Cost of Living in Vienna

Summary about cost of living in Vienna, Austria:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 € 8.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 40.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.50-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.36 € 2.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.63 € 2.00-3.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.06 € 1.20-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.35 € 3.03-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.53 € 0.68-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.88 € 0.36-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.14 € 1.59-4.20
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.31 € 2.54-13.61
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.08 € 1.81-6.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.94 € 2.72-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 0.97 € 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.84 € 0.58-1.13
Oranges (1 lb) 1.05 € 0.54-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.10 € 0.68-1.58
Potato (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.23-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.62 € 0.36-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.19 € 0.80-1.80
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.68 € 0.28-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 4.00-9.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.99 € 0.60-1.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.77 € 1.00-2.69
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.50 € 5.50-7.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 € 2.40-2.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 48.00 € 30.42-51.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.20-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.29 € 1.69-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.80 € 27.60-28.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.50 € 3.79-5.64
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,460.00 € 22,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,294.29 € 19,390.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 191.78 € 112.20-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.06 € 0.02-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.80 € 25.00-45.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26.66 € 19.99-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.00 € 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 € 9.00-14.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 256.48 € 160.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,375.00 € 7,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 80.69 € 35.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.18 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.85 € 50.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.56 € 70.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 888.62 € 750.00-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 641.04 € 500.00-850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,707.58 € 1,200.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,200.48 € 900.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 715.77 € 557.41-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 422.10 € 371.61-510.96
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,202.79 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.07 1.20-3.00

Prices in Vienna

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39 Comments so far
Fab on Feb 19, 2021:

Salary: approx. 1900 net each month, 2200 net on the 13th and 14th payment (as they are taxed less)

Rent: you should be fine around 1000
Utilities: 100
Internet: 30
Food: depends on you, but I'd say 200 per week including occasionally eating somethin out

Insurance: depends what insurance you are referring to, medical insurance is covered by the employer
Mobile: 20

TV-tax: 25 per month (if you own a TV)
B. on Jan 20, 2021:
I'm looking into possibly moving to Vienna and would love to know if the following information I found is correct for two people without children:

Salary: 40k per year equals 2.9k gross and 1.9knet since you're paid 14x a year?

Rent for 1 bedroom appt.: 1000-1500 p/m
Utilities: 100-200 p/m
Internet: 15-35 p/m
Food: 750-1000 p/m
TOT: 950 - 1400 per person p/m

Transport: 365 p/y
Medical: free or set aside 100 p/m?
Insurance: covered by company?
Mobile: 20 p/m
TOT: 150 p/m (avg)

So total costs p/p would be 1100 - 1550 p/m?
Am I missing any costs in this list?

Anonymous on Dec 19, 2020:
Hello Michele health insurance rates have risen due to the pandemic.Currently one must have 100,000 eur in health care insurance instead of 30,000 as before. My monthly premium is 450 eur each monthjust for myself compared to 150 eur as before. As an expat it's mandatory.
Michele on Aug 26, 2020:
How much is Health Care per month for an expat?
Anonymous on Aug 18, 2020:
This covid 19 is a hoax stuff is a hoax
dale c buck on Jun 28, 2020:
Sounds nice, I hope to visit there someday. The world being as it is I really don't know if it will be possible but I hope to find that peaceful quit place.
MArtin on Mar 08, 2020:

Monthly salary is usually paid 14 times a year in Austria. Moreover, the 13th and 14th salary are taxed very low, so your net salary is higher.
Thus, it's better to calculate with yearly figures. The gross/net calculator of the Ministry of Finance will help you: (unfortunately only in German).

For your two children you will also receive monthly child benefit (for both currently a little more than 260€) plus other tax benefits. Apart from that, they are insured for free in your public health insurance.
So you will get along with your salary better than you think. However, everything I have written here does not apply if you work for an international organization (UN, EU, ...) and therefore their rules apply.

Nevertheless, the problem is the rent. 1300€ in the 19th district for 4 rooms seems ambitious to me. But the rent depends on the duration of the contract. Unlimited rents are expensive, the shorter the duration, the cheaper the rent must be.

