Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €2,999
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,476
  • Spain is the 3rd cheapest country in Western Europe (18 out of 20)
  • Cost of living in Spain is more expensive than in 56% of countries in the World (42 out of 94)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.53
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.86
12 eggs, large €2.40
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.71
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.78
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.90
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €6
2 liters of coca-cola €1.79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.89
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,171
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €752
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €113
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €708
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €530
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €73
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €31
40” flat screen tv €343
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €93
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €73
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €30
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €79
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €88
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,105
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.61
Monthly ticket public transport €40
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €5.31
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €6
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €59
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.12
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.45
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.80
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.49
Tube of toothpaste €1.85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €17
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €50
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €42
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.59
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.06
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €451
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.16
1 month of gym membership in business district €45
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €4.98

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Map of Cost of Living in Spain

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This map shows only the top cities in Spain. 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 Spain

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st San Sebastian 136
2nd Barcelona 130
3rd Madrid 126
4th Bilbao 122
5th Palma de Mallorca 121
6th Valencia 119
7th Marbella 117
8th Pamplona 117
9th Valladolid 111
10th Vigo 111
11th Oviedo 110
12th Tarragona 109
13th Corunna 108
14th Malaga 108
15th Gijón 107
16th Santander 107
17th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 106
18th Zaragoza 105
19th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 105
20th Santiago de Compostela 104
21st Granada 102
22nd Seville 102
23rd Alicante 102
24th Cadiz 101
25th Cordova 100
26th Salamanca 99
27th Almería 98
28th Jerez de la Frontera 97
29th Murcia 94
30th Ourense 94
31st Logroño 92
32nd Toledo, Spain 87

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

  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Barcelona costs €13 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Madrid costs €5.50 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Madrid costs €100 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Madrid costs €15 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Madrid costs €40 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Madrid costs €20 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Madrid costs €50 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Madrid costs €20 (1 day ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Madrid costs €4.00 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Madrid costs €1.50 (1 day ago)

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