Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 10,175
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 4,369
  • Brazil is the 3rd cheapest country in Latin America (14 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 87% of countries in the World (67 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 28
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 27
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.86
12 eggs, large R$ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 5.57
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 4.51
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 38
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.33
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,092
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 1,818
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 493
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,063
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,270
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 360
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 80
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,663
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 467
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 22
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 17
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 210
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 192
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 324
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 247
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 88,188
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.43
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 222
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 41
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 218
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 15
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 16
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.88
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.06
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 42
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 94
2 tickets to the movies R$ 52
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 218
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 183
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 25
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 11
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,547
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.29
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 117
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 10

Map of Cost of Living in Brazil

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This map shows only the top cities in Brazil. 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 Brazil

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Paulinia 97
2nd São Paulo 78
3rd Rio de Janeiro 72
4th Porto Alegre 70
5th Brasília 68
6th Campinas 68
7th São José dos Campos 67
8th Curitiba 67
9th Araraquara 67
10th Florianopolis 67
11th Belo Horizonte 66
12th Divinopolis 65
13th Santo André 65
14th Osasco 65
15th Salvador 64
16th Balneario Camboriu 63
17th Recife 63
18th Piracicaba 62
19th Belém 61
20th Uberlandia 60
21st São Luís 59
22nd Guarulhos 59
23rd Maceió 58
24th Londrina 57
25th Pelotas 54
26th Foz do Iguaçu 54
27th Bauru 54
28th Sao Jose do Rio Preto 54
29th São Carlos 54
30th Novo Hamburgo 53
31st Juiz de Fora 50

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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Prices recently added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in São Paulo costs R$ 80 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Florianopolis costs R$ 1,600 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Porto Alegre costs R$ 1,600 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Florianopolis costs R$ 4,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Anápolis costs R$ 4.00 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of bread in Anápolis costs R$ 2.50 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Anápolis costs R$ 8 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Anápolis costs R$ 6.00 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Anápolis costs R$ 7 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of local cheese in Anápolis costs R$ 9 (1 day ago)