Cost of Living in Rotterdam

Summary of cost of living in Rotterdam, Netherlands:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.00 € 8.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 € 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 € 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 € 3.30-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.10 € 1.60-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.42 € 1.90-3.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.20 € 1.80-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.13 € 3.60-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.56 € 1.00-4.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.40 € 0.73-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.16 € 2.64-4.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.17 € 3.40-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.69 € 3.18-6.79
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.53 € 4.42-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.72-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.92 € 0.64-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 0.75 € 0.54-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.23 € 0.73-1.59
Potato (1 lb) 0.82 € 0.45-0.83
Onion (1 lb) 0.70 € 0.41-0.93
Lettuce (1 head) 1.11 € 0.77-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.73 € 0.50-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.99 € 4.50-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.36 € 0.90-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.40 € 2.39-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 9.00 € 8.20-10.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 € 3.00-4.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 66.00 € 64.80-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 2.57-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.00 € 17.50-19.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.22 € 6.81-7.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,690.00 € 25,000.00-33,440.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,874.33 € 25,301.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 218.89 € 155.75-377.78
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 20.18 € 9.50-27.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 40.75 € 33.50-60.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.11 € 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.62 € 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.50 € 11.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,404.12 € 920.00-2,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,760.00 € 7,530.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.43 € 40.00-109.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29.65 € 15.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.21 € 50.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 84.00 € 65.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,440.73 € 1,000.00-1,750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,137.40 € 825.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,044.00 € 1,350.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,777.86 € 1,075.00-2,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 427.56 € 325.16-557.41
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 296.22 € 185.80-432.09
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,410.41 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.74 1.90-4.60

Prices in Rotterdam

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Last update: May 2024
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5 Comments so far
Sem on Jun 01, 2023:
Most people looking here, are expats who make a minimum of 65k a year.

The Netherlands has plenty of good tax deals for expats, so in the end you make good money here.
Rotterdammert on May 13, 2023:
That reasoning is flawed, since those income subsidies only apply to people with a low income. So yes, it’s true that few people have a very low net income, but still: to achieve a 3400 net income, you’ll need roughly a 5000 before tax income, which is an income level the vast majority of Dutch people will never achieve in their lifetime.

If ‘average’ here means median/‘typical’/most common net income, then somewhere around 2500 is more realistic.
Dirk on May 13, 2023:
Average net wage is correct, the Netherlands has a complex social security system.

To give an example: a toilet lady working 36 hrs a week for a minimal wage already makes 2000 before tax/ 1780 after tax, plus monthly allowances like 300 euro rental allowance, 150 euro health allowance, 7% holiday payout etc etc, making a total of around 2300 after tax.

Many in Rotterdam have better wages working in harbour related work, expedition, trading, transport.

So on average, there is way better payouts than you think.
Rotterdammert on May 12, 2023:
The average net wage is 3400 euro? That’s around 5000 euro before tax. The actual median income in Holland is 3000 euro (before tax), won’t be much different in Rotterdam.
Peter Paxton on Aug 18, 2022:
Figures would be easier to understand if they were in sterling.