Maribor is the second most important center and the second largest city of Slovenia.
It’s slowly gaining its popularity, and it’s already earned the title of a trans – regional shopping center.
Maribor is a small town with about 100.000 inhabitants but it’s one of the prettiest cities in the country: it’s safe, it’s green and it’s a lot cheaper than Ljubljana.
Your expenses here, like anywhere else, depend directly on your own lifestyle and what you’re ready to give up or splurge on.
In general, though, it can be said that life in Maribor is comfortable and not too expensive.
In Maribor, you can find many trendy cafes and high-quality restaurants where you can taste Slovenian cuisine. You can find local Slovenian food but there are also many international food chains where you can eat for just a couple of dollars. And be sure to taste the wine! Wine from region around and including Maribor is one of best in the world. Especially the white wine.
Going grocery shopping in a supermarket is the best way to enjoy a variety of food and healthy groceries. Fresh veggies and fruit are always available at relatively low prices. You can buy relatively cheap groceries and other common supplies in several supermarkets, like the famous Slovene supermarket chain of stores by the name of Mercator.
Maribor has a very good bus network, but there is no need to use it unless you want to go somewhere further from the city. Maribor is pretty small, so it’s easy to get around the city on foot. The city public transport and public transport connections to other cities are not really good, but they are available and cheap.
One of the more expensive aspects of living in Maribor are the utilities, though since the country has relatively high standards, those that live here can afford it without many problems. All the basic ones, including water, cooling, heating and garbage services amount up to over 220$ a month. Internet isn’t cheap either, costing nearly 40$ a month depending on your provider.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Maribor has a wide network of cyclepaths, which is great for everyone who likes to practice sports but doesn’t have the means. Using a bike to get around is a great choice and a great way to save up one sports. But if you’re a fan of gyms and have the means to pay for them, a membership at a fitness club for one adult costs around 32$ a month.
CLOTHING & SHOES
There are many possibilities to go shopping in Maribor. Maribor has earned the title of a trans-regional shopping center. Europark is one of the largest shopping centers in Balkan and Central Europe and here you can find every famous brand of clothing. But Maribor is somewhat expensive: Levi’s jeans cost nearly 86$ while quality running sneakers of brands like Nike cost about a 85$.
RENT PER MONTH
Rent in Maribor is relatively inexpensive in comparison with other cities in Slovenia, especially Ljubljana. For an apartment in any of the cities’ center, you’ll have to cash out over 300$. If you decide to live in a less expensive part of the city, or on the outskirts of Maribor/in the suburbs, you could lower your rent to around 290$. If you’re looking for a larger apartment for the whole family, count on paying over 500$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Maribor
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 6.80|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 2.83|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 1.68||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.80|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.87|
|Eggs (12)||$ 2.23||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 2.27|
|Monthly Pass||$ 30.61|
|Gasoline||$ 1.49||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 222.49|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.05|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 39.27||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 32.98|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 10.77|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 6.80||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 86.83|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 31.44|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 85.02||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 336.35|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 292.89|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 561.73|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Maribor?
In Maribor, definitely, the biggest chunk of the paycheck gets spent on food and a large portion of people’s salaries gets spend in markets or grocery stores.
The next expense is the rent even though it is significantly cheaper than in most Slovenian cities.
Restaurants take up the next spot on the list, since food can get pretty pricey, and, as in most cities, those who are well-off eat in restaurants practically every day.
Transportation is very expensive too, while also being an everyday necessity for everyone.
Maribor: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Those that get a minimum wage of about 800$ in Maribor might have some hard time covering all expenses, especially if they’re renting an apartment.
Still, the minimum wage in this city is far better and higher than in most other cities in the Balkan.
Of course, those renting an apartment will always have a harder time paying off their bills.
Average monthly net salary is pretty high, and though their expenses are high too, an average citizen of Maribor can live comfortably and have no problem earning for a living.
Cost of Living by City in Slovenia
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