Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 33
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R$ 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.80
12 eggs, large R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 4.95
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.56
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 41
2 liters of Coca-Cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.46
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R$ 4,125
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R$ 2,682
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 812
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R$ 2,903
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R$ 1,865
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R$ 672
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R$ 82
40” flat screen TV R$ 1,706
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 371
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 22
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 17
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R$ 222
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R$ 182
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 333
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 255
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 88,274
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.02
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 201
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 21
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 49
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R$ 273
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R$ 21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 15
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.95
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.30
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 36
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 121
2 tickets to the movies R$ 54
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 163
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 202
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 28
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 7
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R$ 3,107
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.37
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 151
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R$ 8
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,911 prices entered by 569 different people.
Latest price update: November 18, 2017.

Rio position in our World Ranking

the world
164th
out of 335
latin america
4th
out of 54
brazil
1st
out of 23

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