Cost of living in Bahía Blanca, Argentina

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $172
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ARS $127
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $24
12 eggs, large ARS $69
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $123
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $23
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $27
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $130
2 liters of Coca-Cola ARS $41
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $20
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ARS $10,116
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ARS $7,538
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $1,825
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ARS $9,087
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ARS $6,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ARS $2,600
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ARS $533
40” flat screen TV ARS $9,295
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $1,483
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $157
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $129
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ARS $1,453
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ARS $1,163
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $1,958
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $1,507
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $276,913
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $20
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $680
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ARS $270
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $163
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $210
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ARS $421
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ARS $43
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $49
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $36
Tube of toothpaste ARS $32
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $184
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $406
2 tickets to the movies ARS $190
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $600
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $600
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $113
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $62
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $74
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ARS $12,753
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $4.14
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $401
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ARS $60
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 235 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: August 18, 2018.

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