Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €2,967
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,495
  • Spain is the 3rd cheapest country in Western Europe (16 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Spain is more expensive than in 62% of countries in the World (30 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €14
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 €2.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.63
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.65
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.88
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.87
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,213
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €767
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €108
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €754
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €537
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €78
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €29
40” flat screen tv €344
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €92
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €76
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) €77
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €85
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,264
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.22
Monthly ticket public transport €42
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €6
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €58
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €4.10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.44
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.94
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.39
Tube of toothpaste €1.98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €15
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €29
2 tickets to the movies €16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €48
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €40
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €2.52
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.93
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €477
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district €48
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €4.91

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 Madrid 142
3rd Barcelona 141
4th Palma de Mallorca 138
5th Bilbao 133
6th Oviedo 122
7th Pamplona 122
8th Valencia 121
9th Tarragona 119
10th Malaga 118
11th Zaragoza 116
12th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 116
13th Valladolid 115
14th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 115
15th Santander 113
16th Gijón 113
17th Santiago de Compostela 111
18th Seville 111
19th León 111
20th Cadiz 110
21st Almería 109
22nd Alicante 108
23rd Granada 107
24th Murcia 106

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

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Barcelona costs €1,095 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Barcelona costs €0.20 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Zaragoza costs €20 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €3.30 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €50 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €60 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €2.00 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €3.00 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €2.50 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife costs €4.00 (about 21 hours ago)