Cost of Living in Berlin

Summary about cost of living in Berlin:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 € 7.00-11.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 € 30.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.45 € 3.00-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.00 € 2.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.67 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.76 € 1.00-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.40 € 0.80-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.03 € 2.27-4.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.12 € 0.79-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.45-1.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.79 € 1.19-2.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.65 € 2.18-9.03
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.76 € 2.27-3.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.93 € 2.82-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 0.95 € 0.68-1.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.68 € 0.45-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.06 € 0.59-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.18 € 0.72-1.39
Potato (1 lb) 0.61 € 0.23-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.22-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.02 € 0.80-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.50 € 0.19-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 4.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.87 € 0.50-1.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.16 € 0.80-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 € 6.00-6.30
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 € 2.70-2.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.00 € 80.00-81.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.90 € 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 2.41-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.03 € 4.73-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,172.00 € 17,000.00-20,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,651.88 € 15,800.00-21,220.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 232.28 € 134.21-382.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.09-0.11
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29.72 € 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.03 € 19.95-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.65 € 12.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 8.50-13.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 167.50 € 35.00-300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,544.00 € 6,500.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 75.87 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.90 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 83.46 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 101.86 € 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 768.99 € 600.00-1,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 551.71 € 400.00-710.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,489.47 € 1,100.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,032.95 € 800.00-1,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 442.49 € 371.61-557.41
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 301.42 € 260.13-362.32
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,052.89 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.90 1.50-3.00

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Last update: February 2018
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37 Comments so far

#NorCal Dev on Jan 13, 2018 :
lol fine on doing propaganda comparing apples with oranges, but at least let's not write b*lls**t, and let's write every side of the story, since here most of the readers don't know much about US or Germany or whatever other country and they rely on the information that are written, that should be fair, complete and not misleading.

I'm a dev for a BIG in San Josè and no, a Software Engineer that is a senior developer doesn't bank 250k, he's lucky to get more than 150k (check Glassdoor and Payscale).

Let's tell all the truth to our fellow educated workers from Europe, like that:
- often the salary doesn't include Health Insurance as a benefit; for the full package (comparable to the public health care of the countries in Northern Europe) for a family you can easily spend more than 1000$ a month
- at least in San Jose real estate prices skyrocketed due to the huge amount of high paid hi-tech employees (I heard something similar is happening even in Dublin), hardly u can buy a good house for less than 1 mil $
- there's no work-life balance, employers expect that you always overstay in the office, and you should always be reachable even out of office time; if you're very lucky you get 15 days /year of paid leave
- there's a huge difference between social classes and a strong segregation between them, with people living in "ghettos" based on the social class they belong to; this cause even criminality issues (yes, US isn't as safe as other parts of the western world) and segregation between ethnicities; in general, on the mind of the others your ethnicity will be a permanent label on your front head
- In US societies you're dependent from the car, while most of the modern societies are going on the opposite direction; also, fuel isn't cheap anymore (is now a 20% cheaper than in Europe, but Europe has many cheap alternatives like Diesel, LGP and Methane)
- Some people, even educated, still bear a fascist mentality where if someone is poor is not a problem for the society, just his problem and is all his fault, and nobody should help him

there are many other points I could list as well I could list a many positive points about living in NorCal and US in general, I love to live here and I call it home.
Like every country has pros and cons, there's no paradise on Earth, just it would be nice if everyone tell the truth based on his experience and not just painting everything white or black based on the type of propaganda he wants to do.
#Anonymous on Dec 30, 2017 :
@Annette Autrata, if you are in a white collar profession like accountant, engineer, etc., you will generally earn much more in major US metro areas then in german metros, and tax rates are also lower. You also get health coverage from employer, and any differences due to health or education costs will be negated by the higher salaries. If you are educated and in a professional field, your quality of life will be superior to those of german counterparts.

US metros are also much more diverse, especially for East Asians, due to the much higher Asian population. It is much better to be a person of East Asian descent in US metros like SoCal than anywhere in germany due to greater tolerance and cultural amenities. Asians in US are also smarter and better than germans at everything (smarter, healthier and live longer, more polite, less obese, more multicultural, etc)
#Meti on Dec 20, 2017 :

I'm currently looking forward on moving to live in Berlin. The employee has made me an offer of 1400E netto. I will work as a computer system administrator. I don't know... Is this quantity of money enough for making a living there ?

