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Cost of Living in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Prices in Sao Paulo

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 74.20
Rent Index: 32.34
Groceries Index: 60.45
Restaurants Index: 63.85
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 53.96
Local Purchasing Power: 45.41

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 R$
15.00
25.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 110.00 R$
80.00
140.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 20.00 R$
17.00
22.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 R$
4.00
7.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 10.00 R$
8.00
15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.70 R$
4.00
6.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.51 R$
3.00
4.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.41 R$
2.00
3.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2.81 R$
2.50
3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 4.48 R$
4.00
5.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.65 R$
3.00
5.00
Eggs (12) 4.81 R$
4.00
6.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 25.17 R$
20.00
30.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 11.33 R$
9.80
15.00
Apples (1kg) 5.82 R$
4.90
7.00
Oranges (1kg) 3.62 R$
2.00
5.00
Tomato (1kg) 6.01 R$
4.00
7.50
Potato (1kg) 4.13 R$
3.00
5.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.49 R$
2.00
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.28 R$
1.70
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 R$
20.00
35.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.84 R$
3.00
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.12 R$
6.00
10.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.25 R$
5.50
7.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 R$
3.00
3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 R$
128.00
170.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.20 R$
4.00
4.70
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 3.00 R$
2.50
4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 R$
33.00
50.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 2.87 R$
2.70
3.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 55,000.00 R$
42,000.00
68,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 180.06 R$
106.25
250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.23 R$
1.00
1.55
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 76.12 R$
59.90
100.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 167.09 R$
100.00
250.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 97.06 R$
50.00
150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 25.00 R$
20.00
30.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 217.82 R$
150.00
280.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 171.43 R$
120.00
200.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 317.18 R$
250.00
400.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 227.57 R$
150.00
300.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,814.67 R$
1,400.00
2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,316.67 R$
1,000.00
1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,640.00 R$
2,800.00
5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,620.00 R$
2,000.00
3,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 8,508.14 R$
7,000.00
10,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,131.25 R$
4,500.00
8,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,371.70 R$
1,550.00
3,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.34
10.00
13.00

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Last update: August, 2014

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45 Comments so far

#Chad on Aug 26, 2014 :
I just moved to Sao Paulo, I am retired from the military and I teach English. My total income was roughly 15,000 real per month after tax. I have no idea if that's good or bad. Could someone please let me kn based on my Sao Paulo is the place for me based on my income.
#Regis on Jul 10, 2014 :
I've lived here for about 10 years. Sao Paulo is a great city, with thousands options to live, eat and have fun. You can choose cheap or expensive, but you need to seek hard...
#rami on Jun 22, 2014 :
This is an insane city
Costly and cant live if your salary less than 3500 R$
#Anonymous on Jun 17, 2014 :
Jimmy:

The rent average calculated in Numbeo is not accurate. Expect to spend more than 2500 BRL, or half of your salary just to keep an apartment in a reasonable neighborhood.

I recommend looking for places near metro stations in Green, Yellow or Blue lines.

The rest of your salary would be enough for transport and groceries. I think 4900 BRL for two is not enough to save any money.

An accepted ratio of rent/salary would be less than 40% (or at least 6000 BRL of salary after taxes). From this point it would be easier to save money.
#Jimmy on Jun 16, 2014 :
Hi everyone,

I want to go to Sao Paulo. My monthly salary will be about 4900 BRL after tax. Is my salary cover living cost at Sao Paulo for a couple without children? Can I made saving? For example what is the rent amount for a 60 m2 apartment in a relatively good place of city? thanks in advance ....
#Rodrigo on May 20, 2014 :
These prices are completly non-sense (at all). Very wealthy people are posting things here, that will not reflect Sao Paulo reality.

That's a shame. I am now living in Munich and I have done a bad judgement based on this.

