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Cost of Living in Paris: Transportation, Utilities & More in 2024

Updated on 08 November, 2023

Pragya Sharma

Pragya Sharma

Sr. Content Editor

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Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful and historically-rich cities, offering top-ranked higher education institutions and valuable cultural heritage alike. Are you planning to study and live in Paris in the future? You should have an idea of the average cost of living in Paris in order to allocate suitable funds for this purpose beforehand. Here is a brief glimpse into the living expenses in Paris that you should budget for. 


Average Cost of Living in Paris 

The average cost to live in Paris is approximately 3,168 Euros per individual per month, as per varied estimates. Paris is France’s costliest city while living costs here are higher than 91% of Western European cities. They are also costlier than 87% of global cities. 

Cost of Living in Paris Against Number of Family Members

The average cost of living in Paris for Indian and international students can be mapped against the number of family members. Here is a guide for your perusal: 

Number of Family MembersEstimated Monthly Costs (without rent)
11,111.3 Euros
22,222.6 Euros 
43,964.3 Euros 

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List of Necessary Items With Their Cost

Here is a list of necessary items with their costs, which will add to the average cost of living in Paris. 

Item NameEstimated Monthly Cost
Milk (1 liter)0.95-2 Euros
Rice (1 kg)1-3 Euros
Bread (500g)1-4 Euros
Cheese (1 kg)7-40 Euros
Eggs (12)1.98-6 Euros
Chicken Filets (1 kg)5.30-20.83 Euros
Apples (1 kg)1.50-4.50 Euros
Oranges (1 kg)1.10-5 Euros
Banana (1 kg)1.29-5 Euros
Tomato (1 kg)2-5 Euros
Potato1-4 Euros
Lettuce1-2 Euros
Onion (1 kg)1-4 Euros
Water (1.5 liter bottle)0.30-2 Euros 

Average Rent in Paris 

Here is an idea of the rental costs per month that will add to the average living cost in Paris. 

  • 1 bedroom apartment in city center- 850-2,000 Euros
  • 1 bedroom apartment outside city center- 700-1,200 Euros
  • 3 bedroom apartment in city center- 2,000-4,000 Euros
  • 3 bedroom apartment outside city center- 1,500-3,000 Euros 

Study Cost and University Tuition Fee 

The study costs will add up considerably to the average living expenses in Paris. They are the following (for public institutions): 

  • 2,770 Euros per year at the bachelor or license level. 
  • 3,770 Euros per year for masters programs 

Transportation Costs in Paris

Here is a guide to the average transportation costs in Paris (per month): 

  • Local transportation one-way ticket- 2-2.40 Euros
  • Monthly pass- 84-85.10 Euros
  • Gasoline (1 liter)- 1.70-2.20 Euros
  • Taxi (1 km)- 1.21-4 Euros

Cost of Utilities and Bills in Paris

Utilities contribute handsomely to the cost of living in Paris. Some of the average figures include the following: 

  • Electricity, water, heating, garbage, cooling- 120-350 Euros each month 
  • Internet- 20-40 Euros per month 

Affordable Places to Live in Paris 

Here are some of the most affordable places to live in Paris: 

  • 10th Arrondissement- It is home to train stations and several attractions, while offering affordably-priced apartments. One-bedroom apartments come for 1,200 Euros per month on average. Per-square meter prices range around 9,000 Euros here. 
  • 20th Arrondissement- This area is home to several studios and stores. One-bedroom apartments come for 1,000 Euros each month, with the per-square meter rates ranging around 7,200 Euros. 
  • 13th Arrondissement- It borders the Latin Quarter and is an industrial neighborhood with several high-rise buildings. Per-month rentals are approximately 1,250 Euros for one-bedroom apartments while per-square meter prices are around 9,700 Euros. 

To conclude, it can be said that the cost of living in Paris encompasses not only housing rentals, but also utilities and other costs in addition to tuition fees. You should take a closer look at these numbers before allocating a suitable budget to meet living costs during your stay in Paris. 

Disclaimer: Costs mentioned are indicative and subject to change at any time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average living cost in Paris?

The average living cost in Paris is approximately 1,111 Euros each month for a single individual, without rentals. For a four-member family, the costs are around 3,964 Euros monthly.

Is Paris more expensive than India?

As per reports, Paris is 206% costlier in comparison to New Delhi. To maintain a similar lifestyle in New Delhi, which is equivalent to having 5,300 Euros each month in Paris (with rentals), you will require INR 133,154 on average. 

What is the highest paid job in Paris?

There are several high-paying jobs in Paris including doctors (133,220 Euros per year), advocates (107,960 Euros per year), pilots (80,300 Euros per year), healthcare professionals (74,000 Euros per year), bank managers (62,000-180,000 Euros per year), university/college professors (47,000-134,000 Euros per year) and industrial engineers (45,900 Euros per year and upwards). 

Pragya Sharma

Sr. Content Editor

Pragya Sharma is a content developer and marketer with 6.5+ years of experience in the education industry. She started her career as a social media copywriter for NIELIT, Ministry of Electronics & IT, and has now scaled up as a 360-degree content professional well-versed with the intricacies of digital marketing and different forms of content used to drive and hook the target audience. She is also a co-author of 2 stories in an anthology based on the theme- women empowerment.

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