Cost of living

Living Conditions

Cost of living

According to the 2009/10 consumer survey, Austrians spent on average, per head of the adult population and per household for instance 1% of their income on education, 1.7% on communications, 2.4% on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, 3.5% on health, 5.7% in cafés and/restaurants, 5.7% on clothing and footwear, 6.9% on household goods and furnishings, 12.8% on leisure, sport and hobbies, 12.1% on food and non-alcoholic beverages, 15% on transport and 23.8% on housing and energy.


Monthly household expenditure is highest in Carinthia and lowest in Burgenland.


Values in 2016 (indicative only)

One litre of milk from EUR 0.89, one kilogram of wheat and rye bread from EUR 1.90, 350 grams of wholegrain bread from EUR 1.65, one kilogram of sugar from EUR 0.99, one kilogram of flour from EUR 0.55 to EUR 2.00, one kilogram of apples from EUR 1.99, 1.5 litres of mineral water from EUR 0.29, 1.5 litres of orange juice from EUR 0.89, 250 grams of butter from EUR 1.29, half a litre of beer from EUR 0.69, 500 grams of coffee from EUR 3.99, one litre of wine from EUR 2.50, one cinema ticket from EUR 6 to EUR 10, a newspaper on average EUR 1.20, public transport (single trip in a capital city) from EUR 1.40 to EUR 2.50, one litre of petrol (normal) from EUR 1.10 in December 2015, one litre of diesel from EUR 1.02 in December 2015, a T‑shirt from EUR 10, depending on quality, one pair of jeans from EUR 50 on average, depending on quality, 15 000 kilowatt-hours of gas from EUR 250.99 to EUR 540.60, 3 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity from EUR 91.01 to EUR 320.75.


In 2015, the average monthly rent including running costs was EUR 7.14 per square metre (price details indicative only).


Energy costs (gas and electricity), housing costs and the cost of petrol, diesel and heating oil have risen in recent years; the cost of leisure, hobbies and sport and housing and energy is relatively high compared with the EU average.


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