Cost of living in Argentina

Summary of cost of living in Argentina

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ARS $345,514
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ARS $141,022
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ARS $1,857
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ARS $1,221
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ARS $427
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ARS $166
12 eggs, large ARS $319
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ARS $220
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ARS $656
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ARS $249
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ARS $109
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ARS $207
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ARS $842
2 liters of coca-cola ARS $311
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ARS $102
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ARS $89,599
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ARS $59,420
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ARS $7,680
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ARS $67,045
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ARS $38,325
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ARS $5,480
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ARS $2,465
40” flat screen tv ARS $62,434
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ARS $35,102
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ARS $906
Hourly rate for cleaning help ARS $558
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ARS $12,068
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ARS $7,668
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ARS $22,748
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ARS $17,946
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ARS $4,424,430
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ARS $154
Monthly ticket public transport ARS $2,604
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ARS $756
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ARS $1,167
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ARS $2,390
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ARS $595
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ARS $409
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ARS $435
4 rolls of toilet paper ARS $320
Tube of toothpaste ARS $280
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ARS $1,263
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ARS $3,208
2 tickets to the movies ARS $1,395
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ARS $4,491
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ARS $5,318
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ARS $876
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ARS $434
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ARS $380
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ARS $121,697
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ARS $32
1 month of gym membership in business district ARS $4,810
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ARS $386

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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 104
2nd Corrientes 68
3rd Resistencia 46

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in San Carlos de Bariloche costs ARS $500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in San Carlos de Bariloche costs ARS $10,000 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Salta costs ARS $250 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Salta costs ARS $200 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Salta costs ARS $1,000 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Salta costs ARS $700 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Salta costs ARS $5,000 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Salta costs ARS $3,500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Salta costs ARS $1,600 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Salta costs ARS $55,000 (about 21 hours ago)

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