This post was most recently updated on January 6th, 2023
Living in Cyprus is such an amazing feeling. I am in Cyprus for the last 3 years and I absolutely love it here. I have singly lived in a fancy 2-bedroom apartment and I have also lived in a room with 3 other roommates too. I have bought stuff from expensive supermarkets, and I have bought stuff from a local shop. In these 3 years, I believe I have experienced the inside-out of living in Cyprus.
Hey everyone, welcome to Europetutor.com. My name is Aashish and today I am going to share with you my experience regarding the living costs in Cyprus. I suggest you read the article till the end to have a better understanding of this beautiful country.
Is Cyprus expensive to live in?
It all depends on how much money you make. If you earn somewhere between 1500 Euros to 3000 Euros, you won’t find it expensive at all, but if you only make 500/600 Euros, you might find it expensive. The Southern part of Cyprus uses Euro and things are a bit expensive here, and the Northern part of Cyprus uses Turkish Lira and things are cheaper there.
How much do you need to live comfortably in Cyprus?
You need somewhere around 1200 Euros per month to live comfortably in Cyprus. You can rent a room in a nice apartment, eat 3 times a day, have a better internet connection, and pay for water and electricity bills with that much money. Generally, 600 Euros a month would be enough to live decently in Cyprus but to live comfortably, you would need more money than that.
How much does a meal cost in Cyprus?
1-time meal for 1 person costs around 8 Euro to 15 Euro in Cyprus. Meal cost in Cyprus depends upon your spending habits. For some people, 5 Euro is also enough, but for some 15 Euro isn’t enough. So, it totally depends on you. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.
Housing cost in Cyprus (Monthly)
3 Bedroom apartment in the city area in Cyprus costs around 1,250 Euro and in the village area, it costs around 900 Euro.
|2 Bedroom Apartment (City)||800 €|
|1 Bedroom Apartment (City)||600 €|
|1 Room Sharing in City||200 €|
|2 Bedroom Apartment (Village)||600 €|
|1 Bedroom Apartment (Village)||500 €|
|1 Room Sharing in the Village||150 €|
Transportation cost in Cyprus
|Public Bus (Monthly Pass)||40 €|
|Public Bus (1-way inside the city)||1.50 €|
|Public Bus (2-way inside the city)||3.00 €|
|Public Bus (1-way outside the city)||2.50 €|
|Public Bus (2-way outside the city)||5.00 €|
|Taxi (upon booking)||5.00 €|
|Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff)||1.50 €|
|Fuel/Gas (1 liter)||1.55 €|
Groceries cost in Cyprus
|Bread (1 kg)||1 - 2.50 €|
|Basmati Rice (20 kg)||16 - 20 €|
|Potato (1 kg)||1 €|
|Tomato (1 Kg)||1.50 €|
|Onion (1 Kg)||1.20 €|
|Water bottle (1 liter)||1.50 €|
|Milk (1 liter)||1.50 €|
|Chicken (1 Kg)||2.00 €|
|Beef (1 kg)||8.00 €|
|Eggs (30 Pieces)||4.00 €|
|Apples (1 kg)||2.50 €|
|Banana (1 kg)||1.50 €|
|Orange (1 kg)||1.50 €|
|Strawberry (1 Kg)||2.00 €|
|Lettuce (1 head)||0.50 €|
|Wine (Mid-Range)||8.50 €|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liters)||1.50 €|
|Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)||5.00 €|
|Local Cheese (1kg)||10 €|
|Meal for 1 person||8 - 15 €|
|McMeal at McDonalds||7 €|
|Cappuccino/ Coffee||3 €|
|Imported Beer||3.50 €|
|Water bottle (1 liter)||2.00 €|
|Chicken Biryani 1 Plate||10 €|
|Spaghetti 1 plate||5.00 €|
|Chicken Mo:Mo 1 plate||6.00 €|
Monthly Utilities cost in Cyprus
|Utilities Bill per month|
|Electricity (3 bedroom flat)||80 - 150 €|
|Water Bill (3 bedroom flat)||70 €|
|Phone call per minute||0.15 €|
|Wi-Fi (20 Mbps)||55 €|
Personal care items cost in Cyprus
Personal care items in Cyprus cost almost the same as in the United Kingdom. Here is the chart:
|Gym Membership in City||50 €|
|Normal Haircut||7 €|
|Standard Haircut||18 €|
|Detergent (5 Kg)||8 €|
|Dettol Soap||1.50 €|
|Toilet paper (1 normal roll)||1.50 €|
|Kitchen paper (1 normal roll)||3 €|
|Cold Medicine||5.50 €|
|1 box of antibiotics||10 €|
|1 box of 32 tampons||6 €|
|Sanitary Pads (12 pcs)||2.50 €|
Entertainment and Sports
|Ticket to a movie||10 €|
|Ticket to a Theater||40 €|
|Cocktail drink in Club||11 €|
|Tennis Court Rent 1 hour||25 €|
|Fitness Club 1 month||25 - 50 €|
Clothing cost in Cyprus
|1 Pair of Jeans||50 €|
|Nike Shoes||80 €|
|Normal Shoes||20 €|
|Gents Sandal||10 €|
|Ladies Sandal||15 €|
|Normal Slippers||5 €|
|Kitchen Shoes||7 €|
Here are some more questions and answers about Living cost in Cyprus.
Living cost in Cyprus for Childcare
From 2004, Cyprus made it compulsory for children to attend pre-primary education for at least one year before enrolling in primary school.
The child care facilities in Cyprus are consequently high. You can expect to pay €450 to €650 on average in a month and a one-time registration fee.
For babysitters, the price is €7 to €16 per hour.
International primary school costs you around 6,000 Euros per year in Cyprus.
Is it cheaper to live in Cyprus or UK?
Living in the United Kingdom is more expensive than living in Cyprus. Housing costs more in the UK than in Cyprus. You can get a decent 1 bedroom apartment in Cyprus for 700 Euro, whereas you will be needing somewhere between 900-1200 Euros to find a nice 1 bedroom flat in the United Kingdom. The food and basic utility bills cost the same in Cyprus as is in the United Kingdom.
Is it cheaper to live in Spain or Cyprus?
Living in Spain is cheaper than living in Cyprus. Housing costs more in Cyprus than in Spain. You can get a decent 1 bedroom apartment in Spain for 500 Euro, whereas you will be needing somewhere between 700-1000 Euros to find a nice flat in Cyprus. The food and basic utility bills are also cheaper in Spain compared to Cyprus.
Is Cyprus cheaper than Portugal?
Cyprus is more expensive than Portugal. Even though both countries use the same currency (Euro), living in Portugal is a bit cheaper than living in Cyprus. You can find a one-bedroom apartment for 500 Euro in Portugal whereas you will need around 700 Euro for the same kind of apartment in Cyprus. Utility bills in Portugal are cheaper compared to Cyprus. Food is cheaper in Portugal, but the transportation cost is almost the same in both countries.
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