Cost of living in Mar del Plata, Argentina

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $196
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ARS $142
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $47
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $26
12 eggs, large ARS $34
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $67
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $30
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $21
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $123
2 liters of Coca-Cola ARS $43
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ARS $12,647
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ARS $8,923
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $2,001
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ARS $10,966
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ARS $8,418
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ARS $838
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ARS $640
40” flat screen TV ARS $11,012
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $2,635
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $131
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $247
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ARS $1,241
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ARS $876
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $1,711
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $1,328
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $292,866
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $22
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $425
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ARS $228
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $62
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $96
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ARS $500
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ARS $82
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $34
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $41
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $32
Tube of toothpaste ARS $20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $155
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $426
2 tickets to the movies ARS $196
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $924
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $763
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $49
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $73
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ARS $19,018
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $2.78
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $417
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ARS $53
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 259 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: November 13, 2018.

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