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$ 3.23
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.65
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$ 3.58
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.49
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$ 3.21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 3,204
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 2,010
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 580
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,097
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,329
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 434
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 82
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,769
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 436
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$ 208
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R$ 184
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 331
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 252
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 84,924
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 3.91
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 196
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$ 17
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$ 5.88
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 37
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 99
2 tickets to the movies R$ 50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 206
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$ 2,881
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.29
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 135
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 117
2nd São Paulo 116
3rd Brasília 108
4th Campinas 105
5th Porto Alegre 104
6th Divinopolis 104
7th São Bernardo do Campo 104
8th Belo Horizonte 103
9th Santos, Sao Paulo 102
10th Salvador 101
11th Florianopolis 100
12th Jundiai 99
13th Goiânia 99
14th Niterói 99
15th Recife 99
16th Curitiba 98
17th São José dos Campos 98
18th Caxias do Sul 97
19th Santa Bárbara d'Oeste 96
20th Balneario Camboriu 96
21st Ribeirão Preto 95
22nd Belém 95
23rd Cuiabá 94
24th Santo André 93
25th Sorocaba 93
26th Fortaleza 92
27th Manaus 92
28th Blumenau 92
29th Uberlandia 92
30th Itajuba 91
31st Joinville 91
32nd Vitória 89
33rd Guarulhos 88
34th João Pessoa 88
35th Campo Grande 88
36th São Luís 86
37th Natal 86
38th Piracicaba 85
39th Maceió 85
40th Novo Hamburgo 82
41st Aracaju 82
42nd Foz do Iguaçu 82
43rd Londrina 79
44th São Carlos 79
45th Bauru 78
46th Juiz de Fora 78
47th Maringá 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

  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Goiânia costs R$ 15 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Goiânia costs R$ 3.00 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Goiânia costs R$ 3.00 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 300 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Goiânia costs R$ 12 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in Goiânia costs R$ 9 (about 18 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Goiânia costs R$ 4.00 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Goiânia costs R$ 13 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 1 liter in Goiânia costs R$ 21 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of bread in Goiânia costs R$ 4.25 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Goiânia costs R$ 7 (about 18 hours ago)