novi Sad and Nis on a one month vacation in April.The weather was nice not very expensive either.
Anonymous on May 16, 2019:
Things may improve but it's doubtful especially since many from small towns left Belgrade for economic reasons.If monthly saleries would increase to RSD 65k throughout Serbia the economy would turn around quickly on a positive note.It'll take time if that happens but it won't happen soon.
miki on Apr 22, 2019:
Average salary in Belgrade is about 65K rsd, but median salary is around 42K. This is changing slowly because a lot of people come from inside the country to take any jobs here. In their native places they have none. At the same time there are no major industrial developments here.

Things may improve only when the small towns exhaust their pool of workers coming in or try to get more investments.
Anonymous on Apr 17, 2019:
I've read so many comments on Numbeo and the majority of them are negative as to salaries and different opinions according to how life is.Theres no such thing as the perfect salary, never will be.Numbeo is a format asking others to be truthful about current costs of living, and that's something everyone should appreciate because honest input is essentially needed,atleast that's how I feel it should be.Instead of contributors just putting numbers out there try to make them accurate because it helps everyone.Numbeo is about cost of living not life experiences, remember that too. Thank you
Anonymous on Apr 14, 2019:
# To Anonymous Post April 14. A friend told me the same thing you posted, she worked for Google as a design engineer back in 2004.I guess Bill Gates must have done something really bad with past and present employees involved but she hung up when I asked that question. April-London
Anonymous on Apr 12, 2019:
# Anton Grosic Yes there's alot of trolls here, maybe you're one too maybe not.It remains to be seen the level of low pay which is a reality for the majority of Serbs.Eastern Europe is spinning out of control just as Western Europe with low wages.There's nothing to look forward to even the youth simply because the government is moving backwards not forwards.Painting a Rosey picture as you've done is easy but when Serbs look at their wages the cost of living doesn't match the wages people receive.My brother is a mechanical engineer,his pay very low.Hes been trying to get a work visa for the U S for almost two years now.He's highly qualified,a professional.The U S keeps on rejecting his applications for a visa.My brothers friends say the same.Europe and the European Union should've treated the U S better over the years but they didn't.The U S has walked away from all of Europe and honestly I don't blame them.
Anton Grosic on Apr 12, 2019:
Hello everyone !
I read the 20 last comments and I can say that there are some trolls here.
Of course, life in Belgrade is hard. There are a lot of people who don't earn enough to live in Stari Grad or Dorcol, but it's the same thing in Paris or Berlin or London. Working class works in centre and lives in suburbs as everywhere in Europe or US.
The average net salarys are low but a emerging sectors pay good salarys (IT sector in Belgrade is exceptionnal for example. With a little bit more support from the government the Belgrade IT sector could be the best in Eastern Europe. I think the young generation (20-35) must look forward and they are well educated so they can attract foreign companies. Be patient, look forward !
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2019:
Numbeo gives the net monthly salary after taxes.510eur 600eur to 700eur in New Belgrade net per month? Sorry to burst your bubble# Nicole but I have a professional position in New Belgrade,a doctor of 16 years,a specialist.My brother lives in Western Europe, salaries there aren't calculated before taxes.I don't know which official statistics you're speaking about other than your own.The information you provided isn't correct by any means.Let Numbeo calculate salaries and listen to people that actually live in Belgrade instead of giving false salaries and other information as you've done.My net pay after taxes averages between 480 to 550 each month tops.I know general workers that make half of that each month net.How do I know that? Because their patients of mine and I extend them credit after looking at their monthly salary from their employers.
