Cost of living in Venezuela

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Bs 654,437
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Bs 534,547
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Bs 428,126
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Bs 163,069
12 eggs, large Bs 303,427
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Bs 388,321
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Bs 540,808
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Bs 568,359
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Bs 189,758
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Bs 227,137
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Bs 1,922,010
2 liters of Coca-Cola Bs 233,187
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Bs 182,988
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Bs 148,464,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Bs 247,433,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Bs 15,000,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Bs 211,217,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Bs 189,090,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Bs 9,017,800
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Bs 1,000,000
40” flat screen TV Bs 56,656,100
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Bs 21,986,200
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Bs 1,692,890
Hourly rate for cleaning help Bs 6,210,000
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Bs 6,732,340
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Bs 6,556,310
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Bs 14,678,200
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Bs 18,913,000
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Bs 3,060,710,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Bs 100,000
Monthly ticket public transport Bs 2,000,000
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Bs 783,758
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Bs 3,507,630
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Bs 5,222,220
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Bs 978,594
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Bs 415,924
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Bs 1,634,940
4 rolls of toilet paper Bs 1,192,990
Tube of toothpaste Bs 210,071
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Bs 1,197,820
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Bs 8,073,760
2 tickets to the movies Bs 2,371,370
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Bs 3,167,120
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Bs 10,211,900
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Bs 732,051
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Bs 362,112
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Bs 488,101
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Bs 77,438,400
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Bs 50,000
1 month of gym membership in business district Bs 3,218,040
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Bs 1,372,140

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 84
2nd Maracaibo 66
3rd Valencia 23

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

  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Caracas costs Bs 40,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Caracas costs Bs 6,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Caracas costs Bs 10,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Caracas costs Bs 15,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Per minute of waiting of taxi fare per waiting time, weekday at noon in Calabozo costs Bs 24,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Calabozo costs Bs 5,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Calabozo costs Bs 6,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Calabozo costs Bs 800,000 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Calabozo costs Bs 3,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Calabozo costs Bs 15,000,000 (3 days ago)