Cost of Living in Dublin

Summary about cost of living in Dublin:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 50.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.40-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.50 € 5.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.50 € 4.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.19 € 2.70-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.76 € 1.20-2.80
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.55 € 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.61 € 2.84-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.28 € 0.85-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.73 € 2.00-3.78
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.57 € 2.00-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.76 € 2.27-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.14 € 2.27-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.95 € 0.59-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.83 € 0.57-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.01 € 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.26 € 0.91-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.73 € 0.45-1.80
Onion (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.34-0.90
Lettuce (1 head) 0.96 € 0.79-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.36 € 0.69-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 € 9.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.32 € 1.80-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.64 € 2.00-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.50 € 11.80-13.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.90 € 2.40-3.10
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 € 100.00-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.60-4.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.27 € 1.83-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 € 24.00-30.60
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.39 € 5.07-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,897.50 € 22,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,707.15 € 23,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 167.80 € 100.00-255.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.25 € 0.15-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 53.68 € 40.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.37 € 29.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.59 € 8.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,026.28 € 900.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,370.00 € 5,500.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 77.00 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.75 € 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 83.76 € 60.00-110.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.33 € 65.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,640.58 € 1,350.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,345.24 € 1,000.00-1,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,975.00 € 2,400.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,285.98 € 1,800.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 516.22 € 418.06-650.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 374.01 € 278.71-529.54
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,529.28 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.39 3.00-4.00

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Last update: November 2019
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#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find somewhere else before you regret it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

buying could be WORSE than renting.

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


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

Don’t come

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

Renting is really bad and you will not stay long

Stay in the country if you can but not the capital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thanks in advance
#Anonymous on Oct 13, 2017 :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think and make the decision.
#Pushkar on Sep 06, 2017 :
I am getting an offer of Euro 55k+medical+overtime in Dublin. Will it be enough for my family(my wife(non-working) and 3-year old kid)?
If i have to work in Grand Canal Square, what are the affordable areas to live in.
Looked at and it seems that the accomodation is ridiculously unaffordable.
#2 years dubliner on Aug 23, 2017 :
Dublin is a very overpriced city. Don't move here unless generously compensated for the inconvenience/misery.
Streets are dirty, pavement is crap, junkies in the streets (especially in the North), poor service, bad connection to the World, poor cultural/entertainment offering.
Dublin is good though if you are: a drinker/a golfer/a stake-eater/a hiker or a cyclist (to cycle in rural areas/mountains, otherwise it's crap also).
#Kate on May 20, 2017 :
Looking to live here in the future, I'm fascinated with Ireland. Dublin doesn't sound very bad, in fact it sounds lovely. Rain is calming to me and cities are a spark for my creativity. I want to know, though, if Ireland will treat an actress who writes on the side well?
#Colin on May 15, 2017 :
Dublin is a very expensive city, expect to pay big to rent an apartment here.
Public transport is awful, and the city is one huge construction site at the moment.
It's also not a friendly city to cyclists.
#remus on May 13, 2017 :
I live in this shit hole for the last 8 years and was by far the biggest mistake!
the rents are shit and very ,very dear , life is shit , most people are shit and if you want to study in here don't come ...DON'T DO THE SAME MISTAKE AS I DID .
most of the times I think that if I die will be better!,