How Much Does It Cost to Live In Netherlands?

While the Netherlands is a small country, the average living price certainly does change depending on where you are.

Netherlands is somewhat affordable if we compare it to the western Europe’s average.

However, Amsterdam, being its capital and a huge tourist destination and other big cities might be more expensive.

On average, you might spend around 1000-1200$ a month but it depends on your lifestyle and who you’re with: the costs for a family of two adults and two children easily goes up to around 1800$ – and that’s if you’re being careful about your money.

Cost of Living Index:


Be very smart about your money and you can save up a huge amount. When eating out, choose inexpensive restaurants that look decent. Here, you can find delicious meals for much less money – a meal for one in such a restaurant will cost you around 17$. You should also know that lunch/dinner prices in fancy restaurants are all pretty much the same, so if you want to save up, just avoid the top upscale restaurants.



Purchasing in a grocery store or a market is the best way to enjoy a variety of food and healthy groceries. Fresh veggies and fruit are always available at relatively low prices. If your grocery shopping experience turns out expensive, you can reduce its general price by shopping at cheaper alternatives like the market or stores such as ALDI.



The usual price for a monthly pass throughout Netherlands is somewhere around 90$, but the good thing about this is that you have access to any form of transportation you wish to use (bus, train, tram, etc.) If you’re looking to save some money, you can always use a bike which is very common in this country. You can buy a second-hand bike on Facebook for 120$ tops.



Utilities are rather expensive in Netherlands, though since the country has such high standards, those that live in Netherlands can afford it without any problems. All the basic ones, including water, cooling, heating and garbage services amount up to 170$ a month. Internet, isn’t cheap either, costing around 40$ a month.

Sports and leisure


Sports and fitness are not as pricey in Netherlands as you would expect! A membership at a fitness club for one adult costs around 35$ a month. Keep in mind that most gyms in the Netherlands work on a yearly or a 6-month contract. Cinema tickets, in turn, are very expensive: going to the movies will cost you around 12$ per person.

Clothing and shoes


Brand-name clothes usually have the same prices as in the rest of Europe which are generally higher than in the US, while Netherlands has even higher prices for clothes than in the rest of Europe. For example, Levi’s jeans cost about 95$ while quality running sneakers of brands like Nike cost about a 100$. Light pieces of clothing in chain stores like Zara cost a bit less than 40$.

Rent per month


Rent in Netherlands is extremely expensive. For an apartment in any of the cities’ center, you’ll have to cash out around 1000$. If you decide to live in another part of the country, however, for example outside the so-called ‘Randstad’ (which is the area between Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht) you could lower rent by perhaps 200-300$.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Netherlands

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $17.20
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $5.16
Water (0.33 Liter) $2.13
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $1.06
Loaf Bread (500g) $1.33
Eggs (12) $2.77
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $3.44
Monthly Pass $91.75
Gasoline $1.83
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $176.71
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.16
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $42.78
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $32.57
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $20.04
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $12.62
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $94.50
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $36.29
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $99.59
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $1109.27
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $884.65
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $1908.32

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Netherlands?

In Netherlands, as expected after this overview, the biggest chunk of the paycheck gets spent on rent which is ridiculously expensive in this country.

The next huge expense is the food and a large portion of people’s salaries gets spend in markets or grocery stores.

Restaurants take up the next spot on the list, since food can get pretty pricey, and those who are well-off eat in restaurants practically every day.

Transportation is very expensive too, while also being an everyday necessity for everyone.

As usual, the smallest amount of money is spent on clothes and accessories, while sports and leisure take up almost 5% of all expenses.


Netherlands: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Those that get a minimum wage of about 1800$ might have some hard time covering all expenses, especially if they’re renting an apartment in such an expensive country.

Still, the minimum wage in Netherlands is the third best in the EU.

However, average monthly net salary is pretty high, and though their expenses are high too, an average citizen of Netherlands can live comfortably and have no problem earning for a living.

Of course, those renting an apartment will always have a harder time paying off their bills and rent, but generally speaking, Netherlands has a high living standard.

Average Salary$2605.23
Minimum Wage$1865.1
Mortgage Interest Rate2.49%

Cost of Living by City in Netherlands

City Cost of Living Index
Amsterdam 82.14
Eindhoven 72.82
Groningen 72.29
Leiden 74.56
Maastricht 73.87
Rotterdam 74.08
The Hague (Den Haag) 76.75
Utrecht 76.3

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