Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $3,054 (€3,114)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,489 (€1,518)
  • Spain is the 3rd cheapest country in Western Europe (17 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Spain is cheaper than in 51% of countries in the World (39 out of 77)
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Food
EUR USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €16 ($16)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €9 ($8)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.55 ($3.48)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.88 ($0.87)
12 eggs, large €2.59 ($2.54)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.81 ($1.77)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6 ($6)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.88 ($1.84)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.18 ($1.15)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.93 ($0.91)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7 ($7)
2 liters of coca-cola €1.84 ($1.81)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.91 ($0.89)
Housing
EUR USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,177 ($1,154)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €778 ($763)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €124 ($121)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €739 ($725)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €557 ($546)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €85 ($84)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €30 ($29)
40” flat screen tv €366 ($359)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €103 ($101)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7 ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11 ($11)
Clothes
EUR USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €77 ($76)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €32 ($31)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €84 ($83)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €92 ($91)
Transportation
EUR USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €25,069 ($24,586)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.81 ($1.77)
Monthly ticket public transport €38 ($37)
Personal Care
EUR USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €6 ($6)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €5.56 ($5.45)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €61 ($60)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.53 ($4.45)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.41 ($2.36)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.64 ($2.59)
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.58 ($1.55)
Tube of toothpaste €1.76 ($1.72)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €18 ($17)
Entertainment
EUR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32 ($32)
2 tickets to the movies €16 ($16)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €52 ($51)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €45 ($44)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10 ($10)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.83 ($2.77)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.12 ($4.04)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €472 ($463)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.20 ($0.19)
1 month of gym membership in business district €47 ($46)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €5.04 ($4.94)

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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 127
2nd Madrid 127
3rd Barcelona 122
4th Palma de Mallorca 116
5th Bilbao 116
6th Tarragona 112
7th Valencia 110
8th Marbella 110
9th Pamplona 109
10th Oviedo 106
11th Vigo 106
12th Valladolid 106
13th Zaragoza 104
14th Malaga 103
15th Cadiz 102
16th Corunna 101
17th Gijón 100
18th Santander 100
19th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 99
20th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 98
21st Santiago de Compostela 98
22nd Logroño 98
23rd Cordova 97
24th Seville 97
25th Alicante 96
26th Salamanca 94
27th Almería 92
28th Jerez de la Frontera 91
29th Ourense 90
30th Murcia 89
31st Castellón de la Plana 88
32nd Toledo, Spain 81

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 Madrid costs €1,800 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Barcelona costs €1.90 (2 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Barcelona costs €30,000 (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Barcelona costs €130 (2 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Barcelona costs €130 (2 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Barcelona costs €90 (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Barcelona costs €110 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Barcelona costs €50 (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Barcelona costs €13 (2 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 25 doses in Barcelona costs €12 (2 days ago)

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