Cost of Living in Vienna

Having ranked 78th out of 209 cities in the Mercer Cost of Living Survey for 2017, living in Vienna is comparatively expensive for expats.

Despite this, Vienna has a wide selection of choice for those seeking to live on a budget or for those desiring a more luxurious Viennese lifestyle. 

Cost of accommodation in Vienna

Accommodation is one of the biggest costs that expats moving to Vienna will face. Rental costs vary depending on the area of the city as well as the size and condition of the property. 

It can be challenging to find a suitable property in Vienna and most expats enlist the help of an estate agent. Expats should be aware that additional fees, which are equivalent to two or three months’ rent, can be charged by the agent. Furthermore, tenants are expected to pay a security deposit which is usually the equivalent of one or two months’ rent.

Cost of transport in Vienna

The second largest expense for people living in Vienna is that of car ownership. While purchasing a vehicle in Vienna is not always expensive, the cost of maintaining a car and paying for parking can become quite expensive over time.

However, this is one expense that can quite easily be avoided. The public transport network in Vienna is excellent and most of the city’s residents get around by using buses and trains. Cycling in Vienna is also popular and decreases public transport costs.

Cost of groceries in Vienna

Vienna is home to an abundance of grocery chains such as Billa, Spar and Hoffer. At these stores, expats should be able to find a good choice of groceries at reasonable prices.

Those looking to indulge themselves can head to Spar Gourmet or Merkur, which sell a variety of luxury items. Expats who are looking to save money should either visit Penny Marky or Zielpunkt, which have a lot of budget grocery options. Shopping at local markets is also a great way to save money and eat food which is local and in season.

Cost of eating out and entertainment in Vienna

Expats moving to Vienna will find many good restaurants with diverse pricing, representing a variety of dining options.

Ethnic restaurants are not overly abundant and the good ones tend to be on the pricey side.

Cost of education in Vienna

Expat residents in Vienna can send their children to Austrian public schools for free. That said, the curriculum is taught in German and if a child isn't fluent, this course of action is not recommended.

Vienna has many international schools which cater for expat children, but these can be quite expensive, costing as much as EUR 20,000 a year for high school students. Tuition fees vary depending on the school and the age of the child. Expats moving to Austria with kids should try and negotiate an education allowance as part of their job contract.

Cost of living chart for Vienna

Prices may vary depending on the product and service provider. The list below is based on average Viennese prices for March 2018.


One-bedroom apartment in city centre

EUR 800

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

EUR 600

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

EUR 1,600

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

EUR 1,100

Food and drink

Milk (1 litre)

EUR 1.10

Cheese (1kg)

EUR 10.70 

Dozen eggs


White bread 

EUR 1.90

Rice (1kg)

EUR 1.60

1 packet of cigarettes (Marlboro)


Public transportation

City centre bus/train fare

EUR 2.20

Taxi rate per km

EUR 1.60

Petrol/gasoline per litre

EUR 1.20

Eating out

Big Mac Meal


Coca Cola (330 ml)   

EUR 2.60


EUR 3.20

Bottle of domestic beer

EUR 3.60

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant

EUR 23


Internet uncapped ADSL per month

EUR 26

Mobile call rate (mobile to mobile per minute)

EUR 0.10

Electricity, heating, garbage, and water (average per month for a standard household)

EUR 175

Hourly rate for domestic help

EUR 15