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$ 3.27
12 eggs, large R$ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.58
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.95
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.52
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$ 3.14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,189
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 2,026
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 595
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,092
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,314
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 456
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 80
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,777
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 430
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$ 206
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R$ 181
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 326
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 248
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 83,815
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 3.82
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$ 42
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 228
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R$ 19
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$ 5.89
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 35
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 100
2 tickets to the movies R$ 50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 207
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 176
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$ 2,962
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.26
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 136
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 127
2nd São Paulo 122
3rd Brasília 112
4th São Bernardo do Campo 112
5th Salvador 111
6th Campinas 111
7th Porto Alegre 111
8th Belo Horizonte 110
9th Goiânia 108
10th Recife 108
11th Divinopolis 108
12th Santos, Sao Paulo 108
13th Florianopolis 108
14th Jundiai 107
15th Niterói 106
16th São José dos Campos 105
17th Curitiba 104
18th Balneario Camboriu 104
19th Caxias do Sul 104
20th Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 103
21st Belém 102
22nd Ribeirão Preto 101
23rd Santo André 100
24th Fortaleza 100
25th Manaus 100
26th Blumenau 100
27th Joinville 99
28th Sorocaba 98
29th Itajuba 98
30th Guarulhos 97
31st Vitória 95
32nd Uberlandia 95
33rd João Pessoa 93
34th Cuiabá 93
35th Campo Grande 93
36th São Luís 92
37th Natal 92
38th Piracicaba 91
39th Aracaju 88
40th Novo Hamburgo 88
41st Bauru 85
42nd Foz do Iguaçu 85
43rd São Carlos 85
44th Londrina 85
45th Juiz de Fora 83
46th Maringá 82

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

  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Santo André costs R$ 1,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Goiânia costs R$ 1,150 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in São Paulo costs R$ 2,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in São Paulo costs R$ 3,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Guaruja costs R$ 6.00 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Guaruja costs R$ 2.10 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Guaruja costs R$ 6.00 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Guaruja costs R$ 10 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Guaruja costs R$ 20 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Guaruja costs R$ 140 (about 20 hours ago)