Cost of living in Caracas, Venezuela

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Bs 580
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Bs 306
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Bs 142
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Bs 21
12 eggs, large Bs 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Bs 94
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Bs 285
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Bs 96
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Bs 63
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Bs 35
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Bs 238
2 liters of Coca-Cola Bs 75
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Bs 38
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Bs 34,920
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Bs 38,588
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Bs 1,667
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Bs 25,108
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Bs 20,602
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Bs 1,320
Internet 8MB (1 month) Bs 1,037
40” flat screen TV Bs 33,787
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Bs 5,144
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Bs 195
Hourly rate for cleaning help Bs 271
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Bs 3,068
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Bs 811
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Bs 2,448
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Bs 3,007
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Bs 741,859
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Bs 3.80
Monthly ticket public transport Bs 845
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Bs 177
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Bs 158
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Bs 333
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Bs 1,600
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Bs 115
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Bs 85
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Bs 111
4 rolls of toilet paper Bs 43
Tube of toothpaste Bs 53
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Bs 593
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Bs 1,337
2 tickets to the movies Bs 651
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Bs 2,077
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Bs 2,826
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Bs 309
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Bs 77
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Bs 123
iPod nano 16GB Bs 4,630
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Bs 2.67
1 month of gym membership in business district Bs 2,472
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Bs 208
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 1,190 prices entered by 112 different people.
Latest price update: July 26, 2016.

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