Cost of Living in Dublin

Summary about cost of living in Dublin:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 50.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.50 € 5.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 € 4.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.11 € 2.60-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.62 € 1.00-2.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.30 € 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.74 € 2.84-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.36 € 0.91-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.60 € 1.99-3.20
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.92 € 2.00-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.57 € 2.27-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.94 € 2.72-5.87
Apples (1 lb) 0.87 € 0.60-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.73 € 0.57-1.13
Oranges (1 lb) 0.93 € 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.05 € 0.50-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.61 € 0.40-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.47 € 0.32-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 0.92 € 0.70-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.38 € 0.75-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 € 9.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.06 € 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.47 € 1.59-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 € 11.00-12.70
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.70 € 2.40-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 € 100.00-140.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.80-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.83 € 1.75-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 € 15.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.45 € 5.07-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,237.58 € 21,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,983.17 € 21,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 142.49 € 85.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 € 0.06-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.23 € 40.00-65.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.55 € 29.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.52 € 8.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.00-13.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 938.44 € 700.00-1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,690.68 € 4,500.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 76.99 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.01 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.59 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 89.53 € 60.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,613.78 € 1,200.00-1,900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,298.99 € 1,000.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,745.01 € 2,200.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,191.43 € 1,800.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 567.23 € 418.06-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 394.52 € 278.71-557.41
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,171.65 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.60 3.00-4.50

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Last update: February 2019
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99 Comments so far

#Discrimination on Feb 11, 2019 :
Only got a job coz my boss was not Irish ( same nationality than me)

Otherwise I must have applied to well over 20 jobs in tech and got no calls.

Beware Irish are well racist worst than brexit
#Green on Jan 28, 2019 :
Expensive, discrimatory in jobs. Aldo you bump into incompetent locals. Poor medical service.

Great going out and various international food. Many ups and downs.

If you plan to stay. I don't recommend unless for Max 1-2 years stay with over 40k to affrod a decent place to live and some comodities. Anything else under is a bad dream.
#Frustrated on Jan 18, 2019 :
If you are not irish or American you will never get a job a tier0 company (google Facebook twitter squarespace workday and the likes)

These jobs are vetted to best friends of white male or female Irish science graduates.

If you are Southern European there is activd discrimination and they won’t even give your a call. If they do is to feel better with themselves.

Irish companies are even worse, so avoid ireland
#Fakejobs on Dec 20, 2018 :
Here is a list of 30k graduate only zero revenue employers to mostly and sadly avoid

The website is also a good source of bullshit large companies.

The alternative is big Corp which you can imagine is even worse for other things.

Don’t come here
#dud1337 on Dec 16, 2018 :
Depressing how badly this housing crisis has been handled. Incompetence. You try to be the change you want to see in the world, but archaic laws like 6% stamp duty do not make it reasonable to try to encourage more building of apartments. 2% if you want to live there, but that's not the problem. The government needs to make some serious changes that will piss off a lot of land owners if it wants to keep its talent. The limit of building height is stupid, too. The initiative they had to allow low income people to obtain a mortgage was a colossal failure. "How can we solve the problem of not enough houses? Increase demand for houses by allowing more people to buy them!" Who's fucking idea was that. Incompetence. Build more. Pull a fucking Singapore. This is a crisis and you're sitting on your arses for years.

If you have a grounded financial opinion, I would not advise coming here. Salaries are lower, even if you earn well, our taxes are unjustly high and, viewing our public services as a product we're paying for via taxes, it's shitty quality. In particular in comparison to other EU countries with similar tax bands.

Frustrating. No clear end in sight. You check (our primary real estate website) every month and prices become more and more outrageous while the low quality of the buildings remain the same. Never in my life did I expect the average fucking gaff in Bray to be worth over half a million euro. Our rent is worse than Toronto's.

It's a friendly, honest culture with some intelligent people in Ireland, but my advice: Work somewhere else. Otherwise you will just get pissed off that someone else is doing the same job as you with less tax, less expensive and a bigger salary. All why the government continues to say the crisis is 'Normal.'
#Localman on Nov 21, 2018 :
The worst thing about Ireland is how the government and media lía about new jobs being created.

This is simply not true: bad quality jobs in Dublin badly paid and in many cases those advertised jobs have already being filled.

Do not come to Ireland it is Europe’s tech bubble
#dragon on Oct 21, 2018 :
I've been living in co. Dublin for over 12 years. I got married here. And that's all I achieved here. Most of people earn minimum or nearly minimum wages. I'm proffesional, my wife is also but competition is huge on job market. 11-12 euro per hour is a decent salary here. Even working in overtimes doesn't help much as tax deductions will take most of your extra money. Rent is kind of joke here. We won casting (not joking, i'm serious about it) to rent an old little appartment for 1500 euro a month! Broadband and TV bills are going up every year, that's standard. Food prices are tricky here. They go up by few cents every so often that annoys me badly. Motor expenses are stupid as well. We have very safe, not too old SUV. Insurance is over 1000 anually, raises every year by 15-20%. I have never had any car incident, so the price includes max. discounts. Fuel price is the highest ever in Ireland at the moment and still rising.

So if you want to live in Dublin here is THE PRICE:

Rent - 1500 euro/month
Bills (electricity, gas, TV, internet) - 250 euro/month
Car expenses (insurance, tax, fuel) - 500 euro/month
Food - 1000+ euro a month easily for two people

OVERALL - just 3250 a month for two people when we are lucky!!!
Our monthly income is around - 3500 euro a month (we earn decent money)

DON'T get sick (doctor or dentist takes minimum 60 euro at the reception + treatment price)!
DON'T let your car broke down!
DON'T fix or service anything!
DON'T hang out!
DON'T go to barbers!
DON'T go on holidays!
JUST work, work, work, work, work

I'm very disappointed that everything here went this way.
Life was much, much better when I arrived in Dublin.
I miss my Ireland.
#Dubliner on Oct 19, 2018 :
The accommodation is a nightmare in Dublin. Currently as on 10/2018 single bed apartment rent is around €1600/month. Because it is so expensive everyone has a roomie ;-). People on lower salaries sleep in bunk beds, four in the room. I'm not joking. Houses and apartments are also very small and poor quality, damp and cold unless in a new development.

