France vs Japan - Cost of Living Comparison

France Japan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1363
$1171
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3344
$2988
🏠 One person rent
$708
$531
🏘️ Family rent
$1318
$1043
🍽️ Food expenses
$456
$394
🚐 Transport expenses
$90.3
$143
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2346
$2440
💸 GDP per capita
$39037
$40193
😃 Human freedom index
8.34
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
82.2
84.6
👮 Corruption perceptions index
71
73
🌐 English speaking %
35.2%
15%
🎓 Higher education
87
99
😀 Quality of life
74
79
🏙️ Population
67.1M
126M

The average cost of living in France ($1363) is 16% more expensive than in Japan ($1171). France ranked 29th 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 1.7 months in France compared to 2.1 months in Japan. Ranked 26th and 18th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in France vs Japan

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

France Japan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.5
$6.34
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.2
$31.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.27
$5.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.58
$3.39
 Cappuccino
$2.99
$3.03
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.54
$1.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$699
$558
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$557
$359
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1385
$1157
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1086
$783
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$92.3
$98.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$142
$152
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.4
$34.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.55%
1.48%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5659
$4765
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4292
$2789
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.72
$1.84
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$51.6
$67
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.6
$26
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.88
$1.18
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.08
$1.4
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.51
$1.6
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$3.3
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$1.84
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.3
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$6.87
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$17.6
$18.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.79
$4.91
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.01
$2.5
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.7
$4.16
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.96
$4.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$2.93
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.07
$2.28
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.54
$0.6
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$1.59
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.56
$8.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.18
$2.01
🚬 Cigarette pack
$10.1
$3.97
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.27
$10.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.83
$3.65
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.07
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.06
$1.82
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.2
$56
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$10.5
$12.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$26
$34.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.1
$17
👖 Brand Jeans
$81.5
$47.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$88.8
$59.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$653
$331
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9101
$11700

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Cities Comparison in France vs Japan

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

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

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