Any answers would be appreciated.
#Jakub on Dec 05, 2017 :
Hi, does anyone can help me with taxation - I'm planning to move to Berlin, but my wife and a child won't go with me. Which tax category - I, II or III - is adequate for me? I'll work on a full time contract.

Thansk in advance :)
#Mary on Nov 15, 2017 :
What is the average annual salary for a Registered Nurse
In Berlin Germany. I have been a nurse for 23 years still need to work about 15 more years. What do you need to do to get you license transferred to Germany from the United States.
#Mary Janssen on Nov 15, 2017 :
What type of Home could you buy in Munich or Berlin with 200,000.00 American dollars
#IT-expat on Nov 04, 2017 :
For the experienced it developers that wrote earlier: I never worked in Berlin but I’d interviews for developer positions there. They mostly search for 3+ years experience ( since in our job technologies change so often) and the highest salary I’ve seen was 75k gross a year ( approx 3500 eur net a month, that’s great for Berlin). For the most the companies that work in English language are small startups, the other generally require German language. In the end I moved to Dubai and here as a senior dev I can earn and save what I wouldn’t be able in whatever European country
#Alvaro on Oct 31, 2017 :

as i read, i could not find information about net salary in berlin for a mid experience software developer, may anyone tell?
in my particular case I am software developer with 5 years of experience.

ty in advance.
#Jo Riven on Sep 18, 2017 :
@Annette Autrata,

Unfortunately, half million immigrants is by far not an advantage of Germany.
I am not a racist, but too many of these immigrants are not educated people which keep their bad habits in Germany...
#Anonymous on Sep 03, 2017 :
Hello all,

I have around 8 years of experience in software programming ( mostly or all in .Net). Currently, I'm working in Dubai from last 2 years and now planning to go to Germany on job search visa. What you guys suggest, whether it would be a good decision or what ? By the way, I'm learning German language as well.

#anonymous on May 15, 2017 :
I agree with #Annette Autrata. Germany is a fabulous place to live, offering high wages, plenty job opportunities and great benefits. Amongst other, long vacations, even over 7 weeks, sick benefits, maternity etc. Average wages are indeed higher than US, and costs lower. You work much less hours as well.

Education, healthcare and much other is free so you need no loans like many in US have, these can be in 100s of thousands.

Rents are quite cheap, Autobahn is great, and the state makes an effort to invest- in many places in US you are like in third world, all is run down.

It is possible to live high quality life and save. No wonder of top 20 cities to live, 5 are in Germany.

I am in a different field but I suggest you take what you can and perfect the language, then you go up more easily. In my field some language is absolutely needed to start.
#Alex on May 10, 2017 :
45k is too low for 8 years of experience in IT, but can be enough to live more or less comfortably (depends on a person though).
#Annette Autrata on Apr 29, 2017 :
Ryan, with your opinion you are so far off base it is not even funny. Just look at the facts, Germany is three times more popular as a country to immigrate into than the States. Germany had over half a million immigrants in 2016, whereas the US hat 150000, this is a 7% share of the population versus 0.5%. Cost of living, average salary, job security, expenses for education, health insurance, poverty indexes are all far superior in Germany in comparison with the States.

Yes there are arrogant folks in posh cities like Munich or Hamburg, but no more so than in New York or San Francisco.

In High-Tech jobs it doesen't matter where you come from, it doesen't even matter much if you speak German, as long as you can at least communicate in English, you'll find a job in no time. The unemployment rate is very low (lower than the States) and regulations wouldn't allow to discriminate against nationality, gender, religion etc.

I have lived and worked in 4 major cities in the States (Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago) and 3 in Germany (Dortmund, Munich, Berlin) and I cannot support your views at all.
#Ryan on Apr 27, 2017 :
Germany is absolutely the most horrible country on planet. Everyone is a smart-a*s and very arrogant. Zero respect for other nations. They will never see their own mistakes and always blame foreigners. Something goes wrong? => it's always not their fault. Even after Volkswagen sold cars with illegal software they still blame USA, but not themselves. If a foreigner want to get a job in the high tech industry, he must be 10x times better than German or accept a low salary, otherwise no one will ever consider him, because he is not (pure) Aryan. USA would be a much better choice to work & live for foreigners...
#arvinsim on Mar 08, 2017 :
Hello guys,

I am an asian software developer(8 yrs experience) looking to work in Berlin.