If you'd like to buy it's not easier. They had a property crash so current mortgage regulations are very limiting. You can borrow only 3.5 of your annual salary. If you earn €50k that is €175k max. The average 2 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre starts at €280k. Single bed - €220k.

So in short, you'll earn a decent salary but Irish landlords or banks will take the most of it. I guess since the big corpos, like Google or Facebook, pay very little tax there, property is the irish way to make money.

Irish are very nice people but the lifestyle is not that interesting. You can visit the whole Dublin in one weekend. There's not much outside drinking and watching sports in the pub. Weather doesn't help since it rains 3 times a day.

Healthcare and Motor insuranse are very expensive. I pay €800/annum car insurance and €560/annum of motor tax - for my 12 years old Opel Astra ;-). It's more that the cost of the car , lol.

When it comes to shopping it is not a great selection to choose from. Food is mostly available in supermarkets, there's no big culture of local shops. Clothes and other things are rather standard but it will be difficult to find anything specific or original. Simple comparison, when I lived in Hague, a city of similar size to Dublin, there was about 10 outdoor/surfing shops. In Dublin there's only one, with very poor choice and overpriced stock. That analogy applies to all of the shops. You have to order everything online.

Public transport in Dublin is a joke. 2 tram lines and some busses. Bus stops usually don't even have the timetable, it just says bus comes every 10 mins. :D.

I live here 15 years now. I got used to most of those drawbacks but when I go abroad and see the quality of life that people in Europe have I always cry when I get back to Dublin :D.

I'm on €70k/annum salary and work in IT.
#popescu john on Oct 06, 2018 :
Hey guys,

How much it costs shopping for groceries, good quality, not Lidl/Aldi, for one person, without alcohol or cigarettes ?
#Lulu on Oct 04, 2018 :
Cost of living as of October 2018 is still crazy. On a salary of €33k (rent, car and transport. No dependents) I am just managing.
I would like to point out that I am Irish, but not from Dublin.
I hope that eventually my job will transfer me out of Dublin, closer to my family home in Ulster- Where on my salary I would easily be able to afford to rent my own place and still save for a house.
I would recommend Ireland as a destination to live and work, but definitely not Dublin. Try Kilkenny, Waterford, Letterkenny or anywhere but NOT Dublin.
#Still Feeling Stranger on Aug 31, 2018 :
I spent 10 yrs now in Ireland, and still feel stranger, however no clashes but ppl here are not interested in other nationalities, aside from a few street bullying, also at work place they are not very interested on you, or keen to integrate others, things sometime are artificially worked out to show the companies main offices, which are mainly US, or other companies from Europe.

Regarding, cost of living, it is hell frankly speaking, I'm shocked and depressed to the end, because until now I can't get mortgage, note my salary is 90K/year. below is the reason:

When I got a job in Dublin, i wanted to move my family from midland to Dublin, of course a huge struggle to find one, finally i found one, but the landlord only accepting cash, not bank transfer. then after few months the landlord wanted his house, then again the hassle and struggle started, finally found a house again, but the same issue, the landlord wanted it in cash. now spent 1 yr in dublin, decided to apply for mortgage. I applied, but the bank reject my application, because of affordability - i.e. they can see i'm able to pay the rent, that is becuase it is not bank transfer.

I'm not in control of my choices, very hardly to find a house, and the landlord will have higher hand on the T&C, which would lead anyone to accept his terms. for ex. paying in cash.

secondly, is there any other better verification of affordability than just looking in bank stmts - just get rid of stupidity, and think of someone living in dublin with family and he is not in social, how and where is he living?????

third, developers will get this country BUST again, i viewed a house in a state that where my friend bought a house last year, 4 beds for around 370K, the new batch on the same estate is 490K. given it is exact same house. and ppl are queuing to buy.
. Long LIST

------- OVER ALL - - -

after 10 yrs, I feel a real bad taste, in all life dimensions, even the work, I see ppl are progressing (i mean Irish) and I'm stuck - however they knew my experience, but they abuse it in favor of others.
#Tara on Aug 27, 2018 :
I am a Irish person who would advise not coming to
Ireland .
It's greed. Complete with a liberal government.

King versus tax
Peasants pay.
But in much baby better conditions of 3world lives
#Software on Aug 16, 2018 :
Verizon offer me as software developer in Dublin 60K gross annually (about 44k net) I'm moving to the country alone, but have 2 kids back home. Is a 44k net salary will be enough?

I will appreciate a lot your help with any comments that could help me to figure out how my life quality could be with that salary!!

#Irishmess on Jul 12, 2018 :
Talking to other foreigners, I think we all agree that there might be unconscious racial bias, especially with people who have very foreign sounding names. It’s gotten to the point where I wanted to submit applications under an Irish-sounding name to see if that would at least get me an interview.
#Saoirse on Jul 05, 2018 :
With a salary that is very unbalanced with the cost of living, a lot of research should be done before moving here. There is high competition for jobs in the city. I have lived here all my life and for the next generation, getting a mortgage is virtually impossible without a salary less than 55,000 a year. We have one of the highest times spent of transportation to and from work in the world. I live 15 mins from the city centre without traffic yet me and my partner spend an hour on one bus journey each day. I spend on average 14hrs a week travelling to a close job and this is very important to consider for your quality of life.
#Sst on Jul 04, 2018 :
The public transport in this city is a joke, extremely bad. May be the only European capital without undeground. Busses do not have flat rate and everybody is entering via first door, saying to the driver where he is traveling.. this causes delays. They have luas which is a bad organized tram with a fancy name. Unconfotable and narrow seats. Drivers of the buses and luas change in the middle of the route while evebody is waiting. Is hard to imagine something worse.
#former immigrant on Jun 22, 2018 :
I left Dublin/Ireland last year, after 10 years there and one year in Wrocław I must state that life in Poland despite lower salaries is very often much better.
Private healthcare, schools, housing and weather are much better.