Nicole on Mar 24, 2019:
Average salary in Belgrade is 510 Euro by official statistics, and in rich municipalities New Belgrade it's over 600eur, and Vracar over 700eur. That's netto. One big confusion is about salaries. When we talk about salaries in Serbia they are calculated as netto (means after tax). Average Belgrade salary neto-after tax is 510eur, which is roughly before tax 830eur. People in western Europe and in US calculate salary as before tax.
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2019:
Hey Gory just asking me if I'm from Albania or Kosovo says you're just like all of the other losers in Serbia.Take your narrow minded tiny little dick down your rat hole because that's all your needle dick could ever satisfy,a rat. Abigail
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2019:
Hey Goran Gory,I'm from Britian and not a fan of CNN.I only visit Belgrade rarely to get 16% interest rates on large deposits I make for 6 month interest rate returns on my money.I've seen first hand how Serbians ie locals react to each other and the outcome is bleak to say the least.You're only defending Serbia because you live in that shithole,no other reasons.All of Eastern Europe in the Balkans are the same.Dreary negative towards everyone including others that have lived there all of their lives.That's always been the mindset,no progression just nothingness they portray.FYI all of Western Europe considers Eastern Europe a shithole full of mindless infidels including Serbia.Look in the mirror and you'll see one yourself.
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2019:
@Anonimus - Man, you are a total idiot and I am sure you know that. My name is Goran, not short for anything. What is your name and where are you from? Albania, Kosovo???
But, even if you go to Serbia from time to time, which I doubt, why you do that if you hate it so much? It is obvious that you are a CNN type of idiot since your comments are completely removed from reality. For you, and those like you, Serbia is land of good , kind people. Inform yourself before you start embarrassing yourself even though you are not using your real name. So, go back to your rat hole where you belong!
Anonymous on Mar 05, 2019:
It's called war Serbia got what it deserved.Obviously you live there Goran but I don't only visited briefly.GORAN what a name.Is that short for GORY? I've never been miserable just the facts about Serbia and their people.Enjoy your war torn shithole in Serbia you deserve it.Truth is truth let serbians rot.FYI Russia doesn't want Serbia either.
Goran Radojević on Mar 05, 2019:
@Anonymous -
There are so many 'Anonymous' comments here so it is hard to answer some of them. But, one of these 'Anonymous' (comment dated February 28th) is obviously very miserable and unhappy with being in Serbia. Why don't you leave and go some place where you will be happy. Besides, your nonsense comments about US and Russia in relations to events is Serbia are so ridiculous. US has inflicted damage to Serbia worth billions of $$ and now they are 'helping' for free??
He said - 'Serbia is nothing more than a shithole, literally, just as their people are, let Serbia rot no other countries care'.
I wonder if even a mother could love an idiot of this magnitude? My condolences to your mother, wherever she is.
Anonymous on Feb 21, 2019:
I'm a Brit I lived in Serbia for 5 years.Eight months in Belgrade and my other time spread out living in different areas near Belgrade.Its a shame wages are so low for natives of Serbia and people in general.Slums abound not only in Belgrade but neighboring areas near Belgrade.Rents are very reasonable in general.Serbia wouldn't be a bad place to live but between government corruption and multitudes of scammers whom openly try to scam people even locals scam each other.I left Serbia last week and I'll never return.The people are viscious to put it mildly and quite dangerous not only to foreigners but unto themselves.
Belgradian on Jan 05, 2019:
As somebody said a graduated IT junior worker will agreed to work in IT outsourcing web developing jobs here even for 200 euro a month for 150 working hours which is about only 1.3 euro an hour starting hourly rate if you give him/her a proper accomodation-a room with all facilities and free food.

