Cost of Living in Frankfurt

Summary about cost of living in Frankfurt:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 € 9.90-14.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 40.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 6.00-8.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 3.50-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 € 3.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.70 € 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.34 € 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.99 € 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.97 € 2.57-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.14 € 0.90-1.59
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.90 € 0.54-1.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.63 € 1.40-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.91 € 2.27-11.34
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.49 € 2.27-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.30 € 3.86-5.67
Apples (1 lb) 1.02 € 0.90-1.22
Banana (1 lb) 0.75 € 0.59-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.04 € 0.68-1.22
Tomato (1 lb) 1.18 € 0.91-1.39
Potato (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.33-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.22-0.72
Lettuce (1 head) 0.98 € 0.49-1.20
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.53 € 0.19-1.20
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 3.99-6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.81 € 0.34-1.10
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.11 € 0.92-1.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.30 € 6.00-6.40
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 € 2.75-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 87.70 € 75.00-89.70
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.00-3.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.10 € 2.74-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 € 33.00-33.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.34 € 4.73-5.91
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 € 18,000.00-22,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,218.33 € 15,000.00-22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 218.73 € 112.00-326.92
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.09-0.11
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29.81 € 25.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.04 € 19.99-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.50 € 10.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 326.25 € 200.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 14,433.33 € 8,400.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 79.43 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29.50 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 89.81 € 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 108.43 € 80.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 871.83 € 700.00-1,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 678.97 € 500.00-850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,673.08 € 1,300.00-2,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,233.33 € 900.00-1,600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 613.15 € 464.51-836.12
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 390.85 € 278.71-501.67
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,558.26 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.94 1.70-2.50

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Last update: November 2018
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24 Comments so far

#Abror on Sep 10, 2018 :
I wanna go to frankfut in order to study.Thus i need suggestion who lives in the city.And i intend to know exact cost-of-living per.month.if there anybody who studies or lives there please help.One more question is it allowed to work for international student.please i wait you.thank u
#afsal on Jun 06, 2018 :
Hlo all,

A company in Frankfurt had offered me €21.98 per hour as Housekeeping Team leader in a luxury hotel and also benefits like free food , accomodation & health insurance. Is it a right offer ? can anybody suggest ? Its a contract for 2 years employment. Will my plan works to live in Frankfurt if I bring my wife ( Health care graduate) & child ?
#Heretic on Mar 14, 2018 :
I think that when it comes to cost of living, it isn't always very helpful to take advice from other people on how much money you actually need to live. Everyone has different needs and different priorities. For me, earning 2,000-2,500 EUR netto is enough to get by in every German city, including Munich and Frankfurt. Because i don't want to live in the city centre, I don't want to take yoga lessons, I cook, I buy second-hand cars and I don't mind if my commute is longer than five minutes.
#DL Ivan on Mar 06, 2018 :
Of course, I'm sure you have done your calculations already. I just wanted to warn you. Not that you feel cheated when you get your first tax declaration...I am living here since the 90s, my income level is also quite high, have a professional tax advisor and my total deductions after the tax return are around 43-44%.

Anyway, everything depends on the job and your negotiation skills. I was actually surprised how low some salaries in the UK are actually: Experienced IT developers with 30k gross, managers with 50-55k.In Frankfurt, you could definitely get much more, which will compensate for the higher taxes.
Good Luck!
#Dan on Mar 06, 2018 :
@DL Ivan
As I said in my previous comment, face value wise maybe you are right; however you need to understand that 80% of all global tax legislation is German. This means that it has tons of loopholes available not only for high income earners and you can deduct lots of costs that you just can't in the UK. Example:

- Commuting mileage
- Costs with job applications
- Costs with education
- Costs with special circumstances (a very flexible term)
- Costs of a home office
- etc.etc.etc.

Hence in my experience, Germany and especially the Frankfurt area where I have lots of job opportunities in my line of work, just work out much better for us. You are right that costs of living outside London are much lower, however the British economy is so biased around the south east of England that it is highly unlikely to get a job elsewhere (which is not the case of Germany).
#DL Ivan on Feb 27, 2018 :
Just a sample calculation for a family of 2 working adults:

UK: 2 Salaries X 50.000 GBP gross p.A. mean around 2 x 3065 GBP net. Considering an exchange rate of 0.88, this leads to 6.900 EURO Net.

Germany: 2 Salaries of 56.800 Euro Gross mean 2 X 2.800 EURO Net=5.600 Net. Kindergeld for 2 Children is 400 Euro, which leads to a total of 6.000 Net.

If we ignore London, all other parts of the UK are actually comparable with Frankfurt in terms of monthly cost. Which means that you will need to negotiate a 20% higher salary in Frankfurt in order to achieve the same standard of living.
Germany is, behind Belgium, second highest tax country in the world.
#Dan on Feb 15, 2018 :
Hello #DJ Ivan,

Well I used to live in the UK for many years and yes, if you are single and on the lower scale of the income ladder, then the UK income tax is lower than the German. However as soon as you are more experienced and your circumstances change, e.g. you marry and have children, in comparison Germany is much better for you as you have an amazing Kindergeld and lots of tax breaks for families that you just don't have in the UK. Also, I wonder what you do consider a decent car, if you want a new car every year then of course its not a lot of money to buy that but if you are just a little knowledgable about cars and car maintenance, you will certainly not need to spend 600 Euros a month on it like someone else posted on here. I have driven some nice, powerful cars for many years on half that much money and that would include fuel costs. Nowadays cars are good enough to be used for many years even if they are 10 years old especially if we are talking about cars with larger engines that were driven carefully.