I work in IT, so it might be skewed view.
#Germany on Jun 19, 2018 :
I wish we did the same in Dublin
#Bonus on Jun 04, 2018 :
You will not be paid your bonus if you do not wait until the end of year.... multinationals own you
#Real experience on Jun 02, 2018 :
I am earning 10K € per year. And I've bot a house recently. It costs 30.000 € in Black Rock. The city is thriving. Economy goes up.
#Dubliner on May 30, 2018 :
The decent NET salary in Dublin is 20,000 € / year
You would feel like a king there.
#Raj on May 27, 2018 :
Hi, i am making inr 5 mn a year in india, i have offer in dublin for 100k in Dublin. I have 14 yrs of experience. Want to know if it is good or bad moving there. I save about 30k euro in india. How much can i expect to save in dublin
#DH on May 24, 2018 :
@sheema - it's much better not to rely on public transport in Dublin. It's one of the worst in Europe (also the most expensive) and you will soon realize that all those delays and missing appointments because of public transport are not worth what you save on rent.
So get a room near the college if you can
#Anonymous on May 21, 2018 :
Just wondering what would be a decent monthly NET salary for a family of 2, taking into consideration all expenses? (Rent, Food, Utility, etc)
#sheema on May 21, 2018 :

Is it better to rent a room near college in Dublin ( city centre) and reduce public transport cost or better to stay far from the centre and spend money on public transport?

Anyone knows about sharing room with Irish families? Any alternative to reduce accommodation cost in Dublin?
#for RG on Apr 26, 2018 :
you are crazy. 35k would not pay a single person expenses.
#FrustratedDub on Apr 14, 2018 :
Have lived in Dublin all my life. Have to mirror the comments from others I'm afraid, don't move to Dublin, unless you get a 80k+ job from one of the tech companies that are using Ireland to avoid paying tax!

Facilities/ infrastructure are incredibly poor compared to other Western and Eastern European capitals. A lot of Dubliners appear friendly to tourists etc but this does not necessarily mean they have any desire to be your friend.

Not much to do entertainment/culture wise in the city unless expensive binge drinking and party drugs are your thing.

Again due to lack of availability of accommodation, very low standard shared apartments/ suburban houses have become the norm, and for outrageously high prices. To add insult to injury, you will be competing with dozens of others for these hovels. Be aware that the rent prices above are very outdated. The Irish property market and rental market are the real indicator of the dark side of the Irish character; greed and cynical opportunism.

A lot of Irish people wouldn't say these things but I think it's important to hear the non Fáilte Ireland tourist marketing POV!
#RG. on Apr 12, 2018 :
*sorry that was a mistake, my question was about live with annual budget net 36K/year for 2 person.
#RG on Apr 12, 2018 :
Hi, if anyone think to live in Dublin with 32K net/year for 2 person is efficient? I am curious to read some advices. By advance, thanks.
#Aniket on Mar 30, 2018 :

I am planing for MS in Dublin,please help me finding the total expense during educational year. how much will be the total expense during study time?
#Lifestyle on Mar 24, 2018 :
You do not come to Ireland for a career in tech. Marketing and ads maybe.

Big corps here are world masters of cost cutting. You are simply fresh meat.

Find somewhere else before you regret it.

Computer science is very poor most people working have no qualifications. Google move tech to Switzerland for example
#Anonymous on Mar 13, 2018 :
Check -

The range for a 5+ years of experience Ruby On Rails Developer is 65k - 80k.

You can try to negotiate more.
#Anonymous on Mar 13, 2018 :
For Net salary check -

60K - +- 3700
65K - +- 3974

( With Married tax Credit, if the company is paying you health insurance you will pay more taxes )

Of course It's not a bad salary, but the rent is really expensive, so with 4 People you will need to find a house / apartment outside Dublin if you don't want to pay 1600-2000 euros per month in rent, plus a car to go to Dublin as the transport outside Dublin is not good ( Not even in Dublin if you compare to others European cities ) .

Check the rents on , but the problem is not just the price, but the competition as well, you will view houses / apartments with dozens of other people, and you may end up not being select by the landlord.
I went to 8 views before founding mine, and it's 10 KM from city center.

4 People Groceries would be around 400-500 per month ( For 2 adults is usually around 250-300 ).

For Salaries type "Salary Guide Ireland" and you will see if the offer is fair or if you can negotiate more.

Besides that, the weather really sucks here, so if you are coming from a place with better weather consider that, because you will need to have money to spend some vacation in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece.

Infrastructure is really bad for the cost of living, unless you have a really good offer ( 80K+ ) I would not recommend to live here.
#Victor Hazbun on Mar 13, 2018 :
I received a job proposal with 65k€ I'm a Senior Ruby on Rails developer, in charge of my wife and 2 kids. I do not think this is enough for living in Dublin. Could you please give me an advice?
#SoftEng-DevOps on Mar 13, 2018 :
I am married and looking to move to Dublin with 60 K Euros, will it be enough.
##Anonymous on Mar 10, 2018 :
#Software Engineer, where are you currently working? How much you are earning currently? I can help you if you share those information.
#Writer on Mar 09, 2018 :
#Software Engineer, I am pretty sure you will not starve to death with 65k€ (especially if you are alone), however, as a software engineer with 10 years of experience, I would ask more than that.
#propertyman on Feb 17, 2018 :
local protperty tax to hit those purchasing houses today. It will increase in 2019:

buying could be WORSE than renting.

