Cost of living in Barbados

Summary of cost of living in Barbados

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 11,684 Bds$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,982 Bds$
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 35 Bds$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 22 Bds$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15 Bds$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 8 Bds$
12 eggs, large 18 Bds$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 18 Bds$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 34 Bds$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12 Bds$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 9 Bds$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 6.00 Bds$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 55 Bds$
2 liters of coca-cola 7 Bds$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 6.00 Bds$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 5,921 Bds$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,000 Bds$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 315 Bds$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,000 Bds$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,750 Bds$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 297 Bds$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 80 Bds$
40” flat screen tv 1,000 Bds$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 700 Bds$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 19 Bds$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 16 Bds$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 310 Bds$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 220 Bds$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 640 Bds$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 260 Bds$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 80,000 Bds$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.08 Bds$
Monthly ticket public transport 140 Bds$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 20 Bds$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33 Bds$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 180 Bds$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 31 Bds$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11 Bds$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 Bds$
4 rolls of toilet paper 4.48 Bds$
Tube of toothpaste 5.29 Bds$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 23 Bds$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 95 Bds$
2 tickets to the movies 40 Bds$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 110 Bds$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 275 Bds$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 27 Bds$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 Bds$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10 Bds$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,600 Bds$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.73 Bds$
1 month of gym membership in business district 160 Bds$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 17 Bds$

Map of Cost of Living in Barbados

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This map shows only the top cities in Barbados. 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.

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