Cost of Living Comparison Between Madrid and Barcelona 

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Consumer Prices in Barcelona are 6.9% higher than in Madrid (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Barcelona are 5.1% higher than in Madrid
Rent Prices in Barcelona are 1.6% higher than in Madrid
Restaurant Prices in Barcelona are 13.7% higher than in Madrid
Groceries Prices in Barcelona are 1.8% higher than in Madrid
Local Purchasing Power in Barcelona is 13.5% lower than in Madrid
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Restaurants
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 € 14.00 €      +16.7 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 60.00 €      +20.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 9.00 €      +12.5 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 € 3.00 €      -14.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 € 3.50 €      0.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 2.12 € 2.17 €      +2.6 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.34 € 2.10 €      -10.5 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.62 € 1.48 €      -8.5 %
Markets
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.34 € 3.67 €      +9.9 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.98 € 1.26 €      +28.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.56 € 0.60 €      +6.8 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.31 € 2.55 €      +10.6 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.78 € 5.15 €      +7.6 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.36 € 3.33 €      -0.8 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.56 € 5.18 €      -6.9 %
Apples (1 lb) 0.95 € 0.90 €      -5.2 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.86 € 0.90 €      +4.7 %
Oranges (1 lb) 0.81 € 0.76 €      -6.0 %
Tomato (1 lb) 0.85 € 0.98 €      +15.4 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.57 € 0.60 €      +4.9 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.61 € 0.67 €      +9.2 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.03 € 0.99 €      -3.8 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.69 € 0.78 €      +13.3 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.50 € 5.00 €      -9.1 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.99 € 1.10 €      +10.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.53 € 1.58 €      +3.6 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.15 € 5.00 €      -2.9 %
Transportation
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 € 2.40 €      +60.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 54.60 € 40.00 €      -26.7 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.00 €      -14.3 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.77 € 3.22 €      +81.8 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.00 € 24.00 €      +9.1 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.06 € 7.16 €      +1.5 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 € 24,999.00 €      -0.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,563.64 € 25,508.87 €      +8.3 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 167.13 € 160.34 €      -4.1 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 € 0.22 €      +52.6 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33.18 € 37.01 €      +11.6 %
Sports And Leisure
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.18 € 43.67 €      +8.7 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.09 € 22.26 €      +84.1 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 € 9.00 €      0.0 %
Childcare
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 479.38 € 474.95 €      -0.9 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,969.23 € 10,221.33 €      +14.0 %
Clothing And Shoes
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 72.06 € 73.12 €      +1.5 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.00 € 31.03 €      -8.7 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.68 € 81.42 €      +6.2 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 91.87 € 102.62 €      +11.7 %
Rent Per Month
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,026.36 € 1,032.20 €      +0.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 791.49 € 826.20 €      +4.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,764.79 € 1,764.44 €      -0.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,258.94 € 1,297.61 €      +3.1 %
Buy Apartment Price
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 501.13 € 456.47 €      -8.9 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 342.31 € 285.12 €      -16.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,021.71 € 1,838.82 €      -9.0 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.44 2.17      -10.8 %
Last update: February 2023February 2023
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