Cost of living in Spain

Summary of cost of living in Spain

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,034
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,553
  • Spain is the 3rd cheapest country in Western Europe (16 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Spain is more expensive than in 63% of countries in the World (31 out of 82)
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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 €3.46
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €0.82
12 eggs, large €2.35
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.68
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €0.86
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €0.85
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,294
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €794
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €109
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €774
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €547
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €79
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €29
40” flat screen tv €354
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €94
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €7
Hourly rate for cleaning help €11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €80
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 €22,976
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.30
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, ...) €3.95
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €2.57
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.83
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.43
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) €52
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 €2.42
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €3.86
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €455
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 €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 140
2nd Palma de Mallorca 138
3rd Barcelona 136
4th Madrid 135
5th Bilbao 129
6th Oviedo 120
7th Pamplona 119
8th Valencia 118
9th Malaga 116
10th Tarragona 115
11th Santa Cruz de Tenerife 113
12th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 112
13th Zaragoza 112
14th Gijón 111
15th Santander 111
16th Seville 110
17th Santiago de Compostela 109
18th Alicante 109
19th León 109
20th Valladolid 108
21st Almería 106
22nd Murcia 105

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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