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 €0.88
12 eggs, large €2.37
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.51
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.91
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,252
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €860
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €142
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €812
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €569
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €116
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €31
40” flat screen TV €387
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €89
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €79
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €31
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €79
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €94
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,212
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.20
Monthly ticket public transport €49
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €4.94
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €53
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.68
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.92
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.26
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 €31
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €70
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 €2.30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.67
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €469
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.27
1 month of gym membership in business district €45
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.08

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 142
2nd San Sebastian 138
3rd Madrid 135
4th Palma de Mallorca 128
5th Bilbao 125
6th Valencia 122
7th Oviedo 119
8th Benidorm 115
9th Corunna 114
10th Malaga 113
11th Zaragoza 113
12th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 111
13th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 110
14th Santiago de Compostela 110
15th Vigo 107
16th Valladolid 106
17th Seville 106
18th Alicante 106
19th Granada 105
20th Murcia 104
21st 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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Valladolid costs €1.40 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in León costs €170 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Madrid costs €60 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Madrid costs €50 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Madrid costs €1,500 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Barcelona costs €2.20 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Barcelona costs €100 (3 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Cordova costs €450 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Cordova costs €0.80 (3 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Cordova costs €0.50 (3 days ago)