Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 10,105
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 4,438
  • Brazil is the 4th cheapest country in Latin America (13 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 86% of countries in the World (73 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 29
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.43
12 eggs, large R$ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 5.50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 16
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 6
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 4.26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.67
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 37
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.42
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,254
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 1,902
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 481
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 1,964
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,290
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 330
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 77
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,514
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 437
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 24
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 17
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 217
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 180
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 311
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 239
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 87,740
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.28
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 211
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 41
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 235
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 15
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 5.69
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 39
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 99
2 tickets to the movies R$ 52
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 236
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 181
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 25
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 10
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,124
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.32
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 114
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 São Paulo 86
2nd Rio de Janeiro 81
3rd Porto Alegre 80
4th Florianopolis 78
5th Campinas 77
6th Araraquara 76
7th Brasília 76
8th São Bernardo do Campo 76
9th Belo Horizonte 75
10th Curitiba 75
11th Divinopolis 74
12th São José dos Campos 74
13th Santo André 74
14th Osasco 73
15th Salvador 71
16th Balneario Camboriu 71
17th Belém 69
18th Ribeirão Preto 68
19th Piracicaba 68
20th Guarulhos 68
21st Maceió 67
22nd Uberlandia 66
23rd Pelotas 65
24th São Luís 63
25th Sao Jose do Rio Preto 61
26th Foz do Iguaçu 61
27th Londrina 61
28th Novo Hamburgo 60
29th Bauru 60
30th São Carlos 58
31st Juiz de Fora 56

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Guarulhos costs R$ 10 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Guarulhos costs R$ 200 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Guarulhos costs R$ 8 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Guarulhos costs R$ 10 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Guarulhos costs R$ 50 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Guarulhos costs R$ 40 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Guarulhos costs R$ 3.50 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Guarulhos costs R$ 6.00 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Guarulhos costs R$ 6.00 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Guarulhos costs R$ 4.30 (about 22 hours ago)