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Cost of Living in Cologne | North Rhine-Westphalia

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$1581
$3727
🛋️ Without rent
$744
$2291
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$838
$1436
🍽️ Food
$396
$1046
🚐 Transport
$213
$560
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2520
🏙️ Population
1.09M

The average cost of living in Cologne is $1581, which is in the top 23% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 2111st out of 9294 in our global list, 7th out of 662 in Germany, and 1st out of 201 in the North Rhine-Westphalia.

The median after-tax salary is $2520, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months. Ranked 42nd (TOP 1%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 10th best city to live in Germany, and 5th most liveable city in North Rhine-Westphalia. With an estimated population of 1.09M, Cologne is the 4th largest city in Germany.

✈️ Closest airport15 kmCologne Bonn Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate12.8 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank213University of Cologne
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Prices in Cologne

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$10.2
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.9
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.54
☕ Cappuccino
$3.1
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.94

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.11
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.45
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.74
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.15
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.84
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.7
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.54
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.99
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.13
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.85
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.39
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.98
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.06
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.17
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.08
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.41
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.48
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.51

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.38
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$105
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$21.9
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.61

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$853
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$620
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1468
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1121
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$141
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$216
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$29.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.83%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6110
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4518

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$33.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$53.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$101
👟 Brand Sneakers
$98.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$457
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13543

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