France vs United Kingdom - Cost of Living Comparison

France United Kingdom
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1363
$1804
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3344
$4398
🏠 One person rent
$708
$1069
🏘️ Family rent
$1318
$1906
🍽️ Food expenses
$456
$426
🚐 Transport expenses
$90.3
$164
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2346
$2896
💸 GDP per capita
$39037
$41059
😃 Human freedom index
8.34
8.75
❤️ Life expectancy
82.2
80.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
71
78
🌐 English speaking %
35.2%
98.3%
🎓 Higher education
87
100
😀 Quality of life
74
84
🏙️ Population
67.1M
66M

The average cost of living in France ($1363) is 24% less expensive than in the United Kingdom ($1804). France ranked 29th vs 16th for the United Kingdom 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 1.6 months in the United Kingdom. Ranked 26th and 6th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in France vs the United Kingdom

We calculate prices for France and the United Kingdom as a population-weighted mean of 151 and 277 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 United Kingdom
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.5
$16.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.2
$61
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.27
$7.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.58
$5.22
 Cappuccino
$2.99
$3.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.54
$1.79
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$699
$1107
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$557
$843
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1385
$2116
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1086
$1547
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$92.3
$136
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$142
$209
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.4
$36.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.55%
3.05%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5659
$7237
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4292
$4450
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.72
$3.3
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$51.6
$92.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.6
$17.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.88
$1.93
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.08
$1.15
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.51
$1.25
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$1.65
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$2.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.3
$7.71
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.6
$7.18
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$17.6
$11.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.79
$2.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.01
$1.44
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.7
$2.14
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.96
$2.53
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.34
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.07
$1.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.54
$0.84
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$2.43
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.56
$9.12
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.18
$2.29
🚬 Cigarette pack
$10.1
$14.3
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.27
$5.3
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.83
$4.6
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.07
$2.44
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.06
$2.09
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.2
$40.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$10.5
$12.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$26
$102
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.1
$14.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$81.5
$76.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$88.8
$81.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$653
$1266
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9101
$16823

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Cities Comparison in France vs the United Kingdom

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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 the United Kingdom

City Cost of living Population
London
$2759
8.91M
Birmingham
$1627
1.14M
Leeds
$1670
789K
Glasgow
$1533
626K
Bristol
$1799
567K
Manchester
$1764
548K
Leicester
$1421
464K
Solihull
$1464
207K
Edinburgh
$1695
488K
Sheffield
$1424
518K
Coventry
$1521
363K
Liverpool
$1498
513K
Westminster
$2602
255K
Portsmouth
$1387
248K
York
$1597
208K
Bolton
$1167
285K
Cardiff
$1551
361K
Swindon
$1524
222K
Brighton and Hove
$1747
285K
Belfast
$1545
334K
Sunderland
$1321
277K
Peterborough
$1239
194K
Southampton
$1569
271K
Milton Keynes
$1814
207K
Newcastle upon Tyne
$1340
300K
Nottingham
$1401
289K
Ipswich
$1409
290K
Northampton
$1529
212K
Derby
$1359
255K
Stoke-on-Trent
$1251
249K