Cost of Living in Dublin

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 79.98
Rent Index: 50.17
Groceries Index: 63.97
Restaurants Index: 84.80
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 65.64
Local Purchasing Power: 90.48
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 11.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 45.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 6.90-8.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 € 4.80-5.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 € 4.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.87 € 2.50-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.63 € 1.00-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.31 € 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.50 € 2.84-4.73
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.18 € 0.74-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.79 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (12) 2.69 € 2.00-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.07 € 2.27-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.44 € 2.27-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.28 € 2.72-5.90
Apples (1 lb) 0.93 € 0.68-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.57-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.01 € 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.15 € 0.91-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.68 € 0.45-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.56 € 0.36-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.00 € 0.80-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.38 € 0.70-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 € 9.00-14.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.33 € 2.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.52 € 1.67-5.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.80 € 10.00-11.30
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.70 € 2.10-3.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 123.00 € 100.00-140.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.60-4.30
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.01 € 1.77-3.54
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 23.40 € 23.00-29.95
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.90 € 4.54-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,315.00 € 20,500.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,982.69 € 18,995.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 159.18 € 90.00-269.17
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 € 0.20-0.35
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 44.30 € 30.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.04 € 29.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.79 € 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 9.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 965.60 € 900.00-1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,000.00 € 6,000.00-6,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 76.28 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.85 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.52 € 65.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.14 € 60.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,331.75 € 1,100.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,091.43 € 800.00-1,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,325.81 € 1,800.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,773.67 € 1,400.00-2,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 426.32 € 325.16-650.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 280.72 € 213.68-380.90
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,306.43 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.83 3.25-4.50

Prices in Dublin, Ireland

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Last update: March, 2017
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Cost of living in Dublin is 20.02% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 890.85$ (828.46€) and for four person family at 3,177.58$ (2,955.03€) (without rent).
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67 Comments so far

#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 !!!
#Gulsen on Jan 28, 2014 :
Dear all,

I got a job offer in Dublin with a salary of 24-28k gross a year. In the beginning I thought it was ok, untill I saw the rent prices! In Belgium I can rent a new appartment with 2 bedrooms for € 600-700. In Dublin I see prices of €5000 a month for a house with 2-3 bedrooms. How do people pay this?! It's not possible!
#Kiran on Jan 13, 2014 :
I am getting an offer of 70K in Dublin. Can anyone tell me what would be my after tax monthly salary?
#tami on Dec 18, 2013 :
hi im wondering how you figure u.s money to Ireland currency??
#Jakub on Nov 02, 2013 :
I do not recommend moving to Dublin. I live here for 2 years now and and these are the things I don't like the most:
- housing - most of the houses, flats and apartments in the city center are small. They tell you you get 2 bedrooms but sometimes the rooms are so small that only a bed fits in. Also the big problem seems to be that there is not enough flats for rent. This leads to the situation where the prices for the flats are inflated to the ridiculous levels. Additionally, the renting companies are aware that people have problems with finding accommodation, and use this to their advantage - they don't care about the customer too much, don't come to viewings and generally seem not to be too helpful because they know that they will rent anyway, if not to you then to some other desperate soul. Also note, if you come from outside british islands, it may surprise you that they still have 2 taps in the sinks here. Fortunately not everywhere, but often enough to piss you off.
- communication - there are buses and 2 tram lines - very poor really, so your only alternative is taxis which are nice and relatively cheap. The traffic lights are absolute mess, if you ever experienced well designed traffic lights like for example in Germany, you will be very surprised when you see how bad the lights are programmed. The result is that pedestrians cross the roads on the red because they don't respect the lights. The streets are very narrow compared to other countries, so it's very dangerous to ride a bike, at least in the city center.
- social services - Dublin must be the only city on this planet that experiences water problems with 365 rainy days a year.
- shopping - you like buying on amazon or ebay? You can forget it if you live in Dublin. You can still do your shopping on but you will pay for the delivery accordingly, which makes it nonsense.
- motorcycles - there are literally 2 (3 if you have a car) companies that will insure your motorcycle if you have any. This leads to the situation when the insurance for a year is worth 1800 euros (one thousand eight hundred).
- irish internet - prepare for problems if you use brosers other than IE. With some exceptions, Irish web sites are compatible with Internet Explorer browser only. The most popular sites for finding a flat,, works with IE, and Safari (didn't try on FF), doesn't work with Chrome, although recently it kind of worked when I tried, maybe they finally fixed it. The biggest advertisments site,, doesn't even allow you to log in if you enter from anything but IE. Same for some of the food order sites, or tesco delivery website (can log you out when shopping if not using IE). Generally, just be prepared to use IE more often than not if you live here.
- banking - obviously banks are only open during work hours, so forget to be able to visit your branch if you have a job. Also, they take the lunch breaks at the normal hours so you will also not be able to visit them during your lunch break. Of course tax returns only come as cheque ;) This also applies to post offices. There is one bank that has its branches open on Saturdays but as imigrant I wasn't able to get an account there.
- hobby and sports - it's very hard to find a hobby here, people seem to settle for drinking in pubs as the most popular hobby. If you are into summer sports then you have a problem, because there is normally no summer. Nor is there any winter, so summer and winter sports you can watch in tv. The only sensible sport you can enjoy here seems to be the kite surfing, there is plenty of wind and water 365 days a year.
- tidiness - I lived in Dublin1 and Dublin3, work in Dublin2 and one thing is very apparent each time I travel between those locations - there is dog shit everywhere. I sometimes see people cleaning after their dogs, but I guess there is enough of those who don't so the city is covered in shit. Also, there is a lot of urine and vomit in the city center and specifically in TempleBar where all the parties go on during the weekend, sometimes you can still see it on Monday morning. Even though you can see people cleaning the streets pretty often I'm guessing there is simply too much of the piss and vomit to clean after the weekends, so it is what it is, better get used to it.

