Cost of living in Argentina

Summary of cost of living in Argentina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ARS $98,438
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ARS $40,969
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $367
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ARS $279
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $51
12 eggs, large ARS $86
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $55
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $209
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $63
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $57
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $210
2 liters of coca-cola ARS $100
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ARS $26,876
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ARS $17,277
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $3,864
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ARS $18,882
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ARS $12,768
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ARS $2,957
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ARS $1,183
40” flat screen tv ARS $19,354
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $7,507
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $291
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $185
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ARS $2,648
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ARS $1,926
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $3,937
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $3,860
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $943,162
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $51
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $1,133
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $242
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $433
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ARS $967
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ARS $201
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $112
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $163
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $87
Tube of toothpaste ARS $96
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $366
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $844
2 tickets to the movies ARS $501
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $1,890
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $1,476
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $258
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $119
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $124
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ARS $33,780
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $11
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $1,577
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ARS $108

Map of Cost of Living in Argentina

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This map shows only the top cities in Argentina. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Argentina

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Corrientes 89
2nd Buenos Aires 65
3rd Córdoba 59
4th Rosario 58
5th La Plata 56
6th Salta 53
7th Neuquén 52
8th Bahía Blanca 51
9th Mendoza 49
10th Mar del Plata 47
11th Tucumán 44
12th Santa Fe 38

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Prices recently added

  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Buenos Aires costs ARS $400 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Córdoba costs ARS $130 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Córdoba costs ARS $59 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Buenos Aires costs ARS $2,500 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Buenos Aires costs ARS $21 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Buenos Aires costs ARS $89 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Buenos Aires costs ARS $67 (1 day ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Buenos Aires costs ARS $100 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Ushuaia costs ARS $250 (1 day ago)
  • Per minute of waiting of taxi fare per waiting time, weekday at noon in Ushuaia costs ARS $396 (1 day ago)