Cost of living in São Paulo, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in São Paulo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 11,812
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 5,541
  • São Paulo is the most expensive city in Brazil (1 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in São Paulo is more expensive than in 60% of cities in Latin America (15 out of 35)
  • Cost of living in São Paulo is cheaper than in 81% of cities in the World (160 out of 198)

List of prices in São Paulo, Brazil. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 35
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 27
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 3.98
12 eggs, large R$ 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 21
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 4.94
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.91
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 46
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.92
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 4,177
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,657
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 445
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 3,207
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,837
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 299
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 80
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,701
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 473
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$ 234
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 229
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 338
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 270
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 98,114
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 4.37
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 269
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 33
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 48
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 193
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 16
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 14
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 7
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.41
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 54
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 117
2 tickets to the movies R$ 66
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 248
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 208
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 30
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 10
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 12
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,538
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.16
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 156
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,039 prices entered by 356 different people.
Latest price update: March 03, 2021

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São Paulo position in our World Ranking

the world
160th
out of 198
latin america
15th
out of 35
brazil
1st
out of 9

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