Cost of living in Argentina

Summary of cost of living in Argentina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ARS $147,670
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ARS $58,816
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $626
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ARS $448
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $150
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $67
12 eggs, large ARS $143
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $270
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $102
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $49
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $79
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $279
2 liters of coca-cola ARS $144
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $39
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ARS $36,598
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ARS $23,435
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $4,452
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ARS $24,746
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ARS $16,205
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ARS $3,477
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ARS $1,425
40” flat screen tv ARS $35,231
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $14,953
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $351
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $261
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ARS $3,836
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ARS $2,366
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $6,727
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $5,630
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $1,997,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $68
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $1,555
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $287
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $615
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ARS $1,170
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ARS $258
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $164
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $219
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $114
Tube of toothpaste ARS $128
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $496
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $1,295
2 tickets to the movies ARS $664
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $2,179
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $2,180
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $403
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $166
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $153
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ARS $65,887
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $18
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $1,958
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ARS $171

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 76
2nd La Plata 69
3rd Salta 65
4th Buenos Aires 60
5th Rosario 53
6th Mendoza 53
7th Córdoba 52
8th Mar del Plata 48
9th Tucumán 46
10th Bahía Blanca 42
11th San Juan 41
12th Resistencia 40
13th Santa Fe 39

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

  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Santiago del Estero costs ARS $250 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Santiago del Estero costs ARS $120 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Santiago del Estero costs ARS $600 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Santiago del Estero costs ARS $600 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Santiago del Estero costs ARS $20,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Buenos Aires costs ARS $22,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in La Rioja costs ARS $30 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in La Rioja costs ARS $1,700 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in La Rioja costs ARS $1,900 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in La Rioja costs ARS $5,000 (1 day ago)

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