All the best for your stay in Vienna, you will enjoy it!
Lukas on Feb 23, 2020:
@Xla I am living in Vienna and I would say that the prices are pretty spot on and very accurate. I'm not sure if you need 1k for food alone but you can do you your own calculation based on the market prices mentioned.
Xla on Jan 13, 2020:

We are a family with 2 children, aged 10 and 7 and we are thinking to relocate to Vienna. According to Numbeo, for a decent/medium life style we would need 2189 EUR, without rent, without vacation and 5% of the time eating out (very rarely - the lowest option) only in cheap restaurants, low car driving.
I've looked a bit for rents on for 4 room apartment in a decent district (district 19 for example) and prices are close to 1300 EUR per month, total rent.

So living expenses in Viena including rent would be 3489 EUR.

I am in discussion with a job which offers around 3650 EUR NET per month, according to official salary calculator. I will be the single earner in the family in the first 1 - 2 years. So we will use almost entire salary just to be able to live in Vienna, without being able to save anything.

Is Numbeo's estimation for cost of living correct ? For example it estimates around 1000 EUR per month just for food at home, which seems pretty high.
Jim on Oct 18, 2019:
Same story across the world. Africans and Asians taking over with a mix of Chinese. They are ruining the world. Because of the increased costs of security, no go areas and making it essential to travel by taxi or private car and over use of health facilities and destruction of culture and school system, they make private healthcare and schools a necessity. It is the same across the world and is getting worse as these people flood in to take advantage of hard won western lifestyles.
Carleta Riley on Jul 19, 2019:
I've loved the German/Austrian culture and life since I lived & worked in Kitzingen,Germany in 1979-81 and am considering on living in Austria niw that I'm retired
Linda on Jul 02, 2019:
Please, can you advice if 92,000 gross salary considered high in Vienna for anyone with 10 years experience and a degree from top university? Is it possible to find a one bedroom flat/dorm for 500-600 euros/month including bills?

What are the other difficulties one can encounter in Vienna?
Kilyk on Jun 13, 2019:

Do I need an University degree to work in IT in Vienna?
monkey on Mar 16, 2019:
i am monkey i want free money can i go to africa?
Mokebe on Mar 06, 2019:
I want free money can i go to vienna? help me i am africa.
Sunny on Feb 22, 2019:
I'm going to Vienna very soon for an internship (it lasts a year approx), they will give me a stipend of 500€, seeing the prices posted here, I think it won't be enough :( another thing I'm interested in about is how to deal with the mobile internet situation, should I buy an international SIM card or is there a better alternative? (I'm planning on visiting other European countries too, so if someone could write about this issue, I'll be very grateful).
Nat L on Nov 21, 2018:
Hi all,
would anyone be able to advise if 2.700 EUR net income would suffice for a single person to live in Vienna?

Thanks a lot!
Rob on Nov 12, 2018:
Just got back from a month in Europe including Vienna and Salzburg. As far as costs, it helps to remember that Vienna is a major European city and compare it to something similar. I live in semi rural California and prices here are similar or a bit more than Vienna. But compared to San Franciso or Los Angeles or New York or dozens of other U.S. cities, Vienna is cheap.

As far as needing to speak German, sure it helps but as a visitor all I ever needed was my cell phone and google maps and I was able to travel all over Europe without needing to ask anyone anything as far as directions were concerned. Really, it is so easy to get directions on a cell phone.

The thing about Vienna, though, is the large number of truly excellent museums, galleries, and sites. San Francisco can't compare to Vienna in this category, Los Angeles is probably similar as well as New York.
Erich Schinzel on Sep 03, 2018:
I was born in Vienna and couldn't get out fast enough, its an interesting place as far as history goes. However, if you are a tourist with money that's great. As a local we couldn't afford the expensive restaurants, to find an apartment was just so hard, most of the old buildings were not maintained because of 'Rentenschutz' is good, the weather is good for a few month then cold and miserable for most part of the year.Anyway, over last 30 odd years or so the Austrian culture changed a lot, I guess it happens just about everywhere. It's kind of a lonely place.The countryside is beauty full and I miss the mountains.
Now I live in Australia, the weather is great, its easy to find a place to live, plenty of work, hospitals are free, the ocean is blue...
Mon28 on Jul 13, 2018:
Hi everybody!
I will be in Vienna for about 2 months, and I have found a short term rental service that offered me an apartment for 1600 euros /month. Do you think this is ok? it is close to city center (1030).
I wanted to ask you also if i will be alone, would it be enough to live with 2000 euros during those 2 months? Thanks in advance for your help!
Sara on Jun 11, 2018:
Hello Everyone,

I'm living in Vienna for about 1.5 yrs. I'm a foreigner from Asia.
Just wanted to share my experience so, few would get benefit.