House prices are ALREADY at 2007 levels and property managers are living the dream once again.
Car insurance easily in 1k's for those who have not touched a car in the last 2 years or those with claims.


There are no shortcuts in Ireland. Dangerous troika state!!! stay away.
#Stayaway on Feb 15, 2018 :
Hi Zuzie

Don’t come

This is a post troika capital city. It is gonna be worse than cork.

Renting is really bad and you will not stay long

Stay in the country if you can but not the capital

Galway seems to be better at least in the countryside
#zuzanie on Feb 15, 2018 :

I want to know where in dublin is good place to live?
I know every city has advantages and disadvantages...but now I love in Cork, 3 hours from dublin..and life here is fine, everithing is so close, people are polite etc. ...but when we talk about work...Its shity. If u want to be kitchen porter, cleaner..or something like this (basic jobs) u have to have experience min 2 years. WTF???
Im here 3 months and I cant find any job here.
This is small city..and less opportunities to work than in bigger city.
Do you think that move to Dublin will be better idea?
I think that prices in Dublin is not much expensive than in Cork.
And dublin is bigger city.
#CompSci-Graudate on Feb 08, 2018 :
I'm a recent graduate living in Northern Ireland but got a job in Dublin earning (€35000). I could still travel and was hoping to move down after a month or so. 7 months later I'm still struggling to want to live in Dublin with the pay/rent ratio. I'll be spending around 45% of my wages on rent alone for a poor apartment or an average apartment sharing with 2 other people.

There is no guarantee of finding somewhere to live anywhere close to Dublin. Just google the news for "Rental Crysis Dublin"
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2018 :
YES you need private health insurance. Yes it is expensive. Yes shop around to see how expensive it is.
Yes your super duper multinational and cool startup health insurance is not as announced: "We pay 100% of the cost for health insurance for you and yours. Medical. Dental. And vision" IT IS a lie. you always pay something. it is not 100% for all fees included. that product does not exist. So Budget for that as well and avoid disappointment before moving here.

Yes: the tech interview over that you did this week over the phone is not really interested on you unless you are a white male with a recognised degree (US preferrably coz you know they are all Irish over there) or you have a brogrammer inside the company. Otherwise you may as well punch holes in a card. Mind you there is a TON of mediocre big male egos to be satisfied, so you will become the last person in the office. You could be a tech hero in Poland, Greece or Spain, but here your 2x salary will not get you far. And you will not be one of their "whites", you will not understand their jokes and they will see you equal. You will not be succeed as promised.

Also Brexit has attracted a lot of Irish from the UK with a ton of cash. They also get mortgages so they are pushing the price up. They will loose all their money in property, they just do not know it yet, they are too busy bidding against each other in an unregulated expensive state-agent run property market. It will go-BUST sooner than you can image.

Do not come to Dublin: Emigrate again.
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2018 :
Before taking a job use this calculator:
As frank says it is easily 50% if not more.

IMPORTANT!!! Salary bonuses are taxed at 41%!!! Yes you read it correctly, so do not take a cut in your salary NEGOTIATION for a bonus: YOU CANNOT MAKE A LIVING WITH LESS THAN 33k in DUBLIN. FORGET IT! THEY ARE LYING TO YOU.


avoid startups.
#mik on Jan 28, 2018 :
There is another property crash coming unless you do not care about the buying prices in good areas or do you do not mind living in bad areas. If you are planning to come here think about it twice particularly if you are bringing your family or partner. You will need A LOT of cash to buy an okish 1960s house FRAME and then borrow more cash to make it an standard living space. Renting is the biggest joke in Europe. You need a salary of 120k to make a decent living. 60k, 80k is simply not enough if you are planning to live here in the long run. Nurseries are extremely expensive and who will mind the children if your partner has to look after the kids ???

Also: I hope you do not mind working for horrible multinationals (they will give less and less holidays, and try to put your salary down when negotiating - but remember they are struggling to hire ...). Or mediocre Irish tech companies (stuck in dictatorship-management styles, the fake startup world which is "killing it", or even worse get a job in the "public sector" where nothing ever happens). Irish from Ireland have not learned a thing about money management and property developers are back in the country with their old-school countries. The PM is ... a banana republic PM, but hipster-cool you know ?

Dublin is hyped, very low quality, disorganised and the expensive property market will crash.
Good luck.
#A.G on Jan 24, 2018 :
#A. GIbbs? Not as true, in 2013 it was as low as €800 for an one room apt in city centre, then 950 in 2015 then €1200 in 2016 and 2017... now is 2000 for a okay two rooms apt in town... unless you want a posh style room for €2800 Balsbridge and have no savings at your 55 years old. There are still apt up to 7 kilometers from city centre at 1600 for two rooms... No of my Business, period.
#A. GIbbs on Jan 18, 2018 :
Dublin charges big city prices, but fails to deliver. Compared to other cities in Europe it feels small, dull, lacking decent roads and infrastructure. It doesn't even have a subway system. Rent is only getting worse. 2 years ago I rented a 1 bedroom in the center for 1400 EUR/month. Now that I'm finally leaving Ireland, they put an ad asking for 1730.

And to add to that, the depressing weather all year round doesn't help either. STAY AWAY.
#Trent on Jan 15, 2018 :
If you’re not an experienced it specialist that can earn 100k+ eur I don’t advise setting a foot in dublin.

Is as expensive as London but with Eastern European standards for facilities and infrastructures.
With the Brexit will get worse.
And weather is crap all year around
#Anonym on Jan 11, 2018 :
Frank, where did you get this 52% number? this calculator says that for 33k/year the take home is 27,525.41, which is 83.4% (or 16.6% in taxes).
#Frank on Jan 05, 2018 :
Dublin is extremely expensive. Accommodation is incredibly expensive. 4 Bedroom house costs between 2,000 and 3,000 euro per month in a decent area. Tax on salaries is very high. All in all about 52% for anybody earning over 33 k per year.

