Cost of Living in Ireland Ireland

Median Gross Income per Month (Single)

Ireland has one of the strongest economies in Europe relative to its population, boasting the fourth highest GPD per capita in the world in 2019.

Your gross income of 3,333 EUR per month for a single person is:

  • the same as the median gross Dublin income of 3,333 EUR
  • higher than the median gross Ireland income of 3,083 EUR

These values refer to your gross income. To compute your net income use our salary calculator.

Average Accommodation Cost per Month

While it is not imposed, it is recommended to spend less than 30% of your total household income on rent.

With a recommended accommodation cost of around 999 EUR per month, you could afford to:

  • rent a room in a shared flat or house in Dublin
  • rent a one bedroom apartment in other cities throughout Ireland

Standard of Living (Single)

Ireland has one of the highest GDP growth rates in the world, which is reflected in its continuously rising standard of living. In 2019, it ranked third in the world in the UN's Human Development Index (HDI).

According to the results of our survey, a single person on this salary and with no dependants could afford to:

  • have a standard lifestyle, affording to go out a few times per week in Dublin
  • live decently, while being able to make some savings in other cities throughout Ireland

Cost of Food

The prices referenced in this table are from Tesco, one of the most popular grocery store chains in Ireland. Last updated in October 2020.
800 g (28.2 oz) of Bread € 1.30
1 L (1 qt) of Milk € 0.75
6 Pack of Free Range Eggs € 1.59
2 kg (4.4 lb) of Whole Chicken € 4.60
1.5 L Bottle of Coca-Cola € 2.36

Cost of Utilities

Prices are per month. Last updated in October 2020.
Broadband Internet Subscription € 38
Mobile Subscription € 20
Utilities for a Studio (gas, water, electricity) € 90
Utilities for a 2-bd. Apartment (gas, water, electricity) € 150
1 hour Cleaning Help € 15

Cost of Transportation

Prices last updated in October 2020.
Monthly Dublin City Bus & Luas Pass € 180
Monthly Rail Cork-Cobh / Midleton / Carrigtwohill Pass € 121
Dublin Taxi Price per km € 1.50
1 L (1/4 gal) of Gasoline € 1.44
Avg. Price for Car Insurance per year € 720

Cost of Entertainment

Prices last updated in October 2020.
McDonald's Big Mac Meal € 7.20
Starbucks Large Coffee € 2.85
Large Beer in a Pub in Dublin € 5.90
Dinner for Two at Restaurant in Dublin € 60
Movie Ticket € 13


Ireland is one of the closest EU countries to the US and Canada, while also being just an hour-flight away from the largest European economies.

Many of the top international companies have their European headquarters in Ireland: Google, Apple, and Microsoft, to name a few.

Ireland is considered a safe place to live, having a relatively low crime rate thanks in large part to its strict gun laws.

The social scene is lively and cheerful, Ireland being one of the countries with the highest number of pubs per capita in the world.

The Irish are renowned for their friendliness, hospitality, and great sense of humor.


The cost of living can be high, especially in Dublin, while the salaries are usually slow to keep up with inflation.

Ireland's public transport is not as developed as in other top European countries, with only 8% of people using public transport every day.

Driving a car in Ireland is costly, the car insurance alone being considered by many prohibitively expensive.

While the Irish health care system has improved in recent years, there are often long waiting lists for specialist treatments.

The weather in Ireland is well-known for being rainy, windy, and dreary almost year-round.

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