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 €3.64
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.86
12 eggs, large €2.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.49
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.88
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,228
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €823
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €138
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €786
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €543
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €145
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €31
40” flat screen TV €406
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €99
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €9
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €80
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €30
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €77
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €93
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,420
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.19
Monthly ticket public transport €50
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €5.31
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €54
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.31
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.77
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.99
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.33
Tube of toothpaste €1.74
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €12
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €30
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €68
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €50
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.65
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €460
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district €47
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €4.96

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.

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 Barcelona 144
2nd San Sebastian 137
3rd Madrid 135
4th Palma de Mallorca 129
5th Bilbao 126
6th Oviedo 119
7th Valencia 118
8th Zaragoza 118
9th Corunna 115
10th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 115
11th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 113
12th Santiago de Compostela 110
13th Malaga 110
14th Seville 109
15th Valladolid 109
16th Granada 109
17th Alicante 106
18th Vigo 106
19th Murcia 105
20th Benidorm 99

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Weekly rent - 2 bedroom (85m2) furnished accommodation in expensive area in Barcelona costs €430 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in expensive area in Cadiz costs €807 (3 days ago)
  • Public transport in Madrid costs €20 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Santander costs €5.00 (3 days ago)
  • 200 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Santander costs €4.25 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Santander costs €8 (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Santander costs €14 (3 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Santander costs €8 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Santander costs €1.10 (3 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Santander costs €80 (3 days ago)