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$ 3.27
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.81
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.65
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.28
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$ 3.25
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,158
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 1,959
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 579
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,175
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,365
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 416
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 83
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,728
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 425
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$ 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$ 332
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$ 87,434
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.33
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 203
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$ 235
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$ 15
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 6
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.08
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 40
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 95
2 tickets to the movies R$ 51
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 179
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 179
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$ 2,726
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.16
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 116
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 112
2nd Rio de Janeiro 109
3rd Brasília 104
4th Campinas 102
5th Belo Horizonte 101
6th Santos, Sao Paulo 101
7th São Bernardo do Campo 99
8th Divinopolis 98
9th Salvador 97
10th Porto Alegre 97
11th Osasco 97
12th Recife 96
13th Florianopolis 96
14th Curitiba 95
15th Niterói 94
16th Santo André 94
17th São José dos Campos 94
18th Goiânia 94
19th Ribeirão Preto 93
20th Caxias do Sul 93
21st Balneario Camboriu 92
22nd Manaus 92
23rd Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 91
24th Joinville 91
25th Belém 90
26th Sorocaba 90
27th Cuiabá 90
28th Blumenau 90
29th Maceió 88
30th Fortaleza 88
31st Uberlandia 87
32nd Vitória 86
33rd Itajuba 85
34th Natal 85
35th Guarulhos 85
36th Jundiai 85
37th Piracicaba 85
38th João Pessoa 85
39th São Luís 83
40th Campo Grande 82
41st Novo Hamburgo 80
42nd Sao Jose do Rio Preto 80
43rd Londrina 79
44th Aracaju 79
45th Foz do Iguaçu 79
46th Bauru 78
47th Maringá 77
48th São Carlos 77
49th Juiz de Fora 75

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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Prices recently added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in São Paulo costs R$ 150 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Florianopolis costs R$ 8 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Florianopolis costs R$ 130 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Florianopolis costs R$ 25 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Florianopolis costs R$ 4.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Florianopolis costs R$ 3.82 (2 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Florianopolis costs R$ 1,600 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Florianopolis costs R$ 1,700 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Florianopolis costs R$ 3,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Florianopolis costs R$ 4.00 (2 days ago)