Now more than ever, people work and live abroad, with many major international cities being made up of a high number of expats and foreign workers. At Movinga, we believe that relocating is exciting: a new city, a new job, a new way of experiencing life. But much too often, the idea of moving can be a stressful one, mainly due to uncertainty over costs and affordability.

We created the Relocation Price Index to give people a clearer understanding of the cost of a move. For 75 cities across the globe, including cosmopolitan epicenters like Tokyo and fast-growing startup hubs like Berlin, we researched the four main factors contributing to the total cost of an expat’s first month in a new home: the rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center, the cost of mobile phone set up and data plan, the price of a monthly public transportation pass, as well as food and drink for thirty days. Our list was then ranked based on the total average cost for each city.

We also calculated the average cost of a move for each city, as a guide to those thinking of relocating. The figure is accurate for a 155 miles move of one person (the average distance for a move worldwide). Although the overall expense will differ depending for each unique move, the costs can be used as an indicator as to which locations are more or less expensive for utilising moving services.

Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin and Amsterdam; these are all cities that may be preparing for an influx of banking industry workers due to Brexit,” stated Movinga's Managing Director Finn Hänsel. “Among the factors that the directors of the banks will have to take into consideration for relocating will be the cost of relocating for employees. Therefore, studies like this will be very important in years to come.”

With a greater understanding of the costs associated with relocation, we hope that people will feel empowered to confidently plan their next adventures.

1. Do you still live in the city in which you were born?


2. Are you planing on moving to a new city in the next 5 years?


3. When choosing a city, which criteria are most important for you?

Cost of living
Education possibilities

4. In which enviroment do you prefer to live?

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Relocation Price Index

First Month Living Costs
City Rent / m² Avg. rent 35 m² flat Phone setup Food and drink Transport First month cost Avg. moving cost
If you have any questions regarding our Relocation Price Index, feel free to contact us at press@movinga.com

Sources for the data include the World Bank Research and Outlook Publications, The Economist and the European Commission Statistics (Eurostat), among others.
The methodology for the full ranking is based on the following equation: (one month’s rent) + (average living costs (phone + food and drink + transport)) = (first month's cost). Not calculated into the default ranking but also available in the table is the Average Relocation Costs.

The city of Hong Kong was previously wrongfully marked as belonging to the country of Hong Kong. Corrected on January 25th, 2017. We apologize for the mistake.

Data correct on 2nd January 2017. Currency conversions calculated on 2nd January 2017. Small differences in costs may exist due to recently fluctuating markets.

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