Cost of Living in Barcelona, Spain

Prices in Barcelona

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.57 € 10.00-12.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.90-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 2.50 € 1.70-3.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.00 € 2.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1.67 € 1.50-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.77 € 1.50-2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.20 € 0.75-1.60
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.21 € 2.27-4.16
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.91-1.22
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.47 € 0.40-0.64
Eggs (12) 1.85 € 1.40-2.98
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.03 € 3.18-6.58
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.76 € 2.27-3.63
Apples (1 lb) 0.77 € 0.57-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.65 € 0.45-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.44 € 0.36-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 1.06 € 0.80-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.65 € 0.37-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 4.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.90 € 0.60-1.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.30 € 1.00-1.80
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.00 € 4.50-5.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.10 € 1.90-2.15
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 42.50-53.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 € 2.10-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.66 € 1.37-2.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 21.23 € 20.00-22.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.95 € 4.54-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,000.00 € 17,000.00-20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 138.37 € 100.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 € 0.06-0.18
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 38.53 € 30.00-45.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 45.56 € 38.00-58.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.00 € 11.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.00 € 8.00-9.40
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 78.33 € 60.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.11 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.23 € 70.00-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.21 € 70.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 712.80 € 600.00-800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 532.77 € 450.00-650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,206.45 € 900.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 871.83 € 800.00-1,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 343.12 € 264.03-510.96
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 234.46 € 166.39-325.16
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,582.70 € 1,200.00-2,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.28 2.95-4.00

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Last update: October, 2015

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43 Comments so far
#Harry on Sep 20, 2015 :
Retired, would like to stay in a nice building, wife and I like the city vibe, will speend up to 2000€ a month on rent do real estate agent handle rentals or is there another way to find rental we're comfortable in ? Also require private medical insurance, how is this handled ?
#Jordi on Sep 18, 2015 :
Hi Divya! Barcelona is one of the best cities to live in the world, especially if you don't work:). If you are alone, anything more than 2000€ net a month is more than sufficient for a great lifestyle over here. Average salary goes between 1200 and 1500 a month. Normally the salaries are not as high as those in Northern Europe, so if you want to save a lot, here is not the place. But it depends on how much you will earn. As for costs, the rent will be your biggest expense, anything else is reasonably cheap, especially going/eating out. My advice, if they are going to pay you less than 1500€, think again before coming.
#Divya on Sep 11, 2015 :
Hi I am an Indian and a working professional. I am planning to work in Spain. I wanted to know if you could help me see the difference in the standard of living and what kind off salary package do i need to have for a basic and comfortable living which would include rent, food, eating out, cinemas, pubs, utilities (tv, phone, internet, water, electricity), groceries and also saving a decent amount each month. The work location would be in and around Barcelona. Looking forward to a reply which i really want to be realistic and blunt
#natis on Jul 14, 2015 :
is cheaper than Italy. here close to venice a 50 mt apartment goes for about 600-800. mine is 700 and is 30 minutes away from Venice. if you are looking next to Venice or in center it goes for over 1000 for sure. i am looking to get a job that is offering 900 in Barcelona. i was afraid that 900 was not to much. but reading some comments i can get by.
#GuiriBCN on May 02, 2015 :
Hi, I have lived in Barcelona for over 6 years.
As everyone knows, salaries in BCN are obviously much lower than in northern European countries. So, don't move to BCN if you want to save up a lot of money in the next few years. If you want a massive salary, then move to London or Zurich.
If you will have a high-paid job, then you will have a great life in BCN. B also, lots of people move to BCN and are able to survive and be happy without a high-paid job. Moving to Barcelona (just like moving to any other part of Spain/Catalonia) requires a change in mindset. You need to put less importance on money, and more importance on the quality of your life. Life in BCN (especially from May - October) is fantastic. You will live in a beautiful city, with a great climate, literally right beside the beach and also close to mountains. There is a great public transport system, so you dont need a car.
There are some people who earn very low salaries in BCN, i.e. less 1100€ per month. These are mostly local people, who work in bars, or are cleaners, carers, etc.
Foreign people who move in BCN, especially those who have specific skills as in IT or business, obviously tend to have higher average salaries than low-skilled people (but such people also have higher costs, such as flights home).
A foreign person who earns above 1500€ (all the amounts I mention are before tax), and who doesnt have any existing debts, can live fine in BCN. If you earn more than 2000€ then you will be comfortable (and would be able to save a bit each month). If you earn more than 2500€, then you will be very comfortable. If you earn more than 3000€, then you will be in the top 1%, you would have a great life, and would be able to save a lot each month.
A lot of foreign people who come to BCN teach English to survive. They generally are paid quite little (because they are so many people who want to teach English, the schools pay quite little). They are able to survive, and have a nice life in BCN, but they generally cant save up much money. But.... they are generally happy, because they are enjoying life a lot. So, in conclusion, instead of just asking what the salary is in BCN, its better to ask yourself what is important to you.
#Olga on Apr 10, 2015 :
I'm spanish and from Barcelona.

