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 € 40.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 6.50-8.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 € 5.00-5.90
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 € 4.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.94 € 2.50-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.68 € 1.00-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.37 € 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.67 € 2.84-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.22 € 0.72-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.73 € 1.71-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.63 € 1.81-6.35
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.69 € 2.72-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.50 € 2.72-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.68-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.54-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.98 € 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.14 € 0.91-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.62 € 0.45-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.46 € 0.34-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 0.99 € 0.79-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.26 € 0.50-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 € 8.99-14.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.40 € 1.89-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.50 € 1.75-3.60
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 11.35 € 10.80-12.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.70 € 2.20-3.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 € 100.00-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.60-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.77 € 1.75-2.25
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 € 23.32-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.12 € 4.85-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 € 20,895.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,220.00 € 20,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 133.82 € 80.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.27 € 0.15-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 49.32 € 35.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.57 € 25.00-65.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 € 8.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 € 10.00-12.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 953.14 € 700.00-1,150.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,405.08 € 4,000.00-10,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 81.16 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.92 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.77 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 90.82 € 60.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,481.01 € 1,200.00-1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,218.66 € 1,000.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,636.73 € 2,000.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,033.96 € 1,600.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 523.58 € 418.06-650.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 359.00 € 278.71-464.51
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,271.66 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.63 3.10-4.50

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Last update: February 2018
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80 Comments so far

#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.
#valentin on Jan 21, 2015 :
For 75k/year before tax (found out that would be 51k/year after tax) married with 2kids, would that be enough? including here the rent/utilities/kindergarden etc

#areq on Jan 03, 2015 :
Jakub, bigger bullshit than in your comment I have never read. Not commenting everything, but just a few things. 365 rainy days? Seriously? So apparently I live in another city, the summer is mostly great with temperatures around 20-25 and sun is perfect, not too hot. Housing is expensive and small? Of course - it is a capitol of one of the richest countries in Europe, you have good job, so rent something in IFSC/Grand Canal or the whole house anywhere - there are no small apartments, but are expensive. You have crap job, don't complain - gain qualifications and get better. Banks are open only in working hours - that's true, but how often do you go to the bank? I was 2 times during the last year. There is no hobby? Don't expect someone to find you a hobby, if you have any there is no problem to develop it in Dublin.

Anonymous, 2000eE after tax is not bad - definitely enough to live, not a lot if you plan to save.
#Anonymous on Dec 24, 2014 :
i need to move to Dublin is that enough 2000 euro for one person
thank you
#sumit sinha on Dec 24, 2014 :
Hi All,

I have Ireland green card (work permit). If I would come with family. What would be cost of rent + grocery + transport + micscelenous ????

Kindly hlep me out....
#Cristina on Dec 09, 2014 :
Hey, I'm coming to Dublin as an Erasmus student from the Czech Republic. I contacted my card issuer if I will be able to pay in shops with a czech credit card. He said that I can, but that the shops might charge something for shopping here. Is it true? If yes, how much do you think it is approximately? And in which shops? Thanks a lot for any response ;-)
#Louis on Oct 30, 2014 :
I have an offer from HP for E1500 p/month plus relocation and a bonus, is it worth it to live in Dublin for this amount? Right now I have E1800 p/month but I rather make less in order to change my life for a new beginning...let me know thanks.

I don't mind the students that are drunk and party all the time.... :)
#Newbie on Oct 17, 2014 :
35k (before tax) would that be enough for decent live in Dublin ?
#Carrie on Oct 14, 2014 :
How is income paid out in Ireland, in 12 monthly equal installments?
In most German speaking countries yearly income is paid in 13 (Thirteen) increments.
In other words, for example Germany, 1 and half months wages are paid in May (for summer hols) and again in November (for Xmas), total 13 months wages.
In Switzerland end of November generally 2 months wages are paid.

Obviously if a potential employer states a yearly income, it doesn't matter too much, but some state a monthly, where it does then make a big differance.
#flo jo on Sep 17, 2014 :
we make after tax around 40 k i have a baby and my mom,still can save 12 k and 2 holidays 5 k.
#Matthew Downes on Sep 13, 2014 :
Hi All
I have a family of 4 (two kids under 5), interested in moving for work reasons to Ireland. Once visited Dublin and thought it was very nice but I was there for fun as a lad (this was years back). Reading the comments above, overpriced renting / jobs hard to secure (if not in a pub or local shop) and seeing the cost of living is quite high compared to the rest of Europe brings me to my question.

What other areas of Ireland represent good locations for families, that need to find work and that perhaps have cheaper accommodations?

Any advice appreciated.
#Jambo Brown on Jul 18, 2014 :
Do not move to Dublin!

Dublin is not a nice place to live, I've been here for 6 years myself.

There are a lot of students! which you may think is a good thing, but really it just means the whole city is dedicated to serving them. Dublin is full of pubs and clubs. What you end up with is the typical loud, annoying drunks everywhere, loose girls, fighting, drugs. It's not a nice city for raising a family, and unless you are a student, you will not enjoy it.

