Cost of Living in Dublin

Summary about cost of living in Dublin, Ireland:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 10.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 € 50.00-110.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 € 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.50 € 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.50 € 4.50-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.39 € 2.50-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.78 € 1.20-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.50 € 1.00-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.89 € 2.84-6.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.33 € 0.73-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.45-1.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.16 € 1.80-4.20
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.52 € 1.81-10.89
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.63 € 1.81-4.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.60 € 2.72-8.16
Apples (1 lb) 1.01 € 0.45-1.81
Banana (1 lb) 0.86 € 0.54-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.45-2.04
Tomato (1 lb) 1.27 € 0.34-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.45-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.51 € 0.27-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.89 € 0.60-1.69
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.44 € 0.50-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.00 € 8.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.47 € 1.70-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.61 € 1.80-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 14.00 € 13.50-16.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 € 2.50-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 128.50 € 100.00-180.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.50-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 € 1.83-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 26.50 € 24.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.15 € 4.73-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 € 24,000.00-32,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,598.23 € 24,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 158.26 € 100.00-280.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.27 € 0.13-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 50.32 € 35.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.75 € 25.00-65.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.71 € 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 9.00-15.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,042.57 € 800.00-1,325.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,554.55 € 4,000.00-23,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 84.08 € 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.04 € 15.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.31 € 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.44 € 50.00-120.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,695.22 € 1,400.00-2,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,418.18 € 1,100.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,951.47 € 2,500.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,281.79 € 1,850.00-2,900.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 530.11 € 389.07-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 358.63 € 278.71-500.00
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,791.20 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.19 2.50-4.00

Prices in Dublin

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100 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jul 24, 2021:
Hello, I'm a student and planning an exchange to Dublin, don't have job offer but have lots of experience and i can easily get jobs, but I'm worried with the rent, how much and what kind of jobs should I have to be able to pay rent and spare some to survive?
Albert on Jul 08, 2021:
I lived in Ireland for just under 6 years, and I can say that it was 5 years too long. The landscapes are beautiful, but they become pretty boring quickly. Most of the people I knew went out to the pub to get drunk on the weekends. Every single weekend!. Overall, I would say that Irish people tend to be racist, and the country is not known as the rip-off country for no reason. Very expensive, and people try to rip you off all the time everywhere. On the other hand, the weather is miserable and that brings a lot of people down, even causing depression. Overall, I would not recommend living there for over one year.
Theauldbavarianfenian on May 27, 2021:
Addressed to the annonymous commentator from May 12th -

That Ireland is extremely expensive is only partly true. Living space is in general expensive, along with services/eating/drinking out. That naturally mainly applies to Dublin and other urban areas. So by that statement I am very very inclined to say that person has spent all of the 13 years mentioned in Dublin - and now applies that to the entire country.

The weather is horrible ? It can be seen that way - it though is a very subjective statement. The fact that you have the chance of seeing more than one season within a day is definitely true - though I wouldn’t say the weather is horrible but challenging in the way of not being very reliable.

