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$ 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.35
12 eggs, large R$ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.84
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 16
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 6
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.67
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.48
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$ 3.15
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,192
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 2,023
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 688
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,205
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,366
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 544
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 81
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,794
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 426
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 22
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 16
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R$ 209
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R$ 180
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 335
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 253
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 83,506
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 3.69
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 193
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 44
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 229
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R$ 19
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$ 5.63
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 35
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 100
2 tickets to the movies R$ 50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 191
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 180
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 23
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 9
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
iPad Air 2, 64GB R$ 3,038
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.25
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 148
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R$ 9

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 São Paulo 137
2nd Rio de Janeiro 135
3rd Salvador 126
4th Brasília 123
5th São Bernardo do Campo 121
6th Porto Alegre 120
7th Campinas 120
8th Santos, Sao Paulo 117
9th Florianopolis 117
10th Divinopolis 116
11th Recife 116
12th Niterói 116
13th Belo Horizonte 115
14th Goiânia 114
15th Jundiai 112
16th Balneario Camboriu 111
17th Curitiba 111
18th Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 110
19th Belém 110
20th São José dos Campos 110
21st Ribeirão Preto 109
22nd Caxias do Sul 109
23rd Fortaleza 109
24th Sorocaba 105
25th Santo André 104
26th Manaus 103
27th Joinville 103
28th Blumenau 102
29th Uberlandia 101
30th Ubatuba 100
31st Cuiabá 100
32nd João Pessoa 100
33rd Campo Grande 99
34th Vitória 99
35th São Luís 99
36th Piracicaba 99
37th Natal 96
38th Itajuba 94
39th Aracaju 93
40th Londrina 92
41st São Carlos 89
42nd Juiz de Fora 88
43rd Bauru 88
44th Maringá 87

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Maringá costs R$ 8 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Maringá costs R$ 15 (1 day ago)
  • 12 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Maringá costs R$ 10 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Maringá costs R$ 3.75 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Maringá costs R$ 3.90 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Maringá costs R$ 1,200 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Maringá costs R$ 8 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Maringá costs R$ 5.00 (1 day ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Maringá costs R$ 18 (1 day ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Maringá costs R$ 20 (1 day ago)