Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,048
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,565
  • Spain is the 3rd cheapest country in Western Europe (16 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Spain is more expensive than in 61% of countries in the World (34 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.44
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.82
12 eggs, large €2.36
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.66
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.85
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.59
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.86
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,297
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €815
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €111
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €766
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €546
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €80
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €29
40” flat screen tv €356
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €95
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €79
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €31
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €79
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €89
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €22,864
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.31
Monthly ticket public transport €44
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €7
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €60
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €3.96
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.55
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.81
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.44
Tube of toothpaste €1.76
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €14
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €30
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €51
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €43
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.41
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.04
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €443
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.21
1 month of gym membership in business district €46
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €4.99

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:
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 Spain

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st San Sebastian 144
2nd Barcelona 142
3rd Palma de Mallorca 140
4th Madrid 139
5th Bilbao 132
6th Oviedo 123
7th Valencia 123
8th Pamplona 122
9th Malaga 119
10th Tarragona 118
11th Zaragoza 116
12th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 115
13th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 115
14th Santander 115
15th Gijón 114
16th Alicante 113
17th Santiago de Compostela 113
18th Seville 113
19th Valladolid 112
20th Vigo 110
21st Murcia 109
22nd Almería 107

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

  • 40′ flat screen tv in Barcelona costs €125 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Barcelona costs €900 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Barcelona costs €1,200 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Barcelona costs €8 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Barcelona costs €5.00 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Corunna costs €1.30 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Benidorm costs €60,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Granada costs €1.10 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Granada costs €50 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Granada costs €60 (1 day ago)