26 February 2019 - In order to get a full picture in regards to the lifestyle in a certain country, it is of great importance to learn about the cost of living there – the costs of food, transportation, utilities, real estate etc. Numbeo Website, one of the most famous crowd-sourced global databases of reported consumer prices, perceived crime rates, quality of health care, and many other statistics, has recently updated the data on cost of living in Montenegro. If you are planning to visit Montenegro, or to move to this gorgeous gem of the Balkans, here are some of the prices you need to be aware of.
When compared to the United States, the cost of living in Montenegro is generally 43.88% lower. Taking rent into consideration, the cost of renting an apartment in Montenegro is 74.39% lower than in United States.
When it comes to restaurants, for a basic meal in an inexpensive restaurant you will need at least 5.25 EUR, while for a three course meal in a mid-range restaurant for 2 people, you have to set aside about 25 EUR. For one liter of domestic or imported beer, you will need about 2 EUR and if you prefer a soda, it will cost about 1.56 EUR for 0.33 liter bottle.
If you’re a fan of buying healthy food at the market, in Montenegro, for 1 liter of milk you will have to pay about 0.78 EUR, white bread loaf will require 0.56 EUR, while 12 eggs will cost about 1.40 EUR. When it comes to meat, for 1 kg of chicken breasts you need to pay 4.92 EUR, while 1 kg of beef round or an equivalent back leg red meat will cost about 6.79 EUR. When it comes to fruit and vegetables, 1 kg of apples is 0.88 EUR, 1 kg of bananas is 1.08 EUR, 1 kg of potatoes is 0.47 EUR and 1 kg of onions is about 0.62 EUR.
For those who enjoy smoking cigarettes, 20 pack Marlboro costs about 2.70 EUR.
If you don’t have your own car, a one way ticket in a local transport costs 0.90 EUR, while the monthly pass is 26.50 EUR. Taxi start is 1.00 EUR, while 1 km drive in a taxi costs 0.50 EUR. If you do have your own car, 1 liter of gasoline costs 1.30 EUR.
Basic utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) for 85m2 apartment cost 96.63 EUR per month, and one minute of prepaid mobile tariff local costs 0.13 EUR. If you just can’t function without internet, 60 Mbps or More with unlimited data, cable/ADSL will require at least 24.94 EUR.
When it comes to childcare, monthly preschool or kindergarten for one child costs about 125 EUR.
One pair of jeans in Montenegro (Levis 501 or similar) cost 58.50 EUR, 1 summer dress in a chain store requires about 33.56 EUR, 1 pair of Nike running shoes cost about 69.69 EUR, and if you want to purchase male leather business shoes you will need to set aside at least 82.78 EUR.
In terms of rent, 1-bedroom apartment at the city centre is 288.86 EUR/month, while outside the city centre, the rent cost will amount to 215 EUR. A 3-bedroom apartment (city centre) requires roughly about 492.74 EUR.
If you’re looking to buy an apartment in Montenegro, price per square meter to buy apartment in city centre is 1486.85 EUR, while price per square meter to buy apartment outside of centre is 1048.61 EUR.
These data are based on 2127 entries in the past 18 months from 158 different contributors and they are based on all entries from all cities in the country.