Cost of Living in Eindhoven

Expats will find that the cost of living in Eindhoven is less than that in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. It's also considerably cheaper than many other major European cities. Accommodation is likely to be the biggest expense when relocating and expats with a family will need to consider the cost of school fees, especially if they intend on sending their children to international schools. Lifestyle costs in Eindhoven are fairly reasonable and there are plenty of budget-friendly dining options that residents can take advantage of.

Cost of accommodation in Eindhoven

Finding the right home in the right neighbourhood is an essential element of any expat assignment. The vast majority of expats rent accommodation rather than buy in the Netherlands. Rental prices in Eindhoven are generally cheaper than those in Amsterdam or The Hague.

It’s also important to factor in the cost of utilities when setting a budget for housing. They are not always included in the price of rent and can quickly add up. Expats should be sure to read their rental agreement carefully and budget accordingly.

Cost of transport in Eindhoven

The cost of public transportation in Eindhoven is reasonable and it makes more sense to get around using the local buses, which get commuters almost anywhere. Having a car in Eindhoven can be expensive; parking is pricey so most of the city’s residents avoid driving whenever possible.

In fact, by far the most popular way to get around in Eindhoven is on two wheels. The city has great facilities to accommodate cyclists. Cycling will not only allow expats to get some exercise but it’ll also save money.

Taxis are available in Eindhoven but can be expensive if they are used regularly. Fares aren’t regulated, so expats with good negotiation skills can bag themselves a good price.

Cost of eating out in Eindhoven

There is a range of eateries in Eindhoven, so there is likely to be something to suit everyone’s budget. On special occasions, expats can dine in style at one of the city’s fine-dining establishments. However, it’s also possible to get some wholesome comfort food at a local pub while catching a game of football without breaking the bank. As is the case throughout the Netherlands, the cost of alcohol and tobacco are fairly low.

Cost of healthcare in Eindhoven

While the quality of healthcare in the Netherlands is excellent, costs are high when compared to those of other Western European countries. Once an expat starts working in the Netherlands and registers at their local municipality, they will be obliged to take out a Dutch health insurance policy within the next four months. Monthly payments vary based on the package itself and how comprehensive it is. However, it's something worth investing in because otherwise costs could amount to much more in the event of accident or medical emergency.

Cost of education in Eindhoven

At present there is only one international school in Eindhoven and, as one would expect, competition for places is high, as are fees. Expats who intend on sending their children to International School Eindhoven (ISE) should budget for fees as well as additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, extra-curricular activities and school excursions. Those that have been hired to work in Eindhoven should negotiate an allowance to cover their child’s school fees into the expat employment package.

Expats looking to settle in the Netherlands should consider sending their child to a public school. There are plenty of good primary and secondary school options in Eindhoven and expats are entitled to send their children to local schools at little or no cost.

Cost of living in Eindhoven chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Eindhoven in October 2019.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

1,000 EUR 

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

810 EUR

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

1,600 EUR 

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

1,250 EUR


Milk (1 litre)


Loaf of white bread

1.10 EUR

Rice (1kg)

1.80 EUR

Dozen eggs

2.50 EUR

Chicken breasts (1kg)

8.50 EUR

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)



Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

0.10 EUR

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

36 EUR

Utilities (monthly for average size home)

160 EUR

Eating out

Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant for two

60 EUR

Big Mac Meal




Local beer (500ml)


Coca-Cola (330ml)

2.50 EUR


Taxi rate (per km)


City centre public transport



1.70 EUR