Cost of Living Dublin

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Results Monthly Weekly
Net Income €3,000 €692
Expenses €2,531 €584
Savings €469 €108

Breakdown of Expenses

Last updated: Dublin, Feb 2024

For a monthly net income of €3,000, our calculator estimates that the cost of living in Dublin for a single individual is around €2,531 per month for accommodation and basic expenses.

* Cost of Living in Dublin (excluding leisure activities, dining out, and childcare)
Yearly Monthly Weekly
Net Income €36,000 €3,000 €692
Expenses (84%) €30,376 €2,531 €584
Rent (1-bed) €21,552 €1,796 €414
Utilities €3,520 €293 €68
Groceries €4,160 €347 €80
Transport €1,144 €95 €22
Savings (16%) €5,624 €469 €108

Living in the city centre, as opposed to the suburbs, can significantly impact your budget. For a more personalised estimate, please check the Advanced Options Advanced Options to select your preferred location and accommodation type.

Accommodation Costs

Our calculator recommends renting a 1-bedroom apartment (city centre): €1,796

It is generally advised to keep accommodation costs at around 30% of your monthly gross income (before tax). However, that's likely not realistic in Dublin, given how much rent prices have increased in recent years.

When the accommodation type is selected automatically, our cost of living calculator limits suggestions to shared rooms and 1-bedroom apartments to keep things practical and allow for some savings.

The table below outlines the average monthly rental rates for apartments across Dublin and the surrounding suburbs. Rents are generally more affordable as you move away from the city centre, so be sure to select your preferred location in the Advanced Options Advanced Options section.

Source: Irish Rental Report Q3 2023 |
Apartment Type Rent (City Centre) Rent (Suburbs)
3-Bedroom €2,771 €2,138
2-Bedroom €2,175 €1,679
1-Bedroom €1,796 €1,386
Shared Apartment €821 €676

Price of Utilities in Dublin

Average monthly utility bill for one person living in a 1-bedroom apartment: €293

In Dublin, rental agreements typically do not include utilities. When renting a room in a shared apartment, utility costs may be included, but it's important to confirm exactly which expenses are covered.

Our calculator includes the typical costs for standard utilities (electricity, heating, water, garbage), Internet, a phone plan, and the TV licence fee. It also factors in the suggested accommodation type for your budget and whether you are living alone or not.

Expense Average Monthly Cost
Utilities (1-bedroom apartment) 1 × €200
Internet 1 × €55
TV Licence 1 × €13.33
Phone Plan 1 × €25

Grocery Prices in Dublin

Average monthly grocery bill for one person: €347

Recent data suggests that the average adult in Dublin spends around €80 per week on groceries, which adds up to about €347 a month. For couples living together, this expense increases to approximately €130 weekly, or €563 each month.

It's important to note that these figures can vary widely. The total amount you spend will depend on factors like how often you cook at home, the types of groceries you buy, and your spending habits on daily essentials like toiletries and household items.

Below, you'll find a list of some common grocery items along with the typical prices you can expect to see in Dublin supermarkets.

Item Average Price
Loaf of Bread €1.91
12 Medium Eggs €2.80
1 L (1 qt) of Milk €1.15
1 kg (2.2 lb) of White Rice €1.50
1 kg (2.2 lb) of Local Cheese €7.22
1 kg (2.2 lb) of Whole Chicken €3.75
1 kg (2.2 lb) of Apples €1.85
750 ml (25.3 oz) Bottle of Mid-Range Wine €12.00
500 ml (16.9 oz) Can of Local Beer €2.00

Cost of Transportation

Monthly Dublin public transport cost for one person: €95

Dublin has an extensive public transportation network, offering options like buses, trams (Luas), rail, and biking. Since owning a car in the Irish capital can be very costly, most residents use public transport.

A popular choice among locals is the TFI Leap card, which can offer significant savings thanks to daily and weekly fare capping. Depending on your commute, you can save even more by joining the Taxsaver Commuter Ticket Scheme through your employer.

When projecting your monthly expenses, our Dublin cost of living calculator factors in the weekly Leap card cap for bus or tram.

Ticket Type Price
Short Ride €1.30
TFI 90 Minute Fare €2.00
Bus or Luas Daily Cap €5.60
Bus or Luas Weekly Cap €22.00
Multi Mode (Bus, Luas, and Rail) Weekly Cap €32.00

Dining Out & Entertainment

Budget left after basic expenses: €469

Dublin has no shortage of entertainment and dining out options — it's the capital of "good craic" for a reason! How much you spend on fun and leisure really depends on what you like to do, so our calculator doesn't include these expenses when estimating the cost of living in Dublin.

But don't worry, you can check out the table below for the average prices of popular leisure and entertainment activities.

Activity Average Price
Meal in a Mid-Range Restaurant (Excl. Drinks) €20€40
Big Mac Meal at McDonald's €9.20
Pint of Local Beer €6
Cinema Ticket €15
Monthly Gym Membership €36

The information provided on this site is intended for informational purposes only.
Please consult a qualified specialist such as an accountant or tax advisor for any major financial decisions.