Whether you’ll have a good time in Klaipeda, one of Lithuania’s major cities, depends solely on what you’re looking for and what your goals here are.
One of the advantages here is probably the beaches, but since it’s such a peaceful city, the prices are lower too.
Klaipeda is considered the second best town in Lithuania.
Mostly because of the port, which offers the greatest amount of income.
Jobs in shipping/cargo and other port related companies are relatively well-paid, sp if you secure a high position in one – you’ll live quite comfortably.
If you want to save some money, there are always ways in which you can do so, this country is rich with all kinds of restaurants and types of food. Restaurants are relatively expensive in Klaipeda, though you can find some delicious food for a very low price. Generally, inexpensive restaurants cost around 6$ per person.
Prices are slowly rising on the rise in Klaipeda, but at least it offers a wide range of groceries from fresh fruits and veggies to a bunch of local ingredients which will make your meals delicious. People can eat reasonably well here, even if they don’t have enough money to buy ingredients and cook because Lithuania has state aid.
Well organized public transportation is one of the plus sides of living in Klaipeda and many other cities in Lithuania. Buses are usually on time and tickets aren’t expensive. Also, there is a cheap transportation fee if you are student. Monthly pass for public transport is cheap even if you aren’t one though.
Bills are of a reasonable pricing in Klaipeda. They cost around 160$ for all basic ones (like gas, electricity, waste services, heating, cooling, etc) and all this in an apartment that is larger than medium – we’re talking around 85m2. Internet is very fast in Klaipeda and unbelievably cheap, costing only 12$ a month.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Enjoying sports and staying fit – these are pleasures that aren’t as expensive in Klaipeda as they would be in many, many other cities around the world. Instead, a membership in a gym or a fitness club costs only around 39$ a month (bear in mind though that this is more expensive than being a member of a gym in Kaunas, for instance). Cinema tickets aren’t expensive either.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Shopping for clothing and shoes isn’t the cheapest thing to do in Klaipeda – and is on par with the more prosperous European cities as well. Jeans of good quality like Levi’s cost more than 80$ and that is definitely pricey, while quality running sneakers are approaching 90$. If anything, shopping in Klaipeda is even more expensive than in other cities of Lithuania.
RENT PER MONTH
Rental prices are growing very quickly in Klaipeda, as in the rest of Lithuania, and especially in its major cities. However, it’s still possible to find a decent place to live at a price you can afford. You can find, for example, an apartment in the Klaipeda city center for around 350$ which is pretty reasonable.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Klaipeda
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 6.88|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 2.87|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 1.02||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 1.04|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.88|
|Eggs (12)||$ 2.00||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.97|
|Monthly Pass||$ 29.80|
|Gasoline||$ 1.31||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 159.09|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.09|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 13.70||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 39.35|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 15.66|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 7.45||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 86.77|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 45.84|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 96.46||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 350.98|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 228.26|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 592.13|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Klaipeda?
The average person in Klaipeda spends their money like most people around the world – on food!
Then, the next expense for a hypothetical person living in Klaipeda, would definitely be rent.
Rent is still reasonably high, though in the future it might approach unreasonable heights.
Restaurants can get pretty pricey in Klaipeda which is why they take up almost 15% of all expenses of an average person in this city, along with transportation which isn’t as expensive, but is an everyday necessity.
Klaipeda: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
The problem with Klaipeda is that the prices are slowly growing to average euro-zone levels, yet the salary growth is slow, which makes it impossible for an average consumer to buy all necessities.
However, other statistics state that prices and wages alike have been going up at about 6% annually since Lithuania has joined EU.
Whatever the case, the matter of fact is that the average monthly net salary is around 700$ in Klaipeda, which means that an average citizen of this city has to set aside about a half of their salary for rent only.
Cost of Living by City in Lithuania
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|City||Cost of Living Index|