Cost of living in Brazil

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

While the cost of living is lower in Brazil than in most western countries, it can be quite varied. From shopping to essentials, our guide explores the basics. It should be moted in some instances, such as manufactured goods, Brazil can be relatively expensive in comparison to the US or UK.

But due to low labor costs, many services are much comparatively less expensive. For most obvious reasons, some of Brazil’s largest cities (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasilia) rank among the most expensive in the country. Let’s get started;


Accommodation, especially rentals, are likely to be the largest expense here. The average monthly rental on a furnished 274 sq m (900 sqe ft) accommodation will cost around R$1,973 (USD $528) rising to R$3,182 ($852) in certain areas. These depend on township and location.

The cost of accommodation is typically higher in major cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro but would need to be considered against the additional expense of a daily commute from rural areas effectively.


Clothing, electronics and manufactured items can be very expensive, with jeans, shoes, and sports clothing likely to cost more than in the United States. Here, cars are also expensive, but public transport is significantly cheaper than in both the US and UK.

Compared with London, goods and services generally cost less in Rio de Janeiro-the capital, with grocery and consumer prices being more than 60% cheaper.

Purchasing essentials such as meat and bread from local markets is a great way to save money and enjoy locally produced goods. Depending on the region this could mean inexpensive seafood or meats in some instances.

Most restaurants are likely to include a 10% service charge with the bill, although tipping is optional for many other service industries including bars, hairdressers, and taxis.


As an essential of the modern world, the number of internet connections in Brazil continues to grow. Towards the end of 2017, there were an estimated 38 million active household subscriptions, a huge increase on the 14 million just six years before. This has been, in part, the result of Programa Nacional de Banda Larga (PNBL), the government’s plan for improving the country’s data infrastructure, which began around 2010. The internet is available to nearly 60% of the population.


Brazil has a minimum wage set by the government, which is adjusted every year. This can be adjusted by the federal government in each state, but it must adhere to the national minimum.

The current national minimum wage was set in 2017 at R$937 ($245) per month. São Paulo state offers one of the highest minimum wages in Brazil with a rate of R$1,000 (£263) per month in case you get your charm in working with a Brazilian firm, be advised

Cost of living in Brazil chart 

Prices may vary depending on location and service provider. The table below is based on average prices for March 2020. 

Note the equivalent denomination to any other currency is subject to prevailing exchange rates, be sure to check how these compare with your local currency on the web.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

One-bedroom apartment in city center  BRL 2,200 Accommodation (monthly rent)
One-bedroom apartment outside of city center  BRL1,400  Accommodation (monthly rent)
Three-bedroom apartment in city center  BRL 4,200 Accommodation (monthly rent)
Three-bedroom apartment outside of city center  BRL 2,900 Accommodation (monthly rent)


Milk (1 liter)  BRL 3.50  Groceries
Dozen eggs  BRL 7.30 Groceries
A loaf of white bread  BRL 5.70  Groceries
Rice (1kg)  BRL 4.30  Groceries
Pack of chicken breasts (1kg)  BRL 12.50  Groceries
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)  BRL 10  Groceries

Eating out

Big Mac Meal  BRL 26.50  Eating out
Cappuccino  BRL 6.80  Eating out
Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant   BRL 130  Eating out



Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)   BRL 1.60  Utilities
Internet (uncapped – average per month)   BRL 110  Utilities
Utilities (average per month for small household)  BRL 250  Utilities


City center bus fare  BRL 4.30  Transport
Taxi (rate per km)  BRL 2.75  Transport
Petrol (per litre)   BRL 4.20 Transport


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