Just to help.
In Barcelona you should earn a little bit more than in other cities of Catalonia because the whole prices are also a little bit more expensive.
If you earn between 900-1000€ you won't have any problem to live in good conditions.
If you earn more than 3000€ you're a boss, seriously.
I've traveled a lot and I can tell you that living in Spain is cheap, if you compare it with north european countries or France, Germany, etc.
The problem is that we pay 21% of tax right now, such a shame.
The prices here on the website are okay, but you could find these foods and drinks cheaper.
So if you come from a richer country in Barcelona you'll live like a king, don't have to worry.
Don't have to say that if you come here only on vacations you can have the best time of your life.
But if you come here to find a job... good luck, because it's quite difficult. I recommend to come during summer because you can find more job opportunities, as there is a LOT of turism and more during summer, of course.

Hope you enjoy this beautiful city.
#iman on Mar 08, 2015 :
hi , this is iman from Iran. I want to know about immigration and get Spanish passport from buying house or apartment in this country. if this rule exist,how much should pay for this aim ? i mean have any limitation, for example somebody said at least you should buy house around 160,000 EUR
#John B on Feb 22, 2015 :
I decided to move to Barcelona with my family but I have more than 6 months trying to find a job online and I would say that no one hires/ at least interviews me because I'm not there (I would prefer moving only after getting a job). I speak Spanish and English fluently. Do you have any suggestion on where should I search (infojobs is my primary source).
Also it would be useful to know the minimum amount of money necessary monthly to live decently (would 1000 euro be enough for rent, utilities, transport and food?)

Thank you
#Andres on Jan 28, 2015 :
Many people from abroad ask. Any salary near or higher than 3000€ (4000€ for big family) is good enough for nice apartment, car, restaurants....everything. The average salary is 1000€ so...If you are alone and get paid 3K you live like a king
#Jordi on Jan 28, 2015 :
1400€ in nowhere near the average net salary. I would say 1100-1200€ and believe me, this 200-300€ make a big difference.
#Mike Flemming on Jan 23, 2015 :
Is there any part time job opportunity? for example, for students. What is average wage?

#RP on Nov 07, 2014 :
@ #Khaled Ahmed, I have same offer as you. For sure this is another type of scam. Average salary would be 1500 euros. As far as google says so.
#Khaled Ahmed on Nov 04, 2014 :
I am Egyptian and I got offer at Barcelona Centre Médic, with an amazing offer comparing to what is written here and I am starting to doubt it after reading the comments here.

The offer is : € 12,500 ( thousand five hundred Euros Only) basic (After tax) monthly

increase per year of 25% until the end of contract.