Renting a house in suburbs of Belgrade area is an excellent idea for foreign entrepreneurs coz you can put 2 people on site in 2 separate rooms and an additional 3rd room is an official office.That way people here do not travel to work and they work to the maximum coz they have everything free of charge(accommodation+food) and a salary.90% of IT professionals and in my own opionon highly skilled IT professionals in Belgrade are coming from undeveloped small cities outside Belgrade from undeveloped areas in country and they are agreed to work for 200-250 euro any IT outsourcing task with accommodation/food provided.

Accommodation in suburbs is about 50 euro per person per room in 3-4 bedroom house and the food is about 100 euro from cheap online food distributors they bring the food at your doors without any additional cost per worker to fill up their freezer so they can cook and take as much as they want.The pain is you have to deal with Serbian language.Almost 95% of online services are in Serbian and Google translate option doesn't help a lot since you will get wrong translation due to high complexity of Serbian/Slavic language.

So in all 250 euro is a cost to rent for a large 3 bedroom house in suburs+200 euro per IT worker+200 euro per additional IT worker with free room and food provided+100 euro per person for food,that's all about 850 euro a month for a large fully furnished house,2 workers on site per month all expenses.Setting up your business in centre of city is 300% more expensive anywherea between 1500-2000 euro.

Those 2 IT workers can make about anything between 2-5 thousands euro in outsourced IT projects to rich EU and USA countries with foreign IT manager/local company(DOO)owner who is native english/german/french/scandinavian speaker.
Belgradian on Jan 05, 2019:
I forgot to mention if you buy any real estate in Serbia not just in Belgrade anywhere in country it can be a house even priced for 5000 euro ready for living,unbelievable but truth,coz many people are leaving country to EU to work for higher salaries in last couple of years and real eastate prices are going down dramaticaly especialy in east part of coountry,once you buy any real estate you get an ongoing permision of stay from local authorities,you do not need to mary Serbian etc.Many people from Turkey and Eastern Europe and Russia did get an official permision of staying.Then with permision of staying and registered company (DOO) which you can register with just 1 euro deposit/50 euro in settling up the papers/lawyer they provide officianly services to foreign tourists in Belgrade in cooperation with local people,and they live quite well without any work and they make 2-3K euro a month at least doing nothing,just a website from local web agency for 50-100 eur with credit card procesement as a registered company(DOO)and a local people working as a tourist guider/hostess/salons/bars...Serbia has one of the lowest salary in Europe but if you can manage investments here you can live very pleasantly with just 5-10K euro invested with 1-2 worker onsite and at least 1K euro in profit a month from tourism sector.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2019:
Public transport in Belgrade sucks unfortunatelly.In order to manage Belgrade public transport you need a local people to assist you,the service and quality of buses and trams are out of any comments.

Usual salary in private sector is 170-250 euro a month.In public sector much higher about 400 euro but that's for vip people reserved.Shops,bars,shopping malls,social activities are great.Many Serbian people from smaller places invest their savings in Belgrade's tourism industry and activities for EU tourists.It is a city to relax and to forget all your worries but you must find some relieble and honest people before you come.

A city has many fake real estate agents and fake tourist guider.Be aware of unregistered airport's taxi drivers.

Do not enter into any taxi on Belgrade's airport.

Get a bus no 72/A1 which are passing each 10 minutes.

The bus 72/A1 ticket is less than a euro/80 eurocents.

If you get a fake taxi from airport they will charge you 100 or 150 euro for 20 km half an hour drive from airport to the centre ,once you arrive in centre of city.One of the most bad experience with tourists in Belgrade are unregistered and fake taxi drivers on Belgrade's airport.Be aware of them and do not trust them any word they say to you.

Be aware of many scammers although majority of people if very honest and they will assist you free of charge.The best rule to have a good time in Belgrade is to first find local honest people from FB or similiar social network to wait for you on airport then to come.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2019:
Finding accomodation on local craiglist is the most expensive way due to high commisions of sub-agents and ads cost.The cheapest way to find cheap and good accomodation is through local people,Serbian students with local friendships etc.One french girl did find a fuly equieped room for 65 euro a month with bills included as well in prica in a shared flat of one old granny from an sticky ad on local bus stop 5 km from centre of city.A similiar room on local ads in that area is adverstised 150 euro due to many sub-agents and real estate unneccary commisions.Get a local serbian buddy and you will see that Belgrade is cheaper than most of African or Asian cities.Local ads are full with scammers.Find a local human conenection they will assist you free of charge honestly do not believe in local craiglist nor internet ads.
Serbia in fact on Jan 04, 2019:
A friend of mine is renting a fully furnished house in Zeleznik area which is about 17 km from centre of Belgrade for 170 euro a month,3 bedrooms 85 m2-900 square feet total space,large kitchen,balcony and a guard dog in yard with frequent bus lines you're in less than 20 minutes in the centre of city.Each room is fully furnished with central heating and he has plenty of trees,greens and fresh air around.Utility bills are about 50 euro a month in summer time increasing up to 80 euro in winter snowy time for all house not per room,but not more than that.In all for =250 two hundred fifty euro for a fully furnished house 85m2/900sqf with all utility bills included in winter time/220 euro in a summer.There are 4 persons there staying and paying each 60 euro per person for 30 days in month of staying,that's 2 euro a day with all bills included.
Finding houses in suburbs of Belgrade is much easier and 2-3 times cheaper than in centre of city.One of them is from England and he says nobody had asked him anything about permision of stay or similiar papers unlike renting a house in England or Netherlands or Germany.He just gave the money to the landlord/owner and he got a house key after 15 minutes of inspection of house.No hassles no deposits no stupit bureaucracy like in EU.He works there as a native english teacher part time 3-4 hours a day and he makes about 50-60 euro a day after one on one english clasess to the local low age young students from rich Belgredian families who are lookgin especially for native English teacher,billed on hourly basis about 12-15 euro per 2 persons by table.His wife is about to come soon.He says he enjoyed in Belgrade for last couple of months like never in his life in boring England.After giving english classed he spends his 50 euro a day salary in Belgrade pubs and sightseeing all day.No taxes on that income.Nothing.
Anonymous on Jan 02, 2019:
Average salary is totally correct. Some people need to make difference between average and median salary. Average salary is definitely 46,000rsd per month. There're plenty of people (Teachers, Doctors, Policemen, Lawyers, Accountants, Bank employees etc. who make more). Of course that bakery laborers make the least because it's starter job. Just take a look around, Serbians should not be considered as "poor" while almost all are dressed well, shoping malls/caffes are full, everyone have new smartphones, almost all have car etc. It's true Serbia is much much poorer than Germany, USA, UK but our people ain't living much worse. I don't say there are no poor people out there, but take a look even the most developed countries have poor people, in the fact more developed countries have even more % of homeless than Serbia.
Anonymous on Dec 30, 2018:
I know a lady from UK she came in Belgrade 6 years ago,she is renting a 3 bedroom apartmant in a Belgrade suburb area for 150 euro,in 1 bedroom is a IT professional for sleeping/living and other 2 rooms are redo into office space.

