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$ 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.23
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.58
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.27
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.56
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$ 3.22
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,119
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 1,939
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 621
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,113
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,320
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 402
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 84
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,735
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 430
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 21
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 17
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R$ 201
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R$ 183
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 327
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$ 86,221
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.24
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 201
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 45
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 235
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R$ 17
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$ 6
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.01
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 38
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 97
2 tickets to the movies R$ 50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 174
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 174
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$ 2,735
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.13
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 120
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R$ 10

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 118
2nd Rio de Janeiro 115
3rd Brasília 109
4th Campinas 105
5th Santos, Sao Paulo 105
6th Belo Horizonte 104
7th São Bernardo do Campo 103
8th Divinopolis 103
9th Salvador 103
10th Porto Alegre 102
11th Osasco 102
12th Recife 100
13th Florianopolis 100
14th Curitiba 99
15th Niterói 99
16th Goiânia 99
17th São José dos Campos 99
18th Ribeirão Preto 98
19th Caxias do Sul 97
20th Balneario Camboriu 96
21st Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 96
22nd Sorocaba 95
23rd Cuiabá 95
24th Belém 95
25th Blumenau 94
26th Santo André 94
27th Manaus 94
28th Maceió 93
29th Fortaleza 92
30th Joinville 92
31st Vitória 91
32nd Uberlandia 91
33rd Itajuba 90
34th Campo Grande 89
35th Guarulhos 89
36th Piracicaba 89
37th João Pessoa 89
38th Natal 89
39th Jundiai 88
40th São Luís 87
41st Novo Hamburgo 84
42nd Londrina 83
43rd Foz do Iguaçu 83
44th Aracaju 82
45th Sao Jose do Rio Preto 82
46th Bauru 81
47th Maringá 81
48th São Carlos 81
49th Juiz de Fora 79

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Fortaleza costs R$ 800 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 5.20 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 2,500 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 5.00 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 9 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 8 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 4.50 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 25 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 35 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 3,500 (about 11 hours ago)