Cost of living in São Paulo, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in São Paulo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 14,661
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 6,933
  • São Paulo is the 2nd most expensive city in Brazil (2 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in São Paulo is more expensive than in 68% of cities in Latin America (12 out of 34)
  • Cost of living in São Paulo is cheaper than in 73% of cities in the World (154 out of 210)
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List of prices in São Paulo
Current as of Oct 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 45
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 36
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 12
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 5.73
12 eggs, large R$ 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 48
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 5.81
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 5,217
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 3,486
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 803
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 3,835
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 2,278
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 454
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 103
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,947
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 660
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 27
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 23
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 274
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 258
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 492
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 357
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 115,230
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.31
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 250
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 40
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 23
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 58
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 312
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 14
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 19
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 9
Tube of toothpaste R$ 5.75
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 69
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 134
2 tickets to the movies R$ 80
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 247
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 244
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 35
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 11
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 13
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 5,479
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.24
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 154
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,659 prices entered by 316 different people.
Latest price update: October 01, 2023

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