Nice city but go somewhere else to live is my advice. France or Italy if you can speak these languages.
#seaside on Dec 11, 2017 :
To those non Irish people who may be thinking of coming to Ireland or to those Irish who have been away a long time and wish to come "home" - the major problem is going to be accommodation. As most of the jobs are in the Dublin area I will concentrate on that. A one-bedroom apartment (about 50 - 60 m2) will cost a minimum of 1500e per month plus utility bills. And that is IF you can find one. The competition is horrible right now. A two-bed or an average Irish style 3 bed semi-detached house is going to be from 1700e upwards per month - again, if you can find one. And if the accommodation is in a desirable area it will be "sky's the limit" prices. There are one-bed apartments in the desirable post codes which rent for above 3k a month. Be aware, that even more so than many other cities, Dublin is extremely divided in terms of location - if you live in a nice area your life will be nice, if you live in a horrible place it will be a nightmare with anti-social behaviour which cannot seem to be dealt with by anybody, least of all the parents. Stay away from Dublin 24, Dublin 15, Finglas, Ballymun, Tallaght, Crumlin, Ballyfermot and a few others I can't remember. There are nice individual areas within these zones and many lovely people, but just don't take the chance. Housing can also be poor quality, damp, cold, badly heated and insulated. It is recommended that no more than 30% of your monthly salary should go on housing - in Dublin you will pay more for sure. If your salary is not in excess of 70k, you may even need to share and if you are older than 25 that may not be what you want in terms of privacy etc. The housing situation in Dublin is a mess, think carefully before accepting a job opportunity here.
#Mikey on Nov 03, 2017 :
Here is somethng controversial but oh so true. The problem with the housing is caused by the large tech companies who are all present in Dublin attracted by the low corporate tax. (thats why they are there)
The issue is that the likes of google and facebook pay 25 year old kids base salaries of 50k and upwards. If you are older and have more experience, the salaries go through the roof. All these tech companies are fishing in the same pool of talent hence why they paymore and more.
Landlords arent crazy, they see a couple working for the tech companies earning well over 100k per annum. They can cough up the 2500 euro for rent and they are prepared to do do so. If you are not working for the big tech companies you are forced to share houses or live far outside the city. Its time these tch companies take their responsibility and build houses for their employees, like they do in the US. This will give the real estate market some air and help the locals to find affordable homes.
#Michael on Oct 30, 2017 :
my wife is from Dublin and wanting to move home but we are currently living in Liverpool. we are in retail management and are looking at jobs to move to Dublin pretty soon.
the jobs i am looking at are aprox 30k and the jobs she is looking at are aporx 50k total income 80k not including bonus's

i know how expensive Dublin can be and i have been looking at the cost of rent but it the other things i am unsure of like weekly shopping, gas , water , electricity and public transport (as i don,t drive) insurance

we would be looking to live pretty close to the center of Dublin
we would be renting and looking to save for a mortgage while also trying to enjoy ourselves.

any couples on here late 20's early 30's that are living in Dublin that can give me any info would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance
#Anonymous on Oct 13, 2017 :

Can anyone help me here I have been offered from Dublin with 74,500 Euros Annually before I move out from my country I wanted to know will it be a good decision with mum and wife (not working?
#khaled on Sep 15, 2017 :
Is 80,000 EUR / Year before tax good enough to live in Dublin for a couple with a 20 year old son and wife not working for a year?
#Raj on Sep 14, 2017 :

55K will be enough for you to live in Dublin, but you wont end up saving as you would back home!

If you can save >=700Euro on monthly basis, avoid. Else if you intend to move you will not be able to save more on regular basis. Specially finding an apartment to rent is very hard and rental price is very high, considering the fact you have a kid you will need money for creche/childcare/schooling as well as Insurance for your wife and child.

Monthly Rent 1500 - 1800 Minimum for 1 Bed around the Area you plan to work or closer to it. Insurance for your wife and Child 1400-1800 a Year.

Your take home salary per month would be ~3600 ( - You can use it to understand). I have added medical insurance, married person, home Carer tax credit to it considering the fact you bring your wife and child where your wife may not be working at the moment. You may end up getting around ~3575 a month.

You can calculate for yourself with 1800 a monthly rent + 400 - 500 for Food, bills + 100 Entertainment = 2300 - 2400. (This would only be possible if you don't spend lavishly and stick to the plan)

So you may end up saving around 1100 - 1400 a month which would be around 16000 Euro a Year. You should also consider ~1500 Medical Insurance cost for your wife and child if you intend to take an average insurance plan for your wife and child, there might be cheaper ones.

So on yearly basis after insurance and other expense you may only be able to save around 14000. You should also calculate the flights back home if you intend to travel once a year for you, your wife and child on top of this.

Think and make the decision.
#Pushkar on Sep 06, 2017 :
I am getting an offer of Euro 55k+medical+overtime in Dublin. Will it be enough for my family(my wife(non-working) and 3-year old kid)?
If i have to work in Grand Canal Square, what are the affordable areas to live in.
Looked at and it seems that the accomodation is ridiculously unaffordable.
#2 years dubliner on Aug 23, 2017 :
Dublin is a very overpriced city. Don't move here unless generously compensated for the inconvenience/misery.
Streets are dirty, pavement is crap, junkies in the streets (especially in the North), poor service, bad connection to the World, poor cultural/entertainment offering.
Dublin is good though if you are: a drinker/a golfer/a stake-eater/a hiker or a cyclist (to cycle in rural areas/mountains, otherwise it's crap also).
#Kate on May 20, 2017 :
Looking to live here in the future, I'm fascinated with Ireland. Dublin doesn't sound very bad, in fact it sounds lovely. Rain is calming to me and cities are a spark for my creativity. I want to know, though, if Ireland will treat an actress who writes on the side well?
#Colin on May 15, 2017 :
Dublin is a very expensive city, expect to pay big to rent an apartment here.
Public transport is awful, and the city is one huge construction site at the moment.
It's also not a friendly city to cyclists.
#remus on May 13, 2017 :
I live in this shit hole for the last 8 years and was by far the biggest mistake!
the rents are shit and very ,very dear , life is shit , most people are shit and if you want to study in here don't come ...DON'T DO THE SAME MISTAKE AS I DID .
most of the times I think that if I die will be better!,
#Anon on May 06, 2017 :
I'm sorry but expenses in Dublin are about 30% higher than what's written here. No 1 Bed Room apartments in city center for less then 2000 Euros.

