While the cost of living in The Hague is significantly less than in Amsterdam and other major European capitals, certain costs, such as rent, are still surprisingly expensive.

Then again, although The Hague is considered pricey by some, the city offers an exceptionally high standard of living. There are also ways in which expats can decrease their living costs, such as by choosing to cycle around the city rather than driving or using public transport.

Cost of accommodation in The Hague

Although cheaper than in the country’s capital, accommodation costs in The Hague are rather expensive. Living outside of the city centre will dramatically decrease the price but, when choosing this option, expats should take into consideration the transport costs involved if working in the centre, as these could be significant.

Cost of transport in The Hague

The public transport system in The Hague is efficient and extensive, but costly. Many locals opt to cycle around the city, as it is compact enough to do so and it is equipped with bicycle lanes. Those living outside the city centre may not have this option, however, and therefore may need to invest in transport passes.

Cost of education in The Hague

While public education in The Hague is free, expats who decide to send their children to a private or international school will pay handsomely. The quality of education at these schools is excellent though, and expat children will be able to learn an international curriculum in an international language, usually English. If choosing this option, expats should try and negotiate a school allowance into their salary to reduce the costs involved.

Cost of eating out in The Hague

Expats can eat out on a budget in The Hague, as there are plenty of pocket-friendly spots around the city. Those wanting something a little more luxurious will also find Michelin-star restaurants that provide a fine-dining experience, but at a high cost.

Cost of living in The Hague chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for The Hague in August 2022.

Accommodation (monthly)

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,055

One-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

EUR 830

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,700

Three-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

EUR 1,400


Milk (1 litre)


Loaf of white bread

EUR 1.70

Rice (1kg)

EUR 1.54

Dozen eggs

EUR 2.40

Chicken breasts (1kg)


Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

EUR 8.20


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

EUR 0.07

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

EUR 42

Utilities (monthly for average-sized home)

EUR 193

Eating out

Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant for two

EUR 70

Big Mac Meal

EUR 9.60



Local beer (500ml)


Coca-Cola (330ml)

EUR 2.70


Taxi rate (per km)

EUR 2.42

City-centre public transport fair



EUR 2.15

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