Cost of living in João Pessoa, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in João Pessoa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 8,491
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 3,551
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List of prices in João Pessoa, Brazil. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 23
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 24
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.68
12 eggs, large R$ 6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 3.48
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 5.03
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.86
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 40
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 6
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 2.61
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 2,313
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 1,572
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 250
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 1,765
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 975
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 155
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 69
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,706
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 384
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 19
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 11
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 166
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 151
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 328
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 210
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 78,608
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.30
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 189
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 31
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 30
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 217
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 12
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 12
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 4.81
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.01
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 34
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 73
2 tickets to the movies R$ 48
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 157
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 153
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 10
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.32
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 93
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 7
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 224 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: January 23, 2020

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