Padova is very different from the big cities of Italy – large, busy and out of control. Yes, Padova is everything but.
It is a small city, everything that you might need is at walking distance (and if it’s a little further, you always have your bike), it’s filled with students since there is an important university there and the atmosphere is friendly.
Having said all of that, it’s no wonder that this city is much cheaper than, say, Milan, Rome, Florence, etc. in all aspects – rent, food and utilities.
Padova is not as cheap as Naples, but it still is cheaper than Milan, Rome and Florence when it comes to eating out. You can always find expensive restaurants offering jaw-dropping food, but you can also find those that are much cheaper and the food is still delicious. The best advice is to ask locals to find the best places.
As for Padova’s range of products when it comes to groceries, you can get high-quality produce at very reasonable prices at the street markets which pop up sporadically around the city. When it comes to the supermarkets, they keep basically the same prices as all the other stores along the country.
Public transport, as expected in Italy, doesn’t work very well, buses are often late and not all areas are well-served and visited by them, but luckily, the city is small so you can reach basically everything on foot or by bike. Bikes don’t cost too much and you can find used ones on sales for a small price.
The price of utilities in Padova is relatively high. Be prepared to spend around 120$ per month for electricity, water, gas. When there’s a heavy usage of utilities, like during winter or summer, the utility bill will likely double. For an apartment of around 85m2 the bills for these utilities will amount up to 140$ approximately.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Having fun and indulging in sports is cheaper in Padova than in most other Italian cities. A membership at the gym or a fitness club is a bit less than 50$, while cinema tickets cost the same as in Italian metropolitan areas – 10$ per person for a cinema ticket. Also, renting a tennis court for an hour is extremely expensive.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Padova is too small to be filled with shopping malls though it has a bunch of little local shopping stores where you can buy clothes, jeans, sneakers and accessories. If you have your mind set on a pair of Levi’s, it will cost you around 90$. Quality sneakers cost about the same. This is, however, expected to happen since Italian cities are famous for their fashion industry.
RENT PER MONTH
The cheapest thing similar to an apartment that you can rent in Padova are studio flats that start from around 400$. If you’re looking to rent an apartment and not pay too much, you will need to move out of the city center and here you can rent one for a bit more than 400$. Add to that 200$ more if you’re thinking about the city center.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Padova
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 17.11|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 5.70|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 1.24||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 1.19|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 2.02|
|Eggs (12)||$ 2.58||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 1.48|
|Monthly Pass||$ 45.05|
|Gasoline||$ 1.73||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 189.95|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.07|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 30.03||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 47.52|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 34.22|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 9.70||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 86.31|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 30.00|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 94.26||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 605.94|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 481.90|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 1323.09|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Padova?
Padova people spend most money on food, in markets and grocery stores – about 150$ a week goes on groceries alone, if you have a family and not living as a student.
Then, an average person in Padova, spends their money on rent, as it can be pretty steep in certain areas.
Restaurants and transportation go side by side like in most countries – though if you stick to pizzas and pastas, you won’t pay that much.
Finally, the last on the list are, as per usual, clothing and sports.
Padova: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
With a minimum wage all across Italy being just above 1100$, some people might have a hard time covering all their expenses in Padova, though luckily, their expenses and prices are lower too.
Average monthly net salary in Padova is around 1600$, so most people can live without any problems.
However, if you’re the type of person to go out every night, spend money in bars and restaurants and act comfortably when it comes to pastime and leisure – you might find this average salary a bit too low.
Cost of Living by City in Italy
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|City||Cost of Living Index|