While the cost of living in The Hague is significantly less than in Amsterdam and major European capitals, certain costs, such as rent, are slightly more expensive than in other Dutch cities. Although living in The Hague can be rather expensive, the city offers a high standard of living. There are also ways in which expats can decrease their living costs, such as by choosing to cycle around the city rather than driving or using public transport.

Cost of accommodation in The Hague

Although cheaper than in the country’s capital city, accommodation costs in The Hague are rather expensive. Living outside of the city centre will dramatically decrease the price but, when choosing this option, expats should take into consideration the transport costs involved if working in the centre, as these could be significant.

Cost of transport in The Hague

The public transport system in The Hague is efficient and extensive, but it is also costly to use. Many locals opt to cycle around the city, as it is compact enough to do so and it is equipped with bicycle lanes. Those living outside of the city centre may not have this option, however, and therefore may need to invest in transport passes.

Cost of education in The Hague

While public education in The Hague is free, expats who decide to send their children to a private or international school will pay handsomely. The quality of education at these schools is excellent though, and expat children will be able to learn an international curriculum in an international language. If choosing this option, expats should try and negotiate a school allowance into their salary to assist with the costs involved.

Cost of eating out in The Hague

Expats can eat out on a budget in The Hague as there are plenty of pocket-friendly spots around the city. Those wanting something a little more luxurious will also find Michelin star restaurants that provide a fine-dining experience, but at a high cost.

Cost of living in The Hague chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for The Hague in May 2021.

Accommodation (monthly)

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 750 – 1,500

One-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

EUR 570 – 1,200

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,300 – 3,000 

Three-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

EUR 900 – 1,800


Milk (1 litre)

EUR 0.95

Loaf of white bread

EUR 1.94

Rice (1kg)

EUR 1.94

Dozen eggs

EUR 2.12

Chicken breasts (1kg)

EUR 7.60

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)



Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

EUR 0.08

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

EUR 34.50

Utilities (monthly for average-sized home)

EUR 144

Eating out

Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant for two

EUR 60

Big Mac Meal

EUR 8.75


EUR 2.75

Local beer (500ml)

EUR 3.60

Coca-Cola (330ml)

EUR 2.30


Taxi rate (per km)

EUR 2.42

City-centre public transport fair

EUR 3.50


EUR 1.65