Cost of Living in Belgrade

Summary of cost of living in Belgrade, Serbia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.72 $ 5.55-16.66
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 46.28 $ 35.18-74.05
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.26 $ 8.33-10.18
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.78 $ 1.85-3.70
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.24 $ 2.78-4.81
Cappuccino (regular) 2.39 $ 1.67-3.70
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.24 $ 1.67-2.78
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.55 $ 1.11-2.31
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.10 $ 3.85-6.31
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.71 $ 0.45-1.26
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.15 $ 0.63-1.89
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.72 $ 1.89-3.33
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.50 $ 2.52-10.50
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.28 $ 2.31-3.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.51 $ 4.19-7.56
Apples (1 lb) 0.51 $ 0.34-0.67
Banana (1 lb) 0.75 $ 0.59-0.97
Oranges (1 lb) 0.83 $ 0.50-1.26
Tomato (1 lb) 1.00 $ 0.63-1.26
Potato (1 lb) 0.55 $ 0.38-0.84
Onion (1 lb) 0.54 $ 0.33-0.84
Lettuce (1 head) 0.86 $ 0.46-1.57
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.62 $ 0.46-0.93
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.48 $ 4.17-11.11
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.75 $ 0.59-0.93
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.40 $ 0.89-1.85
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.80 $ 3.52-4.17
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.46 $ 0.46-0.74
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 20.37 $ 20.37-27.77
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.31-2.78
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.43 $ 1.43-2.98
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 11.11 $ 9.26-11.11
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.74 $ 6.06-7.36
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,426.22 $ 27,770.58-28,749.67
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,719.45 $ 24,942.63-26,597.51
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 172.90 $ 118.02-255.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 18.39 $ 9.26-27.77
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 26.22 $ 18.51-37.03
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 33.92 $ 27.77-46.28
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.40 $ 9.26-24.99
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.48 $ 4.81-9.26
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 319.52 $ 277.71-499.87
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,384.11 $ 5,554.12-10,898.71
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 88.97 $ 32.40-122.83
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.31 $ 18.51-55.54
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.10 $ 64.80-138.85
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 119.28 $ 69.43-166.62
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 832.95 $ 555.41-1,084.93
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 480.39 $ 370.27-740.55
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,552.31 $ 1,110.82-2,386.85
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 915.93 $ 647.98-1,356.17
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 378.25 $ 309.59-472.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 228.01 $ 181.43-302.38
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 831.93 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.05 5.00-8.00

Prices in Belgrade

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23 Comments so far
Atomic Ivan on Jan 22, 2024:
God Bless Serbia and its people,
i recommend Budva for vacation,
carrentals travel and foodwine tours:-)
Belgradian on Apr 26, 2023:
I said again after short thinking regarding real estate pricing renting and housing.PRices are made probably by real estate agents in order to profit more than market prices are.1 bedroom apartmant in Belgrade 30-35 m2 outside city center you can find for 150 euro if you speak serbian .2 bedroom apartmant 200 eura you can choose among thousands of offers.These prices here regarding renting of flats are overpriced.Horribly.150-200 euro a month that is the real price of renting 1 or 2 bedroom fully furnished apartmant in Belgrad not in center but in some suburbs with 15 minutes bus drive to the city center.Period.
Belgradian on Apr 26, 2023:
PRices for renting apartmants are NOT accurate.I rent 37 m2 apartmant 18 km from center with frequent bus lines to city center for 130 euro a month without utility bill.Utility bills are 50 euros max.180 euro is 37m2 an apartment with utility bills 1 bedroom,kitchen,toilet ,in many cases and balcony too.

Living outside Belgrade in some near villages will cost you 150 euros for a house with land fully furnished 20 km far from city but with good bus lines especially village under Avala mountain with great view and much cleaner air and less frequent trafic than in city centre.

Overall prices for renting apartmants here are 3x more expensive than in reality.
Brad Beckett on Apr 07, 2023:
Nice city, great food. But Serbian people are not sociable and don't want to meet and befriend foreigners. The women are also totally stuck up, so forget about having a good dating life!
Anonymous on Mar 18, 2023:
rent is very expensive for such city and such salary!
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