Cost of living for a family of Couples + 1 Kid
Food --> EUR 500 / Month (occasionally eating outside)
Travel --> EUR 365 / Year or EUR 54 / Month which every is easy for you, but Vienna has excellent computation
Safety --> One of the best place to live in this world.
Culture--> Famous for its best
Climate --> It will peak upto 33C in summary and freeze upto -15C in winter, but 3/4 of year is good climate with floating 5C to 20C.
Medical care --> If you are covered by company well and good, if you have government covered very good. If you are not cover in the above two, its very expensive to get private players. They will eat your money.
Good medical system in Vienna.
Clothing --> Its OK i would rate it medium pricing, you can still find some shops with offers and discounts.
Internet --> Home WIFI package start from EUR 15 to 35 based on speed. Mobile Internet may goes upto EUR 20/month.
Language --> Yes if you know, "AUSTRIAN" German you always have edge over. If you don't know German, better to learn, but I could still survey without knowing it. But planning to Learn no more excuse. I use to buy from local market my daily stuffs without knowing German, not always profitable.
Education --> You have Government School (100% German) --Free, Bilingual School (80% German) -- cost depends on which area you stay and Off-course International Schools (Only English Medium) --> EUR 10000,00/Year Minimum.
Apartment --> Getting Rent Apartment is little challenge here, there is concept of Private holder/companies playing, holding 80% of total available, where they generally ask for 2mm to 3mm + 20% tax as commission you have to pay. Finding Right place and right price is not easy but need to consistently search. On an average EUR 250-400 per person on a sharing basis. If you wanted to have separate apartment 1BHK or 2BHK or 3BHK minimum starts with EUR 700 and claims upto EUR 2000 based on your priority.
Note: there is another category called Fully Furnished Apartment, Partially Furnished and Un-Furnished Apartment. Price also depends on this.
Another important this is, utility (Electricity, Warm Water, Heating, Maintenance, Parking, Household Insurance etc) make sure you double check when you rent the apartment. I had some bad experience with this.
Taxing: Austria Taxes at very high slab. Always check with you company.

On an average for a couple with one kid (7 yrs old) would need at-least EUR 2500/month to survey with moderate life style. (After TAX)

Hope this is helpful far someone as base start.

Sue on Mar 21, 2018:
Hi #the forever foreigner

but this doesn't just happen in Vienna! I AM actually from Vienna and I live in Melbourne, Australia for nearly 19 years. So far, I could not make friends here either. I think it also depends on your age. The younger you are the easier you make friends. My boys (now adults) went to school in Australia and that's where they made friends (for life). All my friends are in Vienna because I know most of them since school.

I am also aware that I will never make friends in Australia and just like you, I accepted this dreadful situation which sometimes makes me feel very lonely but as we say here "such is life".
the forever foreigner on Dec 16, 2017:
I know this is a website regarding price of living, but for those thinking of moving to Vienna permanently
I would say the biggest problem I've had in Vienna is the people not the prices.

They are polite enough but they're not welcoming or friendly.
I'm a white European who has been here over 6 years now and I speak pretty good German so I could easily pass for a local accept for my accent, I hang out with Austrians, work with Austrians, drink with Austrians and even sleep with Austrians, yet I have no Austrian friends. All my friends are foreigners. Foreigners who have also lived here for many years, most of whom speak fluent German and have the same issues with the locals as I do.

