Cost of living in Argentina

Summary of cost of living in Argentina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ARS $276,486
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ARS $113,387
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $1,315
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ARS $897
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $329
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $124
12 eggs, large ARS $230
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $197
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $517
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $205
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $80
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $172
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $644
2 liters of coca-cola ARS $243
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $83
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ARS $74,201
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ARS $46,135
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $5,819
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ARS $48,255
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ARS $30,501
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ARS $5,343
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ARS $2,221
40” flat screen tv ARS $52,611
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $27,574
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $586
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $466
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ARS $8,220
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ARS $5,272
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $16,447
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $12,580
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $3,755,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $117
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $2,696
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $498
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $867
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ARS $2,480
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ARS $444
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $328
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $368
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $229
Tube of toothpaste ARS $215
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $822
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $2,607
2 tickets to the movies ARS $1,106
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $3,447
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $4,039
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $668
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $353
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $303
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ARS $114,580
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $27
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $3,365
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ARS $290

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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:
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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 96
2nd Corrientes 76
3rd Rosario 70
4th La Plata 55
5th Resistencia 37

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 kg of potatoes in Buenos Aires costs ARS $90 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Buenos Aires costs ARS $180 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Buenos Aires costs ARS $200 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Buenos Aires costs ARS $214,000 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Buenos Aires costs ARS $4,500 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Buenos Aires costs ARS $250 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Buenos Aires costs ARS $8,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Buenos Aires costs ARS $5,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Buenos Aires costs ARS $2,500 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Buenos Aires costs ARS $4,500 (about 14 hours ago)

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