Things I like:
- cheap, fast and reliable internet - UPC provides very fast internet in most locations in Dublin, 55 euros for 100Mb/s, quite reliable as well, only had 1 problem for the 2 years and they fixed it in 3 days.
- Tesco groceries delivery - you can get this in most european coutries now, but it's still nice when they bring it to your door for the reasonable price of 5 euros. Getting your tesco club card is a different story though, I had to call them 4 times to finally get my card after 2 moths (sic!)
- Taxis - they are cheap, and if you have the Hailo application on your mobile then you can pay with card. Very convenient.
- free internet with prepaid - there is a nice prepaid offer in Three (the name of the provider), basically you keep your account active and you get all you can eat internet (some websites are not available though, but most of them are). I have not seen this in any other european country.
#david on Oct 30, 2013 :
Can you tell me what the cost for two people living in Dublin per month is ?
#Kieran on Oct 21, 2013 :
Martin, 22k would not be huge. You can calculate your after tax income in Ireland here:

You would be on €368 per week
#Martin on Oct 11, 2013 :

I have an opportunity to start work in Dublin and the salary would be 22k. Could you please give me an estimate how much would be net salary and would it be sufficient for living in Diblin??
It is quite urgent.

Best Regards,
#bee on Oct 08, 2013 :
My email is
Thank you Bee
#bee on Oct 08, 2013 :
The info above is very helpful! Thank you! I need a bit more assistance if someone could please help me! I have a family of 5 (includes my father who has medicial needs and I will not place him in a home, I will be with him until he leaves this earth!)!!! I have 2 children as well one about to start school the other in training nappies! What do I have to do to get things rolling to move to Ireland? Had the privilege to visit my grandmothers homeland with her several times from early childhood until she fell ill 7 years ago and I have been in love with the entire country my entire life...rhe the research I have been able to do has boasted many qualities that I am certain that we will benefit from...voted best place to live year after year, great schooling from grammer to college and I have been given a great time with to work on getting the ball Rollin! I need some guidance, directionally sound advice, anany HELP I am able to find!!!
Thank you so much, Bee
#Peter on Oct 05, 2013 :
This is an atypical market for renting. There are very few apartments for 1-2 persons in civilized areas, and the prices are from 1000-1100 E up. It takes a lot to find accomodation here. If one pays 50% of salary for the place to live in, I think it's quite expensive.
#Leila on Aug 06, 2013 :
Looking to move to Dublin in the spring/summer of 2014. How can I find a money efficient room to rent for a few months?

#Krysatal on Jun 10, 2013 :
It look so beautiful I don't really care the price
#June on Apr 15, 2013 :
What about education? i looking for a college in Dublin but I'm unsure about pricing