There is nothing to do ? you are DEFINITELY on the wrong track there. If there is nothing to do at all that matches your interests and preferences, that is surprising, but then in the end says more about you than about the Country. The scenic nature, the importance that sports and music have in the country just to name a few obvious things show that the country offers a good few examples that the country allows various options to spend ones time
Anonymous on May 25, 2021:
Comment below is so wrong. Obviously someone with a grudge?? And where did you *leave* for 13 years. Must have been bad??? We are famed for our hospitality and as an Irish citizen I can assure you our hospitality is genuine. We love our climate. Definitely move away if you can't hack it. Ireland is truly stunning. I can say this definitively as I have travelled all over the world. Coming home is best part about travelling away from Irelsnd. We are a young country and of course our politicians are endeavouring to get things right re the care if it's citizens; which incidentally our Government did brilliantly during COVID. I thoroughly agree with your decision to leave, I would do the same if I was miserable, but please don't bad mouth our country after it gave you an education!! That or those certificates gained in Ireland will open many doors to you around the world. You must have remained here for 13 years, despite how miserable you were, for some reason? Maybe a failed romance has caused your misery? If you open yourself up to the Irish you will find incredibly kind, caring and non-judgemental people. We are tge people who give the most to any other country in a crisis. We have never forgotten 800 years of grinding hardship under a foreign regime and our empathy for other societies in needs knows no bounds. Read our history if you want to understand our people, speak our language. Eat, laugh and sing with us. DANCE with us and then my friend your misery will dissapate and joy will fill your heart. I invite you to take another look with a different mindset. Go to the desserts and hot places of this world if you must but I can honestly say Ireland, it's people, it's landscape will forever play on your mind.
Anonymous on May 12, 2021:
Ireland is extremely expensive, there is nothing to do here and the quality of healthcare and housing is ridiculous for the amount that you have to pay. Lived in Ireland for over 13 years, studied, and went to college here with the educational system being questionable. Most people that got anywhere career-wise are non-nationals. Had difficulties growing up as the Irish tend to stick only with the Irish. It is a friendly country but a lot of the time it seems very fake. The weather is horrible and changes to different seasons in one day. The government doesn't care about it's people and with the lockdowns happening because of Covid, it's almost impossible to leave and start a better life. Very difficult to save money and not having to decrease your living standards significantly. The only good thing I can say is that nature here is beautiful but constantly you hear about people being depressed living here. The amount of young people taking drugs and turning to alcohol is shocking. I would not let my kids grow up here and I am planning to move as soon as I can.

On the other hand, some people love it here so if you plan to move to Ireland make sure to see for yourself if it's for you. Most people that are foreigners and even Irish want to get out..
Mordecai Friday Moses on May 10, 2021:
Hello, am waiting this for a recommendation,am looking forward for a job opportunity in Dublin, Ireland. Please I will be glad if my request is attended to, thanks.
AM on Apr 09, 2021:
Hi, I am looking to relocate to Dublin, family of 4 with 2 school going boys one in primary and other in secondary.
Is 144K annual sufficient to live comfortably and save something reasonable. Thank you.
Mustafa on Jan 29, 2021:
You should compare these parameters with Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)
AF on Jan 28, 2021:
As a Dub, I'm not surprised by the complaints about rent in Ireland, they are high.

But I am surprised at so many people complaining about racism regarding jobs. I could not get a job in science in 2006, when I graduated because the jobs market was so in favour of the employer. After a PhD it wasn't much easier, there aren't many related jobs in Dublin. And it takes a long time.

In the companies I've worked in by now, they have either had a higher number of expats than would be expected proportionally, or have been very multicultural.

I don't think Dublin is necessarily any more racist than other world cities but the hiring processes area definitely trickier than they should be.
Daniel on Jan 07, 2021:
PROS of living in Dublin: friendly people, nice Pubs - lots of!, affordable grocery/food prices, safe and compact - you can walk the whole city center in an hour.

CONS of living in Dublin: expensive and really bad quality housing, lack of cultural options rather than pubs, silly curfew for clubs at 3am (some even have to close at 11.30 on weekdays), the weather is awful the whole year round so you stay indoors most of the time, you are stuck in an island with a small population, therefore, the amount of things you can do/people you can meet is really limited.

