Cost of Living in Edinburgh

Summary of cost of living in Edinburgh, United Kingdom:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 £ 12.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 £ 50.00-115.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 £ 6.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 £ 4.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.50 £ 3.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.33 £ 2.50-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.77 £ 1.00-2.80
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.29 £ 1.00-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.08 £ 2.23-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.14 £ 0.65-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.55 £ 0.27-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.26 £ 1.20-3.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.52 £ 1.36-6.80
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.80 £ 1.59-4.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.33 £ 2.27-6.76
Apples (1 lb) 0.89 £ 0.41-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.43 £ 0.33-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.93 £ 0.54-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.06 £ 0.64-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 0.48 £ 0.23-0.82
Onion (1 lb) 0.38 £ 0.25-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 0.72 £ 0.43-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.99 £ 0.50-1.60
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.25 £ 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.60 £ 1.20-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.98 £ 1.00-2.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.25 £ 11.00-17.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 £ 1.80-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 60.00 £ 56.00-70.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.90 £ 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.29 £ 1.92-2.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 £ 18.00-28.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.41 £ 5.49-7.19
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 £ 20,500.00-27,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,247.50 £ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 216.48 £ 116.88-400.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 11.27 £ 10.00-15.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 30.29 £ 25.00-45.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.14 £ 20.00-61.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.67 £ 9.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 £ 6.99-12.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,093.33 £ 950.00-1,343.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,120.00 £ 9,600.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 75.62 £ 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.62 £ 30.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.00 £ 60.00-110.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 87.22 £ 59.00-120.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,178.85 £ 900.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 838.10 £ 650.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,144.23 £ 1,250.00-3,227.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,368.33 £ 950.00-2,200.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 456.99 £ 371.61-650.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 309.90 £ 232.26-418.06
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,321.82 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.41 2.20-6.89

Prices in Edinburgh

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Last update: October 2023
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11 Comments so far
Anonymous on Aug 02, 2023:
Of course that with 5k you can live a comfortable life (everywhere in Europe I would say!), but it’s not a common salary. With a net salary of 2.2k, that’s the average net here on numbeo and that’s the real average for what I can see, it’s really hard to live. You can do it, but other than paying rent/bills/taxes/groceries you cannot save more than 200£ for other activities - I’ve not considered the price for using and paying for a car. In fact, as part of the aforementioned expenses, you have to consider also the council taxes that are not mentioned here (up to 200£/month depending on the area). Inflation is incredibly high at the moment, and the housing market is insane. It is nearly impossible to find a flat for rent, I would say surprisingly considering the prices. Just to give you an idea, now that I’m leaving my small 1 bedroom flat it will be rented at 950£ in a area that is 1 hour walk distance from the city centre. The announce for the flat was up for a few hours on their website and the day after there were 20 people viewing it.
Louie Perez on Jun 27, 2023:
I would like more information on the cost of living and renting a two-bedroom home or apartment in that area of Glasgow
Gabi on Apr 29, 2023:
Hi,can someone help me with Information about City Pass for 3 or 6 day în Edinburg and also all Information for my trip în this Town for 7 day în August!
Thank you!!!
Lona Sarkar Lona Sarkar on Mar 24, 2023:
I am joining as a PhD in University of Edinburgh, can someone help me with the information regarding average cost of living, transportation, groceries etc. all the essentials and miscellaneous
Wuto on Dec 20, 2022:
Caleb, if you want to live a comfortable life I'd imagine something around £4k net income per month for a household would do.

I think it's doable with £3k as well, though you'd need to be quite careful with spending.

£5k would be really comfortable though. Ofcourse it all depends on the lifestyle in the end.
Caleb on Sep 22, 2022:
Moving from the US to Edinburgh. Want to make sure my budget is doable for Edinburgh. Any suggestions on a monthly target income for a family of 5?
Kevin on Dec 22, 2021:
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robina fowler on Mar 13, 2021:
Would like to know how much is rental of a small 2 bedroom house outside of Edinburgh
Anonymous on Oct 17, 2020:
For Edinburgh, I wouldn’t say it’s more expensive than London, you just need to know where to go. The independent bars can serve you a good pint for under £3 still without having to venture into a Spoons or Nicholson’s.

Similarly food wise, you can’t go wrong with Wings, hidden down a side ally on the Royal mile.
George on Mar 04, 2020:
Honestly, purely based on having lived in both, compared to London Edinburgh is a far more expensive to be in. Obviously rent aside, but as a matter of course, walking around London (even central places and the city) will tend to result in finding variations in the price of things like meals from the absurdly high to the actually quite cheap. Not so in Edinburgh, where everything is far more compact and, thus, within the tourist path, so all restaurants have a relatively high price with little variation. The figure here that really attests to this on this page is that it is the 20th highest price for an inexpensive restaurant in the world - that does not surprise me at all. Places which look cheap and cheerful are often quite expensive, and, contra the case elsewhere, unlikely to have as many things thrown in (tea is often sold separately in breakfasts, for instance, unlike the norm everywhere else in the UK). This is clearly a more minor concern than the rental situation, but it is important bear in mind if you are here causally or trying to save money on minor expenses.
Steve on Jan 30, 2020:
When I was over last year for two days the average price for a big standard lager was £5 going up to £7 some places. Eating out for two with two drinks each at Spatch cost £90 and that was one course each.