Cost of living in Venezuela

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Bs 454,347
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Bs 463,051
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Bs 369,883
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Bs 163,069
12 eggs, large Bs 266,548
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Bs 199,604
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Bs 421,652
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Bs 568,359
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Bs 179,812
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Bs 122,179
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Bs 1,814,510
2 liters of Coca-Cola Bs 227,124
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Bs 70,007
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Bs 80,885,200
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Bs 211,700,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Bs 2,000,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Bs 211,782,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Bs 180,100,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Bs 2,263,590
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Bs 772,202
40” flat screen TV Bs 56,656,100
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Bs 23,196,600
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Bs 2,275,010
Hourly rate for cleaning help Bs 420,000
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Bs 6,473,010
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Bs 6,137,440
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Bs 14,594,400
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Bs 12,756,500
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 60,000
Monthly ticket public transport Bs 797,116
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Bs 542,543
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Bs 2,293,790
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Bs 2,868,600
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Bs 978,594
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Bs 420,035
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Bs 725,714
4 rolls of toilet paper Bs 799,871
Tube of toothpaste Bs 209,830
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Bs 286,572
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Bs 1,351,710
2 tickets to the movies Bs 469,090
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 2,786,700
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Bs 488,923
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Bs 290,108
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Bs 212,921
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 1,344,110
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Bs 163,686

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 177
2nd Maracaibo 131
3rd Valencia 51

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

  • Men’s leather business shoes in Caracas costs Bs 50,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Caracas costs Bs 30,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Caracas costs Bs 10,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Caracas costs Bs 14,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Caracas costs Bs 800,000 (3 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Caracas costs Bs 300,000 (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Caracas costs Bs 1,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Caracas costs Bs 3,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • 250 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Caracas costs Bs 600,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Caracas costs Bs 300,000 (3 days ago)