Cost of living in Chile

Summary of cost of living in Chile

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CH$2,635,151
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CH$1,246,162
  • Cost of living in Chile is more expensive than in 69% of countries in Latin America (5 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Chile is cheaper than in 68% of countries in the World (40 out of 59)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CH$15,315
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CH$7,491
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CH$2,560
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CH$1,161
12 eggs, large CH$3,525
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CH$1,655
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CH$5,605
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CH$1,571
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CH$1,513
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CH$1,200
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CH$6,642
2 liters of coca-cola CH$2,079
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CH$732
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CH$967,259
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CH$597,016
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CH$72,678
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CH$605,001
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CH$399,670
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CH$47,977
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CH$16,021
40” flat screen tv CH$243,809
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CH$85,332
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CH$10,065
Hourly rate for cleaning help CH$11,670
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CH$45,211
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CH$27,749
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CH$67,835
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CH$76,783
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CH$15,580,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CH$1,297
Monthly ticket public transport CH$42,937
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CH$3,154
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CH$11,268
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CH$37,395
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CH$6,735
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CH$4,050
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CH$4,173
4 rolls of toilet paper CH$2,079
Tube of toothpaste CH$2,550
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CH$17,078
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CH$29,520
2 tickets to the movies CH$11,577
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CH$29,334
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CH$45,663
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CH$8,612
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CH$4,243
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CH$3,459
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CH$522,516
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CH$146
1 month of gym membership in business district CH$50,495
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CH$4,772

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Map of Cost of Living in Chile

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This map shows only the top cities in Chile. 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 Chile

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Santiago, Chile 86
2nd Antofagasta 86
3rd Valdivia 73
4th Osorno 66

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Valparaiso costs CH$500,000 (3 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Santiago, Chile costs CH$15,000 (5 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Santiago, Chile costs CH$5,000 (5 days ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Santiago, Chile costs CH$2,500 (5 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Santiago, Chile costs CH$800 (5 days ago)
  • Per hour of waiting of taxi fare per waiting time, weekday at noon in Santiago, Chile costs CH$5,000 (5 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Santiago, Chile costs CH$800 (5 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Santiago, Chile costs CH$2,000 (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Santiago, Chile costs CH$65,000 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Santiago, Chile costs CH$1,500 (5 days ago)

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