Cost of Living in Vilnius

Summary about cost of living in Vilnius:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 € 7.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 € 30.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 € 5.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 € 2.50-3.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.00 € 2.00-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.22 € 1.50-2.80
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.50 € 0.70-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.08 € 0.50-1.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.45 € 2.84-4.16
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.00 € 0.73-1.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.68 € 0.45-1.09
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.60 € 1.20-2.16
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.58 € 2.72-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.01 € 1.36-2.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.18 € 2.27-4.08
Apples (1 lb) 0.38 € 0.25-0.68
Banana (1 lb) 0.46 € 0.40-0.59
Oranges (1 lb) 0.57 € 0.45-1.04
Tomato (1 lb) 0.60 € 0.39-0.90
Potato (1 lb) 0.16 € 0.11-0.23
Onion (1 lb) 0.15 € 0.09-0.23
Lettuce (1 head) 0.99 € 0.69-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.67 € 0.50-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 € 5.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.06 € 1.00-1.20
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.38 € 1.00-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.55 € 3.50-4.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.00 € 0.65-1.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 29.00 € 29.00-30.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.00 € 0.58-1.45
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.97 € 0.79-1.13
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.00 € 7.20-12.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.60 € 4.35-4.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,025.00 € 16,000.00-18,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,621.43 € 15,000.00-20,186.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 146.12 € 90.67-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.06 € 0.01-0.14
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 11.31 € 7.50-20.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.19 € 20.00-55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.36 € 15.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.00 € 6.00-7.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 338.10 € 250.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,105.33 € 4,000.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.16 € 40.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.92 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 78.93 € 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 103.04 € 70.00-135.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 506.22 € 400.00-600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 324.74 € 250.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 810.71 € 650.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 528.62 € 400.00-650.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 243.17 € 185.80-325.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 145.77 € 111.48-176.51
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 789.59 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.25 1.90-3.00

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Last update: January 2019
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27 Comments so far

#Vero on Dec 18, 2018 :
Some people writing comments here are obviously fake, they don’t know which year we have changed our currency, it’s not 2013 but 2015 and prices are now 3 times higher than they used to be, salaries 2-2,5 times lower. In Vilnius a lot of people are paid 400-600, that’s why even doctors or teachers have some extra jobs like doing nails, brows, making decorations or other things for sale. My grandmother worked 44 years and now when she receives 220 euros, in winter pays for heating, water and electricity around 150-180 euros, pills for diabetes 180 euros, food 200eur and I don’t even speak about clothes, teather or going to restaurant with friends, because she doesn’t know what it is, thank you Lithuania!
#noo on Dec 13, 2018 :
Finished my bachelor 1year ago in electronics, working for a 550euros.
#Zip on Nov 26, 2018 :
Great city ! Clean, safe , etc . I work in the public sector for goverment and my salary is 1170 eur.after tax, which is a bit higher than avarage , but in a privat sector for skilled jobs you can expect 1500-2500 eur after taxes. Vilnius has so many culture events, fantastic restaurants, bars, clubs, many foreighners live here as well. A lot of educated people , so - basicly you can speak english to any younger person everywhere. Of course , there is still smells of soviet occupation heritage around, but less and less with years.
You would need around 1000 eur./person a month. Studio apartment would cost 350-400 eur to rent, food 200 aprox.
After getting euros in 2013 prices got higher but salaries got much bigger too, so its ok.

Come to visit or move to Vilnius ! Its great city !
#Anonymous on Nov 05, 2018 :
ALLANS post was correct about the saleries being very low in 2016.I retired in Vilnius April 2012 and I still live here.I'm a retired American living here.FYI add 100 more euros to the salary's per month and that'd be correct.Food prices on the average are 20% more than listed here.My rent for a 76 m2 one bedroom apartment was 250 euro,in 2012.My rent as of November 2018 is 550 euro.Add another 35% more for utilities also.My monthly expenses average 900 euro and I don't live an extravagent lifestyle.The Eurozone was a bad idea for all of Europe,truth be known.It inflated prices by atleast 50% on the average.In the past 3 years 287,542 have left Lithuania, current stats.I believe some people here are just wanting to agitate others with BS.Crime rates have increased rapidly since I retired here obviously however Vilnius is still a well managed city cleanliness wise.
#Camel on Nov 02, 2018 :
Lithuania best country to live: nice environment and min salary in Vilnius is 1000 € - LOL
#Euro on Jul 17, 2018 :
The worst country to live! Go to work every day and make 380 euros! If you love to count every cent and ruin your health, you are welcome to this HELL! Even in Romania people live better now!!! Who are those people who talk about salaries like 1000? My brother works his ass off for 1000 euros 12hours per day!
#David on Jul 16, 2018 :
Very beautiful and cheap city. Good place to visit for 2-3 weeks.
#Andrew Stone on May 28, 2018 :
I know a PHd consultant Cardiologist who makes £1000 a month in Vilnius and considers herself well paid. Expat perceptions of what is an average wage in a particular country are driven by the social circles in which they live.

