Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Rio de Janeiro

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 15,215
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 7,725
  • Rio de Janeiro is the 3rd most expensive city in Brazil (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is more expensive than in 68% of cities in Latin America (11 out of 31)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is cheaper than in 74% of cities in the World (144 out of 194)
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List of prices in Rio de Janeiro
Current as of Feb 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 41
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 34
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 5.01
12 eggs, large R$ 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 45
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 4.34
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 7,174
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 3,225
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 1,021
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 4,092
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 2,288
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 597
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 108
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,927
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 836
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 26
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 25
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 260
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 348
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 476
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 366
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 91,875
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.63
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 258
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 46
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 23
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 53
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 344
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 24
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 16
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 19
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.95
Tube of toothpaste R$ 5.83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 67
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 136
2 tickets to the movies R$ 78
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 279
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 238
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 30
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 13
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,634
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.12
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 163
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 9
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,086 prices entered by 124 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2024

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Rio position in our World Ranking

the world
144th
out of 194
latin america
11th
out of 31
brazil
3rd
out of 10

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

the world
4th
the world
5th
latin america
2nd
latin america
2nd
latin america
2nd
latin america
3rd

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