VERDICT: I would recommend Dublin for older people or families looking for a more chilled way of living... or for those who grew up in small towns/villages. Anyone who is younger and/or has lived in other major European cities will be disappointed with the city.
Tab on Nov 29, 2020:
I had to change the dollar amount to American since I have never been outside the country accept Canada,before you needed a passport. Ireland has always been a country I had wanted to visit because of such beauty,the rich history. My great great grandparents are from somewhere in Ireland. So my husband and I spoke about maybe taking a vacation there. Oh my goodness expensive. Then I spoke to others I work with in emergency room and they said people in Ireland hate Americans,can always sniff them out. They said because of our demeanor even before we say word. That I would be treated unwelcome compared to other tourists. On e.r. Dr said it was best to find somewhere else to go. But the country looks absolutely stunning. Offering tourists a lot to do and teaching us the history, not what's shown on TV. Cleashe I know. One of the travel agencies also said tourists can stay in converted castles that were turned into hotels, yet keeping the castles as authentic as possible.
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GOODLUCK Tumaini on Jul 05, 2020:

I am looking to apply for the higher learning program in Dublin, I want to know if there are part time jobs for the health professional? And what is the rates of payment per hour?
J on Jun 28, 2020:
One positive is that the Irish People are sound and have a special way about them. But definitely not a good quality of life for most citizens here. Quality of your life in Dublin would improve if you were Rich.
J on Jun 28, 2020:
Dublin is a Complete Rip off.
Over populated, Over Rated & Over Priced. Appalling Traffic. No Cycling infrastructure. Expensive Property (Buy or Rent). Expensive Food, clothes, socialising, petrol, utility bills and crap weather. Avoid !
Bernadette on Jun 21, 2020:

Can anyone tell me what it's like living in Ireland for a pensioner/widower age 68, at present living in England.

I have lived in Germany and Spain and have a Germany pension and English pension and what city would be a good place to live .

Thank you.
Robert on May 11, 2020:
Hello. I have an offer from a company based in Dublin. They offer me around 3,3K as net. I am married and I have a kid. Would this be enough to live for 2-4 months until my wife will start her job? I know that flats are expensive, besides that how much I would pay for food, health, etc.? Really appreciate your answers and thank you in advance.
Anonymous on Apr 14, 2020:
Check to check your net salary.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2020:
what is the tax rate will be if my salary was 6500 euro?
what is the expected salary for someone who has 5 years' experience with a high degree and has a certificates?
Rohit Chopra on Mar 20, 2020:
I need to know how much can I save if I'm getting 6200euros per month inhand after tax cancellation.
Is it a good offer to go ahead with ?.
Appreciate your response!
Anonymous on Feb 09, 2020:
Becoming hub of multi-national companies. But transportation system is really bad. You must need car and ready to pay healthy insurance. Health system is really bad. You will be in waiting even in emergency case. Housing crisis, everybody knows... Food is also costly compare to central European countries. Only weather is good.
Friends on Feb 07, 2020:
Disagree it is very easy to make friends with Irish and non Irish
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2020:

2 People with 2.8K it's not Good in Dublin.
If lucky you will get a 1.5K apartment, which it's more than 50% your income.
Be prepared for a rent of 1.5-2K if you don't wanna share, or Pay 1.2K outside dublin, but you will need
a car which will certain cost more than 300 Eur a month (Insurance, Tax, Gas, Parking) a of course
less things to do.

As for friendly people I would say they are polite, you will chat with irish people at the pub and that's it,
you won't be making any friends.

Double check your math before accepting it.
Tosarah on Feb 05, 2020:
If you like beauty try Italy or spain. With 2800 you be in serious trouble renting and living in Dublin.

And if you don’t have money nobody will be nice.

If you want to stick to science try Cambridge or Oxford there at least they can start real businesses with science.

Ireland is rule by farmers not scientist. The uk on brexit is just gonna be stronger than Ireland.
Sarah on Feb 05, 2020:
Why don't come to Ireland?
Do you think it is better to stay in Uk with Brexit than come to Ireland for 3 years, earning 2800 euros per month?
Even if in Scotland there are no offers at all at the moment?
It's so bad to live there?
How about the friendly people, the beautiful landscapes and nature? it's all fake?
Tosarah on Feb 04, 2020:
Don’t come to Ireland. Stay in the uk.
Sarah on Feb 03, 2020:
I've received a job offer for a Ph.D. Marie Curie in molecular oncology at the trinity college in Dublin.
I'll be moving with my partner and with a car.
my perspective salary will be 42600 Euros per year.

