Cost of living in Argentina

Summary of cost of living in Argentina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,362 (ARS $293,427)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $966 (ARS $120,007)
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Food
ARS USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $1,422 ($11)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ARS $970 ($8)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $364 ($2.93)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $132 ($1.06)
12 eggs, large ARS $256 ($2.06)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $217 ($1.74)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $543 ($4.37)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $214 ($1.72)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $88 ($0.71)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $184 ($1.48)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $703 ($5.66)
2 liters of coca-cola ARS $246 ($1.98)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $92 ($0.74)
Housing
ARS USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ARS $79,183 ($637)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ARS $47,341 ($381)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $5,748 ($46)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ARS $52,032 ($419)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ARS $33,838 ($272)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ARS $5,572 ($45)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ARS $2,272 ($18)
40” flat screen tv ARS $54,435 ($438)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $31,371 ($252)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $683 ($5.50)
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $514 ($4.14)
Clothes
ARS USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ARS $8,772 ($71)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ARS $6,221 ($50)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $18,010 ($145)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $13,852 ($111)
Transportation
ARS USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $4,277,310 ($34,427)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $120 ($0.97)
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $2,415 ($19)
Personal Care
ARS USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $588 ($4.74)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $950 ($8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ARS $2,261 ($18)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ARS $507 ($4.08)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $327 ($2.63)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $408 ($3.28)
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $245 ($1.97)
Tube of toothpaste ARS $253 ($2.04)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $1,021 ($8)
Entertainment
ARS USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $2,749 ($22)
2 tickets to the movies ARS $1,160 ($9)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $3,362 ($27)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $4,295 ($35)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $747 ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $422 ($3.39)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $330 ($2.65)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ARS $104,887 ($844)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $28 ($0.22)
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $3,961 ($32)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ARS $316 ($2.54)

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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:
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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 Buenos Aires 107
2nd Rosario 79
3rd Corrientes 74
4th Resistencia 36

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

  • Public transport in Buenos Aires costs ARS $2,500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Buenos Aires costs ARS $7,000,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Buenos Aires costs ARS $320 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Buenos Aires costs ARS $6,000 (2 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Buenos Aires costs ARS $100,000 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Buenos Aires costs ARS $600 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Buenos Aires costs ARS $400 (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Buenos Aires costs ARS $600 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Buenos Aires costs ARS $7,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Buenos Aires costs ARS $6,000 (2 days ago)

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