I am now considering a move with my family to the area as we will be around 50% better off there than where we live now and I will not even talk about other aspects in your quality of life such as distance to commute to work (in the UK's south-east you are lucky if you take less than an hour to get to work, usually will all disruptions you can count on two hours each way...and I paid 500 Pounds a month for that experience called national rail...).
#Anonymous on Jan 10, 2018 :
Hello all,

I feel these amounts are not correct, atleast from my family point. We are a four member family (including 2 kids, one goes to Kindergarten and other to German school). We have monthly expense of maximum 700, without rent. And also not considering travel. My husband uses his bicycle to work and it is walkable distance for kids to school and Kita. I feel nobody needs to be scared to come to Frankfurt if you know to live with what you earn.

#Anon on Nov 30, 2017 :
Hi all,

I am looking at housing market in Franfurt and would like to find a detailed table for the current prices (flats/houses).
Any idea where I could find some of those info?

Many thanks!
#cris on Sep 15, 2017 :
Hi everybody,
I have received a job offer from Frankfurt, the salary is 26000€ per year (gross/brutto). Do you know how much it will be net?

I do not have children and It is ok for me to share a flat with other people. Do you think this is enough to live in Frankfurt.

thank you.
#DJ Ivan on Sep 02, 2017 :
Hello TA,

don't come to Germany. The taxes here are just impossible. At the end, you will end up with 3.000 Euro net salary, from which you pay 1.000 Euro for your rent. With the remaining 2.000, you will be just OK but cannot even buy a decent car, I don't even mention an own house etc. Most of the Germans will say that this is a great income level, but it is just because they are used to pay for others and live just moderately, not assuming how poor they are actually.

As an IT specialist there are currently 2 possibilites, which are by far better than Germany or UK:
- USA California: I assume quite difficult to get there
- Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania): Due to the very low taxes there, the Net Salaries for IT Professionals are just the same like in Western Europe. On the other way, the cost of living is lower and you could afford much more things.
#Anonymous on May 18, 2017 :
hey yall, i think it takes about one million...oh fuck thats racist
#Karim M on Apr 22, 2017 :
Hey all ,

I'm having an offer with 77K Euros gross , it is ok to live with this in Frankfurt ? and how much is the Taxes in Frankfurt ?
#DJ Ivan on Feb 26, 2017 :
nwa Bekee: Taxes in Germany are much higher than in UK. On the other side, costs are lower, esp. rent and food and you get more social benefits. With Kindergeld for 3 children and LSTKl 3 (single earner) you can expect a total net of around 6k.

In total, it will be fairly enough for having a decent standard. If your partner gets a job and earns additional 40k-50k it would be just perfect.
#nwa bekee on Oct 22, 2016 :
I plan to relocate from London to Frankfurt on an annual gross salary of 100k euros. I have a family of 5 (3 kids). Will this amount be enough for us, as we will be paying school fees for the children to attend bilingual schools since we can't speak German.
Please advice me.
#Anonymous on Apr 15, 2016 :
Would it be possible to live off 4900 Euro a an month?
#Shwetank on Mar 29, 2016 :
I will be shifting alone to frankfurt in april and my per month salary will be 2200€ after taxes.
Whether it will be enough to lead a average lifestyle there.
#Franz on Jan 14, 2016 :
Hi all,

we are a family w 3 kids. For a flat matching our needs we need ca 2500€/month in Frankfurt. Kindergarden all together for 3 kids ca. 1000€/month, in case we get a free place which are super rare. A family car incl all ca 600€/month. Insurances, communication costs etc. ca 300€. Food, drugstore etc. ca 150€/week. So all in all dont show up in Frankfurt without 5k€ monthly net if you want more than stying alive. Not even talking to go see a Bundesliga game or cinema. Its a great city to live if you like multicultural environments and money oriented mentality, however pretty costly all that.

#charles on Aug 11, 2015 :
I am married with no children and my wife doesn't have work. How much is my net pay for 65k pa. I heard there is a church tax, does everyone have to pay church tax even if non-German citizen but Catholic, Jew or Protestant?
#Vaishnavi on Jul 30, 2015 :
What should be the salary of an engineer in germany to live a happy life ( euro )
#Bernhard J Riffel on Apr 11, 2015 :
Hi Dido,
it is quite impossible to answer your questions without knowing your educational background, your language proficiency in German and your country of origin. These matters will all play a role under which conditions you will be admitted to a University in Germany.
You will find relevant information at these websites:
You can check the relevant conditions for your country of origin at
In principle I consider your budget somewhat on the short side, especially if you may not be allowed to work (depending on your country of origin).
#DIDO on Mar 19, 2015 :
hi for everyone
i want to study next year in germany
can you tell me how cost study 1year master in marketing.
i have 7000 euro
Is it enough ????? i want to study and work in the same time
can you help me please ??
#DJ Ivan on Nov 23, 2014 :
My personal estimation for the gross salaries p.a. (before tax and social expense) in Frankfurt (for having a decent life of course).
I would put these in 4 categories:
absolute minim/OK/good/super

Single Person:

Couple without children (total earnings of both):

Couple with 1 child (total earnings of both), excl. Kindergeld:

Add 15k for each additional child to each category.
#Kaushik on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hi All, I am getting 60k Euro as gross(brutto) salary close to Frankfurt (Russelsheim) Is it enough for a decent living with two people - me and my wife? Some saving is also there in back of my mind out of my salary :)