Cost of Living in Marbella

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 61.46
Rent Index: 24.70
Groceries Index: 41.04
Restaurants Index: 66.23
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 44.29
Local Purchasing Power: 87.17
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Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.75 € 5.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30.00 € 20.00-36.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 5.50-7.30
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.50 € 1.20-2.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.50-2.50
Cappuccino (regular) 1.39 € 1.10-1.60
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.35 € 1.00-1.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.90 € 0.50-1.20
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.79 € 1.89-3.41
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.80 € 0.54-1.09
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.39 € 0.23-0.54
Eggs (12) 1.78 € 1.00-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.31 € 3.18-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.62 € 1.70-3.18
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.01 € 2.72-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.60 € 0.36-0.68
Banana (1 lb) 0.58 € 0.45-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 0.41 € 0.27-0.68
Tomato (1 lb) 0.54 € 0.32-0.68
Potato (1 lb) 0.32 € 0.10-0.45
Onion (1 lb) 0.35 € 0.23-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.87 € 0.59-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.62 € 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.50 € 3.00-5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.66 € 0.30-1.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.18 € 0.75-1.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4.80 € 4.50-5.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.20 € 1.20-1.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 36.00 € 36.00-36.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.80 € 1.70-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.82 € 1.13-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.55 € 6.00-25.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.68 € 4.09-5.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 € 17,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,000.00 € 14,000.00-20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 137.14 € 54.09-160.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.15 € 0.09-0.20
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 35.00 € 25.00-42.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 60.00 € 50.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.00 € 10.00-18.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.50 € 6.00-8.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 66.62 € 40.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26.67 € 15.00-36.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 65.00 € 35.00-75.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 80.00 € 45.00-100.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 560.00 € 400.00-750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 462.50 € 400.00-500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,237.50 € 850.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 783.33 € 750.00-800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 226.06 € 185.80-260.13
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 144.00 € 139.35-148.64
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 1,300.00 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.52 1.40-3.10

Prices in Marbella, Spain

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Last update: July, 2016
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5 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Jun 11, 2016 :
I would to give an update on my recent visit to Marbella (June 2016)
It s incredibly clean and in general good level of people. I always say that when a person had a bad experience tends to give a general negative experience and put a stain on everything else. Marbella has one of the best weather in the world and still less expensive than many other cities.
#Carole on Feb 23, 2016 :
We have lived in Marbella since September, 2007. It is not dirty as the German has suggested, rather it is a pretty and well-kept city of plants, parks and gardens. It does have a fair amount of drug-related crimes which rarely affect private citizens and rarely get solved (but sometimes they do!). Also suffers from overbuilding and plenty of people in this industry quite willing to cheat you. As anywhere, buyer beware! If you plan to buy, get a reputable solicitor who is not connected with the seller in any way.

Jack has given a fairly good portrayal except that the main coastal highway, the N340, is now a 4-line roadway where the average speed is around 90kph.

Rents have come down. They are actually higher in the suburban areas than in center town (with the exception of beach front properties). My friend lets a fairly new 3-bdrm apt for €500/monthly in a very green area with many amenities (several pools, clubhouse with restaurant and gym, free golf course, tennis and boules courts).
#frank on Mar 25, 2014 :
I continue living in Marbella since 1998 and have contact to many clients as a computer engineer working on site. Marbella is a very dirty city and specially the local people litter where ever they go. Many foreigners are trying to teach the Spaniards a more respectfully way to handle nature and animals but the Andaluz is stubborn! Houses are still way over the value and the crisis in real estate will continue until 2018, so better rent what is cheap now.
The police is corrupt and ignore drug dealers for tips, all mayor crime as murder and kidnapping is kept secret. Private security services sell many contracts but often they do cooperate with the criminals.
The speed limits on highways with only 80km/h are ridiculously low and the fines are very expensive (5 times higher than in Germany e.g.) as the police needs fines as income.
Electricity and Gas are very expensive, bars are cheap, many cheap hookers, internet lines are extremely slow what makes working from home difficult.
The good thing is that we have a very cosmopolitan scenery here in Marbella and the Spanish don’t molest as much as 7 years ago when they had higher incomes and higher arrogance.
#Catarina on Oct 25, 2012 :
Muchas gracias Jack y James. Vaya con Dios.
#jack on Jul 22, 2012 :
I have lived in Marbella for the past 14 years. Marbella is an exceptionally clean city and the surrounding areas are kept very clean. The people in general are very polite and friendly.Many Spainards speak English. The sun is always shinning and the temperature is always about 72 Degrees. Housing has come down in price considerably in the past 2 years. An average 3 bedroom villa in good condition will sell for around 700,000 Euros. Expensive compared to what you can purchase in the States. The beaches are very clean but the water is something to consider. I personally never enter the water.The buses run on a schedule about every hour and run till 11PM. Taxis have a rate book and charge accordingly.Fish is the main food eaten and very inexpensive. As example large shrimp is about 6 Euros for 2 pounds.Fruits and vegetables are very cheap and very fresh.
The crime in general is very low and mostly house break ins and petty crime. The one very important thing is there are many scam people living here and will do all they can to take all that you have. There are literally thousands of cases on file here and way too many for the local police to handle. You must be very careful with your money.There is only one main road going east to west the N340 2 lane road. One must be very alert as the speed of the cars will go over 90MPH which is very dangerous for a narrow 2 lane road. A road many would consider a country road.Lastly the average cost to live somewhat comfortably is about 3,000+ Euros per month which includes rent 1,000 per month electric 200 per month mobile phone 50 Euros Home telephone +internet 50 petrol 150 car Insurance 80 food 1,300 health insurance 200 This does not include any entertainment.