Cost of Living in Frankfurt

Summary about cost of living in Frankfurt:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.73 $ 10.43-18.41
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.24 $ 49.10-79.79
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.21 $ 7.36-9.82
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.91 $ 4.30-4.91
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.30 $ 3.68-4.91
Cappuccino (regular) 3.43 $ 3.07-4.30
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.74 $ 1.84-3.68
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.48 $ 1.23-3.56
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.89 $ 3.02-4.88
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.36 $ 1.10-1.84
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.02 $ 0.56-1.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.43 $ 1.72-3.68
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.35 $ 2.78-11.14
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.99 $ 3.12-5.57
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.02 $ 3.34-13.92
Apples (1 lb) 1.18 $ 1.11-1.39
Banana (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.77-1.11
Oranges (1 lb) 1.41 $ 1.11-1.67
Tomato (1 lb) 1.49 $ 1.11-1.70
Potato (1 lb) 0.69 $ 0.40-1.11
Onion (1 lb) 0.60 $ 0.27-1.11
Lettuce (1 head) 1.27 $ 1.22-1.84
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.73 $ 0.23-1.23
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.14 $ 4.90-7.36
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.09 $ 0.42-1.35
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.67 $ 1.23-2.45
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.36 $ 7.36-7.73
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.56 $ 3.38-3.56
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 106.79 $ 98.20-109.37
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.05 $ 3.68-4.42
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.95 $ 3.36-3.95
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.51 $ 40.51-40.51
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.28 $ 5.58-6.97
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,549.58 $ 22,094.62-28,232.01
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,563.52 $ 20,867.14-30,686.97
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 250.60 $ 122.75-401.29
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.11-0.23
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33.93 $ 24.55-42.96
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.72 $ 24.55-61.37
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.09 $ 12.27-61.37
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.73 $ 12.27-15.96
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 394.84 $ 306.87-552.37
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,253.40 $ 19,639.66-22,094.62
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 92.33 $ 61.37-121.52
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.38 $ 24.55-55.24
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 106.05 $ 73.65-147.30
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 140.77 $ 98.20-184.12
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,093.37 $ 797.86-1,350.23
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 785.05 $ 613.74-1,080.18
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,938.69 $ 1,472.97-2,823.20
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,361.06 $ 1,104.73-1,963.97
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 652.28 $ 547.37-912.28
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 407.02 $ 330.70-535.97
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,499.44 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.95 2.09-3.44

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Last update: February 2018
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38 Comments so far

#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 :)
#hasma on Jul 28, 2014 :
hi ... am hasma I working in oman as a receptionist in ministry of defense I hv 2yr exp and I have a degree course in (computer application) am looking job as accountant with good salary in frankfurt it is possiable ...
#Venu on Jul 17, 2014 :
Hi Guys,

I have been offered a salary of 60k Per year. Net would be 2900 per month as i will get 2 months salary as bonus at the end of year. I have Wife + 1 Kid (1 Year) Old. Wanted to know if this is a comfortable salary for living in Frankfurt.

Thanks in Advance.

#Monica on Jul 03, 2014 :
Hello everybody, may I kindly ask you how much would it cost approx. a 2-3 bedroom furnished apaartment (60-65sqm) near the centre of Frankfurt? I should be relocating soon and working near the centre area (banks area). It is difficult to find clear info around.
Thank you very much
#ABNS on Jun 20, 2014 :
Hello All,

I got a job offer in Langen, I am married with a 4 years old kid, what is the range for salary for a good living life style.

I am 9 years old of experience in automotive Software.

Thanks in advance
#hemant singh on Jun 20, 2014 :
Hi ,my name is hemant singh,and I want to job in Frankfurt (Germany)_can u give me salary's detail in any work.?
#Akshay J on Jun 18, 2014 :
Can you help me with information about accomodation for students.
#DJ Ivan on Jun 06, 2014 :

Gera is far away from Frankfurt. Are you sure? Only a one-way ticket Frankfurt-Gera should be around 70 Euros.
With 33 Euros Daily Budget, it doesn't look good, isn't it?
Depends of course how often you'll travel.

If you buy your food in the supermarket, it will be sufficient.
Dinners in restaurants and clubbing will not fit in this budget I suppose.
#alex on Jun 04, 2014 :
I just want to ask if 1000 Euro is enough to live in Germany for 1 Month with less travel, between Frankfort and Gera? I will not pay any rent for apartment and some other utilities aside from food, transportation and occasional dinner and clubbing. So is 1000 Euro enough for one month budget?

