Cost of Living in Ireland

Expats will find that the cost of living in Ireland is manageable but varies depending on the town or city, with Dublin being the most expensive place to live. This was confirmed by the Mercer Cost of Living Survey for 2018, which ranked the city as the 32nd most expensive city out of the 209 cities surveyed worldwide.

Expats in Ireland are typically supported by well-paying jobs that enable them to enjoy a high quality of life. Accommodation will usually be an expat's biggest expense, followed by groceries, healthcare and education. 


Cost of accommodation in Ireland

In response to the recent recession, Ireland’s property bubble has popped and expats will find that accommodation costs have dropped from the astronomically expensive heights they formerly occupied. The cost of monthly utilities has also recently gone down. 


Cost of food and entertainment in Ireland

The price of groceries in Ireland varies widely, depending on which supermarket one frequents. Buying imported goods will also push up expenses, so it's best to stick to local seasonal produce.

Maintaining a social life and eating out in restaurants, especially in Dublin, can be expensive, so expats keen for a night out should make sure to keep an eye on their budget. 


Cost of education in Ireland

Public education in Ireland is free to all children resident in the country, including expats. Most expats choose to send their children to public schools due to the high standards of education offered. Parents may be expected to pay for school uniforms and books, as well as extra-curricular activities, but will not usually pay anything for tuition. 

On the other hand, private and international schools in Ireland are expensive and parents wishing to send their child to a private school should make sure they can afford to cover the costs involved. 


Cost of healthcare in Ireland

Although public healthcare in Ireland is free or subsidised for all residents, most expats choose to use private health facilities. Patients in private hospitals are required to pay the full cost of treatment, which can be expensive. Most employers provide private health insurance, and this is something that expats should ensure that they have in place before moving to Ireland.


Cost of living in Ireland chart

Note that prices may vary depending on location and service provider. The prices listed are average prices for Dublin in September 2018.

Accommodation

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

1,400 EUR

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

2,400 EUR

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

1,100 EUR

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

1,800 EUR

Shopping

Milk (1 litre) 

1 EUR

Dozen eggs

2.70 EUR

Rice (1kg) 

1.55 EUR

Loaf of white bread 

1.50 EUR

Pack of chicken breasts (1kg) 

7.75 EUR

Coca-Cola (2 litres) 

1.70 EUR

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 

12 EUR

Eating out

Big Mac meal

8 EUR

Cappuccino

3 EUR

Bottle of beer (local)

5.50 EUR

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant

30 EUR

Utilities/household

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

0.25 EUR

Internet (average per month)

51 EUR

Hourly rate for a domestic cleaner

13 EUR

Utilities per month (gas, water, electricity)

140 EUR

Transportation

Taxi (rate/km)

1.15 EUR

City centre bus fare

2.70 EUR

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

1.40 EUR