Australia vs Japan - Cost of Living Comparison

Australia Japan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1947
$1171
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4459
$2988
🏠 One person rent
$1094
$531
🏘️ Family rent
$1701
$1043
🍽️ Food expenses
$495
$394
🚐 Transport expenses
$226
$143
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4211
$2440
💸 GDP per capita
$51680
$40193
😃 Human freedom index
8.84
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
83.2
84.6
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
73
🌐 English speaking %
92.8%
15%
🎓 Higher education
98
99
😀 Quality of life
92
79
🏙️ Population
24.5M
126M

The average cost of living in Australia ($1947) is 66% more expensive than in Japan ($1171). Australia ranked 10th vs 43rd for Japan in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.2 months in Australia compared to 2.1 months in Japan. Ranked 2nd and 18th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Australia vs Japan

We calculate prices for Australia and Japan as a population-weighted mean of 64 and 907 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Australia Japan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.6
$6.34
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$56.4
$31.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.06
$5.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.18
$3.39
 Cappuccino
$3.36
$3.03
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.46
$1.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1161
$558
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$900
$359
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1991
$1157
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1389
$783
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$91.4
$98.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$141
$152
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$50.6
$34.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.17%
1.48%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7083
$4765
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4653
$2789
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.2
$1.84
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$103
$67
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.5
$26
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.38
$1.18
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.17
$1.4
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.96
$1.6
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$3.3
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.73
$1.84
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.34
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.42
$6.87
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.9
$18.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.06
$4.91
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$2.5
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$4.16
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.61
$4.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$2.93
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$2.28
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
$0.6
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.28
$1.59
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.5
$8.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.02
$2.01
🚬 Cigarette pack
$26.2
$3.97
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.75
$10.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.41
$3.65
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.33
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.49
$1.82
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.3
$56
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.4
$12.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$52.1
$34.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$17
👖 Brand Jeans
$72
$47.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$101
$59.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1480
$331
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13190
$11700

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Cities Comparison in Australia vs Japan

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

City Cost of living Population
Sydney
$2294
4.84M
Melbourne
$1968
4.53M
Brisbane
$2056
2.36M
Perth
$1873
2.14M
Adelaide
$1654
1.3M
Gold Coast
$1776
638K
Canberra
$1792
381K
Sunshine Coast
$1808
353K
Newcastle
$1798
153K
Hobart
$1648
222K
Darwin
$1610
137K
Geelong
$1708
191K
Wollongong
$1554
262K
Townsville
$1224
179K
Launceston
$1477
106K
Toowoomba
$1462
136K
Cairns
$1400
147K
Ipswich
$1612
163K
Bendigo
$1610
95.6K
Blacktown
$1581
51K
Ballarat
$1740
98.5K
Rockhampton
$1390
78.6K
Orange
$1661
41.2K
Melton
$1633
72.2K
Bunbury
$1466
71.1K
Wagga Wagga
$1386
67.4K
Gladstone
$1603
45.1K
Tarneit
$1570
56.4K
Hervey Bay
$1658
54.7K
Pakenham
$1631
54.1K

In Japan

City Cost of living Population
Tokyo
$1698
14M
Yokohama
$1653
3.76M
Osaka
$1295
2.75M
Nagoya
$1337
2.33M
Kawasaki
$1133
1.54M
Kobe
$1305
1.51M
Sapporo
$1140
1.96M
Kyoto
$1163
1.46M
Hiroshima
$1227
1.2M
Fukuoka
$1234
1.6M
Sendai
$1128
1.06M
Yokosuka
$1133
390K
Kitakyushu
$1049
935K
Sakai
$1220
824K
Chiba
$1395
982K
Saitama
$1179
1.32M
Kumamoto
$1200
738K
Okayama
$1155
720K
Sagamihara
$1153
726K
Shizuoka
$1057
686K
Kagoshima
$1170
594K
Funabashi
$1170
641K
Kashiwa
$999
434K
Kawaguchi
$1085
593K
Hachioji
$1234
576K
Utsunomiya
$1136
518K
Niigata
$1034
791K
Hamamatsu
$1232
788K
Himeji
$1164
528K
Kanazawa
$924
462K