It's sad because facilities are the level of a tier 3 european city but prices are the same as in London.
#Jelena on Apr 05, 2017 :
I live in Dublin for 1,5 years.
Starting salary to feel ok in Dublin is 30-35000 per year, if you dont expect too much.
#Diego on Apr 03, 2017 :
How much per month is good enough to live in Dublin? For one single person. I'm a software eng, 45000 euros per year is good enough?
#Anoob on Mar 14, 2017 :
I would like to do master degree in Ireland athland. How much expensive to live there for a month. And can i manage that living expenses with part time job. Is it easy to find a part time job in there?
#greg on Mar 09, 2017 :
I forgot one.
Public health care is not in great shape, that's why you need private.

but... there is no private children hospital for children under 12. There is no other option then to wait for year(s) on the waiting list.
#greg on Mar 08, 2017 :
I have lived in Ireland for years.

It gets hard when you have a family (no matter how much you earn).
Housing is an issue. If you can afford a house in Dublin, the landlord often don't want you if you have children. They prefer a working couple. Apartments are often low quality and heating often not properly (or not) functioning. Why would they fix this with such high demand for housing? Getting a mortgage is touch, the salary needed to buy an average house in south dublin is 130k

Schools mostly ran by the catholic church. They most likely refuse you if you are not baptized. There is a non religious school which is full. After putting your new-born on the list you are lucky to get in at the age of 4. Shouldn't education be a right for young children?

Low tax and plenty of jobs. You just need to find a way to live your life.
#Sarah on Feb 18, 2017 :
I'm planning to move to Dublin in few months
The job salary Im applying for ranges between 38-50k
Will that be enough for a decent life for one person , after reading some comments I started to have second thoughts. Is Dublin a safe city to live alone ?
##JuJu on Jan 19, 2017 :
Some parts of my previous comment in here have been deleted! What a joke!
#Mica on Jan 12, 2017 :
People say a lot of bad things about Dublin. It surprises me as it was one of the most beautiful cities I visited.

I'm looking into moving there with my partner, and I came across this useful site with living costs. It wasn't anything that I wasn't expecting.

Rent IS high, but well, we can't do nothing about it.
Public transport, might be expensive, but 2euros is mostly pocket money.

If you like doing sports or like sunny weather, OF COURSE you're not going to like it. I mean, how do people go there and then complain about the weather?! That's something you should have forseen when you went there. I love rainy and cold weather, and I've been there during the winter months, and it's really nice! It's not too hot in summer either aparently, which is awesome, because I hate hot weather (I suffer it in Buenos Aires and it's not nice). I guess people like to complain.

Clothes and other things are pretty cheap, which compensate for the high cost of rent. I guess you only have to be good at economics to be able to manage your cash flow.

I'll have to wait to be living there to attest of all of this though.
#JuJu on Oct 05, 2016 :

I would say that the gross salary (including tips) for a full time, experienced waiter would be around 2k per month. Maybe a little bit more (or less)...depending on the tips. 2k is enough for a decent life as long as you share an apartment with somebody else. But if you wish to rent something for yourself the you will struggle a little bit since the minimum price for a flat in Dublin atm is around 800 euro + bills per month.

Yes, accommodation is a big issue over here. I would advise you not to be too "picky" in the beginning. Just get whatever apartment or house you find and then look for something better later...cause it will take you quite a a long time to find a proper house to live at a reasonable price.
##lil'mac on Aug 30, 2016 :
Greetings !
I'm wondering how much money on a monthly basis can you earn as a experienced waiter?
Is it enough for a decent living, and a lil' bit of saving?
What about extra jobs ? Are there any particular rules, or tax laws ?
Is accommodation to hard to find for a 29 year old guy ?

Thank you guys
#Sowmya on Aug 13, 2016 :

I am coming from India for a 1 year stay at Dublin. I would like to know what will be the minimum expenses if i take a sharing accommodation.

Totally i may get around 2500 Eur per month as allowance.

Kindly let me know whether this is a good option to come to Dublin. Currently i am staying in India.

#Mark on Aug 08, 2016 :
Ive been living in Dublin for three years now and I really feel its time to move away. Reasons?

- Minimum wage is circa 1300 (net) per month and the price for a tiny, small studio/flat is 800 + bills.
- Nightlife is cool but everything closes at 3 olock. Boring.
- On easter and xmas day it is not allowed - by law - to buy/sell alcohol. WTF?!
- Best day of summer is 26 degrees with loads of cold wind.

Irish people are nice and polite but unless if you are a high skilled/rich businesses man or an old couple I don't think it is the place to be.

