Moving to Zagreb

Living Costs in Zagreb

By 19 December 2016


This may come as a surprise because Zagreb is the biggest city in Croatia, but it’s not the most expensive. Even thought rent is the most expensive in Zagreb, groceries are more expensive in Rijeka, for example, and the meal prices in restaurants are more expensive in Split.

The most expensive things when living in Zagreb are the utilities, which are among the highest in Europe (around €100-200) and transportation (monthly tram pass costs a little under €50).

Below is a table with some data about the living expenses in Zagreb.




Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

5.95 €

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

26.47 €

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)

1.85 €


1.36 €



Milk (1 litre)

0.74 €

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

0.78 €

Eggs (12)

1.94 €

Local Cheese (1kg)

6.98 €

Chicken Breasts (1kg)

6.16 €

Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

8.10 €

Apples (1kg)

1.16 €

Potato (1kg)

0.69 €

Water (1.5 litre bottle)

0.88 €

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

5.29 €

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre bottle)

1.04 €

Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)

3.31 €



One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

1.32 €

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

47.64 €

Gasoline (1 liter)

1.19 €

Taxi Start

1.32 €

Taxi 1 km

0.79 €

Utilities (Monthly)


Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

154.04 €

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

0.10 €

Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

20.55 €

Rent Per Month


Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

335.38 €

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

233.99 €

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre

576.40 €

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre

402.14 €

Salaries And Financing


Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax)

784.19 €

Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly


Source (and for prices on more items, which are regularly updated)


Just for comparison, when it comes to neighbouring countries, for example, the overall cost of living in Budapest, Prague, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Sofia is lower than in Zagreb, but it is higher in Vienna, Rome and Ljubljana.


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