Is this possible ?
Please your advise is highly recommened about this ?
#Luis on Oct 31, 2014 :
I want to move to Barcelona with a monthly income of 9000 dollars. Can I live fairly well?
#tom68 on Jul 15, 2014 :
I'm from Canada and I'm looking to move to Barcelona when I'm finished all my schooling. I was wondering what it will be like. I was also wondering where I could get a job for speaking a little Spanish and but mostly English and also a lot of French knowledge.
#kk on Apr 21, 2014 :
To Will: that's upper middle class
#Will on Mar 08, 2014 :
I'm getting ready to retire in the US and looking to move to Spain Barcelona and looking to enjoy my pension which is just a little under $5000.00 a month I was wondering what that could buy middle class upper middle or will I be well off. I will be moving with my wife and idea?
#USAEXPAT on Feb 23, 2014 :
We are moving soon to Barcelona. Can anyone tell us where we can buy a car at there and how much a reasonable car is there, and the cost utilities run. We are trying to figure out how much we can expect our cost of living to be.
#Anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 :
anyway, FYI, a quick way to figure out how rich (and therefore the level of salaries) a country is just look at the local purchasing power percentage..
For Barceloan it's only 64,5%..that says a lot.

Most German cities have 100% and more

No other big European city is near the 100% mark (Milan, Paris or London)

This means that the average salaries here are skewed towards the higher end (i.e. probably it takes into account people who are higly qualified).
#The Man on Feb 13, 2014 :
I totally agree with Rich D.. but Rich I think that with that kind of money you can live comfortably in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a loooot cheaper than my native Milan and Italy is not that much richer than Spain as a country to justify such a gap.

Now I work in London, I make £65,000 and trust me, you're better off in Barcelona with €1.800 a month net.
#The Man on Feb 13, 2014 :
Spain is the best country in the world if you have an expat job or if you get sent there by your company (which is my case) as in this case you get the so called expat package.

I used to work for a major multinational company in Barcelona and people my age were making a lot less than I was making (as they were hired locally).. and they had the same level of seniority

The impression I got is that my salary (€3.200 net) was out of this world - and i'm not Swiss. I'm Italian (from Milan) and quite frankly Italy is no heaven but €3.200 in Milan at 35 years of age is pretty common.

Having said that I think that in terms of quality of life no city beats Barcelona. It's simply the best city in Europe by far.
#Rich D on Jan 08, 2014 :
Honestly guys, the salaries in Barca are very poor. Im english, with a very good CV where i would expect to earn 40-60k sterling a year in the UK, the majority of the jobs i can aim for here offer about 30k euros, occasionally you get offers up to 40k but very hard to find. People that say they are earning 3000 a month are either lying or extremely lucky and working for multinationals who pay them the same in whichever country. If you are thinking you will earn 1700 a month for a meduim to low skilled role ie less than 8 years experience, multiple languages, and masters degree etc, think again, its a myth.
However the lifestyle and quality of life is very high, wonderful place to live.
#Yilina on Sep 18, 2013 :
#Jose and #Stephen, both of you are correct. The minimum salary is both 645€/month and 748€/month. The difference is that the first is calculated in a 14 months basis and the second in a 12 months basis. You can find this data here:
#Yilina on Sep 18, 2013 :
As for the salaries, they're asking for "median" (the most common salary). You can find anywhere that the median salary in Spain in about 15,500€/year (probably a bit higher in Barcelona). Spaniards, more than half of them, get about 13,5 salaries a year (double pay sometimes for Xmas and summer) that makes about 1150€/month.
#vibhav on Sep 17, 2013 :
Please help me whether the price of the rent of apartments is inclusive of electricity or not!?

#Al B on Sep 08, 2013 :
I was working in Barca in a permanent role last year and was taking home roughly 3000 euros a month. My point is that, like any other city/town/place in the world, the money you earn will depend on the job you do, your experience, your connections, your confidence and a whole load of other criteria. Rent is expensive but for a one bedroom apartment you're probably not going to break the bank massively. If you're looking to save money then just research the new urbanisations springing up on the outskirts of the main city (Salve de mar etc). Just a 5 minute metro ride into the centre.
Good luck.
#Xavi on Sep 07, 2013 :
A high school teacher in Barcelona in a public school earns from 1800€ to 2500€ per month after taxes. That is, from 36000€ to 50000€ per year before taxes.