But that is just my two cents :)
#Vanessa on Jul 30, 2016 :
I've been offered a job in Dublin 80K/y. I have a 13 years old kid to support. Is this enough money to have a comfortable life and also save some money? Is it true that you need a private health insurance?
#Iliya on Jun 25, 2016 :
Currently, I work as an English language teacher in a high school in Eastern Europe. What are my income and expenses going to be should I decide to enjoy the Irish scenery for a while?
#Anonymous on Jun 18, 2016 :
Minimum wage is 1400€ but with that you have to share a room with someone or even better sleep in a caravan as accommodation is soooo overpriced!
#igor on Jun 10, 2016 :
Hello,I want to know whats the minimum wage to can live in Dublin (including rent),thanks
##SgGirl on Apr 26, 2016 :
#Brian I am from Singapore as well. Hope this response is not too late for you to make a decision. I was drawing somewhat similar to you before I came over (I was here in Nov 2015). The lifestyle is different in these 2 countries.

if you are here for the experience and exposure, then I think it's a good place to settle in if it's your first time living outside of Singapore. It's a fairly small city to navigate around and the people here are generally friendly and helpful. The weather as you may have checked is very different from what we have back at home. I was mentally prepared by everyone back home about the weather so I was in fact having fun last winter (imagine moonwalking in the storm).

Prices of the accommodation is pretty much like what you would have paid in SG (unless you are staying with your parents). Do expect to pay about EUR 1.5k for a 1-2 br apartment (depending on the location). Again, you could get much lower prices if you stay on the north side of the river (or that's what most people will tell you). My office is on the south of Dublin and apartments are a lot nicer and more expensive as well. North is where the red Luas is (or commonly known as tram) and south side will be the green Luas.

Taxes here are pretty high, google for --> tax calculator ireland 2016, this should give you a good number of what you'll be expecting to take home after tax and all other mandatory contributions. The numbers are pretty accurate. You'll probably realise your salary is half of what you used to draw in SG once it's converted to Euro.

Now to the positive side, you'll get to experience work life balance (or that's what happen to me cause I'm in the IT banking sector so it's always been long hours back home with late night calls with EMEA and U.S teams). Imagine knocking off at 5pm daily, you'll literally have the whole evening to plan what you want to do. There are so much space here (not so many high rise buildings) with parks and mountains that you can enjoy a leisure walk after work in the summer.

Wine and dine in Dublin, you'll be so spoilt for choice. Food quality is so good and there are so many options. You don't have to folk out so much money for a meal either. For EUR 30, you'll get a good meal with wine and I must say most of the service so far are really good. In fact, you'll pay abut Euro 15 at a pub with a pint of local brew. Not to mention that there are so many places to visit within the country and in Europe over the weekends and public holiday. With cheap budget airline and advanced planning, you could visit a lot of places at a relatively low cost.

With so much things to do, and a relatively high tax rate compared to SG, it's definitely not a place to save money but to experience and be exposed to a different culture. Really depends on what you are after for this posting. Hope this helps
#Eoin on Apr 23, 2016 :
Wow. It's crazy seeing the amount of negative comments on here about Dublin. Obviously those people have just had a bad personal experience as most of the things the are saying is completely made up, fabricated and just lies.

Dublin is like most other medium sized cities. It has its ups and downs. Bad areas and good areas. I've lived here as well as other cities such as San Francisco and I can honestly say Dublin is hands down the best city to make a life in. It has everything you need. If you are on a good wage, you will enjoy life here.

Transport is ok. I can get almost anywhere in the city via public transport.
Cost of living is high, however, there are a multitude array of cost saving superstores for most things (food, clothes etc). Dublin is home to Pennys (or Primark overseas) which is a low cost clothing megastore.
At the moment there is a housing crisis. It is difficult to find a place to live and it is expensive when you do, however, this phase will soon pass.
Food is of excellent quality depending on where you source it and again there are vast options here.
Nightlife is excellent.
Entertainment is excellent.
Weather is not too hot and not too cold, the climate stays around average so it's pretty ok. Not a lot of sun though!
The people are very friendly, far more so than most other cities. When I lived in the US I felt most cities were passive aggressive. London was downright cold. Different cultures etc..

I am friends with many people from all over the world that live here, the vast majority LOVE Dublin. I know people who came here to pass through and ended up staying!

As for education, not much different again from other cities. A few Universities, many colleges and tonnes of independent colleges.

Excellent scenery and when the sun shines in Dublin it brings out the very best in everyone.

If you have the opportunity to come here on a decent wage, you will not be disappointing. My suggestion is get stuck into a new club of sorts to meet new people. Don't be afraid to be open and kind as it will be very quickly reciprocated.
#Joe Joe on Apr 22, 2016 :
Weather might be depressing with a lot of rain and wind. During summer 20C is very rare.
Weak Health service or any other government services you can expect from a modern country.

Very bad public transport especially with recent strikes. High cost for very very low quality.

People are mostly friendly. Actually they don't really care about you or anything..
Irish people are really easygoing, but that mean you can't really count on them, as very often it is just pure laziness. All R&D offices are over 50% immigrants and you can see differences in work ethos.

They don't like to look after their surroundings e.g. rubbish, tones of rubbish. Especially in "poor estates", which are sponsored by everyone by paying 50% tax on all income after 33k€.

Houses are quite bad quality and really really expensive.

Schools are not really in 21st century either, mostly run by catholic church with strange program and very low level in maths. Very hard to get place in schools if you did not attend one as well.

However the worst of all is their love to help, especially when help is wrong. There seems to be some strange issue with helping people who are not willing to work, yet at the same time tax and screw the hard working ones.

