Cost of Living in Frankfurt

Summary about cost of living in Frankfurt, Germany:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 61.10 R$ 42.77-122.20
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 305.49 R$ 274.94-488.79
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 48.88 R$ 42.77-54.99
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 24.44 R$ 18.33-30.55
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 24.44 R$ 18.33-30.55
Cappuccino (regular) 17.83 R$ 9.16-23.83
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 16.50 R$ 12.22-21.38
Water (12 oz small bottle) 14.69 R$ 12.22-21.38
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 22.50 R$ 16.19-27.75
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 7.16 R$ 3.33-11.09
Rice (white), (1 lb) 5.02 R$ 2.49-6.93
Eggs (regular) (12) 15.40 R$ 9.38-24.44
Local Cheese (1 lb) 23.51 R$ 11.09-55.43
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 16.26 R$ 8.31-19.40
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 28.20 R$ 12.22-55.43
Apples (1 lb) 7.01 R$ 3.18-9.70
Banana (1 lb) 4.74 R$ 4.16-8.31
Oranges (1 lb) 6.32 R$ 2.77-12.22
Tomato (1 lb) 4.65 R$ 2.19-11.09
Potato (1 lb) 5.03 R$ 1.59-8.31
Onion (1 lb) 4.10 R$ 2.77-5.54
Lettuce (1 head) 10.69 R$ 6.11-18.33
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3.28 R$ 1.16-6.11
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30.55 R$ 24.44-42.77
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.25 R$ 3.24-6.11
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.40 R$ 5.44-18.33
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 42.77 R$ 42.77-48.88
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 16.80 R$ 15.58-18.33
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 560.89 R$ 549.89-610.99
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 21.38 R$ 18.33-24.44
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 19.67 R$ 13.77-19.67
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 201.63 R$ 139.31-244.40
Gasoline (1 gallon) 32.23 R$ 27.99-35.85
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 152,744.09 R$ 122,197.71-164,966.91
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 147,929.06 R$ 128,246.50-152,747.14
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,713.90 R$ 1,221.98-2,443.95
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.66 R$ 0.43-0.73
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 208.26 R$ 152.75-305.49
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 254.92 R$ 152.75-519.34
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 127.63 R$ 85.54-183.30
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 73.32 R$ 61.10-91.65
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,385.39 R$ 1,527.47-6,109.89
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 67,907.01 R$ 36,659.31-97,758.17
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 477.59 R$ 244.40-672.09
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 236.25 R$ 152.75-366.59
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 477.37 R$ 336.04-672.09
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 682.02 R$ 427.69-971.47
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,400.63 R$ 4,887.91-8,553.84
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,986.61 R$ 3,665.93-6,720.87
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,559.48 R$ 9,164.83-19,551.63
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,732.25 R$ 6,720.87-14,052.74
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,490.19 R$ 2,927.80-5,676.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,240.18 R$ 1,986.68-4,540.98
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 19,069.27 R$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.90 1.00-3.00

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16 Comments so far
Bernhard J on Feb 15, 2021:
@ Michele on Jan 29, 2021
80,000 Euro per year is 6,667 Euro per month (gross).
For a married person (if he/she is the single earner) there will be a deduction for income tax of 1,038 Euro and for social insurance (health, pension, unemployment) of 1,166 Euro. Thus net will be 4,464 Euro per month. (Average income in Germany in 2021 is about 46,000 Euro gross per year / 3,830 Euro gross per month) An income of 80,000 Euro gross per year / 6,667 Euro gross per month / 4,464 Euro net per month allows for a very comfortable style of living for two people.
Michele on Jan 29, 2021:
Hi, I could get a job offer for 80k in Frankfurt, I live with my wife, how much will it be the net salary? Will it be enough to live well?

Michael on Mar 31, 2020:
3 rooms apartment (not premium) from 750 per month cold. Let's say 1000 because you just moved in and will be looking for it in a rush.
food/transportation for 3-4 people under 1000 per month.
Utilities, heating ect is crazy. Depends on insulation, heating machine in the building and your consumption. Can get up to 500 per month.
Total: your basics are covered with 1000 + 1000 + 500; Add up 500 because "you used to live more luxury than me". From 77k you will have over 4000 on hands (tax class 3 while wife will stay on tax class 5). So, you get 1000 leftover per month.
Good luck.
Regarding 100k contract - awesome, but I guess you lived life and will not accept described above lifestyle and may be willing to live in walking distance to work...
Your netto income can be calculated here:
You have tax class 1 if single. Family will have tax total count = 8.
Tax class 3 for you if you wife is in Germany and earns nothing to little - she get class 5 (3+5 = 8). If you earn similar income you would like to take class 4 each (4+4 = 8).
I moved into little town not far from Frankfurt. Been in Franfurt. Living cost above is my experience - exactly same as in my town "Lidl, Aldi for food. C&A; H&M for cloth" exact prices. Regarding rent I know from my freinds living there and from browsing internet.
Look at death rate in Germany compared to other contries due to current pandemic. Checked out? Now you know why your taxes are so high. I mean it worth it to pay. You get social coverage in return.
Deepak on Jan 08, 2020:
Many employers pay an Annual bonus based on company and individual performance. So that can be used for vacations, bigger purchases, visiting home country etc
Chen on Oct 09, 2019:
Hi, I am Chinese business owner, and business is doing very good. I want to invest some of the money in buying couple of flats or a even a building and then to rent them for living. I see rent prices in Germany are very high.
Is this viable?
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.