Cost of Living in Berlin

Summary about cost of living in Berlin, Germany:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.70 £ 6.79-16.98
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 42.45 £ 29.71-59.43
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.22 £ 6.79-8.49
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.40 £ 2.12-4.24
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.40 £ 2.55-4.24
Cappuccino (regular) 2.65 £ 1.70-3.67
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.87 £ 1.27-2.72
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.60 £ 0.85-2.55
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.23 £ 2.41-4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.07 £ 0.76-3.16
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.79 £ 0.39-1.46
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.24 £ 1.43-3.06
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.99 £ 2.31-9.24
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.75 £ 1.16-4.18
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.97 £ 2.50-9.24
Apples (1 lb) 0.91 £ 0.39-1.35
Banana (1 lb) 0.64 £ 0.39-0.77
Oranges (1 lb) 0.89 £ 0.39-1.54
Tomato (1 lb) 1.18 £ 0.39-1.93
Potato (1 lb) 0.61 £ 0.23-0.96
Onion (1 lb) 0.47 £ 0.30-0.77
Lettuce (1 head) 1.03 £ 0.68-1.70
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.57 £ 0.16-1.02
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.75 £ 3.40-6.79
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.78 £ 0.51-0.93
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.34 £ 0.85-2.12
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.11 £ 5.94-6.79
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.55 £ 2.38-2.97
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 73.01 £ 59.43-75.56
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.40 £ 2.97-4.24
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.94 £ 2.73-4.10
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.02 £ 25.47-33.96
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.85 £ 5.78-7.23
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,073.57 £ 21,224.59-25,444.04
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,941.55 £ 20,374.75-25,469.50
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 246.71 £ 131.21-451.02
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 £ 0.08-0.12
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31.69 £ 21.22-42.45
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26.66 £ 16.98-42.45
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.09 £ 8.49-21.22
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.34 £ 7.64-12.73
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 143.08 £ 50.94-424.49
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,598.40 £ 4,244.92-11,546.18
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 67.24 £ 33.96-93.39
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.30 £ 16.98-50.94
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.92 £ 50.94-106.12
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 83.77 £ 55.18-127.35
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 980.47 £ 662.21-1,443.27
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 667.81 £ 466.94-933.88
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,800.60 £ 1,358.37-2,546.95
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,261.78 £ 848.98-2,037.56
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 628.34 £ 473.23-867.60
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 421.04 £ 315.49-630.98
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,557.48 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.92 1.10-2.80

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39 Comments so far
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2022:
Justice is dead under the most foolish Joe Biden.

Afghanistan is gone and inflation is out of control now.

And Russia is heading Europe for invasion starting with Ukraine but European countries are quiet like chicken because the most foolish Joe Biden said to do so.

Very soon, European countries would regret listening the most foolish Joe Biden but then Ukraine would be gone and Russia would approach Poland again.

Before it's too late, European countries should enter into Ukraine war immediately just like China entered into Korean war before in order to liberate not only Ukraine but also to liberate energy price permanently from being mercilessly manipulated by Russia.
Anirban on Feb 22, 2022:
How much is good annual compensation for a single person with 10 years of software development to stay & work in Berlin. Can anybody share any views on my request with gross salary and net salary after tax deduction?
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2021:
For the sake of independence and survival, Europe must immediately ban gas throughout Europe and the gas must be immediately replaced with other cheaper alternatives coming from such as hydropower plant, Nuclear energy, wood, coal, etc which can be independently produced in Europe without requiring dependence from untrustworthy source.

It's time to build Nuclear power plant as much as necessary in order to provide sufficient power for Europe as well as to provide the free city transportation including bus and train powered by electricity in order to discourage the public from using the oil fueled cars as the first step to permanently remove oil dependence from Russia and Russia's manipulated OPEC.
d.feuerbach on Oct 04, 2021:
Dear Numbeo, dear Numbeo users,

can you please disaggregate reported data points by zip code and allow for longitude and latitude / exact address?

Once that is done you can use different aggregation levels (city boundaries, metro area vs. zip-Code oder perimeters/polygons)

In a larger city you have subdistricts where e.g. a certain drink costs EUR 3.00 and another district (500m or 10 km away) where the cost ist EUR 12.00. Seeing an average does not help all that much.

The point is: Variability within a city can be much higher and also much more relevatn within one city as compared to between different cities.

Maybe someone can share how this thought may be incorporated within numbeo already or how people typically go about augmenting data in this regard.

Thank you and best regards

Anonymous on Oct 03, 2021:
The central bank in Europe is responsible to cause the recent skyrocketing of the house price because the central bank is overprinting money and spending hundreds of billions monthly in purchasing assets and consequently the house price has skyrocketed unacceptably now in Europe.

The central bank is undeniably accountable to the current suffering of all people regarding the house price skyrocketing.

So the government in Europe have to bring lawsuit against the traitor central bank immediately for its unethical treason of violating the people's trust unacceptably.

Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen from US are also highly suspected of misleading the central bank in Europe since March last year to end up the central bank in Europe betraying its own people's trust with the current skyrocketing house price in Europe so the government in Europe have to request the US government to immediately extradite the criminals Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen from US to face the unpardonable criminal charge in Europe.

If the US government lawlessly deny to extradite both criminals Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen to Europe to face the unpardonable criminal charge, the government in Europe have to stop using US dollar on the international trading immediately.
Anonymous on Oct 01, 2021:
Russia is the common enemy of the whole world for skyrocketing the price of all natural resources inhumanely even during this pandemic period.

The parasite Russia simply survives by selling its natural resource to the international markets but the problem is that this parasite Russia is extremely greedy now and even dares to attack the whole world shamelessly by skyrocketing the price of its natural resource relentlessly now.

Germany is also to be blamed for helping Russia with a gas pipeline to hack into Europe so the Russia's gas pipeline should be suspended immediately until the normal price of gas is restored and everyone has to work together for this common interest even if needed for sacrifice because it's a worthy cause or else Europe might not be able to escape from the trap of Russia forever and this is not acceptable and shouldn't happen in Europe.

If Russia were imposed sanction earlier, the problem of resources being skyrocketed wouldn't happen right now.

So the world should remember to stay away from the parasite Russia as well as from Russia's manipulated OPEC to be safe so all natural resources from the parasite Russia should be banned immediately in order to restore the normal price of the natural resources and if needed, the parasite Russia must be imposed sanctioned once and for all through the support of worldwide cooperation.
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:

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: - 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
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:
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