Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Rio de Janeiro

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 11,574
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 5,560
  • Rio de Janeiro is the 2nd most expensive city in Brazil (2 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is more expensive than in 83% of cities in Latin America (9 out of 47)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is cheaper than in 67% of cities in the World (191 out of 285)

List of prices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 32
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 4.07
12 eggs, large R$ 6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 16
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 3.83
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.44
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 40
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.31
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 4,438
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,583
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 921
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 3,370
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,801
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 595
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 79
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,700
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 517
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 18
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 19
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 233
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 148
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 289
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 278
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 82,933
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.01
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 216
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 54
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 20
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 55
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 230
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 15
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 4.74
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.72
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 49
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 118
2 tickets to the movies R$ 50
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 240
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 182
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 29
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 10
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 2,680
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.32
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 135
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 983 prices entered by 139 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

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Rio position in our World Ranking

the world
191st
out of 285
latin america
9th
out of 47
brazil
2nd
out of 12

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

latin america
2nd
latin america
4th
latin america
4th
latin america
4th
brazil
1st
brazil
1st

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