If you live and work in Canary Wharf in the City of London you might think it impossible to live on less than £50,000 a year - if you walk a mile past the Waitrose and the expensive shops to the old docklands you'll find the local ASDA - and clearly folks shopping there are not earning anything like £50,000 a year.

Similarly I speak Polish and know there are two completely different worlds operating in the likes of English speaking Krakow and nearby Polish speaking small towns like Tarnow and Mielec.

Same applies to Vilinius.
#Andrew Stone on May 28, 2018 :
I know a PHd consultant Cardiologist who makes £1000 a month in Vilnius and considers herself well paid. Expat perceptions of what is an average wage in a particular country are driven by the social circles in which they live.

If you live and work in Canary Wharf in the City of London you might think it impossible to live on less than £50,000 a year - if you walk a mile past the Waitrose and the expensive shops to the old docklands you'll find the local ASDA - and clearly folks shopping there are not earning anything like £50,000 a year.

Similarly I speak Polish and know there are two completely different worlds operating in the likes of English speaking Krakow and nearby Polish speaking small towns like Tarnow and Mielec.

Same applies to Vilinius.
#to Kristina on Apr 25, 2018 :
Another lie, I hardly imagine anyone 'highly skilled' earning less than 1400 take home, let alone 1000. Are kremlin bots working here or what?
#Kristina on Feb 18, 2018 :
I'm from here,the salaries are funny,my mom works full time,everyday she breaks her ass off for just 400 € + 60€ bonus.Considering that she must pay for utilities,internet,food every week,my needs(going out,school)and buy clothes when needed,and you know what happens in the middle of the month? We are broke,we can't buy any extra food,I can't go on school expeditions. Even those who who work 24/7 and are very skilled hardly even earn 1000€.On a part-time job you can earn maximum 400€.So please,those shit ass smart people,if you don't know anything about the real life here.
#to Ed on Feb 10, 2018 :
This is a lie, most possibly an intentional one ;) With full time AND part time, anyone could make at least 800-1000 EUR in Vilnius, without skills. Any skilled job gets at least 1K in Vilnius these days in the private sector, and if you're better than average and hard-working, only the sky is the limit.
#Matas on Dec 22, 2017 :
Very nice country,but is expensive price for all things.Dont wory dont have more mafia like in other countrys.
#Wz on Oct 09, 2017 :
Great city ! Absolutely love it ! Salary depends of your experience, type of job. Low paid goverment jobs ( around 700 eur.after taxes) , but if you work for a company , as i do , you get from 1000 to 3000 ( depending of position ) after taxes. City is safe, great restourants, pubs, very baroque architecture which is buetiful ! Its still one of the cheapest EU country, because of the rent and food prices, but you could expect paying the same money like in Prague, Warsaw, or even Madrid with Vienna when you go to restaurants. Night clubs are just fastastic,- high level ! Lot of cultural events, most of young people speak english... great city to live !
#Ed on Jul 18, 2017 :
What Lithuania has taught me in the years is how to save up.
I work a full time AND a part time job AND study in the local university. I barely make it through wage to wage considering i don't even drive. Rent costs me 150 for a room in the owner's apartment, the rest goes towards food and other expenses. I manage to save up around 50 euros, 30 of which i spend on going once a month with my friends. If you want to come to live to Lithuania looking for employment outside of programming, i suggest you think twice. There is a reason around 150k people immigrate away from this hellhole yearly.
#John on Jan 05, 2017 :
Bear in mind one thing. If you are professional tech geek (developer, devop) you can expect to earn about 2000~3000 EUR after taxes and even more (I'm not talking about managing positions). So if you are in this bizz and you want to live in Vilnius now is very good time for that.
#rhythm on Oct 09, 2016 :
I want to go to lithuania.. is there part time job available for english speaking students..? can I bear my all expensess to doing a part time job.. how much euro can I earn as a student..?
#harish on Apr 01, 2016 :
Hi I want to study in Vilnius university. I have to know the exact cost of living per person and what are part time jobs available there. Which part job may I get easily. Then how about climate. How to get driving licence there
#syed on Mar 12, 2016 :
Hi every one

