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$ 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.30
12 eggs, large R$ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.63
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 6
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.57
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.50
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$ 3.12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,135
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 1,977
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 641
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,139
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,328
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 518
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 81
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,789
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 420
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 22
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 16
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R$ 204
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R$ 178
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 331
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 245
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 82,976
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 3.72
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 192
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 43
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 228
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$ 14
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.58
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.96
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 35
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 101
2 tickets to the movies R$ 50
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$ 178
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$ 2,984
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.16
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 144
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.

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 Rio de Janeiro 130
2nd São Paulo 128
3rd Brasília 119
4th São Bernardo do Campo 116
5th Salvador 115
6th Porto Alegre 114
7th Florianopolis 113
8th Divinopolis 112
9th Campinas 112
10th Belo Horizonte 111
11th Santos, Sao Paulo 110
12th Recife 110
13th Curitiba 110
14th Goiânia 110
15th Niterói 109
16th Jundiai 108
17th São José dos Campos 107
18th Balneario Camboriu 107
19th Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 106
20th Belém 106
21st Caxias do Sul 106
22nd Ribeirão Preto 104
23rd Fortaleza 104
24th Sorocaba 102
25th Santo André 102
26th Joinville 100
27th Manaus 98
28th Blumenau 98
29th Uberlandia 98
30th Vitória 97
31st Cuiabá 96
32nd São Luís 96
33rd Campo Grande 95
34th João Pessoa 95
35th Piracicaba 95
36th Natal 94
37th Aracaju 91
38th Itajuba 91
39th Londrina 87
40th São Carlos 87
41st Juiz de Fora 85
42nd Bauru 84
43rd Foz do Iguaçu 83
44th Maringá 83

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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Brasília costs R$ 5.00 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Campinas costs R$ 100 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 year rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Anápolis costs R$ 84,708,300 (about 11 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in São Paulo costs R$ 4.35 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 3.60 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of boneless chicken breast in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 5.00 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 2,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Ribeirão Preto costs R$ 138 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Ribeirão Preto costs R$ 95,333 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Ribeirão Preto costs R$ 180 (about 15 hours ago)