What is the median salary for senior developers there?

Is 45k euro a year enough to live comfortably?

Any help on this would be very much appreciated.
#vivek Kulhari on Nov 13, 2016 :
Hi, am working professional with 5 years corporate banking as well as retail banking experience. I want immigration to Berlin for overseas experience. Kindly let me know, how to apply? How to prepare?
#Tania on Jul 01, 2016 :
Hello everybody,

I have a question

I was looking for an internship, and I am accepted by a one right now, in which the company will offer me a 1100 euros per month, my main question is that are they enough to live in berlin? I heard that rental costs are high...
#Duke John on Feb 10, 2016 :
I am a student from one of the northern Asia's country, I can speak a little German and I want to come in Germany for my Higher Education. I really don't know that how much it will cost me while my Study period such as: apartment, foods, transportation and other necessary things.Please help.

Duke John
#diptesh sahoo on Dec 22, 2015 :
hi name is diptesh sahoo from india i thinking about to study in berlin
so could you please tell me how much would be cost of living at there as a student..
that should be between 400 to 450 euro and also about having any earning source
please do inform
#expat on Nov 27, 2015 :
Fact. Berlin is cheaper than other main cities in Germany but Salaries are lower. Compared to other countries like UK, aussie etc taxes relating to salaries are crazy high. So its def good that net income is taken into account. I earn well and i am lucky for that but lets say my gf is more typical Berliner. Kindergarten teacher net income €1,200. Rent a 2 room, 1 bed place 55 sqm, €550 warm per month(means incl estimate for water and heating).Rent contract is 8 years old. If she walked out of contract and straight back in rent would be prob €650. She can prob save €100 per month before taking any holidays. So with one overseas trip per year. Prob saves €50 per month. Cheap resteraunt once per week. Cheap Bar or night out once per week (she doesnt drink) and she doesnt eat meat so cheaper supermarket bill. I would say she is below typical average "worker" i think teachers earn €1,800 or 2k per month. Where i work 200 employees, tech and marketing industry, average net income prob €2,800. With a range of €800 to €5,000.
#ramirez on Sep 16, 2015 :
@Roberto Birquet
The rent price is based on Number of bedrooms excluding the living room. This is required by Numbeo on the price contribution form:
> Please note that we expect inputs according to western standards,
> which means one bedroom flat contains separate sleeping room and
> living room (approximate space around 55m2 or 580sq ft).
#Roberto Birquet on Mar 06, 2015 :
I know there is often a translation problem when discussing rent between German and English. What does 2-bed flat mean?

In England, a 2 bed flat (except for some unscrupulous London landlords who try to pretend their properties are bigger than they are in a booming market) means: 2 bedrooms and one living room. In Germany, two rooms (they say "zimmer" - room - rather than "Schalfzimmer" - bedroom) means one bedroom and one living room.

so my question is:
does the above rental costs for one bedroom flat (640 euros/month) mean: one bedroom and a living room?
does the above rental costs for three-bedroom flat mean (1300 euros): three bedrooms and a living room, or just two bedrooms and a living room?

Even ads for flats in English in Berlin confuse these things and you cannot tell what they ad is actually advertising. sometimes, it headlines 2 br (two bedrooms, but description only gives details of one bedroom).

Very confusing.
Pls help
#hopefultogetajob on Mar 05, 2015 :
Having a look through it seems fairly reasonable. I come from Sydney where the cost of living is very high. Salaries do match the cost of living where I'm from to a degree but I'm in the process of interviewing for a job that should nett just shy of 3k a month. Judging from this if I got the job I probably will be able to live well and still save (as I love to travel and see no value in moving to the otherside of the world then stuck not able to go anywhere .....)
#Joern on Feb 20, 2015 :
Rents are rising hella quick in Berlin. Around 10% a year for the last five years. The vacancy rate is down to less than 2%, so it's only a matter of time, when it gets even worse. So be careful where to rent or buy!
#Amin on Dec 08, 2014 :
Hi all,

I was just wondering what are the different taxes and how are they calculated.

