Belgium vs France - Cost of Living Comparison

Belgium France
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1324
$1363
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3115
$3344
🏠 One person rent
$696
$708
🏘️ Family rent
$1100
$1318
🍽️ Food expenses
$446
$456
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.3
$90.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2162
$2346
💸 GDP per capita
$45205
$39037
😃 Human freedom index
8.61
8.34
❤️ Life expectancy
80.8
82.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
71
🌐 English speaking %
59%
35.2%
🎓 Higher education
95
87
😀 Quality of life
72
74
🏙️ Population
11.5M
67.1M

The average cost of living in Belgium ($1324) is 3% less expensive than in France ($1363). Belgium ranked 31st vs 29th for France in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Belgium compared to 1.7 months in France. Ranked 29th and 26th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Belgium vs France

We calculate prices for Belgium and France as a population-weighted mean of 91 and 151 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.

Belgium France
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$15.5
$13.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65.1
$52.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.16
$9.27
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.84
$5.58
 Cappuccino
$2.99
$2.99
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.42
$2.54
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$642
$699
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$530
$557
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1078
$1385
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$860
$1086
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$96.1
$92.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$148
$142
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$48
$30.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.85%
1.55%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3337
$5659
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2765
$4292
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.64
$1.72
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$45.2
$51.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$21.2
$17.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.81
$1.88
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.94
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.66
$1.51
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.68
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.7
$3.41
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.4
$14.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.13
$10.6
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.1
$17.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$2.79
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.7
$2.01
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.31
$2.7
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.23
$2.96
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.53
$1.97
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$2.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.5
$0.54
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.47
$2.19
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.85
$7.56
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.54
$2.18
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.43
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.2
$7.27
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.71
$3.83
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.9
$2.07
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.49
$2.06
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$28.8
$35.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$10.3
$10.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$28.4
$26
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.8
$17.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$86.7
$81.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$87.8
$88.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$481
$653
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16083
$9101

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Cities Comparison in Belgium vs France

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Belgium

City Cost of living Population
Antwerp
$1407
529K
Ghent
$1356
262K
Brussels
$1474
185K
Charleroi
$1374
202K
Liege
$1193
197K
Schaerbeek
$1310
133K
Leuven
$1450
101K
Anderlecht
$1310
121K
Bruges
$1454
118K
Namur
$1249
111K
Hasselt
$1297
77.7K
Mechelen
$1373
86.9K
Mons
$1204
95.3K
La Louviere
$1311
81K
Aalst
$1432
85.7K
Sint-Niklaas
$1365
76.8K
Tournai
$1244
69.6K
Kortrijk
$1280
76.3K
Seraing
$1294
64.3K
Genk
$1306
66.1K
Ostend
$1202
71.3K
Geel
$1341
40.7K
Mouscron
$1260
58.2K
Roeselare
$1266
62.3K
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
$1303
57.7K
Forest
$1261
56.6K
Verviers
$1026
55.2K
Saint-Gilles
$1239
49.7K
Beveren
$1350
48.2K
Beringen
$1275
46.1K

In France

City Cost of living Population
Paris
$2095
2.17M
Marseille
$1329
871K
Lyon
$1379
523K
Toulouse
$1327
493K
Montpellier
$1252
296K
Nice
$1419
343K
Nantes
$1214
319K
Strasbourg
$1131
287K
Lille
$1229
234K
Bordeaux
$1315
261K
Boulogne-Billancourt
$1308
122K
Rennes
$1153
220K
Reims
$1326
181K
Toulon
$1259
179K
Angers
$1161
156K
Le Havre
$1124
168K
Aix-en-Provence
$1402
145K
Grenoble
$1211
158K
Clermont-Ferrand
$1225
148K
Saint-Etienne
$952
174K
Le Mans
$1239
144K
Nimes
$1051
149K
Tours
$1142
137K
Villeurbanne
$1329
152K
Dijon
$1100
158K
Annecy
$1567
131K
Limoges
$1105
131K
Brest
$1052
140K
Versailles
$1406
84.8K
Amiens
$1150
135K