Any suggestions about the perspective net? and if living outside Dublin, but in a nice and safe environment, would be affordable?

We're living in Edinburgh, Scotland at the moment, but without a job offer yet, and we're Italians, even if somatically I have blue eyes and red hair, so we were wondering if it might be a good chance to accept the offer and move to Dublin of if it might be better to stay in Scotland until new job offer may come up.

We're are both mature 34/35 years old, so definitely a sharing accommodation is not an option.
Kind Regards to everybody and thank you for the help.
Anonymous on Jan 06, 2020:
I had a modern 1 bedroom apartment 5 minutes from St. Stephen's Green for €900 per month back in 2006 to 2009.
A very similar 1 bedroom apartment is now €1,7500 per month in the same building that I used to rent in.
Just looking at and the prices of rent are astronomical! Apparently the only places in Europe that are more expensive to rent then Dublin are London & Geneva! There actually isn't anything in Dublin city centre for less then €1,800 per month besides bedsits and student accommodation.
Anonymous on Dec 25, 2019:

This would be 3.5k net.

Rent 1.5-2k. Outside City center of course. Check
500-600 groceries for 3 people.
If buying a car first year insurance 2k + Road taxes + gas 1.4 liter average + parking

So your entire salary can be consumed only with fixes Costs.

I dont know where you are and current conditions, but, Dublin I recommend at least 80k salary Single person.
Bart on Dec 24, 2019:
I have been living in Dublin for 13 years, can only talk about single person experience.
If you are planning to move here and live alone you need something in circa 40k per year.
Single bed, studio is around 900euro, pint is 5-6euro, pizza out 10 euro, okay restaurant 30 euro per person, smokes 12, weed 50 for 5g :)
Bart on Dec 24, 2019:
depends where you are planning to live and how much income per year your wife makes.
house alone would be around 1.5k if you are lucky and not looking for something in the city center, if you plan to get a car insurace for the first year will be a pain. The best way is to find something clsoe to your work as commuting to dublin from outside can be a real pain in the butt.
#brett on Dec 20, 2019:
Hi, I have been offered a job in Dublin, 55k, family of 3 wife self employed, so income varies, son will be in high school, will this be enough, seems in might be far better off where I am currently?
NightWatch on Dec 08, 2019:
I've been living in Dublin for a year. I just left this city because the housing condition. I couldn't understand how adult ppl living in a shared room is common in developed country like Ireland. As far as I know, I think Dublin is the worst place to find an affordable accommodation among Europan cities.
Preeti on Dec 05, 2019:
I am looking to marry an Indian working in Dublin from past 3 years. He has the salary package of 65K (Per Annum). I am a working profession in administration field and have plan to work after marriage.
Can anyone tell me how easy it is to get jobs in administration in Dublin?
How difficult is life in terms of earning a good livelihood and a decent house on loan when two people are working (considering the 40% tax)?
Also, Is 65K (Excluding Tax) insufficient for an individual?
What can be the pros and cons for me in getting married to him (in terms of weather, culture & standard of living considering that I belongs to India)?
RainbowDwarf on Nov 14, 2019:
Dublin, the capital of the Celtic Tiger has houses' walls made of paper,poor quality and ugly houses, the whole city is in the top 3 ugliest capital cities in europe, flats are v.expensive and even if you have money to rent it is v.difficult to find a place as there is 200 people wanting the same, lower tax retention than in most of countries in europe(by some 3-10 percent netto) as the taxes are hidden and all you see is 20 and 41 percent tax which seems good,always delayed buses due to people buying tickets in the bus so 100 people must wait, almost always bad weather, nothing interesting to see in dublin as there is no interesting events nor museums and restaurants tend to be average quality but plenty of pubs(thank god).There are some tax tricks for large corporations that make them invest there.This is just my real life experience.Enjoy Ireland.
peter on Nov 12, 2019:
i lived in 10 countries in europe and ireland is te shittest place to live and it is unbelievable and faulty that companies set offices and invest there and not in any other country in eeurope mainland.Everything there is better that in dublin. Probably it is ignorance and incompetence to invest in ireland.
Smartass on Oct 20, 2019:
Dublin definitely is a city with a couple of different Faces.

