Cost of Living in Vienna

Summary about cost of living in Vienna, Austria:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.99 € 8.00-21.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 € 40.00-82.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 € 8.00-10.00
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) 3.48 € 2.00-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.48 € 1.50-3.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.09 € 1.50-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.47 € 3.41-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.58 € 0.82-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.84 € 0.41-1.59
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.41 € 2.03-5.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.11 € 2.72-13.61
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.84 € 2.08-7.71
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.33 € 4.07-13.61
Apples (1 lb) 0.98 € 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.78 € 0.45-0.97
Oranges (1 lb) 1.13 € 0.59-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.30 € 0.68-2.26
Potato (1 lb) 0.75 € 0.27-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.36-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 1.42 € 0.90-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.61 € 0.25-1.49
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 3.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.06 € 0.60-1.75
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.41 € 0.70-2.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.89 € 5.50-7.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 € 2.40-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 46.00 € 30.42-51.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 € 3.80-6.60
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.29 € 1.69-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.80 € 25.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.52 € 5.22-7.52
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,460.00 € 23,420.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,428.12 € 19,390.00-19,390.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 212.45 € 120.00-390.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.08 € 0.01-0.15
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33.34 € 25.00-49.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.96 € 20.00-35.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.82 € 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 € 9.00-15.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 283.82 € 220.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,862.50 € 7,000.00-16,500.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 96.28 € 50.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.88 € 15.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 93.05 € 50.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 119.16 € 60.00-190.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 903.84 € 700.00-1,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 693.31 € 550.00-930.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,879.50 € 1,350.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,351.94 € 900.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 786.47 € 557.41-1,299.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 553.23 € 371.61-789.67
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,295.29 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.07 1.18-3.00

Prices in Vienna

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Last update: May 2022
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22 Comments so far
Ninja on May 10, 2022:
I wanted to know the salary breakup for a 50,000 salary in Vienna, Austria. We are a married couple and one of us will not start working right away as my partner is in the process of getting a job offer. This is the offer I have received. Please let me know if this will be enough for both of us. We are fine living in a one bedroom apartment too.
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.