Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 12,297
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 5,358
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 71% of countries in Latin America (12 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 76% of countries in the World (54 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 34
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 33
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 5.75
12 eggs, large R$ 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 5.77
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 5.95
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 44
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 4.58
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,540
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,458
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 676
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,674
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,690
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 627
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 89
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,998
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 637
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 28
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 20
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 250
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 246
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 385
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 297
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 109,740
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 6
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 226
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 48
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 259
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 13
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 18
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 7
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.97
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 52
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 107
2 tickets to the movies R$ 62
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 207
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 191
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 28
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 4,254
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.30
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 125
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11

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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:
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 86
2nd Brasília 82
3rd Rio de Janeiro 78
4th Florianopolis 77
5th Curitiba 76
6th Campinas 76
7th Belo Horizonte 75
8th Porto Alegre 74
9th Santos, Sao Paulo 74
10th Goiânia 73
11th Recife 72
12th Salvador 70
13th Osasco 68
14th Contagem 67
15th Boa Vista 64
16th Vitória 64
17th Bauru 63
18th Petropolis 62
19th Piracicaba 61
20th Teresina 60
21st São Carlos 59
22nd Guarulhos 59
23rd Chapeco 57
24th Santa Maria 55
25th Pelotas 54
26th Sao Jose do Rio Preto 53
27th Juiz de Fora 53
28th Novo Hamburgo 52
29th Uberaba 52

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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Prices recently added

  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in São Paulo costs R$ 45 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in São Paulo costs R$ 12 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in São Paulo costs R$ 11 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 16 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in São Paulo costs R$ 44 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in São Paulo costs R$ 140 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Piracicaba costs R$ 5.00 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Piracicaba costs R$ 5.50 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of bread in Piracicaba costs R$ 4.25 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Piracicaba costs R$ 9 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 440 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Piracicaba costs R$ 4.55 (about 15 hours ago)

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