Cost of Living in Sarajevo

Summary about cost of living in Sarajevo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.00 KM 6.00-8.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 KM 25.00-55.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.75 KM 8.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.25 KM 3.00-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.25 KM 3.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.43 KM 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.88 KM 2.00-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.34 KM 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.19 KM 4.35-6.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.91 KM 0.91-1.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.98 KM 0.68-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.90 KM 2.20-3.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.84 KM 1.81-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.24 KM 2.72-3.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.42 KM 5.44-8.62
Apples (1 lb) 0.72 KM 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.97 KM 0.68-1.25
Oranges (1 lb) 0.97 KM 0.61-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.06 KM 0.68-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.43 KM 0.34-0.73
Onion (1 lb) 0.44 KM 0.34-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.20 KM 0.75-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.06 KM 0.90-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 KM 7.00-13.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.25 KM 1.10-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.95 KM 1.20-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.00 KM 5.00-5.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.80 KM 1.60-1.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 53.00 KM 52.00-55.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.50 KM 1.50-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.61 KM 1.61-2.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 KM 10.00-10.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.44 KM 6.81-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,000.00 KM 27,000.00-35,573.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 34,173.33 KM 30,000.00-40,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 276.69 KM 204.00-357.89
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 KM 0.15-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 37.13 KM 28.00-55.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.06 KM 40.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.97 KM 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.00 KM 7.00-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 295.00 KM 250.00-350.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,982.00 KM 6,000.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 111.11 KM 70.00-160.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 58.25 KM 50.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 135.28 KM 100.00-160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 152.05 KM 110.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 495.08 KM 350.00-700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 327.97 KM 200.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 926.55 KM 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 550.00 KM 400.00-800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 260.45 KM 185.80-325.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 164.66 KM 134.71-185.80
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 864.25 KM
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.81 4.99-7.00

Prices in Sarajevo

These data are based on 1624 entries in the past 18 months from 133 different contributors.
Last update: April 2018
Sources and References: Info
No sources and references provided yet.
Add new source here:
Sign up for our newsletter:
Your email address:
Leave a comment:
Your name: Sign In
Your email address (optional):
Your comment (no HTML):

8 Comments so far

#George on Nov 03, 2017 :
I will come to Sarajevo very soon to visit. I need one help. How i can get temporary residency there and what about the jobs conditions there. Thanx
#Anonymous on Sep 14, 2017 :
@Keith - Well, average salary is 800-1000 BAM for a person not working in retail and similar (there it goes from 600-800 KM). Lets say both work for 800 which is 1600 for a month. If you have two kids you need to plan better so not going for the first 3 room appartment but rather search a bit further as you can easily find for 500 KM + 250 KM for utilities which includes internet, cable TV and one postpaid package for phone. Add to that costs of transport around 130 KM a month and you are at 880 KM. Preschool is 160 KM for state funded kindergarten for whole day ie. 120 KM for halfday (the price here is for a private kindergarten). Lets say for sake of discussion both kids have to stay whole day which comes to 320 KM for both kids. That means after all those expenses you are left on average with 400-500 KM to spend for the rest. Public school is free but you have to spend on yearly base around 300-500 KM for books, equipment, meal and similar per child. University is 300-400 a year if you are funded by state or mostly 1500-2000 KM a year if you have to finance yourself (speaking for state universities).

Many rely on family over here as it is more common for your grandma or similar to look after your kids which saves you 300 KM in a month. You can also buy things directly from farmers which can be cheaper or even grown it themself as many do own land outside of the city. I do agree, for the salary which is common in the city the life isn't cheap but it isn't hard as many want to potrey it.
#Keith on Jun 07, 2017 :
Someone said it's cheap?!? Simple math: look at the average salary and estimation for a 4 member family above! Eg. 2 young parents working for an average salary (as above). They have 2 preschool kids. And they have to rent an apartment. One salary is gone after rent and utilities. The other salary is gone for kindergarten... Where's the FOOD for four, transport, clothes, shoes, etc.? Luxuries like gym, eating out, toys, books, furniture and tech? Living by the official standard stated above, with only two salaries, means that the family would be making debt equal to earnings, every month.
#dina on May 27, 2015 :
what would it cost monthly or annually to live their? Estimate
#kova on Aug 30, 2014 :
We have a variety of products, from spices, different masalas, chilli sauces, rice vinegars.
We need a SE Asia restaurant.

Also people here post surreal values, average wage is 600€, flat in the centre is 2000€/m2, 1km from there around 1500€/m2 and prices go as low as 500€/m2 for some flats in bad and unpopular neighbourhoods.
#Eusuf on Aug 12, 2014 :
I am really interested in exporting/importing to/from Bosnia. What do you have for south east Asia market or what do you need from SE-Asia?
#Osman on Jun 07, 2014 :
Increadibly cheap. I have been living here for more than a year and seen that the life is easy and have almost everything we need. A family of four can live comfortably on 1300 euro. But you might miss your local cuisine since Bosnia has very little penetration to foreign food. Organise someone to send over your local spices and etc if you are going to stay for long periods. It is only turkish and italian cuisine easily available. Rent is cheap but some people charge foreigners double and even triple. is a good website to have an idea about rents in sarajevo.
#anonymous on May 30, 2014 :
@Rich Man. Hey man, during war it was one box of American cigarettes - you miss your chance mate ;-)