You can see real prices below:
http://ciagri.iea.sp.gov.br/nia1/precos_medios.aspx?cod_sis=4
Also, you can find cheaper apartament to live in São Paulo (half the price here):
You can find easily here:
http://www.imovelweb.com.br/aluguel/sp/sao-paulo/apartamento-padrao/areautil-85-999999/quartos-3/?od=3 (85m2 3 rooms)
#Sam on May 20, 2014 :
Can a postgraduate student in Sao Paulo university live comfortably well with 2000 R$ ? The tuition will be by schorlarship. Thanks
#M.ibrahim on May 11, 2014 :
Hi... I need to know the living expenses in sao paulo. I am living in pakistan and want to come in brazil but i dont know how much money i required per month to live and what is the exact way of find job there
#Christian Marques on May 11, 2014 :
That's the reality folks, São Paulo is big pile of shit, as everybody knows, to come to live in this city from a first world country, is a bad joke, but there is some good cities in Brazil (still expensive) but more down to earth, like Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Caxias do Sul, São Jose dos Campos,..., but DON'T Come to São Paulo, neither Rio de Janeiro!
#North Fox on Mar 15, 2014 :
Hey Nitin,

I think $ 100 or R$ 250 a day help you. Recommend the use of credit cards, it is a bit dangerous to ride with a lot of money, especially if someone watch your wallet while you pay someone.

See ya!
#Nitin on Mar 12, 2014 :
Hi All,
I am planning to visit a friend who is staying at SP. Needed advice how much money with me. I shall be travelling from India and will be staying with him. I plan to stay for two weeks or so. So how much money would be good.
Am not to fond of shopping, so most of my money shall go in eating, drinking.. and chilling at the beach! figures in R$/USD would be preferred...
thanks a lot in advance..
#RidOfMe on Mar 10, 2014 :
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

it is hard to find a price there. If you live in a "condominio", as are most of the buildings in the city center, then you'll pay a package for the concierge, the cleaning of the building, the refurbishment costs, the elevator(s)... Say the rent for your flat is 2000 BRL/month (2 bedrooms in Pinheiros neighbourhood, Brazilians still do not think in terms of surface but of number of rooms), you have to add the "condominio tax" of 600-700 per month and the local tax IPTU (say 90 per month).

So for Sao Paulo Pinheiros, in 2014
rent for 75m2, 2 beds = 1800-2000 per months
condominio tax = 650
IPTU local tax = 80
-----
about 2600 BRL per month.

Then add the other costs like electricity+internet.
#Diego Guerra on Feb 26, 2014 :
Hi for all you guys, the World Cup is coming, so DO NOT COME TO BRAZIL!
seriously, tourists are an easy target for the local robbers and everykind of criminal person.
And the local sellers, shopping centers and every piece of local shit are inconsiously prepared to take all your money just because you are tourist.

So, don't come to sao paulo, or brazil.
#I HATE BRAZIL!!! on Jan 15, 2014 :
"#maka on Jan 11, 2014 :
Hi all, I am writing from Georgia (former Soviet Union). I need your advice. Imagine when a couple earns 400 USD a month and the couple has to take care of 2 moms within this salary// what do you think, is it better in this case to move to Sao Paolo and work somewhere in the factory as a worker for both ???? Can somebody tell me anything about Potirendaba? is it a safe and normal place? is it expensive to live there? we need just average salary, just gross 2000 USD for me and 2000USD for a husband. Is it possible to earn this amount in the factory? Just write me your advice and suggestions. Thanks a lot ."

