Cost of living in Bilbao, Spain

Summary of cost of living in Bilbao

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,246
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,608
  • Bilbao is the 4th most expensive city in Spain (4 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Bilbao is cheaper than in 71% of cities in Western Europe (55 out of 77)
  • Cost of living in Bilbao is cheaper than in 56% of cities in the World (117 out of 210)
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List of prices in Bilbao
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.87
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.88
12 eggs, large €2.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.23
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €10
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.70
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.09
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.88
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €5.27
2 liters of coca-cola €1.96
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.04
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,272
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €825
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €158
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €826
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €614
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €108
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €32
40” flat screen tv €378
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €119
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €6
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €79
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €41
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €73
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €102
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €19,753
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.89
Monthly ticket public transport €41
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €21
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.59
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €8
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €55
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.51
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.63
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.32
Tube of toothpaste €1.65
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €15
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €26
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €70
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €50
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.57
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.31
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €428
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.13
1 month of gym membership in business district €61
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €4.93
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 196 prices entered by 31 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2023

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Bilbao position in our World Ranking

the world
117th
out of 210
western europe
55th
out of 77
spain
4th
out of 16

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