Cost of Living in Lima, Peru

Prices in Lima

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 S/. 9.00-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 S/. 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 S/. 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 4.00 S/. 3.30-7.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 S/. 6.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 7.89 S/. 6.00-10.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.28 S/. 2.00-3.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.41 S/. 1.00-2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 13.69 S/. 11.36-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.40 S/. 3.15-7.26
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.67 S/. 1.36-2.27
Eggs (12) 5.35 S/. 4.00-6.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.32 S/. 6.80-15.88
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 8.62 S/. 7.26-10.89
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 12.40 S/. 9.07-15.88
Apples (1 lb) 2.19 S/. 1.59-2.95
Banana (1 lb) 1.41 S/. 0.91-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.93 S/. 1.13-2.95
Tomato (1 lb) 1.50 S/. 1.13-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 1.16 S/. 0.91-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.13 S/. 0.91-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.14 S/. 1.50-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.69 S/. 2.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 S/. 20.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.36 S/. 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.23 S/. 6.00-8.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 8.00 S/. 7.00-8.50
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 S/. 1.20-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 105.00 S/. 60.00-200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 S/. 3.50-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.05 S/. 4.83-9.66
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 S/. 15.00-25.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 13.59 S/. 11.36-15.29
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 48,497.50 S/. 35,000.00-65,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 197.98 S/. 120.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.47 S/. 0.25-0.50
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 126.44 S/. 90.00-199.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 178.61 S/. 120.00-270.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 32.08 S/. 20.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 S/. 15.00-20.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 149.12 S/. 120.00-200.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 143.14 S/. 100.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 269.20 S/. 200.00-320.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 246.60 S/. 150.00-350.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,453.64 S/. 800.00-2,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,119.42 S/. 860.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,779.57 S/. 2,000.00-3,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,178.57 S/. 1,500.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 602.70 S/. 548.12-696.77
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 362.59 S/. 278.71-418.06
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,745.45 S/. 1,200.00-2,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.69 9.00-11.00

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Last update: November, 2015

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14 Comments so far
#Juver on Nov 16, 2015 :
I am Peruvian and I have lived in Lima for almost 20 years.

Some of the prices mentioned in the charts above are not 100% accurate.

For example, a meal at an inexpensive restaurant at lunchtime generally costs S/9.00 PEN ($ 3.00 USD), even in overrated districts such as Miraflores or San Isidro.

Then, a taxi ride (even a short ride) can cost S/. 7.00, not S/ 5.00 as stated in the chart.

Finally, if for any reason you go to Lima, Peru, it is advisable to be accompanied by a Peruvian so as to avoid being robbed or tricked by unscrupulous people.

