Cost of living in São Paulo, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in São Paulo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 12,285
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 5,726
  • São Paulo is the most expensive city in Brazil (1 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in São Paulo is more expensive than in 64% of cities in Latin America (14 out of 36)
  • Cost of living in São Paulo is cheaper than in 77% of cities in the World (124 out of 161)
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List of prices in São Paulo
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 35
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 30
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 4.31
12 eggs, large R$ 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 5.41
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 5.57
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 47
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.77
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 4,170
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,795
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 468
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 3,563
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 2,175
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 320
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 76
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,731
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 559
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 24
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 20
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 249
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 219
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 363
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 306
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 103,873
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.69
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 263
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 40
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 49
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 206
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$ 16
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 6
Tube of toothpaste R$ 5.14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 71
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 120
2 tickets to the movies R$ 76
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 323
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 196
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 28
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 10
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,646
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 0.98
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 160
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,439 prices entered by 388 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2022

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São Paulo position in our World Ranking

the world
124th
out of 161
latin america
14th
out of 36
brazil
1st
out of 10

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