Cost of Living Comparison Between Madrid and Barcelona 

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Consumer Prices in Barcelona are 3.3% higher than in Madrid (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Barcelona are 3.1% higher than in Madrid
Rent Prices in Barcelona are 2.7% higher than in Madrid
Restaurant Prices in Barcelona are 0.4% lower than in Madrid
Groceries Prices in Barcelona are 1.1% lower than in Madrid
Local Purchasing Power in Barcelona is 13.9% lower than in Madrid
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Restaurants
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.00 € 15.00 €      +7.1 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 55.00 €      -8.3 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.90 € 10.00 €      +12.4 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 € 3.00 €      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.95 € 3.50 €      -11.4 %
Cappuccino (regular) 2.40 € 2.21 €      -8.1 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.48 € 2.06 €      -16.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.55 € 1.55 €      -0.0 %
Markets
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.05 € 4.02 €      -0.7 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.40 € 1.30 €      -7.3 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.65 € 0.67 €      +2.8 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.81 € 2.73 €      -3.1 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.94 € 5.80 €      -2.3 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.40 € 3.64 €      +7.0 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.06 € 6.15 €      +1.6 %
Apples (1 lb) 1.04 € 0.91 €      -12.2 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.81 € 0.78 €      -2.9 %
Oranges (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.75 €      -1.7 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.07 € 1.06 €      -1.0 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.61 € 0.72 €      +18.4 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.72 €      +8.7 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.20 € 1.06 €      -11.7 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.85 € 0.77 €      -9.5 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 6.00 €      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.15 € 1.12 €      -3.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.74 € 1.58 €      -9.4 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.38 € 5.10 €      -5.1 %
Transportation
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 € 2.40 €      +60.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 € 22.50 €      -43.8 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 € 3.00 €      0.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.93 € 3.54 €      +83.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.00 € 24.68 €      +12.2 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.17 € 6.32 €      +2.3 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,000.00 € 29,568.00 €      -7.6 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,776.39 € 25,453.85 €      -1.3 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 133.96 € 165.42 €      +23.5 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 16.17 € 16.49 €      +2.0 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28.85 € 33.73 €      +16.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.15 € 47.51 €      +12.7 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.25 € 21.40 €      +108.8 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 9.00 €      -10.0 %
Childcare
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 485.00 € 524.15 €      +8.1 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,295.24 € 11,150.74 €      +34.4 %
Clothing And Shoes
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 67.32 € 77.21 €      +14.7 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.66 € 31.08 €      +8.4 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.12 € 86.97 €      +14.3 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 83.77 € 105.24 €      +25.6 %
Rent Per Month
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,194.44 € 1,238.97 €      +3.7 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 884.65 € 943.18 €      +6.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,132.22 € 2,073.44 €      -2.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,429.72 € 1,537.21 €      +7.5 %
Buy Apartment Price
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 396.58 € 524.04 €      +32.1 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 235.01 € 337.65 €      +43.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,216.24 € 1,966.85 €      -11.3 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.62 3.53      +35.1 %
Last update: February 2024February 2024
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