Cost of living in Bolivia

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Food Price in Bs
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 BOB
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 BOB
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 BOB
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 BOB
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 BOB
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 BOB
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 BOB
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 BOB
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 BOB
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 BOB
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 BOB
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 BOB
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 BOB
1.5 kg Sugar 10 BOB
2 liter cooking oil 20 BOB
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 BOB
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 BOB
1 liter milk 8.50 BOB
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 BOB
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 BOB
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 BOB
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 BOB
House Cleaning fee per day 105 BOB
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 BOB
Original branded Electric Fans 200 BOB
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 BOB
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 BOB
Single bed Blankets 120 BOB
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 BOB
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 BOB
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 BOB
Men's haircut 40 BOB
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 BOB
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 BOB
1 month of gym subscription. 105 BOB
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 BOB
Unisex Loris perfume 30 BOB
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 BOB
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 BOB
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 BOB
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 BOB
Go carting 30mins 120 BOB
Movie House 3d cinema 30 BOB
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 BOB
Photo shoot 120 BOB
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 BOB
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 BOB
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 BOB
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 BOB
Spalding Basketball 200 BOB
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 BOB
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 BOB
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 BOB
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 BOB
1 day rent a car cost 140 BOB
Driver’s license 2300 BOB
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 BOB
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 BOB
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 BOB
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 BOB
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 BOB
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 BOB

People from around the world are quickly discovering Bolivia. Many floods for the culture, where 36 different indigenous groups inhabit the country.

Geographical wonders abound too, including the eerily reflective Uyuni Salt Flats, challenging mountaineering routes, and the lush Amazon Basin. But an exponentially growing number of folks are choosing to do more than play tourists in this Andean nation—they are choosing to stay for good.


The housing market is dynamic in Bolivia. Accommodation can be found within a fairly short time via real estate agencies, or by consulting adverts in newspapers, or on some websites such as RocApply Find Accommodation. For rent, you should pay from 250 dollars for a studio to 1,400 dollars for a villa. For a purchase, you should pay 80,000 dollars for a studio to 500,000 dollars for a villa.


The best thing to do would be to go to the ENTEL of the main cities to buy a phone card (Unica), which costs 12Bs, or 1.20Euros, to avoid paying the standard 3 minutes for each communication. There are also phone chip cards that can be bought on the streets, in airports, and in some hotels.


For specific excursions; Salar de Uyuni, Rurrenabaque, mountain climbing, parks of Amboro, and of the Pantanal, you’ll need to go through a specialized agency. You should allow 200 Bs (20€) per day to over 500 dollars (350€) for a week's trip to the parks in the center of Amazonia.

Overall Cost of Living

Bolivia is relatively cheap. You can live decently for about 15€ per day. However, pricing may vary depending on the tourism demand and the level of local development. For instance, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the villages of Beni and Prando or Uyuni display prices 30 to 40% higher than those of the Andean region.

The average budget in euros in Bolivia is as following: 1,000€ per month for a single person; 2000€ per month for a couple; 3000-3500€ per month for a family with two children will do.

Cost of living in Bolivia in a Chart

Expense USD Cost of Living in Bolivia
Rent (two-bedroom centrally located furnished apartment) $400 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Electric $10 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Water $3 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Gas (Propane) $5 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Internet $30 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Cell phone (Pay-per-minute x2) $20 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Transportation (Buses and taxis) $50 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Groceries $350 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Dining out (three nights a week with drinks for two people) $250 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Entertainment $150 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Health insurance $75 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Savings/Travel/Misc. $200 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Monthly total $1,543 Cost of Living in Bolivia
Rent (two-bedroom centrally located furnished apartment) $400 Cost of Living in Bolivia