Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,103
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,512
  • Spain is the 3rd cheapest country in Western Europe (17 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Spain is cheaper than in 52% of countries in the World (40 out of 77)
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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) €9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €3.55
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.88
12 eggs, large €2.59
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.81
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.88
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.93
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.91
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,174
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €773
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €123
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €738
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €558
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €85
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €29
40” flat screen tv €360
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €97
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €77
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) €83
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €90
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €25,119
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.80
Monthly ticket public transport €38
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €5.56
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €61
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.53
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.64
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.58
Tube of toothpaste €1.76
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €18
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €52
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €45
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.83
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.12
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €472
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.20
1 month of gym membership in business district €47
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €5.04

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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 128
2nd Madrid 128
3rd Barcelona 122
4th Palma de Mallorca 117
5th Bilbao 116
6th Tarragona 113
7th Valencia 111
8th Marbella 111
9th Pamplona 109
10th Oviedo 107
11th Vigo 106
12th Valladolid 106
13th Zaragoza 105
14th Malaga 104
15th Cadiz 103
16th Corunna 101
17th Gijón 100
18th Santander 100
19th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 100
20th Santiago de Compostela 98
21st Cordova 98
22nd Santa Cruz de Tenerife 97
23rd Logroño 97
24th Seville 97
25th Alicante 97
26th Salamanca 95
27th Almería 93
28th Jerez de la Frontera 91
29th Ourense 90
30th Murcia 89
31st Castellón de la Plana 89
32nd Toledo, Spain 82

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Logroño costs €2.60 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Logroño costs €1.90 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Logroño costs €40 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Logroño costs €12 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Logroño costs €29 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Logroño costs €10 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Logroño costs €60 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Logroño costs €5.00 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Logroño costs €90 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Logroño costs €30 (about 9 hours ago)

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