Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,337
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,723
  • Spain is the 2nd cheapest country in Western Europe (17 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Spain is cheaper than in 51% of countries in the World (35 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.80
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.04
12 eggs, large €3.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.26
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.02
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.42
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €2.05
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.08
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,394
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €937
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €117
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €889
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €665
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €79
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €28
40” flat screen tv €326
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €96
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €74
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) €83
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €88
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €28,144
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.59
Monthly ticket public transport €30
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €7
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €64
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €3.95
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.81
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.12
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.03
Tube of toothpaste €2.00
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €17
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €33
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €50
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €49
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.64
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.35
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €502
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district €48
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €5.27

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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:
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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 116
2nd Madrid 110
3rd Barcelona, Spain 108
4th Bilbao 101
5th Pamplona 100
6th Malaga 98
7th Marbella 96
8th Vigo 96
9th Valencia, Spain 95
10th Alicante 93
11th Santander 92
12th Tarragona 90
13th Valladolid 90
14th León, Spain 89
15th Murcia 88
16th Zaragoza 88
17th Seville 88
18th Corunna 88
19th Gijón 88
20th Oviedo 87
21st Santa Cruz de Tenerife 87
22nd Cadiz 86
23rd Granada, Spain 85
24th Santiago de Compostela 85
25th Cordova 84
26th Logroño 83
27th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 83
28th Ourense 81
29th Albacete 80
30th Salamanca 80
31st Almería 79
32nd Jerez de la Frontera 78

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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Prices recently added

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Barcelona, Spain costs €500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Valencia, Spain costs €12 (1 day ago)
  • 60 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Barcelona, Spain costs €0.25 (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Almuñécar costs €30 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Almuñécar costs €400 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Almuñécar costs €600 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Almuñécar costs €800 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Almuñécar costs €360 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €1.60 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria costs €1.20 (3 days ago)

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