Cost of Living in Limassol

Summary about cost of living in Limassol:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 40.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 € 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 € 3.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.96 € 2.50-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.35 € 1.00-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.71 € 0.50-1.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.40 € 4.73-6.44
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.39 € 0.91-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.78 € 2.00-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.64 € 2.27-4.54
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.51 € 2.49-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.11 € 3.63-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.83 € 0.59-1.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.45-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.29-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.88 € 0.68-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.34 € 0.23-0.45
Onion (1 lb) 0.39 € 0.18-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.50 € 0.30-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.64 € 0.33-1.20
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 4.50-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.04 € 0.75-1.21
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.56 € 1.00-2.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.60 € 4.00-5.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 € 1.50-1.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 € 40.00-40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.23 € 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.61 € 1.17-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.00 € 10.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.72 € 4.16-5.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,500.00 € 16,000.00-18,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,212.50 € 15,500.00-20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 135.55 € 85.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 € 0.04-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 42.43 € 30.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 56.92 € 50.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.33 € 10.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 € 8.00-10.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 351.00 € 250.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 5,571.43 € 3,600.00-7,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 71.39 € 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.11 € 30.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.73 € 50.00-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 95.00 € 70.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 767.38 € 650.00-900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 625.61 € 500.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,351.52 € 1,000.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,059.38 € 850.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 252.58 € 185.80-325.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 183.48 € 139.35-232.26
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,550.00 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.57 3.00-4.20

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Last update: July 2019
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13 Comments so far

#Nikolas on Jan 07, 2019 :
Nowadays is very expensive to live in Limassol, u have to find job in Paphos or larnaka. The rent for 2 people is almost high as one basic wage. (800-1200 Euros)
Does not worth to come here except if you love the sun.
#JR on Nov 20, 2018 :
Can anyone guide me,what would be good salary rate for two person including rent?we are newly married couple.Kindly suggest asap.
#OI on May 30, 2018 :
10years IT experience - salary ~3k euro NET (depends much on the company too).

The rent in Limassol is a nightmare nowadays. 800-1000 euro per month (it was almost half like this a year ago). Landlords went crazy and try taking advantage of the high demand.
#Anonymous on Mar 28, 2018 :
what about salary in IT branch in Limassol? with around 10years experience?
#sumair on Mar 22, 2018 :
can any one advice what is good salary rate for a single person including the rent and tax free.
Thanks !
#OI on Sep 15, 2017 :
I am a foreigner, in Cyp for little less than 10years, Limassol.

Indeed, rental prices increased during the past year, following the high demand.
Myself, put a flat for rent on web and within 1 day i got 10+ calls; the same day + next day i arranged the viewings and picked the tenant straight away, which now appears to have been the 'wrong' tenant and I'll advertise my flat soon again :)

The biggest advantage of Cyprus is the climate (even though i still didn't use to the heat from June-August); the sea, the mountains and the saline air makes your health good. Someone wrote once in a forum "Cyprus is a great place to raise your children" which I strongly agree with, but with a note: "raise your children up to ~5 years" because a big disadvantage comes afterwards. Cyprus has a very poor education system (poorest in EU if i am not mistaken). A good private school will cost starting 500EU / month, which I agree as not being a lot, but have in mind that probably same level of education you can get in a public school from many other EU states. It worth to mention also that professional services are also limited and poor (for example the options for your child's dancing/music/martial arts/sport classes after school will be limited, and you have the chance that your master 'Papafilipou' will be just some amateur guy which decided to teach others what he knows a bit). The lack of professional services applies also to Car Service and House Maintenance (repairs and refreshments).

Agree with Adrian below that the politics is slow and somehow old-minded (obviously, since the politicians pull-in their relatives in the gov seats, and they stay there for life). To list an example - the endless discussions about gas findings and ideas how to create the oil plants (its been 4 years if I am not mistaken from the findings); a smart country would have already had the project done.

Some locals (and foreigners too) are indeed pigs, by littering the beach, streets, parks; but hey, pigs can be seen in all countries, its just that in other countries the gov cleans the streets on a daily basis )).
#Anonymous on Sep 02, 2017 :
lol guys where do you find all these laughable prices? i can't find any advertised rental of even a total shithole 1bdr apartment for under 700 EUR. i'd rent a decent one for 700, but there are none (Limassol).
#Anonymous on May 03, 2017 :
Limassol becoming extremely expensive place to stay comparing to near city like Paphos which is 60 KM away from limassol so here is the latest prices:
Studio (here they will call it one bedroom if there is a little corner between the kitchen and living room ) 300-400 euro
1 bedroom apt 400-500 euro Unfurnished
2 bedroom apt/House 500-700 euro unfurnished
and they don't come with parking space especially if you rent in city
just to compare it to the Next city which is just 60KM away
Studio 150-200 euro Fully Furnished
1 bedroom 250-300 furnished with common swimming pool Fully Furnished
3 bedroom House with garden and Private swimming Pool and Parking place 500-600 Fully Furnished
villa is about 600-700 euro a month Fully Furnished
#Adrian on Nov 18, 2016 :
Small analysis of costs as well based on our own budget. I will not say much about our income, I am fortunate to have a very good job for Cyprus standards and my wife has a bit of a part-time activity that gets her enough to have spending money and some saving.

