Cost of living in Austria – 2015

Hi all,

We invite you to talk about the cost of living in Austria in 2015, with an updated price listing.

Don't forget to mention in which city of Austria you are living in.

How much does it cost to live in Austria?

> accommodation prices

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.)

> food prices (your monthly budget)

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance)

> education prices (if you need to pay)

> energy prices (oil, electricity)

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone)

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant

> price for a coffee or a drink

> price for cinema tickets

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Hello SimCityAT

Yes please! Do not forget to mention where you live at the top of your post ;)

Thank you  :top:

I live in Kottingbrunn (Lower Austria) which is 30km South of Vienna

> accommodation prices - I bought my house 5 years ago €155,000 (Now worth €200,000)

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.) Both Trains and Buses work in zones (Bus €3.60) (Train €2.20 - every couple of stops)
ÖBB the national train company offers a Rail card called The VORTEILSCARD

50% discount on ÖBB standard single tickets on your cell phone, online, and at the ticket vending machine
45% discount on ÖBB standard single tickets at ticket counters
25% discount on rail journeys abroad with RAILPLUS

VORTEILSCARD Classic for 99 euros (for anybody, without age restriction)
VORTEILSCARD Jugend for 19 euros (for anybody below the age of 26)
VORTEILSCARD Family for 19 euros (for adults travelling with children)
VORTEILSCARD Senior for 29 euros (for anybody above the age of 61)

Worth having if you use the trains a lot.

> food prices (your monthly budget) €180 and that is for 2 of us. Lots of shops have offers on if you have the shops bonus cards so well worth having them, you can make great savings.

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance) I am covered so dont have to pay

> education prices (if you need to pay) I am not in education

> energy prices (oil, electricity)

It differs from Summer to Winter

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone)

€19 a month for Internet and a land line, Television & Radio €24.08 a month, Mobile phone €28 a month, my tarif is no longer available but I do get 1000 mins to any where in Europe, 4000 mins in Austria to my network. 500 sms.

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant

This are called Heurigen and they offer home cooked meals, 2 course €6 - €10

> price for a coffee or a drink

a beer €3.30, a large glass of wine €3.20

> price for cinema tickets

I've not been to the cinema in years, I normally watch all my films online

Thank you for sharing this information with us SimCityAT  :top:

Shaazia
Expat.com Team

City: Linz (Upper Austria)

> accommodation prices
300 - 400 for a single person

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.)
I pay 10 per month (Aktivpass), for students or unemployed people. Otherwise it might be about 40 something per month.

> food prices (your monthly budget)
100 or less because I cook and it's much cheaper than restaurants.

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance)
about 56 per month (student insurance).

> education prices (if you need to pay)
Since I'm not an EU citizen I pay 750 per semester.

> energy prices (oil, electricity)
> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone)
All included in my rent.
Mobile phone, I rarely use that so I have a 10 euro prepaid line that I rarely use.
There is free internet almost everywhere in the city.

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant
I don't know but I think a lot? 15~20

> price for a coffee or a drink
at least 2-3 (if you are lucky)

> price for cinema tickets
7.5 for students, sometimes it might be more

Hi, I live in Feldkirch Vorarlberg

> accommodation prices :
----- I rent a 1.5 rooms appartment (30m²) for 440€ / month, 70€ of these go to heating, water and other fees.

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc.)
---- A monthly ticket in the same city is 20€ A yearly ticket for the entire Vorarlberg region is 365€ meaning 1€ a day. A 1 Zone ticket (Usually covers a city) is 1.40€ I think, and a daily zone ticket is 2.20€ or so. You can buy a Maximo ticket to cover vorarlberg for about 13€ daily, this can get you to Lindau in Germany or to Buchs in Switzerland (Same as the 1€/Day yearly ticket)

> food prices (your monthly budget)
---- 150€ includes other household items that I buy monthly. Food alone is about 100€

> energy prices (oil, electricity)
---- 35€ / Month for electricity for a single person

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone)
--- Prepaid mobile phone is 15€ / month which gets you 2000 mins, 1000 sms and 1GB data. Television + Internet + Phone is about 25€ a month for 16mbits internet and tv / phone bundle. GIS (Television and radio tax) is 20€/month which you have to pay as soon as you have a device that can recieve radio or tv broadcast even if you don't use it.

> price for a good menu in a traditional restaurant
---- ~20€ usually. 10 to 15€ for a daily menu and a drink in most restaurants at lunch time.

> price for a coffee or a drink
   2.5 - 4 €

I pay 20€ Home insurance and 30€ Life / Injuries insurance (Incase of accidents that cause me to not be able to work anymore)

Thank you for sharing all this information, reemho and g_el. :top:

Shaazia
Expat.com Team

What is the total expense?

> food prices (your monthly budget)
---- 150€ includes other household items that I buy monthly. Food alone is about 100

You serious i live in austria and to have at least standard quality food you spend at least 250-300 a month

My company has an offer for lunch, which costs me about 3.20€ a day (before tax deduction from my salary so after tax it's practically free) I end up only buying breakfast/dinner food and stuff for the weekend that doesn't amount to much any more. Though to be honest food budgets need to be flexible, some months I decide to eat healthier than usual and I end up with around double that amount, on average though and if you get around with the S-Budget stuff or Hofer and Lidl prices / or manage shopping around offers you can save a bit.

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