Recently my brother has moved to lithuania for studies. right now he living in kaunas I wanted to know what is living cost. what kind of job are available in kaunas city and how he can search the job.
#allan on Feb 25, 2016 :
There is a lot of wrong info on this wall.
Short can be said, if you earn money or have money, Lithuania and especially Vilnius is very nice. If you dont have money, or earn money, life can be quite hard.
And if Chris tells, that he dont know anybody who earns less than 600 euro after taxes, he really do not know a lot of people. Minimum salery in Lithuania, before taxes, is 350 euro.
I know a lot of people who earn less than 600 euro, after taxes, which is actually not a bad salery, especially outside of Vilnius. If you have a good job, you will earn 1000 euro after taxes, if you are a wanted specialist you can earn much more. BUT in general saleries for "main stream jobs" are quite low. Thats why a lot of people have emigrated to Germany, Denmark, Norway, UK. Like people are telling, in Lithuania you can survive with not well paid job, in other countries you can not only survive, but also live.
Vilnius is a wonderfull city, and rapidly changing. Its quite safe here, much more safe than in a lot of other European countries.
#Mike-68 on Jan 29, 2016 :
well i am living in Oslo and heading for about 6 months living in City of Vilnius,last year i was for the first time there and i fall in love with the city so deep that i visited three other major cities by now(End of January 2016) the country very save,the people very nice and mostly well educated and the environmentally well developed.I was by now three times in Vilnius and also visited with a very good local friend other major cities like,Kaunas,Klaipeda,siauliai,and said i am going to live in Vilnius for the next 6 months,but i do not understand where you got your informations you put here? the terms and conditions in the country changing rapidly and your infos are mostly useful just to orientation,Yes the salary has been raised on few Euros per month after tax to be exact but you pay three times more for the inflations of the money.Just like all other countries in Europe.I have to say i was there for few weeks last year and although my local friend was joining me for shopping and she mostly buy in discount shops but i never seen in any shops i could buy a coca cola 2.liter(as you mentioned here)due to your price list!!! please proof the reliability of your reports before you put it in public.I just asked for a example cost of living to compare between my city of residency and Vilnius,i can just laugh about how well you are informed!!!To avoid let you think i am just criticizing,i can offer you my shopping list and photo of the price etickets on the products which i will not buy and send it to you just to improve my comments and help you & others for clear informations.
Friendly Regards.
#to rezi on Jun 11, 2015 :
Around 30€ per person if you are not working (meaning the employer pays it) or not registered in Lithuanian Labour Exchange (Darbo birža), as they pay it for you if you a registered there as looking for a job.
#rezi on Jun 09, 2015 :
Haw much is health insurance in vilnius for 3 persons?
#chris on Mar 05, 2015 :
You guys are crazy or what up there? I dont know anybody who gets less than 600 eur.after taxes.. And that money you earn if drive a cab or do some shit job.. The city is Great! A lot of fantastic People, buetiful girls, great restourants and pubs.. A lot of culture events, a lot of international People living here. Vilnius has one of the biggest old towns in europe. And one of the most buetiful! To rent one bedroom flat you will need about 400 eur. To buy one- 70-80 t.eur. Its much more safe to live here than in paris, barcelona or london... Get sober you two to there ;)
#Yasir Iqbal on Feb 25, 2015 :
Disclaimer: this is my own experience, please do not take it as 100% sample - you may face different situations than I faced.

I have lived in Vilnius (year 2000-2002) and Lithuania used to be a very safe place, even I seemed to be the only foreigner there, after my recent visits to Vilnius things have changed. Life is much more expensive, salaries increased a little and prices increased a lot. Financially poor people but very friendly and helpful.

#Mudassar: In Vilnius, you may get maximum of 300 to 400 EUR after taxes, keep in mind the cost of living.

#Hedwig mockus noble: I would like to encourage you to visit and spend some time in Vilnius, go for living outside of Vilnius (direction Europos Parkas). My advice is to know some Lithuanian OR take some local guide for initial weeks, you may look for some Tandom partner student who could teach some Lithuanian in return would learn English.
#Mudassar on Feb 10, 2015 :
Can someone please tell that what is the avarage wages os saales and account managers in Lithunia.Thank you
#Arvydas on Feb 07, 2015 :
WARNING! Since 2015 year Lithuania officially switched to EURO currency. People stil adapt to it, and we see in stores both prices, LTL and EUR. But i think in at least half of year everyone will forget LTL. So good to fix it here.