Cost of Living in Berlin

Summary about cost of living in Berlin:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 € 7.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 € 3.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.00 € 2.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.70 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.07 € 1.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.65 € 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.18 € 2.46-4.16
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.22 € 0.81-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.82 € 0.45-1.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.95 € 1.39-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.04 € 2.27-6.94
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.63 € 2.37-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.47 € 4.08-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.08 € 0.68-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.49-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.05 € 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.12 € 0.72-1.59
Potato (1 lb) 0.57 € 0.32-1.04
Onion (1 lb) 0.58 € 0.22-0.77
Lettuce (1 head) 1.00 € 0.49-1.70
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.46 € 0.19-0.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 4.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.82 € 0.65-1.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.17 € 0.92-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.40 € 6.00-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 € 2.30-2.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.00 € 71.80-81.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.90 € 3.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 2.41-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.33 € 4.92-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,000.00 € 17,850.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,883.33 € 15,210.00-23,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 253.30 € 151.11-388.57
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) 31.62 € 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.22 € 19.90-45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.53 € 12.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 € 9.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 184.88 € 50.00-300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,115.50 € 6,500.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 75.10 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.85 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 86.50 € 69.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 103.82 € 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 868.88 € 600.00-1,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 643.94 € 450.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,619.05 € 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,097.50 € 850.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 487.74 € 409.79-603.86
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 334.45 € 260.13-418.06
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,094.92 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.93 1.50-2.80

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Last update: December 2018
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40 Comments so far

#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 :
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 :
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,
#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.
#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!