Cost of Living in Sarajevo

Summary about cost of living in Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 KM 5.00-12.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 42.50 KM 30.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 KM 8.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 KM 2.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 KM 3.00-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.56 KM 2.00-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.87 KM 2.00-3.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.42 KM 1.00-2.50
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.38 KM 4.35-7.19
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.03 KM 0.91-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.92 KM 0.45-1.77
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.12 KM 2.40-3.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.86 KM 2.72-9.53
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.45 KM 2.72-4.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.23 KM 4.54-8.16
Apples (1 lb) 0.78 KM 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 1.01 KM 0.68-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.00 KM 0.68-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.05 KM 0.68-1.56
Potato (1 lb) 0.52 KM 0.27-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.68 KM 0.45-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 1.18 KM 0.50-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.05 KM 0.80-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 KM 6.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.34 KM 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.82 KM 1.40-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.00 KM 5.50-6.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.60 KM 1.60-1.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 53.00 KM 50.00-65.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 KM 1.80-2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.93 KM 1.61-2.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 KM 10.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.16 KM 6.81-9.46
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,000.00 KM 34,000.00-35,573.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,673.63 KM 32,000.00-36,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 234.48 KM 150.00-326.92
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.19 KM 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 42.47 KM 25.00-55.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 54.40 KM 30.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.20 KM 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.00 KM 6.00-9.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 286.83 KM 200.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,097.89 KM 4,000.00-10,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 105.68 KM 30.00-190.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 52.76 KM 30.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 128.73 KM 70.00-250.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 148.48 KM 80.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 507.35 KM 400.00-750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 330.65 KM 250.00-420.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 986.17 KM 685.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 593.07 KM 400.00-850.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 292.80 KM 232.26-418.06
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 177.64 KM 139.35-232.26
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,270.26 KM
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.39 3.00-6.00

Prices in Sarajevo

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Last update: June 2021
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11 Comments so far
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2021:
Looks like Bosnia won't have many people left since so many are dieing from covid19. It's just as well though they never did fit in to society.
Anonymous on Dec 23, 2020:
Sarajevo as a city feels safe,good food, friendly people but rather boring.
Ali on Oct 29, 2020:
Beautiful city I hope to have travel there and spend time on street and talk with beautiful women's
Mario on Jul 11, 2020:
Sarajevo, ljubavi moja! I can't help loving this fantastic city - it offers everything one needs for a joyful, fulfilling and harmonious life. ZG ♥ SA, jedna dusa, a nas dvoje! :)
Pietro on May 31, 2020:
Wait, the average salary should be at 605,01€ for Sarajevo according to our Agency for Statistics, but for some reason it's impossible to edit. Like Valert already said, it's even higher in Centar municipality (640€) and couple of euros lower in other municipalities.

Just for your information, Sarajevo has the highest salary in former Yugoslavia if you don't count Croatia and Slovenia that are already in the EU. Skopje, Belgrade, Podgorica, Novi Sad, Priština, not to mention Tirana (a non-ex yu city) all have lower averages than Sarajevo even though their (especially Serbian) propaganda works very hard to make Sarajevo look like a small, unimportant, unsignificant and poor Turskih/Muslim city while it's actually a bursting European, multicultural and capital city with many beautiful buildings built in Vienna secession, pseudo-maurish, art nouveau and many other gorgeous mostly European styles that were popular at the time. There is also a very romantic and vibrant Ottoman part of the city that is probably the most interesting one for the tourists as most of them already have many elegant Habsburg buildings at their home cities.There is also a commie area that is very well-planed with many greenery, parks and avenues. Not to mention the stunning "Great Alley", Spring of the Bosna river, parks, cable-car in the city-center, nature and fortifications that surround the city, mountains, Olympic games, assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian terorrist, terrible war after which Sarajevo has risen like a phoenix, churches, synagogues, mosques... Also don't forget to visit or check out Lukomir and Rakitnica canyon in the vincinity. There is also a very respectable number of modern skyscrapers and shopping malls (BBI Center, S2, Sarajevo City Center, Bosmal, Avaz and UNITIC towers and many others). You won't regret if you pay a visit to the Old Jewish cemetery that is absolutely magnificent. It served like a sniper's nest for the Serbian army from where they terorized the city as well, here you can learn a lot about history too, but today it has regained its former beauty.

What else can I say, come to see our city, we are eager to meet you! Join more than 770k tourists that left Sarajevo in 2019 with best memories.
Valert on Apr 17, 2020:
Average salary in Central municipality is 1250 BAM, it is official data... To be honest I don't know anyone, literally anyone who works for less than 1500.
Because of bad politics in Bosnia there is trend to underestimate everything domestic...
Hrvoje on Mar 14, 2020:
Such a wonderful, unique city, with some unbelievably warmhearted people. In fact, Sarajevo is a perfect blend of the Orient and the West... it offers you the taste of Istanbul and the vibe of New York, and all of that in a relatively small metropolitan area... I looooovvve Sarajevo and cannot wait to be back! Also, food... my God, food, wonderful food that is almost better than any home-made dish, and great traditional food is so affordable in Sarajevo, in spite of the fact that it is becoming a famous tourist destination. Impressive! Needless to say that the nature throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina is breathtaking and that beauty perfectly blends with the neighbouring Croatia, which, in my humble opinion is the most beautiful country in the world, i.e. to be fair and honest, "BiH", Bosnia and Croatia are undoubtedly cover the most wonderful piece of Earth.
Kao Cokolada on Apr 19, 2019:
Average net salary means a lot of people work for 700-800 BAM, and othrers for 3000-4000 BAM
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.