Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Rio de Janeiro

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 11,086
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 5,132
  • Rio de Janeiro is the 2nd most expensive city in Brazil (2 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is cheaper than in 61% of cities in Latin America (20 out of 33)
  • Cost of living in Rio de Janeiro is cheaper than in 86% of cities in the World (172 out of 201)

List of prices in Rio de Janeiro
Current as of Apr 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 29
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 4.28
12 eggs, large R$ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 5.69
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 18
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 4.72
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.99
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 36
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.84
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Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,871
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,258
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 639
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,521
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,458
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 660
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 73
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,753
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 482
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 23
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 18
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 183
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 214
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 292
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 236
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 89,719
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.04
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 234
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 32
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 37
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 219
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 18
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 6
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.77
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 47
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 106
2 tickets to the movies R$ 57
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 235
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 178
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 25
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,105
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.42
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 125
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,718 prices entered by 164 different people.
Latest price update: April 15, 2021

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Rio position in our World Ranking

the world
172nd
out of 201
latin america
20th
out of 33
brazil
2nd
out of 9

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