Berlin vs Cologne - Cost of Living Comparison

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Berlin Cologne
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2044
$1744
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4815
$4193
🏠 One person rent
$1155
$959
🏘️ Family rent
$2223
$1680
🍽️ Food expenses
$490
$478
🚐 Transport expenses
$264
$180
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3362
$3107
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
19 km
15 km
🎓 Higher education
100
91
😀 Quality of life
94
95
🏙️ Population
3.68M
1.07M

The cost of living in Berlin is 17% more expensive than in Cologne. Cities ranked 1672nd and 2508th ($2044 vs $1744) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 3rd and 31st in Germany.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Berlin compared to 1.8 months in Cologne. Ranked 2nd vs 1st best cities to live in Germany, and 21st vs 13th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Berlin vs Cologne

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Berlin Cologne
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.1
$13
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$57.2
$55.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$10.6
$10.1
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.81
$3.98
 Cappuccino
$3.84
$3.34
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$3.06
$2.59
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1186
$912
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$844
$714
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2420
$1826
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1729
$1276
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$200
$162
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$313
$251
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$43.1
$43.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.05%
3.24%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$9214
$5554
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6457
$3502
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.76
$3.36
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$55.8
$60.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$25.2
$22.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.95
$1.98
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$1.25
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.1
$1.94
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.92
$2.55
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.05
$4.27
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.5
$12.5
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.8
$15.7
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.5
$17.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.85
$2.44
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$1.37
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$2.18
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.31
$2.75
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.98
$1.92
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2
$1.94
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.61
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.45
$2.28
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.24
$6.21
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.1
$1.13
🚬 Cigarette pack
$9.1
$8.07
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.91
$8.05
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.78
$2.28
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.64
$1.83
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.57
$1.55
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$36.5
$29.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.2
$12.2
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$37.1
$51.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$27.8
$19.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$88.7
$89.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$94.8
$87.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$224
$788
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9423
$15999

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Cities near Berlin

Distance City Cost of living
15 km or 9.2 mi Teltow
$1686
18 km or 11 mi Hohen Neuendorf
$1751
18 km or 11 mi Hennigsdorf
$1737
20 km or 13 mi Falkensee
$1676
21 km or 13 mi Bernau bei Berlin
$1748
25 km or 16 mi Potsdam
$1609
25 km or 16 mi Ludwigsfelde
$1645
28 km or 18 mi Oranienburg
$1731
30 km or 19 mi Konigs Wusterhausen
$1694
34 km or 21 mi Werder
$1585
34 km or 21 mi Strausberg
$1717
46 km or 29 mi Eberswalde
$1703
49 km or 31 mi Furstenwalde
$1638
50 km or 31 mi Luckenwalde
$1624
57 km or 36 mi Brandenburg an der Havel
$1616
60 km or 37 mi Neuruppin
$1669
72 km or 44 mi Rathenow
$1640
81 km or 50 mi Frankfurt
$1547
86 km or 53 mi Schwedt
$1675
88 km or 55 mi Wittenberg
$1267
97 km or 60 mi Neustrelitz
$1373
97 km or 60 mi Eisenhuttenstadt
$1459
104 km or 65 mi Stendal
$1295
106 km or 66 mi Cottbus
$1306
107 km or 67 mi Burg bei Magdeburg
$1313
107 km or 67 mi Zerbst
$1269
109 km or 68 mi Dessau-Rolau
$1266
109 km or 68 mi Torgau
$1282
116 km or 72 mi Neubrandenburg
$1368
119 km or 74 mi Senftenberg
$1397
121 km or 75 mi Waren
$1366
124 km or 77 mi Bitterfeld-Wolfen
$1260
124 km or 77 mi Schonebeck
$1304
125 km or 78 mi Spremberg
$1362
127 km or 79 mi Magdeburg
$1322
128 km or 79 mi Szczecin
$1164
128 km or 80 mi Kothen
$1248
128 km or 80 mi Gorzow Wielkopolski
$842
131 km or 81 mi Delitzsch
$1325
134 km or 83 mi Hoyerswerda
$1331

Cities near Cologne

Distance City Cost of living
9.2 km or 5.7 mi Hurth
$1594
10 km or 6.4 mi Leverkusen
$1842
10 km or 6.4 mi Frechen
$1586
13 km or 7.9 mi Bruhl
$1594
13 km or 7.9 mi Pulheim
$1586
14 km or 8.4 mi Wesseling
$1570
14 km or 8.5 mi Bergisch Gladbach
$1587
15 km or 9.3 mi Niederkassel
$1554
16 km or 10 mi Rosrath
$1550
18 km or 11 mi Monheim am Rhein
$1602
19 km or 12 mi Dormagen
$1569
19 km or 12 mi Erftstadt
$1550
19 km or 12 mi Langenfeld
$1599
20 km or 12 mi Troisdorf
$1530
20 km or 12 mi Leichlingen
$1605
20 km or 12 mi Kerpen
$1541
21 km or 13 mi Bornheim
$1533
21 km or 13 mi Lohmar
$1521
22 km or 14 mi Bergheim
$1528
23 km or 15 mi Siegburg
$1529
24 km or 15 mi Overath
$1500
25 km or 16 mi Sankt Augustin
$1524
25 km or 16 mi Bonn
$1566
26 km or 16 mi Hilden
$1532
26 km or 16 mi Solingen
$1547
27 km or 17 mi Elsdorf
$1509
28 km or 17 mi Wermelskirchen
$1473
28 km or 17 mi Haan
$1497
28 km or 18 mi Bedburg
$1507
29 km or 18 mi Hennef
$1507
31 km or 19 mi Grevenbroich
$1490
31 km or 19 mi Remscheid
$1452
31 km or 20 mi Erkrath
$1508
33 km or 20 mi Konigswinter
$1512
34 km or 21 mi Euskirchen
$1516
34 km or 21 mi Neuss
$1429
34 km or 21 mi Mettmann
$1464
35 km or 21 mi Zulpich
$1510
35 km or 21 mi Meckenheim
$1516
35 km or 22 mi Dusseldorf
$1773