Cost of living in Brazil

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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$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.34
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.91
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.27
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.59
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 39
2 liters of Coca-Cola R$ 6
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,057
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 1,898
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 694
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,128
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,291
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 406
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 80
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,732
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 424
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 20
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 17
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$ 186
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 336
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$ 86,920
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.37
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 204
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 50
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 232
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R$ 16
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$ 5.92
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.85
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$ 49
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 177
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$ 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$ 2,643
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.16
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 114
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:
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 117
2nd Rio de Janeiro 110
3rd Brasília 108
4th Santos, Sao Paulo 107
5th Campinas 106
6th Belo Horizonte 102
7th São Bernardo do Campo 101
8th Divinopolis 100
9th Porto Alegre 100
10th Osasco 100
11th Recife 99
12th São José dos Campos 97
13th Niterói 97
14th Salvador 97
15th Florianopolis 96
16th Ribeirão Preto 96
17th Santo André 96
18th Curitiba 96
19th Goiânia 95
20th Balneario Camboriu 94
21st Manaus 94
22nd Sorocaba 94
23rd Joinville 94
24th Caxias do Sul 94
25th Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 94
26th Cuiabá 93
27th Blumenau 92
28th Fortaleza 91
29th Belém 91
30th Maceió 90
31st Uberlandia 90
32nd Vitória 90
33rd Itajuba 87
34th Pelotas 87
35th João Pessoa 87
36th Jundiai 87
37th Piracicaba 87
38th Guarulhos 86
39th Natal 85
40th São Luís 84
41st Campo Grande 83
42nd Aracaju 83
43rd Novo Hamburgo 82
44th Sao Jose do Rio Preto 82
45th Londrina 81
46th Foz do Iguaçu 81
47th Maringá 80
48th Bauru 79
49th São Carlos 78
50th Juiz de Fora 76

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bauru costs R$ 80 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bauru costs R$ 100 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bauru costs R$ 30 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Bauru costs R$ 100 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bauru costs R$ 4.00 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bauru costs R$ 150 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Bauru costs R$ 15 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Bauru costs R$ 1,500 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bauru costs R$ 20 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 250 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Bauru costs R$ 3.40 (about 19 hours ago)