12 points for Vienna's cost of living

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12 points for Vienna's cost of living
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Vienna is not only the world’s most liveable city - according to international consulting firm Mercer - but it’s also one of the best value capitals in Europe.


On the occasion of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest being held in the Austrian capital, Mercer has now looked at the cost of living in Vienna, comparing prices for a cup of coffee, a hamburger, a soft drink, a pint of beer and a taxi ride in London, Paris, Rome and Berlin.

"In comparison to other European capitals Vienna is not expensive, despite its high quality of life," Josef Papousek, managing director of Mercer Austria said.

The results suggest that Vienna must seem cheap for Eurovision fans visiting from Italy and France.

A cup of coffee in Vienna costs on average €2.83 (if you avoid the traditional tourist cafes in the 1st district that is), whereas in Rome it costs €3.13 and in Paris €3.70.

A pint of beer in Vienna costs on average €4.30, that’s €2.64 less than a pint in London. The same beverage would cost twice as much in Paris or Rome, €9.11 and €8.50 respectively.

“Fans from England, France or Italy should be careful that they don’t get too excited by the cheap beer and overdo it,” cautioned Papousek.

Public transport in Vienna is also astonishingly good value compared to other European capitals - a yearly travel cards costs just €365, for use on metro trains, trams and buses. No wonder then that with 931 million passengers per year, Vienna is among the cities with the highest proportion of public transport users in Europe.

Rents are also cheaper than in London, Paris and Rome, with more than 60 percent of people living in subsidised public housing in the Austrian capital.

Cup of coffee

Vienna: €2,83  Berlin: €3,10  London: €4,26  Paris: €3,70 Rome: €3,13


Vienna: €6,29  Berlin: €5,69  London: €6,03 Paris: €6,40 Rome: €6,65

Soft drink    

Vienna: €3,70  Berlin: €4,67  London: €4,26 Paris: €5,87 Rome: €3,43

Pint of beer

Vienna: €4,30  Berlin: €4,10  London: €6,94 Paris: €9,11 Rome: €8,50

Source: Mercer Cost of Living survey 



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