Thanks All!
#Dima Bourdetsky on Apr 28, 2014 :
I am graduating my Ph.D. in biochemistry. Looking for a job in Bio/Pharma industry. What salary should I expect?
#sachin on Apr 24, 2014 :
Hi all!!
Need some info... I am getting an opportunity in Frankfurt ( germany) what will be the decent salary I should ask my employer to stay there with a saving (back in my mind)
How is the city?? what is the mahor expenses out there?????
#Sani on Apr 22, 2014 :
How cost Kindergarten and Preliminary School per month? Thanks
#DJ Ivan on Apr 03, 2014 :

It would be ridiculous to say that 45k is a bad salary since most of the Germans live with less.
Taxes and social expenses are very high here, so you'll get around 2200-2300 net p.m. This is the standard beginner salary (with an university degree). Almost everything depends on your lifestyle.
You can live decently, it is not that bad for the beginning since your income will grow in the next years.
#Matjaz on Mar 30, 2014 :
I've been offered a job here in Frankfurt for 45.000 annually. I am single and 25 years old. Do you think that this is enough to live in Frankfurt?
#DJ Ivan on Mar 22, 2014 :
70k gross salary means around 3800 net p.M. (married person, 2 Kids).
You should consider at least 1500 p.m. for a 3 bedroom flat (100qm) in a good location (Sachsenhausen, Westend). For high end standard prices can get far above 2000. Frankfurt is expensive and accommodation is very hard to find since there are many people with very high income here which are ready to pay a lot.
With the cost for a car (which you'll need), insurance, heating, electricity etc. you'll easily get over 2000-2300 cost. With the rest 1500 for 4 people you can live decently, but far away from luxurious.

For singles, around 65k is a good salary. For a single earner family with 2 Kids, I will not advice anybody coming here unless he earns over 100k.
#Dima on Feb 27, 2014 :
Will I make it with 70000 Euro/year in Frankfurt (kids 5.5 years old and 6 months old, wife at home)

Thank you
#Bernhard J Riffel on Feb 25, 2014 :
Hi sumen,
Gross Salary of EUR 84,000 per annum for a married person with two kids and a non-working wife (i.e. single earner in family) means a Net Income of EUR 60,814 per annum / EUR 5,068 per month.
Deductions were EUR 10,884 for Taxes and EUR 12,302 for Social Security.
#sumen on Feb 11, 2014 :
to nett 5000 pm, how much do you have to earn pa?
#sumen on Feb 11, 2014 :
Good Day

I might get an opportunity to relocation from South Africa to Frankfurt. I am married and have two kids, one 6 and the other 1. What is a good salary to earn to live comfortably. My wife won't be working.
#Bernhard J Riffel on Feb 05, 2014 :
Hi Lenny Stein,
I give you some information based on the latest official figures for 2014.
Gross Salary EUR 60,000 - Taxable Income EUR 51,334 - Income Tax for Single Person EUR 13,326 - Solidarity Tax EUR 732 - Net Income before Deductions for Social Security EUR 45,942
The following contributions for Social Security are to be borne by employees, employers are charged nearly the same amounts in addition.
Deductions for Pension Fund (9.45% of Gross Salary) EUR 5,670 - for Unemployment Insurance (1.5% of Gross Salary) EUR 900 - for Health Insurance (8.2% capped at EUR 48,600) EUR 3,985 - for Surcharge for Persons without Children (0.25% capped at EUR 48,600) EUR 122 - for Insurance for Care (1.025% capped at EUR 48,600) EUR 498
Net Income after above Deductions EUR 34,767
Taxes on Income increase progressively. Therefore a Gross Salary of EUR 70,000 (Taxable Income of EUR 60,785) means Income Tax for a Single Person of EUR 17,290 plus Soldarity Tax of EUR 950
With a Net Income of EUR 34,767 per annum i.e. EUR 2,897 per month for a single person you can enjoy a comfortable though not very wealthy standard of living.
Enjoy you stay in Germany.
#Nishit on Feb 02, 2014 :
Hi all, my name is Nishit Gandhi and I have 07 years of experience after my MBA in finance. I have total experience in one company only and that is State Street Syntel Services PVT LTD (In India - JV of State street & Syntel company of USA). I am planning to apply for jobseeker visa and looking for Frankfurt as I believe there will be more opportunity of my field. Appreciate if anyone can guide me companies of my field over there and how much salary I can expect. So far I know BNY Mellon is there.

Nishit Gandhi