Cost of Living in Vienna

Summary of cost of living in Vienna, Austria:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 9.50-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 € 45.00-130.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 € 9.00-11.90
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.50 € 3.00-5.60
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.50-5.60
Cappuccino (regular) 3.66 € 2.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.68 € 2.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.25 € 1.60-3.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.51 € 3.79-6.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.22 € 1.13-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.10 € 0.54-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.30 € 2.58-5.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.71 € 2.95-9.98
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.65 € 2.54-7.26
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.22 € 3.74-10.43
Apples (1 lb) 1.06 € 0.48-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.94 € 0.54-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.17 € 0.45-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 1.92 € 0.61-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 0.84 € 0.34-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.78 € 0.36-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 1.61 € 0.80-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.74 € 0.33-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 € 3.30-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.26 € 0.65-1.65
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.61 € 0.79-2.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.00 € 5.80-7.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 € 2.40-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 30.42-51.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.80-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.57 € 2.09-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 26.40 € 25.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.15 € 5.60-6.81
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,000.00 € 22,400.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,444.55 € 23,000.00-29,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 293.30 € 180.00-472.22
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 16.68 € 9.50-30.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.68 € 25.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 38.00 € 19.90-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.26 € 11.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.00-17.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 247.40 € 190.00-330.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,492.65 € 7,150.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 96.36 € 40.00-130.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.67 € 16.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.87 € 59.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 108.84 € 65.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 998.64 € 750.00-1,350.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 748.72 € 540.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,861.59 € 1,200.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,335.29 € 900.00-1,600.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 779.90 € 538.83-1,300.63
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 492.50 € 314.57-743.22
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,680.22 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.36 1.56-4.00

Prices in Vienna

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Last update: March 2024
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22 Comments so far
Sviat on Sep 16, 2023:
Rent prices on this web-site for Vienna are low, because it has option to rent social apartments (foreigners must live in Vienna minimun 2 years, have a job and do registration in Wiener-Wohnen for this service). Rent apartments in social house is 40% cheaper than rent from private owner. Besides there are a lot apartments from Genossenschaft (Cooperative), where prices are 25-30% lower than private-sector. It need to pay once investment-cost for possibility to rent in Cooperative. Social and Cooperative gives unlimited rent-agreement, this information is actual for people, who want to live in Vienna for a long term.
The average salary isn't correct, because there is a big difference between salary for low qualified (less than 2000€ netto) and high skilled workers (more than 3000€ netto).
Peter on Jul 25, 2023:
These prices are way too low, they are MUCH higher in reality…
Anonymous on Jul 15, 2023:
These numbers look outdated for Vienna. I looked at apartment listings in the Inner Bezirks of Vienna and rent looks about 30% higher on average. The amenities are lower than what you see in most major American cities too.
Anonymous on Jun 22, 2023:
I have several friends in Wien and they are all well educated. They are making between 2300 to 2600 net euros/month and they are earning more than the average employee. Also, the rent prices seem to be pretty low on this website.
Anonymous on May 27, 2023:
These numbers ( from rent to house prices to grocery) are way off. The most unrealistic of any city I checked. Something isnt right here. Any other austrian city scores way lower which doesnt add up. 2% mortgage fixed for 20 years? doesnt exist...you r not getting even 3% for 10 years.
Anonymous on May 21, 2023:
Is possible to fine a job astria,i'm kennedy
Anonymous on May 09, 2023:
The average income in 2021 (calculated in 2022) for the area of Vienna as given by the Statistik Institute of Austria is of 2100 euros net/month. The gross income average for all of Austria is 31400 euros, so nowhere near what people are declaring above.
Brent on May 07, 2023:
Living here since 2018. Prices went up after pandemic, coming down last months. It is a beatutiful city and people are friendly if you give them some time to get to know you. It is very clean and way safer than any other country i lived, and those are many!
Peter on Apr 13, 2023:
I am a 39 yrs old expat, make €3100 net as a civil engineer. The rent for my 3 bedroom house close to the city center is €1200 /mth, energy €118/mth (class A insulation / double glazing). I have to say Vienna is a very good place to live, the people are direct, nature is stunning, clean streets and lovely food. Gruss Got!
Laslow on Mar 12, 2023:
Also, almost ~3000 EUR net salary AVEREAGE?! That is ridicilous, it is more like ~2000 EUR, if 13th and 14th are taken into account. Maybe that is just contributor' data, not reality. Most of my friends make around 1600-1700 EUR / month, a bit more like ~2000-2200 EUR if they are engineers with master's degrees with experience.
Laslow on Mar 12, 2023:
These numbers should be updated, most of them are much higher I think than it is stated here... Especially the rents and services...
Anonymous on Feb 18, 2023:
The numbers here don't add up especially the rents. These days one has to pay north of 3000 eur in the city centre for a good 3 room apartment and if you want luxury nothing short of 6k. Outside the city centre as well nothing less than 1300 to 1400 and a decent 3 room one for about 1800.
Andrew on Dec 02, 2022:
Crazy to see people spending 1000 Euro a month on food. Shows how unrealistic this site is. I eat quite healthy and only spend 240 euros on food per month at most. That's 60 euros a week.
Jacques Amsnl on Jun 19, 2022:
Very much take "rent prices" with a grain of salt. I am currently looking for a flat outside of the city center of Vienna for myself and my spouse using Willhaben + a relocation company, and there is nothing below 890 EUR/mo.

The other flats are all for people who are receiving government assistance or government regulated flat which requires a special application. This estimator is probably taking into account those apartments which are advertised but not available to all members of the public
Ninja on May 10, 2022:
Hi,
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:
@B.

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

Medical:free
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:

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

SHARED COSTS
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

PERSONAL COSTS
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?

Thanks!
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:
@Xia

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: https://rechner.cpulohn.at/bmf.gv.at/familienbonusplus/#bruttoNetto_familienbonus (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!
Martin