Cost of Living in Paris

 

 

As with most major cities in Europe, the cost of living in Paris is quite high, which is why most of Paris' workforce try to live in rural areas near Paris to save money on living expenses. 

Going out to see the Louvre, having an elegant dinner at a chic café near the Eiffel Tower, lodged at a posh hotel for a week – this may have been your best vacation ever!

Housing 

The first must-do on your list for moving to Paris should be finding the most comfortable, most convenient, and most affordable means of accommodation

Paris is a very compact metropolis, this makes finding the right kind of housing difficult, especially for someone who's just moving in.  

The city is divided into 20 arrondissements or neighbourhoods. The 16th arrondissement is the posh area of Paris. If you have the budget for expensive housing, then you can share streets with businessmen and celebrities.  

The 5th and 7th arrondissement are for those who want to have easy access to city life. This is located conveniently near most Metro lines, shopping centres, cafes, and museums. Prices of housing here are mid-range.  

For those moving in with families, the 14th and 15th arrondissements are the most popular because of the quiet neighbourhoods and easy access to large grocery and department stores. Though it is a bit farther from the city centre, housing costs are less expensive. 

Renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre costs around 800 to 1,675 Euros, while a two-bedroom flat in the same area would be about 1,500 to 14,000 Euros. The cost of housing outside the city centre is lower; a one-bedroom apartment would cost 500 Euros and an apartment with two bedrooms would cost about 1,100 Euros.  

Food 

You may have enjoyed a French delicacy in your home country. Well, imagine eating a better version of that in the place where it originated from.  

If you want to try out the high-end meals in the city's top fine-dining restaurants, then be ready to shell out somewhere around 250 Euros. La Tour d'Argent, the Le Grand Vefour, and the Jules Verne are few of the restaurants you may want to try for that unforgettable Parisian fine-dining experience. 

Now, eating in Paris doesn't always have to be expensive. The true Parisian life for an expat begins when he learns to eat in the local haunts. 

Enjoy a croissant, brioche, or the delicious ‘pain-au-chocolat' to start off your day right. A loaf of freshly-baked bread in Paris costs about 3.40 Euros and a cup of coffee in a café costs around two Euros. 

Other basic food items like milk cost about 1.10 Euro for a litre, a packet of cornflakes around 4 Euros, a litre of orange juice about 2.50 Euros, a kilo of fresh beef fillet cost around 8 Euros, and a kilo of chicken about 10 Euros.  

Transportation and Utilities 

Getting around the city is best done on foot. Not only does it save you a few Euros, it also gives you your daily dose of Parisian sights. 

The next best option, especially if you're too tired to walk, or in a hurry, would be to take the Paris' underground railway called the Metro. It has 14 Metro lines coursing its way through the city. If you have a regular route you can get a monthly pass for 61.74 Euros.  

Getting around by boat is another leisurely option. You can use your monthly transport pass if you have one which costs 67 Euros. If you're just in the mood to try it, then a one-way ticket costs about 3 Euros. 

Buses are also a commuter option, though less advisable especially during peak commuting hours due to Paris' cramped streets. A one day pass would cost 25 Euros.  

The cost of utilities in Paris depends on your usage. The average monthly expense for electricity, water, and gas would be about 150 Euros. You can also apply for DSL internet connection and expect to pay about 20 - 35 Euros monthly. 

 

 

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