Cost of living in Germany

Cost of living in Germany

On average you will need to spend around 900 euros per month to live in Germany. Germany’s living costs are much higher than for example India’s. You can further check on numbeo.
But, Germany is not very expensive when compared to some other European countries. Switzerland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom as they are the most expensive.

Cost of living in Germany

As shown in Numbeo, below are some of the everyday costs of living in Germany.

For comparison’s sake, 105 US Dollars are equal to 100 Euros, EUR or €. That is also roughly 700 Chinese Yuan, or 8,000 Indian Rupees, INR or Rs.
In Germany, the average net after-tax monthly wage is close to 2,800 €.

Cost of rent

Varying regions of Germany have different monthly rent amounts. But, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in a city center is close to $900. Outside of the city center, a one-bedroom apartment costs about 650 euros. Around 1,600 would be the price of a larger apartment with three bedrooms in a busy city.
While a three-bedroom apartment outside of the city center costs 1,200 euros.


A one-way ticket on local transport is around 2.50 €. The regular price of a monthly public transport pass is around 70 €. The normal tariff for one hour in a taxi is around 30 €. A normal tariff for a liter of gasoline is around 2.20 €.

Restaurants average cost

A cheap meal at a budget Restaurant is 10.00 € (euros). A meal at an average restaurant for two people is 45 €.

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Fast food meal

A meal at McDonald’s is about 8.00 € 

Domestic Beer (0.5 ltr draught) 3.50 €

Cappuccino (regular) 2.70 €

Coke / Pepsi (0.33 ltr bottle) 2.26 €

Water (0.33 ltr bottle) 1.90 €


Milk (regular), (1 ltr) 0.72 €

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.43 €

Rice (white), (1kg) 2.14 €

Eggs (regular) (12) 1.97 €

Local Cheese (1kg) 8.96 €

Chicken Breasts (1kg) 7.93 €

Beef (1kg) 10.53 €

Apples (1kg) 2.29 €

Banana (1kg) 1.53 €

Oranges (1kg) 1.92 €

Tomato (1kg) 2.30 €

Onion (1kg) 1.26 €

Lettuce (300 grams) 0.86 €

Domestic Beer (0.5-liter bottle) 0.81 €

Imported Beer (0.33-liter bottle) 1.21 €

How much does it cost to travel to Germany?

The largest nation in central Europe is Germany. It is well known for its high-tech products and precision engineering. And it has a significant influence on politics, culture, and the economy. It nonetheless manages to keep an old-world charm and “Gemutlichkeit” (cosiness). Or hospitality despite its significant technological influence. It’s a beautiful destination to visit.
You must determine how much money you will need to travel whether you are heading to Germany. Or if you currently reside there.
In Germany,  you will need € 105, as an average daily price for traveling in Germany. Accommodation will be probably your biggest everyday expense.
The average price of meals in Germany for one day is €28 (2,208.53 Indian Rupee). The average price of a hotel in Germany for a couple is €107 (Rs 8439.74). Additional pricing is in the table below.

Typical tour prices for Germany

How much do tours to Germany cost? Multi-day tours can often be an efficient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
15 days
$ 2075
Contiki Tours for 18 to 35 year old
13 days
$ 2000
Trafalgar Award-winning tours
8 days
$ 1450
G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
7 days
$ 1025

Is Germany costly?

Your budget will depend on where you are and your lifestyle needs. In general, Germany is not thought of as expensive. Especially when compared to the average cost of living in Europe. Budgets for apartments in Munich will be large than they would be in Berlin.

What is Germany’s average cost of living?

The cost of living in Germany is approximately €1,200 per month. For those who are not students, there are several variables that might vary.

How are the costs combined?

The following are the monthly expenditures of living in Germany for a single person:
  • Rent: €300 for student housing or a room in a shared apartment to €700 or more (one-bed flat in the city)
  • Services: €220 (inc. internet, mobile & TV)
  • Travel: students pay nothing and cost up to €100
  • Food and beverage: $150 to $200

The cost of living in the largest German cities

Berlin’s living expenses
Berlin is one of Germany’s least expensive cities despite being the country’s capital. Although there is a wide range in rental pricing, on average, the west is more expensive than the east. In Berlin, one-bedroom apartments start at €00 per month.
Berlin’s diverse population makes it simple to get affordable street food, including kebabs. And the city’s renowned Currywurst, as well as outdoor vegetable markets.

Living expenses in Hamburg

Compared to Berlin, Hamburg has slightly higher rental and living costs than Cologne. Typically, a one-bedroom apartment would run you about €900 a month. Like in Berlin, this city is well-liked by young professionals and students. And housing is in high demand.

Living expenses in Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt is second only to Munich in the cost of living among German cities. You’ll pay about €900 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.

Sources: Study in GermanyNumbeo,
The cover image is somewhere in Kurfürstendamm, Berlin, Germany. Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

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