Cost of Living in Ireland

Expats will find that the cost of living in Ireland is manageable but varies depending on the town or city, with Dublin being the most expensive place to live. This was confirmed by the Mercer Cost of Living Survey for 2019, which ranked the city as the 43rd most expensive city out of the 209 cities surveyed worldwide.

Expats in Ireland are typically supported by well-paying jobs that enable them to enjoy a high quality of life. Accommodation will usually be an expat's biggest expense, followed by groceries, healthcare and education. 

Cost of accommodation in Ireland

The cost of accommodation in Ireland continues to rise year on year. This is largely due to high demand and low availability of housing. Expats should therefore leave plenty of room in their budget for accommodation costs. Competition for rental homes can be stiff, so if expats find something that suits them, they should be ready to act fast.

Cost of food and entertainment in Ireland

The price of groceries in Ireland varies widely, depending on which supermarket one frequents. Buying imported goods will also push up expenses, so it's best to stick to local seasonal produce.

Maintaining a social life and eating out in restaurants, especially in Dublin, can be expensive, so expats keen for a night out should make sure to keep an eye on their budget. 

Cost of education in Ireland

Public education in Ireland is free to all children residing in the country, including expats. Most expats choose to send their children to public schools due to the high standards of education offered. Parents may be expected to pay for school uniforms and books, as well as extra-curricular activities, but will not usually pay anything for tuition. 

On the other hand, private and international schools in Ireland are expensive and parents wishing to send their child to a private school should make sure they can afford to cover the costs involved. 

Cost of healthcare in Ireland

Although public healthcare in Ireland is free or subsidised for all residents, most expats choose to use private health facilities. Patients in private hospitals are required to pay the full cost of treatment, which can be expensive. Most employers provide private health insurance, and this is something that expats should ensure that they have in place before moving to Ireland.

Cost of living in Ireland chart

Note that prices may vary depending on location and service provider. The prices listed are average prices for Dublin in January 2020.


One-bedroom apartment in city centre

1,500 - 1,800 EUR

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

2,500 - 3,000 EUR

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

1,100 - 1,500 EUR

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

1,800 - 2,200 EUR


Milk (1 litre) 


Dozen eggs


Rice (1kg) 

1.20 EUR

Loaf of white bread 

1.50 EUR

Pack of chicken breasts (1kg) 

7.70 EUR

Coca-Cola (330ml) 

1.70 EUR

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 

12 EUR

Eating out

Big Mac Meal



3.20 EUR

Bottle of beer (local)

5.50 EUR

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant

30 EUR


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

0.25 EUR

Internet (average per month)

55 EUR

Hourly rate for a domestic cleaner

14 EUR

Utilities per month (gas, water, electricity)

165 EUR


Taxi (rate/km)

1.40 EUR

City-centre bus fare

2.80 EUR

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

1.40 EUR

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