Cost of living in Bolivia

Summary of cost of living in Bolivia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $b12,905
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $b5,576
  • Bolivia is the 4th cheapest country in Latin America (13 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Bolivia is cheaper than in 84% of countries in the World (65 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $b53
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $b42
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $b13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $b6
12 eggs, large $b13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $b6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $b22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $b12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $b7
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $b11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $b47
2 liters of coca-cola $b10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $b3.92
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $b3,825
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $b2,498
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $b265
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $b2,669
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $b1,589
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $b211
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $b188
40” flat screen tv $b2,415
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $b972
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $b40
Hourly rate for cleaning help $b31
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $b347
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $b272
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $b567
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $b490
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $b104,189
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $b3.79
Monthly ticket public transport $b188
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $b49
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $b25
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $b208
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $b48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $b22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $b26
4 rolls of toilet paper $b11
Tube of toothpaste $b12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $b55
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $b60
2 tickets to the movies $b85
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $b249
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $b199
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $b38
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $b24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $b17
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $b2,971
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $b1.35
1 month of gym membership in business district $b337
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $b16

Map of Cost of Living in Bolivia

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This map shows only the top cities in Bolivia. 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 Bolivia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Potosí 88
2nd La Paz 80
3rd Cochabamba 78
4th Santa Cruz de la Sierra 72

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.

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