Cost of Living in Berlin

Summary about cost of living in Berlin, Germany:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.00 € 6.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 € 30.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.39-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 € 2.00-4.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 € 2.50-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.88 € 2.00-3.90
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.96 € 1.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.75 € 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.58 € 2.46-4.88
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.25 € 0.54-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.90 € 0.45-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.19 € 1.30-3.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.37 € 2.72-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.16 € 2.04-4.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.34 € 3.63-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.13 € 0.68-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.45-0.93
Oranges (1 lb) 1.12 € 0.59-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.17 € 0.45-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.32-1.32
Onion (1 lb) 0.70 € 0.36-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.09 € 0.70-1.79
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.56 € 0.19-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 3.99-9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.95 € 0.60-1.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.55 € 1.00-2.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 € 6.50-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.90 € 2.60-2.90
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 84.00 € 80.00-84.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.90 € 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.46 € 3.06-6.28
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 € 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.29 € 4.54-5.91
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 € 19,300.00-23,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,576.08 € 20,990.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 214.22 € 127.50-340.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 € 0.09-0.15
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31.90 € 25.00-45.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29.02 € 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.68 € 15.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.30 € 9.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 141.33 € 55.00-350.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,788.42 € 3,600.00-14,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 82.23 € 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.61 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.75 € 55.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 108.83 € 50.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 903.19 € 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 669.10 € 500.00-950.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,751.28 € 1,300.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,248.59 € 900.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 523.02 € 371.61-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 347.83 € 241.55-464.51
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,424.05 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.81 1.00-2.39

Prices in Berlin

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52 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 02, 2020:
100% to 150% of tax + duty is imposed by the current shameless Myanmar government to new car import from Europe, especially from Germany.

So Germany should lead Europe to demand the greedy Myanmar to immediately reciprocate import/export tax/duty rate from Europe for all items including car, liquor, etc so that the Germany car should be cheap in Myanmar as much as in UK.

In the meantime, Europe should immediately impose the current high tax/duty rate from Myanmar for all items imported into Europe immediately or else it's the weakness of Germany allowing the shameless, greedy fake-democracy Myanmar to harm the interest of Europe businesses unfairly in Myanmar.
Nansns on Apr 25, 2020:
Because with that kind of income how can they travel to an actual city ... they can’t. They’re like villagers... they have nothing to compare it to.
You want to talk to someone who will give you a realistic picture of the city NOT what the media praise says, and not what the brainwashed people say praising the city. Unless you like living poor and scraping by so you are stuck to your city I would reccomend elsewhere
Anonymous on Apr 25, 2020:
And PS NEVER take a germans advice on if the place has low cost of living!!!
Most of them are used to giving away so much of their income to the state and making peanuts and repeating “this is the best place on earth!!!!”
Ps it’s really really not...
Aksksks on Apr 25, 2020:
Half of Everyone is xenophobic
You see all these “artist” in Berlin?
They either are leaching off the welfare system (aka your taxes) OR they come from rich families
Anonymous on Apr 25, 2020:
Lol don’t move to Berlin. There all kinds of hidden taxes and insurance ! And rents are not as cheap as they used to be’ don’t believe any media . The media is controlled by the state. And everyone looks poor and negative ... because they are...
ravi on Apr 14, 2020:
hi, i'm looking forward to move to berlin . but my net monthly salary would be 2400 euro. Is it good to take such offer ?
Please suggest ! Can i survive there in this low budget salary ? Your help would be appreciated.
Arthur on Mar 03, 2020:
Is Berlin the best German city for foreign persons to study and live?
Tom on Feb 23, 2020:
Hi!

