Cost of living in Chile

Summary of cost of living in Chile

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: CH$1,925,206
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: CH$927,212
  • Cost of living in Chile is more expensive than in 63% of countries in Latin America (7 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Chile is cheaper than in 62% of countries in the World (48 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district CH$8,835
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) CH$4,693
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast CH$1,881
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk CH$824
12 eggs, large CH$2,106
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes CH$1,077
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese CH$3,711
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples CH$1,137
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes CH$768
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket CH$827
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality CH$4,621
2 liters of coca-cola CH$1,537
Bread for 2 people for 1 day CH$465
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area CH$725,840
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area CH$456,262
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat CH$61,023
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area CH$463,860
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area CH$306,942
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio CH$41,401
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) CH$17,520
40” flat screen tv CH$216,756
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) CH$63,106
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) CH$6,939
Hourly rate for cleaning help CH$4,710
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) CH$35,884
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) CH$20,073
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) CH$42,979
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes CH$53,213
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new CH$12,333,200
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas CH$847
Monthly ticket public transport CH$40,589
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) CH$3,902
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) CH$7,584
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) CH$29,673
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) CH$4,176
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) CH$2,783
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) CH$2,816
4 rolls of toilet paper CH$1,519
Tube of toothpaste CH$1,518
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city CH$9,564
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub CH$19,048
2 tickets to the movies CH$8,623
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) CH$20,904
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert CH$29,805
1 cocktail drink in downtown club CH$5,690
Cappuccino in expat area of the city CH$2,998
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) CH$2,283
Ipad wi-fi 128gb CH$378,349
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) CH$118
1 month of gym membership in business district CH$33,546
1 package of marlboro cigarettes CH$3,902

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:
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 Chile

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Punta Arenas 108
2nd Santiago 98
3rd Antofagasta 98
4th La Serena 91
5th Valparaiso 83
6th Temuco 81
7th Ovalle 80

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

  • Public transport in Santiago costs CH$48,000 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Santiago costs CH$800,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Santiago costs CH$1,545 (1 day ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in La Serena costs CH$4,990 (1 day ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in La Serena costs CH$216,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in La Serena costs CH$250,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in La Serena costs CH$900 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of bread in La Serena costs CH$325 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in La Serena costs CH$2,300 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in La Serena costs CH$7,000 (1 day ago)