In one of the room a young freshly graduated IT professional aged 22 years is working on IT outsourcing project for UK clients that mentioned English lady is supplying from UK.

The guy gets about 260 euro monthly salary for extensive website admin works 150 hours a work and UK's lady/firm owner is making about 5K euro a month from just that one single guy in IT outsourcing services in Belgrade with free room to stay and free food as well along with 260 euro a month salary.

I do talk just a primer how easily is to make a money in Belgrade and to live pleasantly if you know to deal with EU/USA companies as a foreigner.A UK's lady came in Belgrade 6 years ago as a tourist,but she made a lot o local networks and friendships and she started IT outsourcing business with just 500 euro/400 GBP.She say in UK/England you can just survive with that money for a week or two without any worker.In Belgrade she has a large 3 bedroom house/office and an IT worker.
Belgradian on Dec 30, 2018:
Salaries are much lower than 391 euro a month as shown especially in private sector.

I know a girl working as a seller in a local bakery in the centre of city for just 24k dinars which is 195 euro a month/25 working days a month/180 working hours.That way Belgrade is one of the lowest paid city in Europe but people agreed to work for that.

Best thing for foreigner is to register a DOO(Limited liability company in Serbian) and employ Serbians to work in tourism industry or any outsourcing field for EU/USA clients.An average rent for 3 rooms apartments that can be easily remande into working office is just 150-180 euro a month.Bills are about 50-60 euro in summer,100 euro in winter.

With 1 worker and and an working premises of about 50-60 m2 a foreigner(s) has a fully working firm/company in Europe for just 200+200=400 euro a month all together.

Unbelievable but truth.

Do not trust local lawyers or consultancy firms ever.Find a local educated person from a local universities they are many or from any local/internet craig list/ads.
Belgradian on Dec 30, 2018:
Prices for renting in Belgrade do vary a lot.Local people can easily find a 30 square meters furnished apartmant in a suburbs area about 15-20 km from center of the city for just 100 euro without bills.The cheapest way to rent anything in Belgrade is a room or house in suburbs,you just pay rent 100-120 euro and the bills are small indeed about 30-40 euro for electricity,water and internet/wi-fi.

Centre of city is horribly expensive for rent and is almost reserved for tourists.The prices shown in list abour rents are a bit high.The more you go from center of the city the cheaper sometimes 2-3 times than numbers shown.

Hostle industry is booming.I had a friend in centre of Belgrade she is the owner of several hostels.If you rent an apparmtent for your self alone it can goes up to 30-35 euro a day.If you rent a bed you can find in for 5 euro a day.

She rents a bed for 5 euro a night.Belgrade is quite cheap if you know local people to assist you.Stay away from wild unregistered taxi drivers from local airport at any price.

Never jump into any taxi from airport a usually fee will be about 100 euro although official price is just 15-20 euro.Use bus no.72 or A1 the difference is about 10-15 minutes and it cost just 89 dinars/0.8 euro bus ticket for 20 km long way from airport to the centre.

All these prices shown are for people who come straight away.Knowing local people will help you a lot.I personaly live with 200-250 euro a month in Belgrade single.120 euro for a fully furnished 35 m2 in a suburb with all bills included,dialy expenses for food are about 2-3 euro per person if you are not food lover and if you do not eat like a pig.

Belgrade is one the cheapest capital in Europe but you must be carefuly do not trust anybody 100%.Tourism is huge here and many people from small cities in Serbia are coming to Belgrade to work in tourism industry.

Public transport is a pain one of the worst in Europe rent a car of find a a local driver.Anything else is ok.Good bars,shops,people,very cheap 1st class medical and dental services,I know many people from USA and Western Europe coming here for surgery and dental services,they say it is up to 90% cheaper than in their countries.