To start off with the quality of live, this really depends on your income and/or what your expectations are.

As someone who has moved to Dublin from a fairly big sized town north of Dublin, I have to say, though I have worked in Dublin before I moved here and heard things from friends and colleagues as well as of course I did my own research before - I still was shocked by the living expenses.

Going from that I definitely can tell that, if you are an expat and earning in the region of 30k gross p.a. (What would be the norm for entry level positions in the Tech and financial industries (obviously not counting in software engineers and the likes) you could see your budgeting being fairly tight.

As the main factor being housing, of course depending on what you want to/can spend on that and what conditions you expect to live in you can cut costs in - depending on availabilities. What I mean is:
If you want a fair sized doublebedroom and you one (en-suite) bathroom and be in a safe nice and fairly central location, expect to be paing in the region of 1000€ (Obviously, household size, state of the building , reputation/safety of the neighborhood ad transport connection will have an impact)
If you on the other hand would be happy with a tiny single bedroom in a run-down backroad building in a rough area like Finglas, Rialto, Tallaght, Inchicore or Dolphins Barn and comfortable of sharing a bathroom with four others, you could get something for 500-550€, but be aware this may bring a lot of additional issues.

Given the salary specified, which is a figure closeish to what I have, I only elaborated the dituation for shared housing above, as this realistically is all you will consider with that kind of Budget.

To give a vague idea here a rough example of my budgeting considering my earnings are roughly 2k€ net/month)

Housing: just under 900€ a month including all bills for a double bedroom with own balcony and bathroom in a nice modern apartment complex in Dublin 14.

Food/Drink/Household items/ Hygene: budgeted 250€/ month - largely benefiting from the fact I do have a free canteen at work - I do give a lot about quality if it comes to these things though (includes a monthly haircut approx 25€)

Fun / sparetime : approx 150€ - eating/drinking out with friends, visiting music/sporting events etc. (considering what eating out and drinking costs here in Dublin, both happens relatively infrequently)

Public transport: approx 80€ - using the tram to go to work and at times into the City Centre

Subscriptions: 50€ Netflix, Office365, charities

Insurances: 50€

Saving on shopping and travelling: approx 200€

This leaves me with expenses of approx 1700€ in a „normal“ month - please do not forget though that I usually have breakfast and lunch along with drinks and snacks at the office, what saves me another, say 150€ a month.

If you live in similar conditions/ would be happy with a similar lifestyle and are ok with having 200-300€ at the end of the month for savings/ emergencies I would suggest this heavily overpriced city financially is still a good place for you.

Apart from the Financial side, what the city gives you:


-despite being a pretty big place, pretty laid back and super friendly
-full of history
-very multicultural, you will bump into loads of interesting people from all over the world
-a transport hub for travel across the country as well as internationally
-Good Nightlife (though expensive)
-always something going on for sports and music fans
- great career chances, particularly for bi-/multilinguals
-previous point massively growing still, as the city is booming