Hi. Just saw your post. Potirendaba is a small town in the State of São Paulo. It's not close to the City of São Paulo, the state's capital. You'd need to travel around 440 km to go from Potirendaba to São Paulo - that's roughly 5 hours' drive. I'm not really familiar with Potirendaba and the local economy (to be quite honest, I'd never heard about it before seeing your post), but I don't think you'll ever make 4,000 USD (2,000 US for each of you) in Potirendaba by working in a factory (unless you own the factory). 2,000 USD is more than the starting salary of a lawyer in the City of São Paulo (most firms pay lawyers fresh out of law school around 1,500 USD). As a lawyer, you'll only make 2000 USD around two years after graduation. I'm using lawyers as my basis for comparison because that's what I am... A factory worker is likely to get minimum wage only - and nowadays that is around 350 USD... And getting a job here as an immigrant isn't easy. I'd forget about moving to Brazil if I were you. Not only you'll not get the kind of money you want, but this place sucks big time too!
#maka on Jan 11, 2014 :
Hi all, I am writing from Georgia (former Soviet Union). I need your advice. Imagine when a couple earns 400 USD a month and the couple has to take care of 2 moms within this salary// what do you think, is it better in this case to move to Sao Paolo and work somewhere in the factory as a worker for both ???? Can somebody tell me anything about Potirendaba? is it a safe and normal place? is it expensive to live there? we need just average salary, just gross 2000 USD for me and 2000USD for a husband. Is it possible to earn this amount in the factory? Just write me your advice and suggestions. Thanks a lot .
#I HATE BRAZIL!!! on Jan 08, 2014 :
"#rdeolm on Aug 01, 2013 :
Anybody know which % of the salary is deducted in taxes/others from the gross salary in Brazil? I am considering moving with my wife to Sao Paulo with a gross salary of 69000 US$/year. Is this enough for both of us?"

Taking into account the current exchange rate, 69,000 USD a year will translate into around R$140,000 a year or R$11,666 a month (we usually use monthly figures here).

Every month, R$457 will be taken off your monthly salary and will be used toward your INSS contribution (our national social security system)... that will leave you with R$11,209. Now you take off 27.5% (income tax)... that will leave you with R$8,127... now you add around R$790 (which is the amount used by the government to square things up regarding your tax income - this number is adjusted upward every year). Therefore, in the end, you’ll wind up with R$8,917 a month…

In my opinion, for a couple, that isn’t much… especially if you ever want to have kids… I reckon a couple would need around R$30,000 to have a reasonable life style in SP (by reasonable I mean: you’re able to afford a good private school for one child, you’re able to go on vacation at least once a year, you’re able to eat out at least twice a week at a reasonably good restaurant, you’re able to afford two national cars). However, I’ve seen people get by with a lot less… But life in SP is so f***king miserable that I wouldn’t come here if I were you… unless, of course, you’re moving here from a war zone country or other shitty place.
#I HATE BRAZIL!!! on Jan 08, 2014 :
"#dung on Sep 22, 2013 :
hi, anyone can recommend good and safe neighborhood in Sao paulo not very expensive? Specially with private schools."

What you mean by "not very expensive"? What is your budget? Bear in mind private schools aren't cheap here in Brazil...
#I HATE BRAZIL!!! on Jan 08, 2014 :
#alister on Nov 08, 2013 :
são Paulo is a big shit, i hate it!

True that!!!
#I HATE BRAZIL!!!! on Jan 08, 2014 :
"#Thejas on Oct 23, 2013 :
Hello i got a offer from sao paulo 2400 Brazilian reais/month i am single does that enough for me to live comfortably there.?"

Don't even bother coming for that... R$2400/month won't be enough for you to live in SP... You can correct me if I'm wrong, but that is probably before taxes, right? I'm not good with numbers, but I think R$2400 will translate into about R$1800-R$1900 after taxes... with that kind of money, you'll wind up in the slums... and you're still probably gonna have a hard time making ends meet...
#I HATE BRAZIL!!!!!!!!!!!!! on Jan 08, 2014 :
Sao Paulo is a big pile of shit, covered in more shit, wrapped around more shit... but when you live here and look at prices (from rent to a bottle of water) you have the impression that it is a big pile of gold, covered in more gold, wrapped around more gold. I love this website, but the Sao Paulo prices are utterly wrong... For example, a three-course meal in SP doesn’t go for less than R$180-200 for two people... a Levis 501 won’t go for less than R$300... basic utilities: R$300/month. And you have to factor in that a chocking percentage of those jaw-dropping (in a bad way) prices are made up of outrageous taxes... and what you get in return for the insanely high taxes you pay? F****KING nothing. If you take out Africa (except for SA) and some middle east countries, I reckon Brazil (and especially Sao Paulo) is one of the shittiest places on earth to live in… we have it all here: insane traffic, chocking crime rates, corruption everywhere… you name it… every shitty thing you can think of, we’ve got it!!! My advice: if you’ve got a dual nationality (like a lot of Brazilian do) get the f***k outta here!!!! That’s what I’m gonna do… I have a newborn child at home and this is no place to raise a family…
#THE SAD STUFF on Nov 12, 2013 :
I don't think these numbers are right, because basically everything in Sao Paulo except for property renting prices (which is a little bit more expensive in US), is FAR more expensive in Brazil than in USA.
Be prepared to pay 2 to 4 times more money in the same products of daily need, sometimes more than 5 times in some other more exquisite stuff (even comparing in dollar).
The car you're used to buy for 15,000 dollars in US, is gonna cost you 37,000 dollars.
The same can of soda that was 20 cents, is gonna cost you 80 cents.
Remember that, converted to dollar, Brazilian minimum wage is something like 300 dollars, which makes everything even more bizarre.
#alister on Nov 08, 2013 :
são Paulo is a big shit, i hate it!
#Thejas on Oct 23, 2013 :
Hello i got a offer from sao paulo 2400 Brazilian reais/month i am single does that enough for me to live comfortably there.?
#dung on Sep 22, 2013 :
hi, anyone can recommend good and safe neighborhood in Sao paulo not very expensive? Specially with private schools.
#Bia on Aug 24, 2013 :
rdeolm,

