Australia vs Japan - Cost of Living Comparison

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Australia Japan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2305
$1105
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5368
$2833
🏠 One person rent
$1350
$499
🏘️ Family rent
$2278
$974
🍽️ Food expenses
$545
$380
🚐 Transport expenses
$265
$131
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3562
$2244
💸 GDP per capita
$65100
$33824
😃 Human freedom index
8.52
8.4
❤️ Life expectancy
83.3
84.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
75
73
🌐 English speaking %
92.8%
15%
🎓 Higher education
99
98
😀 Quality of life
94
91
🏙️ Population
25.7M
125M

The average cost of living in Australia ($2305) is 109% more expensive than in Japan ($1105). Australia ranked 9th vs 67th 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 1.5 months in Australia compared to 2 months in Japan. Ranked 5th and 13th 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
$14.8
$6.52
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$70.3
$37.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.71
$4.95
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$7.12
$2.97
 Cappuccino
$3.4
$3.07
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.56
$1.04
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1447
$487
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1110
$338
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2761
$1111
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1862
$709
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$118
$99.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$181
$153
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$54.1
$32.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
6.54%
1.72%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$10809
$4388
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7758
$2796
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.04
$1.69
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$112
$59.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$22.2
$25.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.28
$1.12
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.41
$1.42
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.34
$1.51
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.19
$3.04
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.05
$2.11
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.2
$12
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.62
$6.18
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14
$16.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.27
$4.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.66
$2.24
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.93
$4.13
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.13
$4.04
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.45
$2.41
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.14
$2.23
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.11
$0.55
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.45
$1.45
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.4
$8.38
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.01
$1.89
🚬 Cigarette pack
$26.6
$3.79
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.54
$10.8
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.46
$3.81
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.69
$1.37
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.92
$1.66
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$52.6
$52.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$12
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$55.8
$31.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.7
$16.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$83.5
$40.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$118
$55.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1632
$342
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14869
$11102

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

City Cost of living Population
Sydney
$2708
4.84M
Melbourne
$2419
4.53M
Brisbane
$2377
2.36M
Perth
$2336
2.14M
Adelaide
$2174
1.3M
Gold Coast
$2129
638K
Sunshine Coast
$1890
284K
Canberra
$2505
381K
Wollongong
$1441
262K
Ipswich
$1792
233K
Hobart
$2296
222K
Townsville
$1262
174K
Geelong
$1683
191K
Newcastle
$1472
153K
Cairns
$1614
147K
Darwin
$1569
140K
Launceston
$1724
106K
Ballarat
$1331
116K
Bendigo
$1321
103K
Bunbury
$1609
71.1K
Toowoomba
$1542
108K
Melton
$1711
72.2K
Rockhampton
$1416
63.2K
Wagga Wagga
$1460
67.4K
Pakenham
$1734
54.1K
Orange
$1617
41.2K
Tarneit
$1665
56.4K
Frankston
$1728
37.3K
Berwick
$1733
50.3K
Hervey Bay
$1789
54.7K

In Japan

City Cost of living Population
Tokyo
$1535
14M
Yokohama
$1349
3.76M
Osaka
$1112
2.75M
Nagoya
$1208
2.33M
Kawasaki
$1059
1.54M
Kobe
$1096
1.52M
Sapporo
$1182
1.96M
Sendai
$1042
1.06M
Kyoto
$1045
1.46M
Fukuoka
$1153
1.6M
Hiroshima
$1027
1.2M
Saitama
$1087
1.33M
Sakai
$1098
824K
Yokosuka
$1133
390K
Chiba
$1173
975K
Sagamihara
$1033
726K
Kitakyushu
$992
935K
Hachioji
$1118
576K
Kagoshima
$1015
594K
Kumamoto
$902
738K
Kawaguchi
$1054
593K
Okayama
$969
720K
Amagasaki
$1069
459K
Utsunomiya
$992
518K
Funabashi
$1233
641K
Niigata
$1044
791K
Kashiwa
$1142
428K
Shizuoka
$982
686K
Hamamatsu
$1040
788K
Himeji
$1171
528K