Cost of Living in Marbella, Spain

Prices in Marbella

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.00 € 7.00-7.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 38.50 € 27.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.25 € 6.00-6.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 2.86 € 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.58 € 2.50-2.66
Cappuccino (regular) 2.50 € 2.50-2.50
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.00 € 1.99-2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.35 € 1.20-1.50
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.41 € 2.27-4.54
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.73 €
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.59 €
Eggs (12) 1.50 €
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.54 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.61 € 2.49-2.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.95 €
Apples (1 lb) 0.73 €
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.50-0.57
Oranges (1 lb) 0.36 €
Tomato (1 lb) 0.68 €
Potato (1 lb) 0.36 € 0.36-0.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.45 €
Lettuce (1 head) 0.90 € 0.80-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.30 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 3.00 € 3.00-4.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.30 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.00 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.00 € 5.00-5.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.70 €
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 23.50 € 11.00-36.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.90 €
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.70 €
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) ?
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.91 € 4.62-5.11
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,500.00 € 18,000.00-21,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 100.00 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 €
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.00 € 30.00-34.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 50.00 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.00 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.50 €
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 100.00 €
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 25.00 €
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.00 €
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 80.00 €
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 525.00 € 450.00-600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 475.00 € 450.00-500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,283.33 € 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 187.35 € 134.71-278.71
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,400.00 € 1,300.00-1,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.28 1.20-3.65

These data are based on 104 entries in the past 18 months from 18 different contributors.

Last update: November, 2015

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4 Comments so far
#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.
#James on Feb 21, 2012 :
For those planning to move to Marbella area I strongly recommend the services of Helicopteros Sanitarios a Home Doctor and Emergency service. I couldn’t live without it. I’m a single dad of two kids and they where always there whenever I called them (even at 4 am)Talking about cost I can assure you the price is ridiculous for the service that they offer…. I wish I could have a service like this back in Cheshire!!!

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