Moving here with a salary of 6k monthly is enough for a couple. But not to live with much luxury.
If you're moving out from a safe city, this is not a nice deal.
Also, consider less 20% of your salary. This quantity is already discounted to pay government taxes.
#Bia on Aug 24, 2013 :
Paulo,

This is a fair proposal indeed. But not to life a no stress life. I can surely say that you'll get a lot of stress here in Sao Paulo, as in any other big city in the world. Probably a bit more.
Be prepare to get stuck in traffic for a while, also to deal with unpolited and stressed people.
I live here and I seriously want to get out. Specially because São Paulo has a lot of people already living here and it doesn't not have space for anybody else. Other cities are a lot better, like Florianópolis or Brasília .
#rdeolm on Aug 01, 2013 :
Anybody know which % of the salary is deducted in taxes/others from the gross salary in Brazil? I am considering moving with my wife to Sao Paulo with a gross salary of 69000 US$/year. Is this enough for both of us?
#Durges on Jul 26, 2013 :
Hi, I am relocating to Sao Paulo. I have 6 years experience in accounting. Appreciate if someone could help me to know how much the cost of living in Sao Paulo for a couple and how much salary should I ask my employer based on my experience? In other words, what is the pay scale per month for 6 year experience accountant in Sao Paulo? Thanks You, Obrigado/a.
#GM on May 17, 2013 :
I don't those people who talk about 10-15K monthly salary asking if it is ok or not but it seems ridiculous to me. This is somewhere around 4-5.5K in Euros. With this amount you own cities like Madrid and Barcelona and I'm pretty sure they are as expensive as Sao Paulo....so who the fuck doesn't have a good life earning 5K a month...anywhere in the world, even Switzerland. Not to mention that average salaries in cities like Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Milan, Moscow are around 2K....pfff what a nonsense questions those cocksuckers at multinationals ask... damn it!
#Paulo on Apr 25, 2013 :
Hi

