Cost of Living in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is an expensive city, as most cities in Ireland are. The most expensive aspect of living in Dublin – rent – depends upon distance from city.

Transport is not that expensive when it’s within the city. Food is expensive if you are eating outside, but not that much if you decide to cook by yourself.

Monthly groceries amount to around 200$ at the most, so the standard of living is pretty high in the capital of Ireland.

So count in these expenses if you’re planning on moving to Dublin, so they don’t take you by surprise!



As mentioned before, the cost of living in Dublin is high, and eating a meal out could cost you 25 to 30$. However, in many cities in Ireland there are many restaurants that now have a 3 course special for 2 people which costs just above 30$. You can get a round of domestic beer for around 6.50$ a round.



Food in general is expensive compared in Dublin compared to many other southern European countries, but if you live alone you’ll be able to get by with around 220$ a month, if you have a good head for taking advantage of offers and are smart about your groceries.



Transport is also on the costly side in Dublin, and you’ll have to pay up around 110$ a month if you want to move around the city. It will cost you less if you get a bike and many actually say that Dublin’s roads are very bike friendly. Also, most employers have an option for tax-saver commuter tickets, which are very beneficial.



Utilities will cost you around 50$ if you live in a small apartment in Dublin, but those in a bit bigger apartments (like 85m2) will have to pay bills for all basic utilities like electricity, water, heating and cooling, that cost around 165$. Internet is also pretty expensive.

Sports and leisure


In a capital of an expensive country like Ireland, sports and leisure are pricey. If you want to go to a fitness club in Dublin and get in shape, you will have to pay around 45$ for a month in a fitness club (which is actually less than the country’s average), or 18$ for an hour of renting a tennis court. If you want to watch a movie here, expect it to cost well over 10$.

Clothing and shoes


Dublin shopping is definitely more expensive than shopping in many other cities, but don’t give up hope and maybe you can find a piece of clothing for a smaller amount of money. Usually, jeans of good quality cost around 80$, as do quality sneakers, while lighter pieces of clothing are half this much. Watch out for the discounts!

Rent per month


As mentioned many times, rent is the most expensive aspect of living in Ireland, and this applies to its capital, too. It is the reason everyone keeps saying that Ireland is expensive. In this city, you cannot find an apartment to rent for less than 1,400$, and that’s if you’re looking for one located outside of the city center.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Dublin

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $17.22
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $6.31
Water (0.33 Liter) $1.54
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $1.11
Loaf Bread (500g) $1.74
Eggs (12) $2.98
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $3.10
Monthly Pass $137.74
Gasoline $1.66
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $165.56
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.29
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $59.40
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $43.33
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $18.70
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $12.63
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $88.99
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $38.86
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $90.59
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $1786.60
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $1484.86
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $3106.90

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Dublin?

And since the most expensive thing for a citizen in Dublin is rent, it only makes sense that the average citizens spends most money on it!

It is extremely expensive to rent out an apartment in Ireland, especially in Dublin.

Then there are markets, where people buy their food, so it’s only natural that it’s a huge chunk of their expenses.

Transportation and restaurants take up the next chunk of expenses on the list, since they are also pretty costly, given the fact that even the inexpensive restaurants don’t serve food for less than 10$ and you’ll need around 100$ to just be able to move around Dublin.

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

Dublin: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Salaries in Dublin are extremely high, as is their standard of living – typical of the standard of the United Kingdom as a whole.

With a minimum wage reaching almost 2000$, a citizen of Ireland can live in this country and cover most expenses.

Of course, those renting have a harder time paying the bills and their monthly rent, but it is possible.

The average salary is well above 2000$ so an average citizen of Dublin should have no problems living here and making ends meet.

Average Salary$2819.35
Minimum Wage$1772.45
Mortgage Interest Rate3.64%

Cost of Living by City in Ireland

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Cork 73.53
Dublin 80.28
Galway 73.54
Limerick 69.63

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