-housing prices
-overall living costs
- public transport within the city is chaotic and not reliable
- safety in some areas (finglas, east wall, Inchicore ...)
-health care (though not Dublin specific but a national issue)
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2019:
Really overpriced city. Even on a good salary (70k) you will struggle to live on your own. Expect to share a low quality house or apartment and barely save.
Anonymous on Sep 05, 2019:
The quality of life in Dublin vs the expenses to be here = objectively not worth it at all. As compared to other European capitols Dublin does not look very attractive yet even after living here for a few years the city can surprise in a positive way. When it comes to safety (1-not safe at all, 10 - very safe) I'd give Dublin mere 5. It's quite common to hear from people about break-ins or robberies or read about murders (although Dublin praises itself as a Fair City :/ Nightlife is vibrant and people here are laidback. When it comes to standards and quality of life - it can vary greatly depending on the area. Avoid areas such as Ronnanstown, Finglas, Rialto, East Wall or Citywest - people just seem dumb and scruffy, the rest of the city all in all looks fine (with South-East leaning towards opulent side). If you are an ordinary worker and not some IT guy working for well-known company life here won't be easy. One of the highest costs of car insurance and rent in Europe as well as medical care. For a minimal wage and full-time employment you will be forced to share a flat for the rest of your life unless you want to spend all what you earn on that. Relationships between people are generally short-lived here as people generally just come and go (stay for a few years to study or work and move on elsewhere). To summarize - quite an interesting experience.
Anonymous on Aug 12, 2019:
City is great as long as you stay young and never become an adult.
Otherwise it is a mare
-housing costs
-running a car
for all this you need 2 people working more or less bringing home 5.5k NET minimum between the 2 of them
i reckon more or less people spend 4k net on all of the above.
1k for food internet bills (again based on a family of 3 people) and a couple of nights out a month.
You are left with 500 euros that you can spend on a family holiday and keep for emergencies.
Darkskies on Jul 13, 2019:
Good for you. That’s not the case for 99% of irish workers
bluesky91 on Jul 12, 2019:

Then you clearly don't work for the right companies. I have the payslips / contracts to prove it. Also, 80k is VERY average for SDEs and other tech roles here's in Dublin... You must be hanging in the wrong company.
Darskies on Jul 12, 2019:
Veeeery few people make 80k let alone 135 that’s a joke

Most devs are in 45 60k plus bonus
bluesky91 on Jul 12, 2019:
I work in tech in Ireland, although not for one of the big giants. I earn 135k per year (gross). Monthly that comes to about 6.5k net. I live with my girlfriend. This is only recently though, before I was earning 80k (gross) and it was still quite alright.

My rent is 1550 euros and I live in Dublin 8, with access to all amenities, can't really complain. The apartment is a 1-bedroom. Considering the stuff I've seen in dublin, it looks pretty good, though I had to search 2 months for this apartment, so plan ahead.

I spend around 350 euros a month of food, although that includes a lot of takeaway and restaurant eating (though no fancy restaurants, stuff like Nandos for example.

I spend 80 euros a month on electricity (no fas).
Around 60 euros for internet
Around 25 euros for phone + internet
Around 30 euros for public transport (though I use it only on weekends, as I bike to work)
As for the last year I spent around 1600 euros on medical stuff (gp visits, blood work, etc). Health is really bad in ireland, so stay healthy if you can.
I spend around 25 euros for a haircut as a man (there are cheaper options though)
I spend around 25 euros a month for unlimited cinema @ odeon.

Overall I do not particularly like Dublin or Ireland in general, but if you work in tech in Europe it's a good way to make some money to save.

