Cost of living in France in 2021

Cost of living in France

This article will focus on Paris, and prices in larger cities across France should generally be similar or lower than those listed here.

For the purposes of this article, we shall compare prices to those in New York City (NYC), United States as New York is a global financial and cultural capital, which naturally gives it very high numbers in almost all categories. You could also use London or Tokyo as a baseline if you prefer. We have used NYC because that is where our company is based, and we are most familiar with it.

The following categories will be considered: *Rent (we looked at one-bedroom apartments in popular neighborhoods) *Food (groceries and dining out), *Utilities (electricity, gas & water), *Transportation (utility costs for a small car that would get 20 mpg), *Health Insurance (assuming a healthy individual that does not smoke, and has no serious pre-existing conditions)

*Phone & Internet

Rent: Rental prices in Paris can vary greatly depending on the area. We have taken an average of rent in some of the most popular neighborhoods.

Paris : $3,400/month (for a one bedroom) New York : $3,000/month

*Note: You may be able to find cheaper rent in Paris than we have listed. We looked at areas that are popular with expats , and were looking for a relatively safe area where you can walk outside day or night. We found that average rent for a one bedroom apartment in the expat-friendly area of Paris was around $3,400/month .

Food: Groceries & Dining Out

Paris : $467/month ($5.26 per person) New York : $300-$500/month

As you can see, dining out is much cheaper in France. At the same time, the food at supermarkets in France is generally of a much higher quality and arguably more healthy than that found in American grocery stores. We have also included some staples which are not always found in fridges or cupboards within Paris, such as butter, soy sauce and basic condiments (mustard, ketchup etc).

In NYC, you could easily spend twice the amount if you had a larger grocery bill and ate out every night.

Utilities:

Paris : $250/month ($2.67 per person) New York : $150/month *Note: If you are renting in Paris , some utility costs (gas and water) will be covered by your landlord. Depending on the size of your apartment, this could make up a sizeable portion of your utilities costs in NYC

Transportation:

Paris : $449/month New York : $200-$600/month

Transportation is almost twice as expensive in Paris than it is in NYC. This includes the cost of insurance for a small, compact car that gets 20 mpg.

The French highway system is excellent and we would generally advise anyone to purchase a secondhand motorbike in France instead of paying for expensive insurance on a vehicle with poor gas mileage (compared to American cars).

Last updated: March 2021

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Food prices in France$EUR
Bread (400 g) 1.74 1.49
Milk (1 l) 1.23 1.05
Eggs (12) 3.60 3.08
Cheese (1 kg) 15.98 13.65
Chicken fillet (1 kg) 13.54 11.57
White rice (1 kg) 2.03 1.73
Onion (1 kg) 1.96 1.67
Salad (1 kg) 1.22 1.04
Potatoes (1 kg) 1.61 1.38
Tomatoes (1 kg) 2.37 2.02
Cucumbers (1 kg) 0.74 0.63
Broccoli (1 kg) 1.25 1.07
Yogurt (500 ml) 0.12 0.10
Lemon (1 kg) 0.37 0.32
Peach (1 kg) 0.48 0.41
Mango (1 kg) 1.22 1.04
Avocado (1 kg) 1.11 0.95
Kiwi (1 kg) 0.88 0.75
Bananas (1 kg) 2.06 1.76
Apples (1 kg) 3.13 2.67
Oranges (1 kg) 2.82 2.41
Beef (1 kg) 10.71 9.15
Pork (1 kg) 10.29 8.79
Mineral water (1.5 l) 0.93 0.79
Restaurants in France$EUR
Lunch for 1 person (budget restaurant) 14.88 12.71
Lunch for 1 person (average restaurant) 29.36 25.08
Cup of cappuccino 3.34 2.85
Coca Cola or Pepsi (330 ml bottle) 3.12 2.67
Water (500 ml) 1.95 1.67
Big Mac menu 10.06 8.59
Standard dinner for 2 at a local pub 58.57 50.03
Alcohol prices in France$EUR
Beer (500 ml) 2.20 1.88
Imported beer (330 ml) 2.16 1.85
Local wine (1 bottle) 8.10 6.92
Vodka, rum or brandy 10.50 8.97
A pack of cigarettes 8.80 7.52
Hotel prices (1 night) in France$EUR
Hostel (for 1 person) 32.90 28.10
Budget hotel (2-3 stars, 1 night) 83.13 71.01
4 star hotel 138.50 118.31
Expensive hotel (5 stars) 216.63 185.05
Rent prices in France$EUR
1-room apartment in the city center 853.63 729.18
1-room apartment in a residential area 678.63 579.70
3-room apartment in the city center 1602.38 1368.78
3-room apartment in a residential area 1226.00 1047.27
Internet 29.94 25.58
Transport in France$EUR
Public transport (1 way ticket) 2.03 1.73
Public transport (1 month) 60.15 51.38
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.18 5.28
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.32 1.98
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 37.08 31.67
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.63 1.39
Household expenses in France$EUR
Cold and flu kit (for 6 days) 7.58 6.47
Packaging of antibiotics 8.98 7.67
Pack of tampons 5.98 5.11
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5.17 4.42
Toothpaste 3.05 2.61
1 visit to a private doctor 31.13 26.59
Men's haircut in a barbershop 24.63 21.04
Shampoo 4.81 4.11
Fun in France$EUR
1 movie ticket 11.81 10.09
1 theater ticket 38.19 32.62
Rent a tennis court (1 hour) 16.44 14.04
Gym (monthly subscription) 40.50 34.60
Cocktail at a nightclub 10.38 8.87
Others in France$EUR
Levis jeans or similar brands 105.50 90.12
Summer dress (Zara, H&M, ...) 58.13 49.66
Sports sneakers (Nike, Adidas, Reebok) 112.13 95.78
Men's Shoes 132.38 113.08
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