Cost of living


Living in South Australia is affordable. Travel, eating out, renting or buying a house - South Australia offers significantly cheaper living than its interstate peers.

Adelaide is rated by The Economist magazine as both one of the world's most liveable locations and less expensive than almost all of the world’s major cities.

Adelaide is the most affordable city in Australia to live in, according to a Mercer Consulting Group survey. Mercer's international annual cost of living survey measures the comparative cost of 200 items including food, clothing, household goods, health and personal care, together with transportation and entertainment.
While costs are lower, incomes are not. Full-time adult ordinary-time earnings are 95% of those in Victoria, 93% of those in Queensland and 91% of those in NSW.

Eating out in Adelaide is cheaper than in other cities – and with so much world-class wine and the fresh produce emerging from the nearby Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, the quality is superb.


What it costs to buy...

  • main meal at a cafe: $15-$20
  • main meal at a restaurant: $25-30
  • ticket to the theatre: $40–90
  • coffee:  $4
  • taxi fare from the city to the airport: $25
  • 18-hole round of golf at a public course (Patawalonga): $30
  • 10-trip bus/train ticket: $33
  • early bird parking from: $15.