After trying really hard to get in with the locals for about 3 years, joining groups and inviting myself to parties and events, I eventually gave up and accepted reality.
If you are a foreigner here, you will always be a foreigner, which is a weird feeling if Austria is your home.
Agg on Dec 13, 2017:


Education is free - still reserve here 100€ a month for diff stuff.
Medical care is 'free' like - reserve here 100€ a month. Apartment rent = 1000€. Utilities 200€ a month. Transportation costs - 100€ a month (for all 4 of you, if you get the 365 pass).
Left for food and clothing 700€.

I see as okay (rarely eating in restaurants of course, and not aiming for LuisVuiton and PRADA :) )
Anonymous on Dec 07, 2017:
Vienna is too expensive for a family, unless you earn 3000 EUR net per month
pld on Nov 27, 2017:
Please advice if 3300 eur gross salary is acceptable for a family with 2 children(15 and 10 years) for a medium life in Vienna. Husband has no job in Vienna yet but we hope to get one for him.
DeJaVu on Nov 24, 2017:
Relocating to Vienna, family with 2children.
I understood the reasonable priced flats are very hard to find. But what if a am ready to pay more but just to find a place for my family within 1month? What is that rental amount which can almost guarantee me finding a 2-3 room flat within 1month?
JR on Nov 24, 2017:
@RandomGuy - where did you find private ads for housing? Same standard websites full of agencies' ads?
Random Guy on Nov 22, 2017:
Be warned!

It took me 4 months to find a decent place. Apparently the main reason for this is AirBNB,
and the recent migrant crisis. A private landlord I spoke to who had a few apartments said all of them were rented out by government tenants - meaning they were used for "refugee" housing.

And these days less than 10% of the properties are rented privately.
Which means you can expect to pay an agent 2000-3000 euros provision, for simply placing the ad. which is a complete scam.
( you do not get any of this money back, it's not a deposit )
I refused to pay provision, so it took me much longer.

And as somebody else mentioned in the comments, a lot of the private places have curious problems.
Here are just a few select examples I saw while flat hunting:
One I went to see had no lights at all, which they let us view at night time, so we all had to walk around like miners with our cell phone lights trying to inspect the place. Another place I saw was sub street level with bare concrete floors and no heating.
A couple were renovated attic apartments, which means you are basically living in a roof, freezing to death in winter and roasting to death in summer, also the angles of the roof mean that you can't put furniture against the wall, and if you are 6ft or taller, you'll spend half your life crouching over. Using the kitchen counter was physically impossible for me.
Another place had a kitchenette in the entrance of the apartment, fabricated from cheap unfinshed wood, the bedroom directly opposite the entrance had double doors, but only one could open because the other was blocked by the shitty kitchenette.
Another apartment had a toilet/shower about the size of barbie's broom closet, connected to the kitchen, you would basically sit on the loo to take a shower, and god help you if you need to take a dump while somebody is cooking.
And lastly there was a place that had a shower in the kitchen.... no walls, no separator, just a shower in the corner of the kitchen.
The thing is, people are so desperate, even these places are taken on the first day.

After tax I'm getting around 2000 euro, the cost of my flat ( rent, elec, heating, internet ) is over 1k.
so, about 50% of my wages go straight to my housing.
Just a few years ago I was only spending 1/4 to 1/3 of my salary on housing.
I like Vienna as a city, but I'm having a hard time finding reasons to stay.
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2017:
@Rebecca: taking 42k it is roughly 1650€ net per month (14 months payment).
If you are single you can find a good flat for 700€ per month. Water, gas and electricity 100€. Food is expensive, I would say 400€ per month. Transportation is around 40€ per month, so you are left with 400€ per month, and you still didnt buy cloth and other stuff.

Vienna has a terrible weather, sometimes we dont see the sun for WEEKS
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2017:
@Med: I leave close to Praterstern and many littering are from drunk young people.
Rebecca on Nov 12, 2017:
Hi, I was offered a position of Shop Manager in E-commerce for 30k to 42k per year gross. Do you think it's a fair paycheck for Vienna?
Med on Nov 10, 2017:
@Ed - 'poor weather' maybe for foreigners cominh from warm climate places.
Normal precipitation levels throughout the year; all four seasons are present and in the appropriate way (summer warm, winter snow, fall colors, spring flowers and birds).