Thanks in advance!
#Rajeev kumar Jha on Oct 27, 2014 :
I am a deaf guy and i have done my 12th.i used to be a runner but due to any problem i left the profession.
Acknowledge me if you find a job for me.
#Dorota on Oct 12, 2014 :
I have experience in working in online marketing industry/star-ups and here if you start as an intern you will get about 500-700€ net monthly, trainee is 800-1000€ net monthly, junior positions 1200-1400€ net monthly, but I know also people who get more, depends on the company and industry (eg Ebay). I am here 2 years and I would say that since I am here the costs of living are growing really quickly, but I also see tendency in growth of the salaries. Rents are growing the quickest, food in supermarkets as well, still entertainment like lunch or party is more less the same. If you are intern you can leave for a month for about 700€, but of course the longer the harder and I would say to have a more less normal life you need about 1000€ monthly is ok.
My basic costs are:
400 - rent in a 2-bedroom WG in the center ( I have a contract since a year, now I would pay probably aroun 450-500)
60 - monthly ticket for Sbahn and Ubahn (I have yearly contract, that is why it is cheaper)
18,5 - gym in Alexa
2,5 - bank account
200-350 - food/shopping
100-200 - entertainment
#justin on Oct 02, 2014 :
I am a student in the US thinking of going to university in Germany. How much would be my expenses? I would like to live in a one bed apartment with my girlfriend who is fplanning on coming to study as well. Thanks!!
#JB on Sep 07, 2014 :
I may move to Germany to work, and I'll be earning about 2000€ netto. In Berlin would you say that that's a medium salary? With a 500-600€ rent, how much would you would you spend of public transportation and house expenses? From what I see here, it would be about 300 euros. So I'd be left with about 1000 for personal expenses, is that right?? Thank you very much!
#Berliner on Aug 27, 2014 :
The average disposable income is far too high. 1800€ Netto (after tax) might be what a well-qualified engineer or IT specialist gets, but for the average full-time worker the disposable income is more in the range of 1300-1500€ Netto. Hence, the purchasing power is also overrated by around 20 percent.

Keep in mind that Berlin is not a rich city compared to other big German cities like Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Cologne.
#David Ben Gourion on Aug 27, 2014 :
The Average salary presented here is for sure based on Expats income... if u expect to get a 1800€ (netto per month) and just work 40H/W in a regular job (let's imagine you arn't a creative director of an AD Agency), u kan still send some poscard to Santa Claus...

it's much more around 1,3 or 1,4 if your manage it!

anyway, expat are not "soooooooo" welcome as long as they don't speak some (just a 'll bit is cool buddy) German. On the other side, you can find a job in a Bar, speaking english all the day long, with your Foreigners friends and u will be hated from the Locals because your just play like a parasite...

#Masih Sadri on May 27, 2014 :
Is it possible to live there with a 650€ salary?
Sharing apartment, using buses and taking care of your money?

(That's what they offer in a scholarship in which you work 40h a week)

mail address:

Thank you!
#JAKARIA on Mar 29, 2014 :
What will be the total living cost while live in berlin if share the apartment. as a new student how much euro may i earn without knowing germany language. is available part time job in berlin for international student?. please someone help me
#Rolfen on Mar 19, 2014 :
For all who are asking, I stayed there for months in 2013. Estimate monthly basic (and probably minimum) expenses as such:
Room: 300
Food: 200
Transport and other: 200
Note: it is somewhat difficult to find a room.
You could spare some money on the amount above if you use a bicycle, eat lots of potatoes, never go out or eat out, etc.
Also, health insurance is mandatory, so if you come from another country, try to get tourist insurance cover from there before coming, if possible, german health insurance is unaffordable!
#RidOfMe on Mar 10, 2014 :
according to,
the mean salary around 1600 EUR is for a household, *not* for a single person.
#adri on Feb 19, 2014 :
Avarege Brutto Sallery is 2837 €. If you are married then you take home 2050€. If not then is Netto Sallery 1785 €

#ajcv on Feb 18, 2014 :
Is it possible to live there with a 650€ salary?
Sharing apartment, using buses and taking care of your money?

Thank you!

(That's what they offer in a scholarship in which you work 40h a week)