Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,118
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,518
  • Spain is the 3rd cheapest country in Western Europe (16 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Spain is cheaper than in 50% of countries in the World (35 out of 70)
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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 €3.67
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.96
12 eggs, large €2.77
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.98
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.96
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.94
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,160
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €793
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 €765
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €556
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €82
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €29
40” flat screen tv €356
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €94
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €72
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) €86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €87
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €24,534
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.81
Monthly ticket public transport €36
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) €62
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €3.70
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.43
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.94
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.63
Tube of toothpaste €1.82
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €33
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €51
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 €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.67
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.29
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €459
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 €5.08

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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 120
2nd Madrid 113
3rd Barcelona 113
4th Bilbao 103
5th Palma de Mallorca 103
6th Valencia 98
7th Pamplona 98
8th Marbella 98
9th Tarragona 98
10th Valladolid 98
11th Oviedo 96
12th Malaga 95
13th Santander 94
14th Zaragoza 94
15th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 90
16th Corunna 90
17th Gijón 89
18th León 88
19th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 88
20th Seville 88
21st Murcia 87
22nd Cordova 87
23rd Logroño 87
24th Santiago de Compostela 87
25th Alicante 85
26th Almería 83
27th Jerez de la Frontera 81
28th Ourense 80
29th Toledo, Spain 77

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Madrid costs €30 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Santander costs €30 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Santander costs €45 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Santander costs €15 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Santander costs €20 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Santander costs €20 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Santander costs €10 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 25 doses in Santander costs €6.00 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Santander costs €70 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Santander costs €400 (about 15 hours ago)

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