Cost of living in Spain

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.43
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.88
12 eggs, large €2.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.71
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.80
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.06
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.85
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.93
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,278
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €900
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €126
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €821
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €622
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €92
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €29
40” flat screen TV €362
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €85
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €77
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €29
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €78
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €95
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €19,598
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.28
Monthly ticket public transport €48
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.07
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €5.75
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €60
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.79
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.74
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.82
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.42
Tube of toothpaste €1.75
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €13
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €31
2 tickets to the movies €17
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €60
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €45
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.06
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.00
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €429
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district €43
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.11

Map of Cost of Living in Spain

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This map shows only the top cities in Spain. 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 Spain

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st San Sebastian 145
2nd Madrid 134
3rd Barcelona 133
4th Palma de Mallorca 128
5th Bilbao 126
6th Pamplona 123
7th Oviedo 123
8th Valencia 117
9th Corunna 115
10th Zaragoza 113
11th Malaga 111
12th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 111
13th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 110
14th Santiago de Compostela 109
15th Tarragona 107
16th Seville 107
17th Alicante 106
18th Valladolid 105
19th Granada 104
20th Murcia 104
21st Vigo 104
22nd Almería 102

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 Spain? 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 Spain of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Prices recently added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Madrid costs €400 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Santiago de Compostela costs €439 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Benidorm costs €5.00 (1 day ago)
  • 200 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Benidorm costs €3.75 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Benidorm costs €2.00 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Benidorm costs €8 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Benidorm costs €50 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Benidorm costs €50 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Benidorm costs €16 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Benidorm costs €40 (1 day ago)