Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Rio de Janeiro

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 10,896
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 5,049
  • Rio de Janeiro is the 2nd most expensive city in Brazil (2 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is cheaper than in 62% of cities in Latin America (21 out of 34)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is cheaper than in 84% of cities in the World (168 out of 200)

List of prices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 29
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$ 4.18
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 5.33
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 4.20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.79
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 35
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.64
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,833
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,222
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 676
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,322
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,472
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 675
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 67
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,591
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 457
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 25
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 18
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 201
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 192
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 294
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 214
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 87,960
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.94
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 224
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$ 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 35
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 217
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 16
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.19
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.33
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 43
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 118
2 tickets to the movies R$ 57
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 232
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 179
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 24
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,106
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.42
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 123
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,448 prices entered by 150 different people.
Latest price update: January 25, 2021

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Rio position in our World Ranking

the world
168th
out of 200
latin america
21st
out of 34
brazil
2nd
out of 8

Cheapest and most expensive products in Rio compared to other cities:

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the world
1st
the world
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latin america
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