Family of 2

- Rent - 600 EUR , for a nice, 3brd place, semi-detached, near the town center, within walking distance to my work :) , although like any self-respecting Cypriot I learnt to always drive anywhere, having as excuse that it's either too hot or too cold
- utilities, including internet and phones - about 140-220 per month depending on season and usage of A/C
- groceries - 250-300 - after many years we learnt to shop like the locals and you can get lotsa bargains, differences from shops to shops can be massive for same thing
- going out - we usually eat out at least once per week plus the occasional anniversaries etc. so maybe 100 EUR average per week spent on that
- health insurance can be costly, minimum 250-300 for a couple, a bit more if you have kids - I am lucky that my company has a full family coverage, and in general many companies do the - the state health plan is not one of the best for sure

To make a short conclusion ,a more frugal couple could easily live on 800-1000 EUR per month, including rent, whereas people who like going out many times per week, heavy-partying at the week-end, very into fashion etc. could easily spend 3000 EUR per month or more. We are somewhere in between :)
#Adrian on Nov 18, 2016 :
I've lived in Limassol for the past decade and would like to chip in:

- Limassol is definitely among the cheaper places in Cyprus, especially when it comes to rent; due to it being popular tourist destination, especially among the Russians, there are lot of areas with "ripoff" prices.
- overall Cyprus is not too bad, considering balance of salaries and costs - real-estate is still relatively affordable for a professional with a decent salary
- most office jobs start at ~1400-1500 for a beginner, of course it widely varies on sector, experience etc. but for a young family, even if just one of them works, you should do fine on ~2000 EUR monthly net income, which would be an average salary to have; of course the lower paid jobs such as cleaning, waiting tables etc. are much lower, I believe minimum salary starts at 850 and the minimum hourly at about 4.50
- rents again vary a lot depending on location, and are usually quite higher than the cities of Paphos or Larnaca for example, where you can find much cheaper rents, at least 20-30% less, in some cases even 50% less for the same size place
- Greek is not usually required in most international places/offices - when I came here I had thought I will learn it out of need, but I never did, and I'm doing fine - locals don't seem to be bothered by it so what should I?
- as for fun things, as other specified, it can get boring on the island, if you are an active, outgoing person that likes to discover new things on a constant basis; there is quite a diversity despite the size though, Cyprus being a melting pot of cultures for many centuries, and also the people, Limassol especially, is one of the most diverse cities I've been or lived in, and that includes places like London or Dallas - again, keeping in mind the size.
- Mountains are beautiful and very close-by, 45 minutes drive, beaches 5-10 minutes away, lotsa clubs, restaurants etc. I sometimes joke that there are more restaurants than people here
- Going out prices are high compared to other places, like Central/Eastern Europe but when compared to London, or Berlin or other Northern Europe location, you would count it as bargains.
- another positive aspect in later years is that Cyprus is now much-much better connected, air-wise, with direct flights at reasonable prices to most popular places in Europe, thanks to Easy jet, RyanAir, Wizzair and Blue Air to just name the main ones competing for a piece of the pie. Lotsa Russian airlines as well, also quite cheap to fly to major Russian cities, since something like 35% of the air traffic to Cyprus comes from Russia and other former Soviet republics
- some of the negatives - rather poor administration/government, slow, corrupt, etc. , a culture of neglect when it comes to many things, such as cleanliness - lots of trash lying around and common to see the locals dumping stuff out of their car window; Cypriots in general are also not as friendly as they like to advertise for touristic lobbying, quite the contrary, many of them have a lot of preconceptions about others, don't like to associate much with foreigners (parents being very unhappy if daughter dating a foreigner for example), and other small issues related to their narrow view on the world. But I myself learnt to ignore those, I have only very few, as in 2-3 Cypriots that I would call friends, but many more expats just as me who my wife and I spend time with. Luckily besides the Russians, which tend to be OK but also have lotsa preconceptions about others, there are also lots of British, Irish, Scandinavians, Germans, Polish, lotsa people from Baltics, Balkans, which you can easily relate to.

If you are thinking about moving to Cyprus and Limassol in particular, take 2-3 months to try it out before committing.

And finally , to talk also about the weather/nature - its nice indeed, for at least 7 months per year, with Dec-Feb being a bit too cold for my liking, especially since most houses do not have centralized heating, nor good insulation so you end up paying high electric bills for the 2-3 winter months, as well as mid-June to mid-Sept., when its very-very hot and sometimes sticky on top. Beaches nice as I've said and plenty to choose from, mountains very close and rather impressive for a small island, lotsa of historical places to visit as well if you have an interest in that.

Best of luck!
#ShereKhan on Oct 05, 2016 :
Thanks for the info I also get bored in Malta and dream of another country, perha where I can live in the mountains, do you think it is feasible to find cheap accommodation in the Troodos?
#Anonymous on Jan 31, 2016 :
can any one advice what is good salary rate for 2 persons including the rent and tax free ...
#Anonymous on Aug 21, 2015 :
#Peter ...It's more than enough if you are single .. The problem for me though being a Cypriot is that you don't have the oportunities for leisure as you may have in big european cities ... I live in Limassol... there are many restaurants, clubs, caffes etc but after you ve been to them it gets boring after some time visiting the same places over and over again ... Many foreigners love our weather and beaches ...this is the main reason I believe someone would choose a coastal city to live in Cyprus.

Now another major setback for me is that of traveling abroad but that depends if you are fond of leisure travelling... While in central Europe you have the option of traveling from one european country to another via trains, busses, planes the only option you have in cyprus is by air. What I love about europe is that if I feel like it at any given time I can travel from one country's city to another country's city just for the weekend with such low costs...while from cyprus it takes time and money.

Basically what keeps me here is the security of my job which provides a good salary to pay my house loan and I try to find little pleasures in everything I do during weekends.. wether that be a small trip up in the mountain villages or to Paphos which is another beautiful coastal cyprus city.