Cost of Living
As well as being in the centre of Europe, Austria is also
in the middle range in terms of prices.
Since joining the European Union, basic food costs have increased
in line with those in the rest of the European Union. The
products available in Austria originate from all over Europe.
Austria is not a particularly cheap tourist destination in
terms of Europe, however visitors do find it a great place
to shop and eat.
Food and drink is available in all price categories. There
are numerous inexpensive pubs serving good local and international
dishes. Main meals cost on average between EUR 5-7. Beverages
cost between EUR 1-3. Of course, you will also find upmarket
restaurants in the higher price brackets (especially in the
inner cities). Here you have to budget for between EUR 11-18
for a main meal. A good bottle of wine costs upwards of EUR
It goes without saying that food and drink is cheaper in supermarkets:
a litre of wine costs as little as EUR 2.50, a can of beer
from EUR 0.50, a loaf of bread approx. EUR 1.50 and a frozen
pizza an average of EUR 2.50.
The following are the customer websites of some Austrian
supermarket chains: http://www.zielpunkt.at :: http://www.billa.at
:: http://www.spar.at :: http://www.merkur.co.at
Various cultural events, sports centres, shops and public
transport options offer student discounts.
Many language schools, too, have special deals with local
services - it is always worth asking.