If I lived let's say 20-30 minutes from downtown in a 40m2 apartment close to the subway, how much would I pay for this per month? Is it easy to find an available apartment? What website should I use to find a long term rental?
JuleStein on Jan 24, 2020:
@anonymous Jan 18: you can compute the net salary on this page: https://www.brutto-netto-rechner.info - sorry, only in German...
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2020:
I am planing to move to Berlin. I am married and have 2 daughters. what about schools and universities fees(I am looking for schools that teach french)? and how can I calculate gross salary from net salary?
Jt on Dec 05, 2019:
Spent 2wks in Berlin. I stayed with a friend. I'm from th U.S. People were extremely nice and I loved the food. I've lived in New York and Boston in the past. I liked Berlin better than either of these cities.
AnonI on Nov 10, 2019:
Hi. I'm looking to move to Berlin with a job offer where we are currently negotiating salary. I have 10+ years of work ex. The position will report into the Director of Brand for a large organisation, so I was wondering if someone could help me assess if Euro 90k gross is a good salary to ask for? It's a significantly higher amount than what I make now but Berlin also has nearly a 150% higher cost of living compared to India, plus my tax liability as a single person will be double what I pay here. Thoughts?
Ulrich Hille on Nov 03, 2019:
Berlin is a great place to live. I've been living here for the last 35 years. Consumer prices are still moderate which includes rents. With a budget of 2,500€ you will easily make ends meet. Provided you find an appropriate apartment or share a more expensive one. Berlin has turned into an international place within the last 30 years. It is also a very open city. Berliners are seen as grumpy and snappish sometimes; but they are not :)
The city is famous for its cultural life, it's educational facilities and the it's social life. Generally speaking, Berlin is a city where you can have a good live even with a modest income. That's why the city attracts so many young people.
Zaffar Ahmad Hashmi on Sep 27, 2019:
I have two kids studying in school want to admit college in Germany, how is easy and convenient to take admission in mbbs
Alekoi on Jul 29, 2019:
Will I be able to live of 2500€ in Berlin? I want to save atleast 1000€ a month after getting 3500€ (after tax)
louie on Jul 04, 2019:
I do don't live in Cedarhurst. Please correct your files
Anonymous on May 08, 2019:
Berlin is feeling the financial pinch just as France and Italy are due to devaluation of the Euro.Prices here should be around 25% more overall.
Anonymous on May 07, 2019:
It doesn't matter which country anyone is from including Germany because the majority of society is filled with hate including the post on January 29.Some people type things just to annoy others or say things for that matter.People like to use the word racist etc.etc. their perogative obviously.But at the end of ones life they reflect upon how they could've had a kinder spirit instead of making snap judgements but in the end it's too late to change that.Segrating countries from communicating or visiting may be the keys to peace on earth.Maybe a natural or man made disaster will obliterate earth and silence humanity once and for all. SILENCE IS GOLDEN
Anonymous on Jan 29, 2019:
lmao are the comment sections of Numbeo always such a s***show? Full of arrogant, racist or at least very, very ignorant talks. Life in each place has its pros and cons but no place can be absolute hell or heaven on Earth. But in general living in Germany does offer a lot of benefits over in the US. Depends on what you do. If you want to just earn as much money as possible while burning yourself out, and then go back to your homeland, then go work in Dubai/the US. If you want to enjoy work-life balance and a strong social security system in the long-term, stay in Europe.

Also the Germans are definitely not the warmest bunch, that's true, but if you at least make some effort to learn German and interact with them it'd be totally fine. Also the European youths in big cities are generally very open.

"Asians in US are also smarter and better than germans at everything" no idea why you seem to hold such a grudge against the Germans. IMO Asians are relatively new and still a minority in Germany so people don't usually have strong preconceptions about them as the English-speaking countries might have. There are also quite some Asian Germans and they're getting on just fine. Just try to appreciate and break into their culture also a bit OK? If you plan to act aloof and only speak English why even bother coming here in the first place. Go to an English speaking country.
Peter on Jan 26, 2019:
@Nor Cal Dev
"if someone is poor is not a problem for the society, just his problem and is all his fault, and nobody should help him "
What is wrong with this statement? It is 100% correct, if you work hard - you get accepted to good Uni and then have a good job. If you are lazy, why should the country help you?
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2019:
The good-for-nothing India starts threatening the helpless and poor Rohingya refugees in India to the extent of to be slaughtered unless leaving India soon.
International communities have been treating India with due respect not because India is worthy but because of being human being.
Since the scumbag India is treating Rohingya refugees unlike human being, international communities should also treat India according to its worthiness which is less than human being and also weak women are bullied and raped daily in New Delhi city, India, unlike any other cities all over the world.
US and Europe should consider the mistakes that they have done with inhumane India, especially in the matter of recent military equipment sale because sooner or later those weapons would be used to target back to human being which is not what the human societies would like to see.

