Cost of Living in Lille, France

Lille has beautifully combined the history and culture of France and Norway.

This is the fourth biggest industrial and commercial city in France which is also popular among tourists for its original arts, peculiar architecture and a great variety of cafes, restaurants, stores and souvenir shops.

An old city in Lille attracts with the neogothic style that is neighboring with lots of modern buildings and monuments.

Lille is a host city for the classical music orchestra performances along with the numerous festivals of the electronic music which attract thousands of tourists and natives.



The three-course meal for two people in an inexpensive restaurant costs $39.82.

For this money, you can buy four combo meals at McDonald’s or an equivalent fast food restaurant.

A cup of a regular cappuccino costs $2.97 which is a little more expensive than a small bottle of Coke.



Going to the market in Lille is a festival when you come here in September.

The central streets turn into a huge flea market with nearly anything in the world that you can buy here.

At other days, there’s just a big product market in 1.5 km from the center where meat, cheese, fruits, and vegetables cost much cheaper than in the supermarkets.



The public transport in Lille is represented by two subway lines, two tram routes and more than fifty bus routes.

There are night buses around Lille and a shuttle bus to the international airport of Lille.

A monthly pass for all kinds of transport costs $63.72, and a one-way ticket is $1.99.

You can also buy a new car here: Volkswagen Golf for $25,031.60 or Toyota Corolla for $24,652.34.



The bills for basic utilities include water, electricity, garbage, heating, and cooling for an apartment with the floor space of 85 sqm.

A mobile connection runs anywhere between $0.06 and $0.57 per minute.

You will have to pay $30.11 on average for the ability to connect to the high-speed Internet.

Sports and leisure


Young and old, most of us love doing different sports either to be fit and healthy or just to have fun with friends.

Lille is no exception.

It has given lots of opportunities to recreate and feel good.

Basketball, boxing, skating, rollerblading, alpinism, ball games, and running are available at any time of the year.

Clothing and shoes


Lille has some cool boutiques, shops and malls to buy the casual and classic outfit for your everyday image or special occasions.

Vintage and modern clothes, shoes and accessories will create your own unique style, and cozy cafes in the backyards of some shops will chill you out in the hot summer day or bring a coffee taste to your busy shopping day.

Rent per month


Most of the time you would search for a furnished apartment in Lille.

The landlords here do their best to give their dwellings for rent at a better price.

You can choose to rent a room, although a one-bedroom apartment is not too expensive.

The average price is $676.65 in the city center and $523.39 outside the downtown.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Lille

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $ 13.65
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $ 39.82
Water (0.33 Liter) $ 1.92
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $ 1.12
Loaf Bread (500g) $ 1.18
Eggs (12) $ 2.13
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $ 1.99
Monthly Pass $ 63.72
Gasoline $ 1.62
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $ 158.37
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $ 0.36
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $ 30.11
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $ 30.58
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $ 22.76
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $ 12.52
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $ 90.08
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $ 34.13
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $ 90.39
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $ 676.65
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $ 523.39
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $ 1262.96

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Lille?

The chart below shows how the expenses of an average Lille resident are distributed.

The top three items they spend money on are markets, rent per month and transportation.

The bills for utilities are worth 8.3% of people’s money, whereas clothing and shoes get no more than 2.9%.

The airport of Lille is one of the busiest in France, as well as metro and trams.

Lille citizens use it really often and that is visible in the sums of money they spend on transportation, an average of 14.1% is lost in buses, taxis and on the gas stations.

As much as 5.9% is given to recreation sphere and spending free time with pleasure.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Lille: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Average monthly net salary after tax makes $1,960.81 per person.

The fixed national minimum wage in Lille is $1,741.8.

A yearly mortgage interest rate that has to be paid in equal parts for twenty years, makes 1.73%.

It has to be taken into account, that four-person monthly costs in Lille are $2,785.49 per month where the monthly rent is not included, while a single person spends around $780 without paying rent.

The salary depends a lot on the experience, age, job position, and qualification.

The most highly paid jobs in this area are sales managers, HRs, project managers and metal engineers.

Average Salary$ 1960.81
Minimum Wage$ 1741.8
Mortgage Interest Rate1.73%

Cost of Living by City in France

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Bordeaux 76.31
Grenoble 78.43
Lille 67.73
Lyon 78
Marseille 64.64
Montpellier 74.08
Nantes 72.37
Nice 75.84
Paris 84.68
Strasbourg 75.47
Toulouse 76.3

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