And don't forget that there are a hell of a lot better cities than Lima to visit in Peru.
#george on Nov 08, 2015 :
Yes, there are stray dogs. But there's drunks and vandalism everywhere in the world. Personally, I see more drunks here in Melbourne, Australia than I did in my whole time in Lima (I only saw 2 drunks, singing on buses, in 3 months)
#Luis on Oct 24, 2015 :
I was there two months ago and Lima is becoming a dump of shit. I saw street dogs, drunks, vandalism, and bad police. As soon you get closed to San Isidro or Miraflores start filling more secure about yourself.
#Craig Ivory on Oct 12, 2015 :
Thanks Sandy, great names & places for visitors/future residents to check out. I suppose all prices on this site are at the mercy of conversion rates. As Peru goes up someone else goes down. Have noticed this all over, except in Euros, which is where I live. Having Euros as basis of comparison makes life a lot easier to understand.
#David Schneider on Aug 21, 2015 :
With all the much nicer and much cheaper places to live in Peru, why live in Lima, anyway? :)
#David Schneider on Aug 21, 2015 :
Good site. However, there is such a range of prices depending on where you live in Lima, that these are only very ballpark figures. I would never pay more than $12.00 USD for a mid-range meal for 2, for example. A cheap meal costs less than $3.00 USD.
#Sandy on Mar 14, 2015 :
If you live like a gringo....that's the price you will pay! you need to get out of Miraflores, San Isidro, Barranco, San Borja and least to buy your food and clothing, most owners who owns big Lima properties shopping malls are foreigners and they will charge you the highest because gringo wants comfort and they know we'll pay without making a complaint! A Peruvian will never pay the amount of money we pay, the will haggle for anything and will go to different stores to compare prices. I learn to buy my food, mercado mayorista ( Santa Anita) you can buy anything and is cheaper than most supermarkets, in Callao they have plenty fish markets, I'll buy different see foods and put it on the freezer, Fruits I usually go to mercado mayorista de frutas (buy lots and put it in small bags and in the freezer, you can make plenty milkshakes and cakes! clothing get to Gamarra, better quality 100% Peruvian algodon, the one you buy in Sagafalabella, Ripley and so on , are made in China, sometimes is cheap to buy but won't last long, Gamarra has everything for clothing and household, you can always bargain at the end of the day! Buying toys go to Mesa redonda ( centro de Lima) go early because in the afternoon is get crowded, want to buy books and cheap, go to Feria de libros Amazonas ( Centro de Lima) Going to the cinema, If you go weekends is always expensive, not just Peru, but every other country, try going to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, is between 7-10 soles 2D been a few times in la Molina and Plaza mall Santa Anita, property prices, I found Magdalena, Pueblo Libre, San Miguel, Brena and Jesus Maria reasonable in prices depending what you looking for you can find a good bargain. But if you want to live like a gringo then stick to Miraflores, San Borja, San Isidro and Barranco, what you pay is because you want to live like home or better than home, but living in another country meeting the local people and challenging yourself to new things you need to move on!
#Friend on May 30, 2014 :
Its fun when this goddamned fucking city is more expensive to live in than Prague...
#Emily on Oct 06, 2013 :
This website is very helpful. I will be staying in Lima for a week so I'm impressed with the website.
#Al on Sep 29, 2013 :
This is my first visit. Impressions: Great site! Well-concieved, well-executed, thorough. Apparently, efforts are made to keep information current. Comments can provide additional information and perspectives. Perfect? No, but what is? Thanks. I've never seen anything nearly as good.
#Luis Quiroz on Feb 05, 2013 :
This price list is pretty accurate; however, there are some mistakes. Since local currency keeps appreciating against the U.S. dollar, Lima has become a quite expensive city to live in. For example, I paid almost $10 (25 Soles) to see a regular movie (Not 3D). Gold Gym's monthly fee is around $70 or $80. A 3-Course meal in a mid-range restaurant is more like $40 instead of $30. I am also assuming that City Center refers to Miraflores or San Isidro's district since you don't want to live in downtown Lima.
#Colin on Dec 09, 2012 :
Like Mark Kennet I agree that this is a good attempt at an impossible subject and his point about the "city centre" is well made. Gringos on the whole don't live in downtown Lima which can be a bit rough although it is getting cleaned up. Rents and House prices in San Isidro, Miraflores, Barranco and Surco are rocketing up at the moment and I would say your estimates are at least 10% lower than stated. However, I concede that keeping up with it is near impossible.
#NoName on Aug 04, 2012 :
I put 2 sources-reference, one for median monthly salary where we can see that that topic is around 500 us dollars, way lower than the average proposed by users in this site; and the second reference is about properties median prices where we can see there is also a huge difference between what is offered by real estate agents and what people put here, people here put a higher price than what actually is in reality. For Mark, this site is intended to reflect the average in everything, it is not intended to hit the top high quality in all of the items and neither the cheapest, obviously people here seems not to understand that.
#Mark Kennet on Jan 22, 2012 :
Obviously, an index like this can never be perfect, but this is a really great effort. I did want to mention that I think the clothes prices are wildly overstated, given that very, very few Peruvians wear the sorts of clothes that are suggested as representative. A pair of decent jeans in Peru - not Levi 501s - can cost as little as $12 or $15; and many people will have dresses made to order rather than pay boutique costs for name brands.

I think there may also be some confusion in how people are viewing central city rents vs. outside the center. The center of Lima is rather run-down, and rents are not very high there at all. The more desirable neighborhoods are outside the center per se, but are definitely still within the city limits. I believe that the intent of this question refers to these neighborhoods and not the traditional center. Where one may also see a significantly lower rent is in the more distant suburbs, which is what I assume the intent of the second category is.

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