You can come without children, but with family is not fun anymore..

ps. Don't even consider Dublin on salary lower than 50k€
#Harry on Mar 06, 2016 :
Transport costs should include private motor insurance, I was quoted 1200 euros for car insurance in Dublin, I got the same insurance in the UK for 250 euro.
Dublin has high health care costs ie 50euro to get past the reception and see a GP, or the 200 euro to be seen at accident and emergency.
#Kleeh on Feb 15, 2016 :
This guy Jakub seems to have mental problems and attitude problems. No, it does not rain 365 days a year; no, there is not dog shit every except maybe in his head. Yes, the girls like sex and are easy or no they aren't easy, just like in every other western city on the planet. I'll take it this way anytime over some middle eastern hellhole. The rent is not expensive and it IS expensive, depending on where you go. And his crack about Irish websites only working with I.E.?? WTF? Jakub, did you plug the computer in, you moron? Yes, there is a lot of piss and vomit in Temple Bar. That's where a lot of Americans go. I'm American as well, but I simply go to other areas. Trust me, it will never be as nasty as New Orleans. In closing, I'd say ignore Jakub -- he's an idiot, doesn't appear to be Irish, and should go back to whatever hole he crawled out of.
#Robert jerason on Feb 05, 2016 :
Am willing to start life in Dublin but i need the cheapest location where i can start with ,coz my income is very little for un skilled labour.what can i do? Need ur advise.
#Nina on Jan 26, 2016 :
After reading through this thread, I kind of feel disheartened. Regardless, I wish to be given clarification about my concern.

I was offered a job in Dublin by a big company. It's for somewhat a country market support position. I was wondering how much support positions are paid in Dublin, and how much should I get at least (before taxes) per month in order to get by and save a little?

The previous comments probably are for different positions, so it would not be safe to assume that I should receive the same amount per month. Please let me know of the realistic pay that support associates are paid in Dublin.

In case my application is successful, I alone would be relocating (no parents, partners, nor kids).

I am earning more than average here in my country, but I took the invitation and applied in hopes of being able to drive my career forward with a well-known brand.

Thank you in advance.
#Darkwing on Jan 20, 2016 :

I want to know, is enough to live in Dublin nowadays for family of three (my wife and 3 years old child) with income 60K Euro (before tax)? Whats pitfalls are there?

Thanks for answers.
#Eli on Dec 10, 2015 :
Hi guys,
After I red all comments I wanna ask you whether there are any areas in Dublin that you don't recommend for living depending on safety?
#Brian on Nov 06, 2015 :
I am getting around 7500S$ in singapore per month after tax. I am not a singaporean and now I can save around 3500S$ per month.

I would like to know how much it is worth to move to Ireland for a salary of 75000 EURO?

How to compare these two places (Dublin and Singapore)?
#He Male on Oct 13, 2015 :

Is 3300 EUR /month enough to have a mid-class life in Dublin for a couple and be able to save something?
#Alexa on Oct 12, 2015 :
If you want to compare the taxes in both Ireland and UK you can take a look at this quick calculator:
It shows you how much money you take home and how much you must pay in taxes.

While I was living in Ireland I was earning around 56K per year as a software engineer. This allowed me to have a comfortable lifestyle, living in a one-bedroom apartment (not very close to the city center, though), going out 2 times per week, and ordering every other day from take-away. I was also able to save a little money every month.

It was not that bad in terms of money, but the weather can be quite difficult for some people, myself included. :)
#Bogdan on Sep 15, 2015 :

First and foremost here is a tax calculator:

Look guys, this is not the place to go for a good job!

If you want to study and cost is no issue, it's a wonderful place.

If you get more than 150K/y, why the hell not?! The landscape is nice, and you'll enjoy the cosy house a while.

If you are a worker: construction, chef, whatever... and you come from a small city in the Eastern Europe, or South of Italy, and you like to share a home, you might make enough money to leave Dublin at one point!

If you will work at one of the Giant Companies, you'll have to come, looks good on your CV, bare in mind 1 person don;t accept anything less than 45k + health and gym (you'll want to swim somewhere)

Read Jakub's comment! All true

PET OWNERS: forget about Dublin: almost no chance finding a place that will take pets, unless you are willing to pay 3000 euro for rent.
3 dog fliendly places That's it! Pets not accepted on public transport!!!!! except very small dogs that can sit in your lap.
When travelling to Europe with your pet only decent option will be by car and ferry+eurotunnel minimum minimorum for round trip 500 euro + gas + vet
#Aakash on Sep 03, 2015 :
Hi I am getting Euros 46200/ annum before tax deduction in Dublin. How much will I get per month in hand after tax deduction. Also how much it will cost me per month including all necessary expenses. A prompt response will be appreciated.
#Gil on Aug 17, 2015 :
Hi Guys,

I just red the comments ot this page and seems that it is not the best option to accept an offer from an advisor on a Big four firms. However I think we can do something regarding a good maners for kinds. Please advice if E78K per month after tax could be a good slary for a family of 5 (kids 6, 8 and new born) I appreciarte your commenet in advance. Any advise will be very appreaciate.
#Rox on Aug 05, 2015 :

What is the salary for a telecom engineer with CCNP and six years work experience in dublin?
#MMA on Aug 05, 2015 :
Hi there,

Do you think with a 18000 Euro per year fund is reasonable to study in dublin?
They offer me this salary
#joejoe on Jun 16, 2015 :
Test engineer with some XP 55-65k€

Sounds good on paper.. Costs are crazy if you are looking for no mold in safe area. Yes there is a lot of moldy stuff to rent, even recently built in last property bubble. Don't go near Dublin 24, 22 or Ballymun Finglas... Horses in apartments..

For house price check or my
#Eduardo Moises on Jun 01, 2015 :
how much is the price for a rent monthly, im looking for house because i will go study english, can you indicate how much is it, im really apreciated thank you so much.
#Anonymous on May 21, 2015 :
How much salary a Test analyst with 5 years of experience can get in dublin. and how much would be a must amount to stay in dublin
#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 :
Is 90,000 EUR / Year before tax good enough to live in Dublin for a couple without children and wife not working for a year?
#Alan on Mar 04, 2015 :
Valentin, is your spouse employed? If not, you're getting roughly 4250 per month after tax, assuming no private medical insurance and no private pension plan.
That's pretty decent, but if you have to support a family of 4 you won't save much, if anything at all.