1800€ is the salary in the first year, without experience, and the salary increases a little every year.
#Don Alfonso on Jul 10, 2013 :
I have a job offer in B for 23.000.- € gross/annum. Assumed it´s payed 12/year that should be roghly 1500,- € net/month, ain`t?

I already heared about the high costs of living in B but what do you think: would it be possible for a single person to lead a reasonable life style there? (no shared accomodation and the usual bunch of "luxury" going out occasionally, cinema here and there etc.)

Thanks for any helpful answer.
#Kay Gillett on Jul 03, 2013 :
How does Barcelona compare to Portland Oregon?
#kavan on Jun 21, 2013 :
hi there,could anyone help me from india.jus need to knw is 1200€ is it enough for a bachelor,to have a single bedroom house. pls guide in this
#Susana on Jun 18, 2013 :
Civil Engineer with one year experience, three languages: 1300€.
#Cara on Jun 03, 2013 :
What is the average salary in Barcelona for teachers?
#Jose on May 15, 2013 :
Stephen can suck my Minimum wage in SPAIN by law is 760 euros. Maybe you charge 600 as cocksucer somewhere in center in nigerian/pakistan shop. Aside form this average salary in barcelona can vary a lot. I personally don't know anybody that works in city of Barcelona and gets less than 1100. I think 1350-1500 is the average there. I live in Pedralbes area in Barcelona, one of the most expensive and pay 950 euros for 3 bedroom, reformed 80 m2 apartment, close to metro, bus and ronda de dalt motorway...just 10 mins to the center by car or metro. Decent place, 3 bedroom is 800 euros with 2 to 3 times paying that rent as a deposite and fees. I would even say that the average salary in madrid ranges 1200-1600 but rent is considerably more expensive and since rent is more important than "3 course meal in mid-range restaurant or cinema price or imported beer" Madrid leaves you with less spare money. And also it is 5C degrees cooler on average and there is no beach. Those who read this must know that Barcelona (considering weather, people, laws, salary, lifestyle) is top 5 in Europe, if not Number 1
#Monica on Jan 08, 2013 :
It's an average, guys. You should consider high-end jobs, various markets (IT pays more, for example), various kind of companies.
#Anonymous on Dec 06, 2012 :
Stephen, the issue is that newspapers says different, i.e.
Madrid average gross salary: 2.161€ in 14 pays. Around 1.600€ net in 14 pays. Around 1.850€ net in 12 pays.
#Stephen on Dec 05, 2012 :
hahahahahahaha!!!! 1,697.50 € a month in Barcelona? You guys are crazy!!!! Minimum wage is around 600 euros. An average wage here is between 900 and 1000 before tax! Most of that goes on rent and bills. I was just looking at other countries to get an idea because I want to leave here but I'm afraid after seeing this data, I will take the rest with a pinch of salt. My advice, stay clear of Barna, it's full of crime, corrupt police, rent is high, wages are pathetic.
#GM on Nov 29, 2012 :
to Bangla. I'm a waiter and earn 1480 befora tax 14 times a year. You divide that by 12 its around 1730 per month. It is perfectly possible. Know people who get 2,3 ,4,5,6...thousands neto
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2012 :
Average salary these days in Barcelona is a highly disputable subject.
#Leo on Nov 12, 2012 :
whats is the average salry at barcelona at this days?
#Bangla on Nov 05, 2012 :
1,697.50 € per month?
Are you sure that is after tax? I dont think people get that even before tax.
#Roger on Nov 02, 2012 :
I totaly disagree with the median monthly salary, I'm pretty sure it's closer to just 1000€ BEFORE taxes!!
#Andy on Aug 22, 2012 :
Barcelona isn´t a cheap place when it comes to rent!!
#SSantos PT on Mar 29, 2012 :
It is important as well to see also the minimum wage index of all countries.
That will give us a beter idea.

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