Basic costs when moving to Seattle

Basic costs when moving to Seattle

You will likely be happy about the living costs when moving to Seattle, and you will probablyquickly find a beautiful big apartment with relatively affordable rent. In Seattle you can pay absolutely everything by (credit) card, they will never say that they prefer cash or charge you extra when you want to spend a small amount with a card.

Let’s go through the most important living and transportation costs when moving to Seattle:



When you are moving to Seattle and planning on driving somewhere during rush hours, we would recommend adding an extra 30 to 60 minutes to your travel time. Rush hour in Seattle is between 4 pm and 7 pm on weekdays, especially on the main north-south artery through town.

But If you are not going to drive your car, the excellent public transportation system in Seattle has many choice for people who live there. Consisting of light rail, trains and monorail, buses, ferries,and even water taxis. Here are ticket costs for public transport in Seattle:

  • Adult Single – $2.74
  • One day ticket – $7.00
  • Monthly season ticket, unlimited – $99


Moving and housing costs

Start your preparation for moving long-distance as early as possible and create a detailed timeline. The best starting point would be to find a trustworthy moving company who will give you useful information and smart tips on how to prepare for your move appropriately. We recommend sorting out your belongings carefully and taking only thingsthat are practical and very important with you, because the final cost of movingis based on the weight of your household items.


The shipping container cost when moving to Seattle

CityThe cost, from
New York City$610
Los Angeles$430
Canada (Vancouver)$160
UK (London)$1,640
Australia (Sydney)$1,050
Ireland (Dublin)$1,800
New Zealand (Auckland)$1,620
Hong Kong$1,240

Renting price in Seattle

Type of apartmentsRental Price per month, fromLocation
1-bedroom apartment$1,400City Centre
1-bedroom apartment$1,050Outside the City Centre
3-bedroom apartment$2,700City Centre
3-bedroom apartment$1,550Outside the City Centre


Home Purchase in Seattle

Price per square meter (10.7 square feet), fromLocation
$5,800City Centre
$3,000Outside City


Living costs

Food and restaurants in Seattle had some strong Filipino and Asian influence, but still, some places can suit everyone. Let’s look at the prices for food in Seattle:

  1. Inexpensive Restaurant: $10 – $20
  2. Takeout Coffee: $3.30 – $5.00
  3. Bottle of Coke: $1.30 – $3
  4. 1L of milk: $0.70 – $1.20
  5. A loaf of Bread: $2.20 – $3.90
  6. 12 Eggs: $2.00 – $4.00
  7. 1kg Chicken: $6.60 – $15.40
  8. 1kg Beef: $5.90 – $19.90
  9. 1kg Apples: $2.20 – $6.60
  10. 1kg White Rice: $3.00 – $6.80
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