Cost of living in Brazil

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 29
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R$ 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.17
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.68
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.67
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.48
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.53
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 40
2 liters of Coca-Cola R$ 6
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.23
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,164
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 1,977
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 531
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,051
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,283
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 402
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 84
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,741
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 432
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 21
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 17
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R$ 213
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R$ 184
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 333
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 256
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 85,051
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.05
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 198
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 44
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 233
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R$ 17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 14
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.97
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.10
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 38
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 98
2 tickets to the movies R$ 50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 201
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 175
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 24
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 9
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R$ 2,857
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.18
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 131
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R$ 10

Map of Cost of Living in Brazil

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This map shows only the top cities in Brazil. 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 Brazil

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Rio de Janeiro 114
2nd São Paulo 114
3rd Brasília 107
4th Campinas 104
5th Santos, Sao Paulo 103
6th Belo Horizonte 102
7th Divinopolis 102
8th São Bernardo do Campo 101
9th Porto Alegre 101
10th Jundiai 100
11th Salvador 100
12th Recife 99
13th Florianopolis 98
14th Goiânia 98
15th Niterói 98
16th Curitiba 97
17th São José dos Campos 97
18th Caxias do Sul 95
19th Ribeirão Preto 95
20th Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 94
21st Balneario Camboriu 94
22nd Cuiabá 94
23rd Belém 93
24th Manaus 92
25th Maceió 92
26th Santo André 92
27th Sorocaba 92
28th Blumenau 92
29th Fortaleza 91
30th Joinville 91
31st Uberlandia 90
32nd Itajuba 90
33rd Vitória 89
34th Guarulhos 88
35th Campo Grande 87
36th João Pessoa 87
37th Natal 86
38th São Luís 86
39th Piracicaba 85
40th Aracaju 82
41st Novo Hamburgo 81
42nd Foz do Iguaçu 81
43rd Sao Jose do Rio Preto 80
44th Bauru 79
45th Londrina 78
46th São Carlos 78
47th Juiz de Fora 78
48th Maringá 77

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.

Are you moving to Brazil? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Brazil of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 330 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 11 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 20 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 120 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 25 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 80 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 250 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 250 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 50 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 440 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 3.75 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 30 (about 8 hours ago)