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 €3.48
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.88
12 eggs, large €2.59
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.70
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.76
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.53
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.94
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,274
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €882
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €135
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €828
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €615
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €95
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €30
40” flat screen TV €377
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €82
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €75
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) €80
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €94
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €19,410
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.23
Monthly ticket public transport €49
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €4.67
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €55
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.56
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.66
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.84
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.29
Tube of toothpaste €1.71
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €13
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €30
2 tickets to the movies €17
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €75
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €47
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.21
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €456
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.20
1 month of gym membership in business district €45
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.09

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 San Sebastian 137
2nd Barcelona 136
3rd Madrid 136
4th Palma de Mallorca 127
5th Pamplona 125
6th Bilbao 125
7th Oviedo 122
8th Valencia 121
9th Benidorm 118
10th Corunna 115
11th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 114
12th Malaga 114
13th Zaragoza 113
14th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 111
15th Santiago de Compostela 110
16th Tarragona 109
17th Alicante 107
18th Valladolid 106
19th Granada 106
20th Vigo 106
21st Murcia 106
22nd Seville 104
23rd 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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Valencia costs €25 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Valencia costs €5.00 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Valencia costs €45 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Valencia costs €20 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Valencia costs €1.70 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Valencia costs €40 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Valencia costs €1.25 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of bread in Valencia costs €0.70 (1 day ago)
  • 33 cl domestic beer in the supermarket in Valencia costs €1.52 (1 day ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Valencia costs €2.00 (1 day ago)