If you have any questions you can email me at

Tospaniards on Jul 11, 2019:
Tons of discrimination beware when looking for job as non white nationals
Anon on Jul 06, 2019:
My Mon-Fri, 9-5 childcare costs 1,500 euro a month for an 18 month old baby in an expensive area, still don't think you'd be getting much lower in the city centre and it can be difficult to secure places
Spaniard on Jul 06, 2019:
Disagree with many comments. I did well in this city there is no discrimination whatsoever. Renting prices are sky rocket right, but that’s another issue. Don’t come for less than 45k
Paul on Jun 17, 2019:
I cannot afford Dublin, I had to emigrate to find a quality of life that is far better. The city has a rent crisis that is not or will not be addressed by those in power, because they themselves are landlords. My full wage abroad would not afford me a quality apartment in this city. This alone is enough to avoid Dublin, but on top of that the cost of living after rent is very high. Transport costs and eating out are as high as the major metropolises of the world, sometimes higher than that. This is only a city of a million people. The people seem to still accept it though.
Cristian on Jun 14, 2019:
How well or bad can a family of two live with a total of 4700 euro net/month?
Ngo on Jun 01, 2019:
People shouldn't go to work in Dublin. Because it is terrible about accommodation, public traffic, health care, insurance, Tax, relax, ...
Anonymous on May 25, 2019:
66k is is a good salary.i believe for full time work the average is around the 48k mark.66k would more or less net you 3700 a month after tax.not bad.
Anonymous on May 21, 2019:

I just got an offer for 66k a year. That would be 60% (39,6k) base. Is it good and how much is it net a month?
fran on Apr 26, 2019:
The average salary is not correct , average full time is around 48k which work out at more or less 2900 a month.
You are including part time work in there i am sure. Dublin's average salary is higher/same level as amsterdam which is set here at 2500 euros more or less.
Having said that it is a total rip not move here for less than 2.5-3k net.
Anonymous on Apr 23, 2019:
Property prices are completely out of control, paying huge amounts of your paycheck to a landlord for a tiny room.
ChappedBass on Apr 18, 2019:
Moving here soon and I'm a bit off put by the decreased household spending power. Everyone says "people in Dublin are paid well so it's fine". I wonder if they understand what being paid well means as most of the people saying this live paycheck to paycheck, renting rooms inside of houses with 3 or 4 flat mates. Fuck that.
Jack on Apr 18, 2019:
These figures are totally inaccurate. I am surprised because this site had fairly reliable figures until recently. Dublin is not anything like as expensive as this and salaries are generally fairly high. The employment situation is good and there are labour shortages in may areas. Rents and house prices are too high but not as bad as these figures. Groceries, chain store clothing and utilities are reasonable by European standards. Sharing a rented house is an affordable option if you can't buy.
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:
People are generally spending 700 to 800 pm on a private room in a shared apartment, Total heating,electricity 100 to 150 and broadband 50. Divide these by number of people in apartment. So it would be approx 800 to 900 pm overall.
Anonymus on Apr 05, 2019:
Thanks for a quick answer! How much would it cost when living with multiple people?
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:
That is 2800 p/m approximately after taxes, renting alone would be close to 60% of that income for a basic apartment. So you would need to live with multiple people if you want to maintain a decent standard of living such as vacations, going out, saving & pension investments.
#Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:

I know that renting a home in Dublin is very expensive. Is an annual salary of €45k (without commission) OK though, when working in sales?

Thanks in advance.
Leapcard on Apr 04, 2019:
transport is average and prices steep

The worst is the leapcard system very badly designed system takes 24 hours to reflect one transaction on your account. The app sucks and there are no apps to top up on iOS devices. The timetable app does not predict schedules correctly or buses do whatever they want. Not even can keep up with the poor job done by local software companies, scheduled out of sync, no holidays schedules ..... the transport ingormation system must be a cash cow for the local tech Cowboys
Anonymous on Apr 03, 2019:
P, 3500 after tax is decent

Price per Month
Rent (on your own) 1700
Food (Aldi, Lidl) 200
Broadband 50
Phone plan 20
Netflix, Spotify 20
Waste Disposal 10
Clothes/Shoes 50
Health Insurance 150
Month Public Transport 150
Electricity, Heating 100
Entertainment 200 (assumes one night of drinks per week)
Gym Membership 50
Vacations / Travel 300 ( 3600p/a for multiple vacations (You get min 4 weeks by law ))

Total 3000

So that leaves 6000 euro to save or spend.
This should give you rough idea of lifestyle to expect on 3500