I receive a job Offer to work in Sao Paulo. The gross monthly salary (without any bonus) is about 15k BRL. Company will pay for housing and school (8k/ month for housing and 2k per child month) and transportation.
I will be moving with my wife and two kids.
Its a fair proposal to have stress free life?
#Daniel on Apr 16, 2013 :
Hi David,
Is the R$ 10000,00 before or after taxes?
Anyway, it is depend on your way of life, and the neighborhood you are going to live in.
I used to live in Sao Paulo in a middle class neighborhood ( Vila Mariana ), me and my wife had at the time a house incoming around R$ 15000,00 after taxes. We had one baby, full time on school (aprox R$1800,00), we paid a mortgage (around R$3000,00), we used to dining out quite often, we had a comfortable life but at the end of the month we did not have a lot of spare money.
With R$10000,00 you will get a better salary than most of brazilian, but do not expect save a lot of money.
The good news is there are a lot of good free events for families with babies in Sao Paulo.
I hope I have helped.
#David on Apr 13, 2013 :
Hi,
Is a salary of 10000 Real is enough for a couple with a baby in Sao Paulo?
Not including the rent (paid by the company).
#Tales Rosa on Apr 03, 2013 :
Great website.
Prices of rent in Sao Paulo seem higher in reality.
I'm from Sao Paulo, have lived in Europe, and now back living at home city everything feels expensive. There's a shortage of flats and renting in a decent neighborhood is expensive.
I and my wife have cut restaurants from our routine due to prices.
There's a lot of work, though. Only on the 2km stretch from my house to the metro there are several signs of job vacancies and buildings are springing up all over.
#Thiago on Feb 20, 2013 :
São Paulo is way expensive than the rest of Brazil.
But if you take into account that the State of São Paulo corresponds to 40% of Brazil's GDP and that the single Paulista Avenue corresponds to 10% of Brazil's GDP...that should answer the question why its expensive.
#Jorge on Sep 18, 2012 :
I live in São Paulo, and the prices shown here are just about right. However, São Paulo has a very different reality than the rest of Brazil - prices are much higher here than elsewhere, especially rents/real estate, out-of-home food and entertainment. Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia also have higher costs than the country average, but even those cities are cheaper than São Paulo.
#Anonymous on Sep 11, 2012 :
Small salary in Brazil is 700,00 Brazilian reais, what means today 344,61
A big part of population works 44 hours/week for that salary.
I read the average salary in Brazil now is around 800 brazilian reais, after taxes.
A police officer makes 1400,00 Brazilian reais/month
A bus drivers makes 1400,00 (1800,00'with extra hours) month
A teacher for high school is making that money (1200/1500) month
At Sao Paulo the state pays 12 Brazilian reais per class for the teacher at high school. It's hard to do more than 1200/1500 even working 160 hours per month. With all the discounts (just the state hospital gets 2%), more the mandatory contribution for the state pension, more the IRS, it's hard to take home more than 1500,00 Brazilian reais/month. And it represents today U$738,45
#Levski on Jun 26, 2012 :
Try Bulgaria, buy a house in the moutains, join a hunters club, good fishing too, hiking or extreme sports.

$2,000 pm for Bulgaria will go a long way, a pint of beer on the Black Sea coast is c. $1 tops

rilamark@aol.com if you need more info
#Tj on Jun 23, 2012 :
Brazil is ridiculously expensive. Its almost as expensive as US and the salaries are much less. but the goof thing is that only 3 cities are ridiculously expensive i.e Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio. rest of Brazil is inexpensive. So if you are planning to reTire in Brazil don't go to any of these 3 cities
#Anonymous on Jun 10, 2012 :
this site doesn't reflects the real prices for who wants to get a good life, these price. Look at the price of fitness club, one month of a good fitness is 400 reais in centre area, you can get a price for 300 reais, if you sign in annual plan....
#Jim on Apr 17, 2012 :
I was thinking on retiring in Argentina, but it sounds like it's just as expensive there as in the U.S. Anyone have any advise where a good place to retire is??? I am a hunter, and shoot a lot, so I have many guns, also fishing. Someone give me a hint as where to go that I can live as well as possible on $2000 a month U.S.
#torfrieda vlet on Feb 16, 2012 :
The living prices in Brazil are the same as in the US.Very sad ,that brazilians who make less,can even live a decent live!A one bedroom apartment in the US is also 700 to 8oo,same as Brazil.
#torfrieda vlet on Feb 16, 2012 :
The living prices in Brazil are the same as in the US.Very sad ,that brazilians who make less,can even live a decent live!A one bedroom apartment in the US is also 700 to 8oo,same as Brazil.
#Mladen Adamovic on Feb 02, 2012 :
I corrected the name of the city in the database.
#Felipe Tonello on Feb 02, 2012 :
It is not Sao Paolo, it's Sao Paulo, with U.
#joao Portugal on Jan 05, 2012 :
THANK GOD! EXCELENT SITE i was looking for some ingo about sao paulo because i am planning to work there now i know what do i want to ask for salary!
THANK YOU!

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