Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 10,862
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 4,611
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 73% of countries in Latin America (11 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 84% of countries in the World (57 out of 68)
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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$ 29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 4.17
12 eggs, large R$ 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 5.78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 4.51
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 5.48
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 41
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.57
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,035
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,025
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 567
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,257
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,472
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 449
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 80
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,814
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 535
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 24
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 18
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 207
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 192
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 340
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$ 98,908
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.97
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 222
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 46
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 231
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 18
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 15
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.86
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.66
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 48
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 93
2 tickets to the movies R$ 54
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 190
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 182
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$ 10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,724
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.27
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 127
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 10

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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:
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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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Brazil

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st São Paulo 81
2nd Rio de Janeiro 79
3rd Brasília 77
4th Santos, Sao Paulo 75
5th Manaus 75
6th Campinas 73
7th Porto Alegre 71
8th Florianopolis 71
9th Belo Horizonte 70
10th São José dos Campos 69
11th Curitiba 69
12th Santo André 67
13th Goiânia 67
14th Vitória 66
15th Osasco 66
16th Salvador 65
17th Belém 64
18th Recife 64
19th Piracicaba 63
20th São Luís 62
21st Fortaleza 61
22nd Teresina 61
23rd Guarulhos 58
24th Londrina 58
25th Maceió 57
26th Pelotas 56
27th São Carlos 54
28th Bauru 54
29th Sao Jose do Rio Preto 53
30th Foz do Iguaçu 53
31st Novo Hamburgo 52
32nd Juiz de Fora 51

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 Recife costs R$ 25 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Recife costs R$ 6.00 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Recife costs R$ 20 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Recife costs R$ 7 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 11 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Foz do Iguaçu costs R$ 20 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Blumenau costs R$ 7 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 7 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 150 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 45 (about 22 hours ago)

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