Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 9,847
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 4,316
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 55% of countries in Latin America (11 out of 20)
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 64% of countries in the World (61 out of 96)
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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$ 3.40
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 5.48
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 6
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.91
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.53
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 40
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.28
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,140
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 1,858
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 529
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 1,958
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,288
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 356
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 80
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,570
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 432
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 23
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 16
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 199
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 165
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 308
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 243
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 87,262
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.34
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 214
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 41
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 233
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$ 5.47
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.91
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$ 49
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 199
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 172
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 23
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 9
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 2,801
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.16
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 112
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:
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 106
2nd Rio de Janeiro 102
3rd Santos, Sao Paulo 100
4th Brasília 97
5th Campinas 95
6th Florianopolis 94
7th São Bernardo do Campo 92
8th Belo Horizonte 92
9th Araraquara 92
10th Porto Alegre 92
11th Divinopolis 91
12th Niterói 90
13th Recife 90
14th Santo André 90
15th São José dos Campos 90
16th Osasco 89
17th Curitiba 89
18th Goiânia 87
19th Salvador 86
20th Sorocaba 86
21st Joinville 85
22nd Caxias do Sul 85
23rd Ribeirão Preto 85
24th Cuiabá 85
25th Balneario Camboriu 85
26th Vitória 84
27th Manaus 84
28th Belém 83
29th Blumenau 83
30th Fortaleza 82
31st Piracicaba 82
32nd Guarulhos 82
33rd Maceió 82
34th Uberlandia 81
35th João Pessoa 80
36th Jundiai 80
37th Pelotas 79
38th Natal 77
39th São Luís 77
40th Aracaju 77
41st Campo Grande 77
42nd Sao Jose do Rio Preto 74
43rd Novo Hamburgo 74
44th Foz do Iguaçu 74
45th Maringá 74
46th Londrina 73
47th Bauru 72
48th São Carlos 72
49th Juiz de Fora 69

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Curitiba costs R$ 189 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Florianopolis costs R$ 6.00 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Florianopolis costs R$ 60 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Florianopolis costs R$ 8 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Florianopolis costs R$ 3.50 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Florianopolis costs R$ 28 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Florianopolis costs R$ 80 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Florianopolis costs R$ 1,800 (about 15 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in São Paulo costs R$ 4.80 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in São Paulo costs R$ 600 (about 22 hours ago)