Cost of living in Venezuela

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Bs 377,128
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Bs 365,927
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Bs 335,105
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Bs 156,134
12 eggs, large Bs 241,668
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Bs 129,582
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Bs 300,408
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Bs 332,390
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Bs 104,390
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Bs 88,840
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Bs 1,441,640
2 liters of Coca-Cola Bs 198,936
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Bs 63,095
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Bs 92,895,900
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Bs 216,115,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Bs 1,566,670
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Bs 235,638,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Bs 220,718,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Bs 2,313,580
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Bs 574,801
40” flat screen TV Bs 52,701,200
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Bs 24,150,700
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Bs 2,046,680
Hourly rate for cleaning help Bs 297,273
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Bs 5,816,400
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Bs 5,402,530
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Bs 11,292,400
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Bs 11,690,200
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Bs 500,820,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Bs 100,000
Monthly ticket public transport Bs 797,116
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Bs 485,851
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Bs 1,593,140
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Bs 996,278
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Bs 978,594
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Bs 362,030
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Bs 660,862
4 rolls of toilet paper Bs 550,783
Tube of toothpaste Bs 265,793
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Bs 287,719
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Bs 1,417,660
2 tickets to the movies Bs 308,636
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Bs 2,497,640
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Bs 2,560,590
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Bs 442,532
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Bs 142,660
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Bs 194,319
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Bs 56,988,800
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Bs 50,000
1 month of gym membership in business district Bs 928,187
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Bs 115,000

Map of Cost of Living in Venezuela

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This map shows only the top cities in Venezuela. 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 Venezuela

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Caracas 261
2nd Maracaibo 125
3rd Valencia 44

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.

Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Caracas costs Bs 120,000,000 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Barquisimeto costs Bs 200,000 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for one in Barquisimeto costs Bs 1,200,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Barquisimeto costs Bs 250,000 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for one in Barquisimeto costs Bs 600,000 (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Barquisimeto costs Bs 300,000 (2 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Barquisimeto costs Bs 250,000 (2 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Barquisimeto costs Bs 800,000 (2 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Barquisimeto costs Bs 1,200,000 (2 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Barquisimeto costs Bs 375,000 (2 days ago)