Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 10,168
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 4,396
  • 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 83% of countries in the World (63 out of 76)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 28
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.80
12 eggs, large R$ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 5.49
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 4.39
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 38
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.36
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,133
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 1,853
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 489
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,114
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,308
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 344
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 78
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,628
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 464
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 23
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$ 191
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 324
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 247
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 89,354
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.38
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 218
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 39
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 218
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 15
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 15
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.74
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.01
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 42
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 95
2 tickets to the movies R$ 53
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 228
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 189
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 25
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 11
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,464
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.25
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 117
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11

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 Paulinia 101
2nd São Paulo 81
3rd Rio de Janeiro 75
4th Porto Alegre 75
5th Brasília 71
6th Campinas 71
7th Curitiba 70
8th Araraquara 70
9th Florianopolis 70
10th São Bernardo do Campo 69
11th Santo André 69
12th Belo Horizonte 68
13th Divinopolis 68
14th São José dos Campos 68
15th Osasco 68
16th Salvador 67
17th Recife 66
18th Balneario Camboriu 66
19th Piracicaba 64
20th Belém 64
21st Uberlandia 63
22nd Guarulhos 61
23rd São Luís 61
24th Maceió 61
25th Londrina 59
26th Pelotas 57
27th Foz do Iguaçu 56
28th Sao Jose do Rio Preto 56
29th São Carlos 56
30th Bauru 56
31st Novo Hamburgo 55
32nd Juiz de Fora 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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Teresina costs R$ 4.00 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Teresina costs R$ 4.78 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in São Paulo costs R$ 11 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Caxias do Sul costs R$ 100,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in São Paulo costs R$ 10 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in São Paulo costs R$ 120 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in São Paulo costs R$ 14 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in São Paulo costs R$ 8 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in São Paulo costs R$ 30 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in São Paulo costs R$ 120 (1 day ago)