They threatened to kill us if we didn't leave India: Rohingya
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/threatened-kill-didn-leave-india-rohingya-190123061742432.html
Pankaj sharma on Dec 27, 2018:
So which city is less expensive in germany and more work...
Anonymous on Nov 22, 2018:
Hi,all frnds goodmorning..God may help u to crate u r dreams in reality...
firstly,I am from india and want to take degree education frm deutschland can anybody help me only making guidance?
Ki on Oct 22, 2018:
Hi All, where exactly is considered city center for Berlin?
Hye Jun on Oct 13, 2018:
costof living in Washington and its surrounding area is very high
one bedroom apartment is 2000 dollars in the center city on the out skirts of washington DC is 1300 not including utilities
You have to make at least 84,000 to live ok
DJ IVAN on Oct 09, 2018:
@MAHAIS
You are crazy to even think about Germany. Go to eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania). A senior Java dev makes 3000+ Euro net and has 50% lower cost of living. Tax rates there are 10% vs. 50% in Germany where 45k gross will lead to 2300 EURO NET only and you'll pay 1000 Euro for the rent. Not to mention all the refugees and other strange creatures moving around, who have more rights than you and are fed by the tax payer.
By the way, 45k is faaar to low expectation for an exp. Java dev in Germany. I'd shoot for 65k if I was you (even then, you'll not be happy when you see your tax).
Step on Sep 28, 2018:
Actual rent per month as of September 2018 is 750-850 with 25-45 mins of commuting from city center, and 900-2000 in city center.
Anonymous on Sep 22, 2018:
Imho, rent prices are quite far from the truth. I cannot find any option for 800 euro.
MAHAIS on Sep 04, 2018:
I am Software Developer (JAVA) with 5 years experience. Now I want to move to Berlin, Germany for Java Developer Role and expected annual salary is approx 45k euro. Want to know any idea that how much can I save after all expenses (taxes, rent , living etc).

Any help will be appreciated.
Leonardo Cid on Aug 06, 2018:
Hello, I'm being offered a position in Berlin, and the tax calculator I used says I would receive a net salary a little over 4000 euros a month, would it be enough for me, my wife and three kids to live there?
Anonymous on Jul 23, 2018:
Guys - If I made 1800 euro netto / month, is a rent of 580 euro / month too much or reasonable? Thanks for answering :)
Dinesh on Jun 07, 2018:
Hi am looking for a two year full time study in Berlin. I want to know any employment opportunities in Berlin in any field part time.
jeff on Jun 01, 2018:
Hi,
If you live alone is 250 euro/month for groceries and going out considered frugal in Berlin?
If not how much does a berliner spend in groceries per month if they cook their meals?

Thanks in advance
oetchi on Apr 30, 2018:
#pangiotis: Yes u can , if alone. but €1000 should be net.
#Chato: This is a decent salary for Berliners.m Married with 1 kid it means u have app. € 3.200/Month net income. Deduct 1.200-1.500 for a flat. Then you know whether it is enough for you.
Sofia on Apr 28, 2018:
Hi Guys, can someone tell me how much will i pay for utilities in a Room 21 m2 in 4 bedroom shared flat?
I also would know how much does the council tax.
Best Regards,
Sofia
panagiotis on Apr 16, 2018:
can you leave in Berlin with salaly 1000 euros without rent??
Chato on Mar 03, 2018:
Hey guys,
What do you think of a gross salary 55k Euros in Berlin for a senior dev with one kid and wife?
Would you take it?

Thanks in advance
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.
Meti on Dec 20, 2017:
Hello,

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.
Thanks.
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:
Hi,

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.

Regards
TA
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?