Everything is expensive, this is one of the most expensive cities to live in Europe. And it's not justified! the local services are terrible, the gardai are terrible and just let kids and drunks run riot.

The colleges are poor, there are some rogue universities that have started up in recent years, Independent Colleges is one of the biggest, it's a completely corrupt university!

Finding work is very difficult, shop work, bar work, dodgy building sites perhaps, that's all this country has. The guys who go to good universities and get good degrees, finance, Medicine etc, they leave as soon as they have their degree! it's just a mass exodus, as they know Dublin will never offer them anything!

There is a huge brain drain in Dublin, people come over as students, they party, but leave as soon as they can. It's not a place many would choose to live. We get a lot of American tourists coming over for a piss up, I speak to them and they tell me how Dublin has been a huge let down and just looks like a run down, dirty large town!

The craic? this is just Dublin's answer to not having many decent tourist attractions, so they created this myth of really happy, friendly people. The truth is, Dubliners and the Irish are no more friendly than anyone else in the world. They just seem to be drunk a lot more!

The properties in Dublin are the lowest standard I've seen, and I once lived in Warsaw! they're incredibly small if you want an apartment, and very expensive. If you move out in to the burbs a bit more, you get a huge amount of housing estates. These are cheaper, and you soon see why! so many are house sharers, students, low income families and they're just not nice areas!

The people are strange... they moan all the time and just complain about the government and the English! the local girls are pretty much the same, party girls, they like sex, they like drinking and they complain about the Irish men being lazy, mammys boys who all cheat. Well to me, the girls are just as bad!

I moved to Dublin because I thought, it's a capital city, it's a bit different, it interested me.
But I really have no idea why people would choose to live here! unless they're druggies or alcoholics. Speaking to my friends, it's because none of us have any money and we can't afford to move! that's the consensus I get from people.

My dream is to move over to England, somewhere in the South and just get away from the drunks, the vomit, the dog shit, the moaning, the housing estates and the Irish men who seem to love gun crime! and the girls who all seem to have STD's!
#Dan on Jul 04, 2014 :
What is going to affect you in Dublin are rent and transportation.
It's tough to find rent under 1000 euro (there are 30-40 people attending the viewings for each apartment under 1000). Also you need to have a lot of patience, because it could take as long as 2-3 month to find a place to rent.
The transport (especially the monthly pass) is ridiculously expensive for what they offer (long time before buses, no subway, slow trams, close to non-existent night service).
If you smoke, it's a good time to quit :). Or to try a new type of tourism: "tobacco tourism" as the Ryanair tickets are much cheaper than the difference of ciggarete prices between Dublin and other parts of the world.
Other than that Dublin can be affordable. You can manage to live here if you still have 500 E after paying rent/utilities/transport.
#Harman on Jun 04, 2014 :
I have an offer in Dublin with 44K Per Annum and after tax , 3k per month. I have family - wife and daughter. Could anyone please suggest me whether it would be a good option to relocate to Dublin with this offer?
#dev on May 02, 2014 :

Can you tell me what the cost for three people living in Dublin per week is???
#Hector on Mar 25, 2014 :
Hi>>>i am getting relocated to Dublin salary of 2900 Euro per month this decent money to survive in Dublin 15?
#John Dennehy on Feb 25, 2014 :
The data on numbeo is a great resource. We provide more info about moving to Ireland (especially for people working in the tech sector) here:

Hopefully you'll find it useful.

#Roy on Feb 24, 2014 :
Hello all, I would like to know about the actual cost of living for 2 people in Dublin. I would like to know the exact cost of monthly expenditure. My situation goes something like this: cost of Rent Apartment in okay location, job with salary 2700euro/month after tax. So in the end how much expense will I be looking forward to and most important how much can I save in the month end if any. Please do reply as my job employer is looking forward to my final decision in few days and I cannot help but think about this.
#JaKub Real on Feb 24, 2014 :
Hello All,

I leave in Dublin for the last 3 months. Dublin is affordable city when you compare to other cities. I lived in Prague as well Berlin and I assure you that Dublin is cheaper when you compare to these two cities. How ? Well you see net salary against how much you pay rent + food. Irish are in General the best people I met in my life, therefore lots of friends everywhere. Salaries on average are more than 1350 E which you cannot get in CZ as well in Berlin ( Customer support roles I am talking about). Also It is not nice to be greedy and let say ask for enormous amount of money because you saw in this web page that you need 4000E to survive. You need to be realistic nobody is paying this amount. First you need to show that you are worth this and later as it always goes you will get what you are looking for. Btw I have 20000 per year and I am happy about it because I know that next year I will have double- but still no complain, because I know that there are thousands of people similar to me who is competing for the same position, so I you have a chance to come here, take it ! Later on you will have a chance to change the job once you get more experience in Irish market. To sum up DO NOT BE GREEDY !!!