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$ 3.22
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.62
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.32
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.60
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$ 3.20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,101
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 1,933
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 563
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,064
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,309
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 399
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$ 434
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$ 205
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$ 328
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 257
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 86,028
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.16
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 199
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 47
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 233
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$ 4.07
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$ 50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 170
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 175
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$ 2,752
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.15
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 128
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 113
2nd Rio de Janeiro 111
3rd Brasília 104
4th Campinas 101
5th São Bernardo do Campo 100
6th Porto Alegre 100
7th Santos, Sao Paulo 100
8th Belo Horizonte 100
9th Divinopolis 99
10th Salvador 97
11th Florianopolis 97
12th Curitiba 96
13th Goiânia 95
14th Niterói 95
15th São José dos Campos 95
16th Recife 94
17th Balneario Camboriu 93
18th Caxias do Sul 93
19th Ribeirão Preto 92
20th Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 92
21st Cuiabá 91
22nd Belém 91
23rd Manaus 91
24th Sorocaba 91
25th Blumenau 90
26th Santo André 90
27th Maceió 90
28th Fortaleza 89
29th Itajuba 88
30th Joinville 88
31st Vitória 88
32nd Uberlandia 87
33rd Jundiai 86
34th Guarulhos 86
35th João Pessoa 86
36th Campo Grande 85
37th Piracicaba 84
38th São Luís 83
39th Natal 83
40th Novo Hamburgo 80
41st Aracaju 80
42nd Foz do Iguaçu 79
43rd Sao Jose do Rio Preto 78
44th Londrina 78
45th São Carlos 78
46th Bauru 78
47th Maringá 76
48th 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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Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in São Paulo costs R$ 4.00 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in São Paulo costs R$ 10 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in São Paulo costs R$ 2.50 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in São Paulo costs R$ 35 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in São Paulo costs R$ 30 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in São Paulo costs R$ 55 (about 6 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in São Paulo costs R$ 4.00 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in São Paulo costs R$ 5.00 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in São Paulo costs R$ 300 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in São Paulo costs R$ 400 (about 8 hours ago)