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Cost of Living in Lima, Peru

Prices in Lima

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 56.34
Rent Index: 21.72
Groceries Index: 50.46
Restaurants Index: 39.55
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 39.64
Local Purchasing Power: 32.70

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 S/.
8.39
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 S/.
70.00
111.92
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 15.00 S/.
14.00
20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 S/.
4.00
5.60
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 10.00 S/.
8.00
12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 7.82 S/.
7.00
9.50
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.58 S/.
2.00
4.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.65 S/.
1.30
2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 4.02 S/.
3.00
5.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 4.42 S/.
2.00
7.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.50 S/.
3.00
4.00
Eggs (12) 4.94 S/.
3.75
6.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 19.62 S/.
15.00
30.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 14.75 S/.
10.00
20.00
Apples (1kg) 6.51 S/.
5.60
8.00
Oranges (1kg) 5.40 S/.
4.00
7.00
Tomato (1kg) 3.22 S/.
2.80
4.00
Potato (1kg) 3.05 S/.
2.24
4.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.01 S/.
1.00
2.80
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.54 S/.
2.00
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 S/.
25.00
35.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.34 S/.
4.00
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.10 S/.
5.00
7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 S/.
6.00
8.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 S/.
1.50
2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 S/.
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 S/.
4.00
5.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 5.00 S/.
2.50
5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 S/.
20.00
30.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 4.10 S/.
3.70
4.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 52,462.50 S/.
45,000.00
60,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 188.38 S/.
127.50
223.84
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.72 S/.
0.50
1.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 155.74 S/.
120.00
200.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 197.74 S/.
180.00
223.84
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.00 S/.
20.00
27.98
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.56 S/.
15.00
25.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 151.25 S/.
120.00
200.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 169.31 S/.
120.00
200.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 243.09 S/.
200.00
280.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 260.00 S/.
200.00
350.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,743.49 S/.
1,200.00
2,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,069.19 S/.
800.00
1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,784.07 S/.
2,100.00
4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,173.07 S/.
1,200.00
3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,535.50 S/.
5,000.00
6,500.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,047.34 S/.
2,798.00
3,500.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,602.78 S/.
1,399.00
2,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.90
9.00
11.00

These data are based on 777 entries in the past 18 months from 78 different contributors.

Last update: July, 2014

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7 Comments so far

#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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