Cost of Living in Tel Aviv-Yafo

Summary about cost of living in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 70.00 ₪ 45.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 ₪ 200.00-400.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 55.00 ₪ 50.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 ₪ 18.02-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 30.00 ₪ 24.00-35.00
Cappuccino (regular) 13.76 ₪ 9.00-20.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 10.18 ₪ 7.00-14.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 7.45 ₪ 5.00-10.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 23.17 ₪ 20.44-30.28
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 7.06 ₪ 4.54-12.70
Rice (white), (1 lb) 4.49 ₪ 2.72-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.56 ₪ 11.00-16.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 24.84 ₪ 18.10-45.36
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 16.62 ₪ 9.07-22.68
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 33.44 ₪ 22.68-45.36
Apples (1 lb) 5.28 ₪ 3.58-6.80
Banana (1 lb) 3.57 ₪ 2.27-6.80
Oranges (1 lb) 3.22 ₪ 1.81-6.80
Tomato (1 lb) 3.11 ₪ 1.77-5.44
Potato (1 lb) 2.14 ₪ 1.36-3.58
Onion (1 lb) 1.96 ₪ 1.36-2.72
Lettuce (1 head) 6.04 ₪ 4.00-9.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 5.61 ₪ 2.00-8.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 42.50 ₪ 30.00-70.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 9.43 ₪ 7.00-15.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.12 ₪ 8.00-18.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 35.00 ₪ 32.00-40.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 6.00 ₪ 5.90-7.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 220.00 ₪ 210.00-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.95 ₪ 11.50-25.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 6.44 ₪ 3.22-10.94
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 ₪ 70.00-120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 23.38 ₪ 20.55-25.17
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 134,000.00 ₪ 125,000.00-140,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 139,990.91 ₪ 135,000.00-150,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 854.80 ₪ 500.00-1,416.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.19 ₪ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 101.86 ₪ 80.00-140.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 293.43 ₪ 150.00-400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 62.31 ₪ 50.00-80.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 43.00 ₪ 40.00-50.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,820.00 ₪ 3,000.00-4,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 64,803.91 ₪ 22,500.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 359.17 ₪ 200.00-500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 226.54 ₪ 120.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 460.17 ₪ 300.00-600.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 491.96 ₪ 300.00-800.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,357.14 ₪ 4,200.00-6,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,956.67 ₪ 3,000.00-5,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 9,447.06 ₪ 7,500.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,700.00 ₪ 5,000.00-9,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,346.01 ₪ 3,716.09-5,574.14
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,922.47 ₪ 1,858.05-4,180.60
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 9,679.48 ₪
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.62 3.00-4.00

Prices in Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Last update: November 2021
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10 Comments so far
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2021:
I'm seeing the comments and the prices here and it really saddens me. Tel Aviv is a very hard city to afford but it's a wonderful place to live in. As a born-and-raised Tel Avivian in his late 20's I'd be happy to give my two cents here.

Israel in general, and Tel Aviv in particular, is extremely expensive, but I feel like some of the costs here are a little inflated.

To start, rent is crazy high and super competitive (looking for an apartment is a full-time job and will take you a few good months if not more to find something sensible), but I'm not sure if one bedroom refers to bedroom + salon\kitchen, or just a studio. I am currently renting a studio apartment for around 3700 ILS (1190 USD), including bills close to the city center.
But yeah, it is pretty much impossible to find an apartment for less than at least 3300 ILS.
However, it is much easier to find a large apartment if you are ok with roommates or you have a partner. As far as location goes, since the city is pretty small, it's hard to be far from the city center, except for some specific areas.

Public transport is pretty bad (only buses and the city is full of traffic anyway) which is why it's so cheap. However, again, the city is small enough that you rarely need to rely on it. You can walk or bike just about everywhere very quickly. The weather also means that it's never too cold to not be able to do so.

Grocery shopping is cheaper from what's seen in my experience. Especially for fresh local produce such as fruits and vegetables.

Eating out is very expensive as well, unfortunately, but for the most part, you get really high quality for it. There are rarely restaurants that use cheap ingredients or are unprofessional in how they make your food.

The salary mentioned is a good average I guess but it can really change a lot depending on what you do. Many people make a lot less than the 9K average, but some people can make much much more, especially if they work in the tech world. The problem is that income taxes are so high that at a certain point it doesn't matter how much more you are making.

All and all, Tel Aviv is a great place to live in, but you should definitely only come here if you have a plan...
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2021:
200 usd minimum just for utilities and that's for a 1 bedroom apartment
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2021:
I'm from Tele Aviv lived here all of my life.The costs you mentioned are no where close to what you mentioned. 900 usd each month minimum 200 usd minimum and tap water cannot be consumed. You must be another one of those Russian trols.
Anonymous on Jan 22, 2021:
I read all of these negative comments about Tel Aviv.Evidently none of the people live here like I do.I've lived here as a retired expat for 7 years now. The people are warm and genuine the city is modern clean and safe.I rent an apartment in the center of the city for just $300 usd per month my utilities average $60 usd each month. No bottled water necessary clean from the faucet. My 2 bedroom 2 bath is furnished nicely.My unlimited internet data includes unlimited calling only $18 usd each month.I'm originally from Spain not Israel and Spain is much more expensive than Tel Aviv.
Said on Dec 18, 2020:
Israel is a very expensive country for tourists, but it is very good for residents or people of the country.
Yosi on Aug 14, 2020:
Beer in Tel-Aviv is extremely expensive.
Israeli breweries are generally expensive, but in Tel-Aviv you can pay as high as 50NIS for 0.5L of local beer.
Erez on Mar 23, 2018:
Cost of living in central Tel Aviv for a family with two kids - in OK quality (middle class +) with rent is according to my esitmate at least 8,500 US$/month or 30,000 Shekels.

And I am not talking about living in a villa, or driving a Merceds.

I am talking about living in a comfortable 110 sqm flat close to the city center + having a simple OK car for the family (Peugeot 308 for example).

It will cost around the same in a good residential village in west Emek Hefer - around 30 KM north of Tel Aviv. Just with a bigger house.

In exclusie residential areas it should cost much more. With older kids it might cost more as well. Tel Aviv is expensive.
Joana on Mar 17, 2018:
The worst place in the world, belive me, I have been in meny countries.
Honza on Mar 17, 2018:
The most expensive city in the world, to buy food you should be reach person, not normal.
LARISA on Jan 11, 2018:
if you dont have to dont go there ,that not a normal place to live