As a discomfort for Vienna i would list the "too many foreigners" (many of these behave inappropriately, littering streets and parks as in their home country)
Med on Nov 10, 2017:
@Ed - exchange with someone like me :), after visiting half Europe and have of the rest of the world i wish i live in Vienna.
One of best MedicalCare in Europe, strong schools, healthy environment and low crime rate. What would i need more for my children?

Food cost is very cheap for a city like Vienna (comparing to other European capitals). Accommodation - high, but no exaggerated (again comparing to other European capitals). People - I've met many polited and educated ones, locals. If you're smart, you can get the empathy of the other person without issues.

I would move there at a lower net salary than what i have where i currently am (and here everything is cheaper than Vienna)
Ed on Nov 08, 2017:
I would advice anybody to avoid Vienna: Poor weather, cost of living increased a LOT, people are unfriendly, I have been here for 4 years and I try to move from here everyday.
Rob on Oct 13, 2017:
@Mike, EUR 4,000 per month -- either gross or net -- is more than enough for Vienna for a single guy. On that money you'll live better than a studentyou, worse than a millionaire, but you will likely be able to save up to EUR 1,000 per month.

@Hidi, for the names of oil companies in Vienna, please view the Vienna Yellow Pages.

@Teniir, your advice is pretty good, useful and appreciated.

In my experience, Vienna is not exactly the greatest place in the world -- unless you prefer the company of the many foreigners in the Vienna area. They're mostly Asians. You will see them everywhere. Keep in mind that Vienna is not a pleasant place -- unless you like hot and muggy summers, and freezing cold winters, the lack of parking and parking tickets, the traffic jams and bumper-to-bumper traffic, high prices, generally old and somewhat rundown) real estate. If you speak up in English, it's hard to get directions. You're pretty much on your own. All the signs are in German. If you approach pedestrians, they will avoid speaking to you. Under exceptional circumstances, a few of the locals will reply back to you in English. They seem to believe you're in Vienna. And, over there you're supposed to speak GERMAN, preferably the Austrian dialect. Additionally, if you're a single guy, Vienna is a very poor choice for you for meeting native Austrian women. They will walk by you, and ignore you completely.

I hope this helps.
Mike on Sep 14, 2017:
Is 4000 euro net salary a month is ok for living in vienna? I will live alone and will look for 1 bedroom apartment to rent near city center
Anna on Jul 30, 2017:

I will try to answer a few of your questions. Yes U-Bahn and other public transport is the cheapest and most convenient way to get around (unless you can walk or cycle). If you're under 26 you can get a Semesterticket, which lets you use all public transport for the length of one semester and costs very little compared to other tickets. If you're older or staying for a full year you could also get a Jahreskarte, which is a ticket for a full year that costs 365€ (when paid at once) and again lets you use all public transport as much as you want within the city, and they can be returned for a refund if you leave before your year is up.

12h per week is usually "Geringfuegigkeit", which is a limit set by the government of how much you can earn extra without losing any benefits, and it also won't give you health insurance or other social insurance. Currently it's 425,70€ per month, but be aware that that is definitely not enough to live on, and you will most likely have to pay for your own health insurance. If you work more than 12h your employer will pay for your health insurance.

When I was a student a few years ago I used to have around 900€ a month and was able to rent a small one bed flat and eat whatever I felt like, although I did not go out a lot or buy fancy things (think H&M clothes and supermarket food, and alcohol maybe once or twice a month). I would say I spent around 300€ a month on food, clothes, going out etc. I have no idea what dorms cost but I assume they will be much cheaper than renting a flat.

Hope this helps.
sara on Jun 24, 2017:
Hi. I will come over to your beautiful country for a master's degree at uni Wien. So how much will i pay for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at the dorm? if i need to buy the foods how much should i pay for the raw material in a daily basis and how much should i pay from the dorm (wien 1030, or 1090) to the university Wien by U-Bahn? is the Bahn the cheapest option? i am not into convenience and luxury. i will have a low budget. how much will i be paid for 12 hours per week? please make replies with an estimation. I know myself that the questions are hard to answer
best regards
Viele Gruesse