Cost of living in Argentina

Summary of cost of living in Argentina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ARS $111,043
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ARS $45,374
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $448
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ARS $323
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $120
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $57
12 eggs, large ARS $102
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $62
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $234
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $69
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $36
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $66
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $232
2 liters of coca-cola ARS $116
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ARS $28,915
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ARS $18,990
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $3,821
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ARS $20,114
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ARS $13,431
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ARS $2,873
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ARS $1,249
40” flat screen tv ARS $22,410
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $9,081
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $300
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $197
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ARS $2,934
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ARS $1,942
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $4,522
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $4,089
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $1,262,050
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $56
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $1,294
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $242
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $458
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ARS $935
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ARS $238
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $130
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $194
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $98
Tube of toothpaste ARS $112
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $400
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $965
2 tickets to the movies ARS $553
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $1,768
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $1,610
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $298
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $138
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $130
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ARS $40,775
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $11
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $1,728
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ARS $128

Map of Cost of Living in Argentina

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This map shows only the top cities in Argentina. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Argentina

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Buenos Aires 65
2nd Córdoba 58
3rd Rosario 54
4th Mendoza 52
5th San Juan 51
6th Bahía Blanca 50
7th Mar del Plata 49
8th Neuquén 49
9th Tucumán 45

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Buenos Aires costs ARS $180 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Buenos Aires costs ARS $500 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 16 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Buenos Aires costs ARS $200 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Buenos Aires costs ARS $160 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Buenos Aires costs ARS $250 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Buenos Aires costs ARS $80 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Buenos Aires costs ARS $60 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of local cheese in Buenos Aires costs ARS $130 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Buenos Aires costs ARS $180 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Buenos Aires costs ARS $70 (about 8 hours ago)