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 2017, which ranked the city as the 47th 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 take the biggest chunk of an expat’s salary, 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 at these schools. Parents may be expected to pay for school uniforms and books, as well as extra-curricular activities, but will not 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 at 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 chartNote that prices may vary depending on location and service provider. The prices listed are average prices for Dublin in January 2017.
|One-bedroom apartment in city centre||1,300 EUR|
Three-bedroom apartment in city centre
|One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre||1,000 EUR|
|Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre||1,700 EUR|
Milk (1 litre)
|Dozen eggs||3 EUR|
|Rice (1kg)||1.65 EUR|
|Loaf of white bread||1.50 EUR|
|Pack of chicken breasts (1kg)||8 EUR|
|Coca Cola (2 litres)||2 EUR|
|Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro lights)||11 EUR|
Big Mac meal
|Bottle of beer (local)||5 EUR|
|Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant||30 EUR|
Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)
|Internet (8MB – average per month)||45 EUR|
|Hourly rate for a domestic cleaner||15 EUR|
|Utilities (gas, water, electricity)||150 EUR|
|City centre bus fare||2.70 EUR|
|Petrol/Gasoline (per litre)||1.30 EUR|