If you want Car instead of public transport

Loan (Basic new car) 200-300
Insurance 200 ( Will go to 50p/m after few years of no claims discount)
Tax 20
Petrol 50
P. on Apr 03, 2019:

Could someone tell what is a good salary for one person to live in Dublin? 3500 net for month is ok, or to small? Probably I'll need to live in shared aparatment (but not room), pay higher taxes becaouse I'm single, but is it possible to live good and save something with that salary or no ?
Ian on Apr 02, 2019:
Rent is insanely expensive, if you move to this city expect to share a room with multiple people in order to live.
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2019:
Dublin, itself, is a great city. For living, its nearly impossible. Good luck finding decent housing AT ALL, much less for a reasonable price. You will pay mroe to live in a decent place than you would in most bigger, more notable cities in the world.
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
Don’t come to Ireland
Go to the uk even with brexit
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
Also I don't deny there are massive problems with housing in Dublin .

But if talking about jobs....Dublin has lots of opportunities and if you are legal you will get paid properly for the most part.

Are there some places favouring locals ?
Does the sane local favouritism occur around the world.

Of course !!b
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
Also the minimum wage is high in Ireland.

Don't like it, go work in your own country for minimum wage.
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
I'm an Irish emigrant overseas, nobody have me anything either.

Stop moaning, Ireland is very easy going with foreigners.
Jack on Mar 29, 2019:
Wages aren't enough to provide adequate accommodation in this city, the rent and property prices are simply out of control and continuing to increase rapidly. Unless you are rich you will never own a home here or even be able to live alone. Expect to share a room with multiple people in a tiny dirty apartment even when you are older, having to queue in the morning just to use bathroom, conditions are deteriorating and bordering on third world conditions for the working poor.
Hey bob on Mar 24, 2019:
There is no meritocracy in tech and even less in a catholic minded country full of altar white boys

If you are not Irish your are dead in the water

Go to London even with brexit

This is a joke
Pete on Mar 22, 2019:
East European countries have much better infrastructure, culture, places to go, and much better skills than Ireland. Weather is also better but not in winter. Dublin is the ugliest capital city in europe and the buses are always late as you can buy a ticket from the driver and all the 100 people have to wait for it on every stop.
Bob on Mar 21, 2019:
The government need to call a national emergency on the housing crisis. I'm from Dublin and would not recommend anyone to move here. The quality of life is bad.

Pros, vibrant pub, restaurant & theater scene. Good quality cheap food, jobs, Internet and mobile plans are cheap, beautiful scenery 1 hour outside dublin

Cons, Renting sector is a nightmare, way way way overpriced for what you get, shity flat 1 bed cost €1500 or more. Public transport will stress you out and make u take antidepressants, its slow slow slow, the trams and trains overcrowded at rush hour and buses stuck in traffic jams constantly, there's no metro. Heath services are third world even with insurance. People die in er waiting room, jobs wages are too low to live in this city, petrol, tax and insurance is the highest in EU.

I disagree with the others saying they can't get jobs because of the way they look or sound. 8% of multinationals workers are irish the rest foreign. Believe me they hire on merit in Dublin.

Plus the weather would make you sad, rain or gray miserably clouds 24/7.

There's no nightclub scene
Martin on Mar 20, 2019:
Be preferred to live in slum like conditions unless you are on very big money. Apartments are very small and mouldy and you will have to share with multiple people. Property prices in this country are out of control and most people would be better off moving to another country.
Do not agree on Mar 16, 2019:
I’m a south European expat in IT working for a Corp.

I’m 25, earning 100k+ EUR, wearing Gucci jacket and Nike x Off-White sneakers, and I laid a different girl every weekend, among them girls from Poland, Pakistan, US, locals, ...

Everyone has the city that deserves
Racism on Feb 23, 2019:

Self employed immigrants working for white male companies and crushed on the streets again by white young males,

Capitalism friends that’s ireland
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)