Cost of Living in Berlin

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 66.72
Rent Index: 27.62
Groceries Index: 53.86
Restaurants Index: 57.20
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 47.63
Local Purchasing Power: 107.04
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 € 7.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-55.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 € 2.50-3.80
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.00 € 2.20-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.48 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.77 € 1.00-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.30 € 0.70-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.73 € 1.85-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.03 € 0.54-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.41-1.13
Eggs (12) 1.94 € 1.31-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.89 € 1.81-8.62
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.79 € 1.81-4.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.38 € 2.45-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 0.91 € 0.68-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.73 € 0.49-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.05 € 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.05 € 0.68-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.41-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.56 € 0.41-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.10 € 0.80-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.52 € 0.20-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 4.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.87 € 0.70-1.20
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.21 € 0.80-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 € 5.60-6.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.70 € 2.70-2.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.00 € 79.00-81.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.90 € 3.20-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 2.01-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 25.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.95 € 4.54-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,634.50 € 17,000.00-20,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,022.50 € 17,000.00-20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 240.28 € 127.50-354.17
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.09-0.19
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 23.03 € 15.00-30.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 24.35 € 19.90-40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.04 € 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 8.00-13.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 65.00 € 23.00-150.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,000.00 € 16,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 77.11 € 50.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.34 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.49 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 99.96 € 70.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 707.74 € 500.00-900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 514.93 € 400.00-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,397.15 € 1,000.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,000.00 € 750.00-1,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 399.75 € 325.16-510.96
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 276.92 € 185.80-343.74
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,026.36 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 1.96 1.20-2.65

Prices in Berlin, Germany

These data are based on 3474 entries in the past 12 months from 430 different contributors.
Last update: April, 2017
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Cost of living in Berlin is 33.28% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 790.29$ (727.81€) and for four person family at 2,679.44$ (2,467.59€) (without rent).
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33 Comments so far

#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)
#Syed zubair on Dec 12, 2013 :
My salary 1800€ it is enough my monthly expenditures are maximum 1000€
#erez on Dec 07, 2013 :
thank you for all the information
i think it give a a big picture on the living costs in Germany
if it is a bit less or high in some areas it is changing every day
but it is very helpfull and again thank you for this
#Aya on Nov 21, 2013 :
Have any of you know how much it costs if you want to rent a room instead of an apartement? Thank you very much for your help :)
#Michael on Oct 23, 2013 :
Actually cost of living has ben rising enormously the last few years. The government taxes citizens indirectly on energy costs and health insurance. Energy costs are among the highest in the world, and not reasonable by any standards. Electricity is taxed around 80% and consumer prices are huge. Heating costs are crazy, with some families in 90Sq/m apartments paying more than €200 / month the whole year (they bill you every month for average monthly costs and send you the bill for the difference once a year).

Health insurance is expensive and discriminatory. If you are employed somewhere it's OK, if you are self employed expect a minimum of about €300/month for public insurance, or 15% of income, whichever is higher. But not everybody is allowed in public insurance. If you are over 55 years old and were not public in the past 5 years you won't get in. Then you have private or nothing. Many people are not insured at all in Germany.

Finally, the economy is partly growing thanks to social dumping. People that get €3/hour, people with €400 mini jobs that can't get health insurance or pension, people that work all day and still need government help to get by.

Taxes are high, the bureaucracy kills, and the tax authorities are very aggressive.

Life in Berlin is not always rosy and easy. Unless you do nothing and live on welfare.
#Anonymous on Sep 23, 2013 :
Average Salary shows as 1650, so it does look about right.
#David on Sep 20, 2013 :
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) is completly wrong it is 1.600,-€ in 2012 (gov. statistic)
#mashud on Jun 24, 2013 :
Anyone Please provide me the monthly living cost for a student from bangladesh and also about having any earning source
#Valentin on Jun 21, 2013 :
the salary range are highly overestimated. 800 to 1800 would be more realistic.
#bijoy on May 14, 2013 :
i want to know about the average monthly cost of one person, who can full & finaly live beside Berlin,Germany.
Can anybody help me to know the cost ?
#anonymous on May 01, 2013 :
The Median Monthly Disposable income is way off.

This article clearly states the Disposable income by region, it's no where near what is described here and that's why it seems that berlin has such a high purchasing power, eventhough it clearly doesn't.