Cost of living in Bolivia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $b25
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $b36
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $b14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $b6
12 eggs, large $b11
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $b7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $b20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $b11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $b10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $b11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $b56
2 liters of Coca-Cola $b10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $b3.95
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $b4,221
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $b2,785
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $b429
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $b2,267
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $b1,356
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $b302
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $b340
40” flat screen TV $b3,109
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $b1,162
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $b42
Hourly rate for cleaning help $b20
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $b428
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $b484
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $b597
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $b522
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $b138,367
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $b3.77
Monthly ticket public transport $b116
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $b39
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $b28
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $b153
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $b35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $b19
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $b24
4 rolls of toilet paper $b12
Tube of toothpaste $b14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $b28
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $b74
2 tickets to the movies $b74
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $b95
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $b164
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $b36
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $b16
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $b19
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $b3,985
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $b1.37
1 month of gym membership in business district $b289
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $b17

Map of Cost of Living in Bolivia

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This map shows only the top cities in Bolivia. We also have on this page a 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 Bolivia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Santa Cruz de la Sierra 91
2nd Potosí 87
3rd La Paz 82
4th Cochabamba 70
5th Tarija 62

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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Cochabamba costs $b6,000 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in La Paz costs $b2.60 (4 days ago)