Germany vs Netherlands - Cost of Living Comparison

Germany Netherlands
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1325
$1680
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3223
$4007
🏠 One person rent
$720
$1007
🏘️ Family rent
$1340
$1696
🍽️ Food expenses
$370
$428
🚐 Transport expenses
$114
$118
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2611
$3060
💸 GDP per capita
$46253
$52396
😃 Human freedom index
8.73
8.78
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
81.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
80
82
🌐 English speaking %
56.3%
90.9%
🎓 Higher education
94
97
😀 Quality of life
79
82
🏙️ Population
83.1M
17.3M

The average cost of living in Germany ($1325) is 21% less expensive than in the Netherlands ($1680). Germany ranked 30th vs 18th for the Netherlands in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2 months in Germany compared to 1.8 months in the Netherlands. Ranked 17th and 8th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs the Netherlands

We calculate prices for Germany and the Netherlands as a population-weighted mean of 662 and 70 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.

Germany Netherlands
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$10.9
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$47.6
$62.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.42
$8.97
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.72
$4.92
 Cappuccino
$3
$3.06
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.43
$2.61
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$667
$998
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$519
$802
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1374
$1737
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1025
$1397
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$138
$123
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$212
$190
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$33.1
$42.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.98%
2.21%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5740
$5129
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4180
$3708
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.86
$3.42
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$70.5
$85.2
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.1
$23.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.11
$2.11
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.94
$1.05
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.73
$1.72
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$1.83
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.59
$2.32
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$11
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.39
$8.23
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.5
$24.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.4
$2.63
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.64
$1.39
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.12
$1.48
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$2.55
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.45
$1.2
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1
$0.94
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.35
$0.49
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.81
$2.61
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.59
$6.25
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.69
$1.24
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.08
$8.03
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.86
$5.48
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.47
$3.67
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.42
$1.68
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.54
$2.15
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.7
$35.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.3
$12
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$58.3
$51.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$15
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$75.6
$82.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$83.7
$93
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$330
$1591
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11602
$7919

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Cities Comparison in Germany vs the Netherlands

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$1761
3.66M
Hamburg City
$1757
1.85M
Munich
$1941
1.49M
Cologne
$1502
1.08M
Frankfurt
$1681
764K
Dusseldorf
$1470
646K
Stuttgart
$1516
630K
Essen
$1102
582K
Nuremberg
$1206
516K
Leipzig
$1178
597K
Dresden
$1125
555K
Hanover
$1253
543K
Dortmund
$1155
588K
Bremen City
$1260
567K
Duisburg
$1001
496K
Karlsruhe
$1355
308K
Mannheim
$1357
310K
Gelsenkirchen
$1351
259K
Bielefeld
$1498
334K
Braunschweig
$1158
249K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1545
231K
Wuppertal
$1076
355K
Bonn
$1440
331K
Aachen
$1169
249K
Monchengladbach
$1256
260K
Krefeld
$1219
227K
Augsburg
$1389
296K
Wiesbaden
$1425
279K
Magdeburg
$1127
236K
Bochum
$1118
364K

In the Netherlands

City Cost of living Population
Amsterdam
$2160
860K
Rotterdam
$1660
631K
The Hague
$1642
548K
Utrecht
$1723
359K
Breda
$1673
183K
Eindhoven
$1658
236K
Almere
$1663
215K
Haarlem
$2033
163K
Enschede
$1562
160K
Tilburg
$1554
222K
Apeldoorn
$2024
161K
Arnhem
$1539
162K
's-Hertogenbosch
$1592
144K
Groningen
$1538
201K
Nijmegen
$1586
177K
Leiden
$1846
124K
Maastricht
$1654
120K
Delft
$1501
104K
Zwolle
$1427
130K
Venlo
$1522
102K
Hilversum
$1851
91.2K
Emmen
$1302
107K
Heerlen
$1393
86.9K
Deventer
$1225
101K
Purmerend
$1643
81.7K
Lelystad
$1704
79.8K
Roosendaal
$1583
77K
Leeuwarden
$1409
92.1K
Ede
$1602
72.5K
Roermond
$1496
57.3K