Cost of Living Comparison Between Madrid and Barcelona 

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Consumer Prices in Barcelona are 6.06% higher than in Madrid (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Barcelona are 4.52% higher than in Madrid
Rent Prices in Barcelona are 1.37% higher than in Madrid
Restaurant Prices in Barcelona are 2.33% lower than in Madrid
Groceries Prices in Barcelona are 8.69% higher than in Madrid
Local Purchasing Power in Barcelona is 6.11% lower than in Madrid
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Restaurants
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.19 $
(12.95 €)
13.13 $
(12.90 €)
     -0.39 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 61.09 $
(60.00 €)
56.00 $
(55.00 €)
     -8.33 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.15 $
(8.00 €)
9.16 $
(9.00 €)
     +12.50 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.05 $
(3.00 €)
3.05 $
(3.00 €)
     0.00 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.56 $
(3.50 €)
3.56 $
(3.50 €)
     0.00 %
Cappuccino (regular) 2.16 $
(2.12 €)
2.36 $
(2.32 €)
     +9.25 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.21 $
(2.17 €)
2.03 $
(1.99 €)
     -8.26 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.65 $
(1.62 €)
1.44 $
(1.42 €)
     -12.67 %
Markets
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.27 $
(3.21 €)
3.58 $
(3.52 €)
     +9.47 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.91 $
(0.90 €)
1.21 $
(1.19 €)
     +32.63 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.52 $
(0.51 €)
0.59 $
(0.58 €)
     +15.36 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.30 $
(2.26 €)
2.59 $
(2.54 €)
     +12.40 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.46 $
(4.38 €)
5.55 $
(5.45 €)
     +24.24 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.13 $
(3.08 €)
3.09 $
(3.03 €)
     -1.41 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.27 $
(5.17 €)
5.34 $
(5.24 €)
     +1.31 %
Apples (1 lb) 0.92 $
(0.90 €)
0.90 $
(0.88 €)
     -1.86 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.79 $
(0.77 €)
0.87 $
(0.85 €)
     +10.35 %
Oranges (1 lb) 0.70 $
(0.69 €)
0.81 $
(0.79 €)
     +14.88 %
Tomato (1 lb) 0.83 $
(0.81 €)
0.91 $
(0.90 €)
     +10.43 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.53 $
(0.52 €)
0.60 $
(0.59 €)
     +13.22 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.60 $
(0.58 €)
0.67 $
(0.66 €)
     +13.16 %
Lettuce (1 head) 0.98 $
(0.96 €)
1.02 $
(1.00 €)
     +4.01 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.67 $
(0.66 €)
0.82 $
(0.81 €)
     +22.81 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.52 $
(5.42 €)
6.11 $
(6.00 €)
     +10.60 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $
(0.99 €)
1.15 $
(1.13 €)
     +14.93 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.45 $
(1.43 €)
1.75 $
(1.71 €)
     +20.00 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.09 $
(5.00 €)
5.09 $
(5.00 €)
     0.00 %
Transportation
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.53 $
(1.50 €)
2.44 $
(2.40 €)
     +60.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 55.59 $
(54.60 €)
40.73 $
(40.00 €)
     -26.74 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.56 $
(3.50 €)
3.05 $
(3.00 €)
     -14.29 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.80 $
(1.77 €)
3.28 $
(3.22 €)
     +81.82 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.40 $
(22.00 €)
24.44 $
(24.00 €)
     +9.09 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.47 $
(7.34 €)
7.59 $
(7.45 €)
     +1.58 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,454.00 $
(25,000.00 €)
24,435.84 $
(24,000.00 €)
     -4.00 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,005.95 $
(23,577.78 €)
25,738.53 $
(25,279.46 €)
     +7.22 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 152.46 $
(149.74 €)
177.15 $
(173.99 €)
     +16.20 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $
(0.18 €)
0.23 $
(0.22 €)
     +22.51 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 36.60 $
(35.94 €)
38.77 $
(38.08 €)
     +5.95 %
Sports And Leisure
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.51 $
(40.77 €)
41.78 $
(41.04 €)
     +0.65 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.57 $
(11.36 €)
22.80 $
(22.39 €)
     +97.10 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.16 $
(9.00 €)
9.16 $
(9.00 €)
     0.00 %
Childcare
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 509.81 $
(500.71 €)
487.87 $
(479.17 €)
     -4.30 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,727.34 $
(9,553.85 €)
10,885.23 $
(10,691.08 €)
     +11.90 %
Clothing And Shoes
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 76.83 $
(75.46 €)
70.29 $
(69.04 €)
     -8.51 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.89 $
(32.31 €)
32.03 $
(31.45 €)
     -2.63 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 72.92 $
(71.62 €)
78.99 $
(77.58 €)
     +8.32 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.76 $
(93.07 €)
103.70 $
(101.85 €)
     +9.43 %
Rent Per Month
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,024.27 $
(1,006.00 €)
1,038.89 $
(1,020.36 €)
     +1.43 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 775.54 $
(761.70 €)
800.36 $
(786.08 €)
     +3.20 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,722.73 $
(1,692.00 €)
1,691.77 $
(1,661.60 €)
     -1.80 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,253.06 $
(1,230.71 €)
1,320.87 $
(1,297.31 €)
     +5.41 %
Buy Apartment Price
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 479.18 $
(470.63 €)
451.68 $
(443.63 €)
     -5.74 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 324.64 $
(318.85 €)
274.25 $
(269.36 €)
     -15.52 %
Salaries And Financing
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,966.34 $
(1,931.27 €)
1,929.76 $
(1,895.34 €)
     -1.86 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.13 2.09      -1.80 %
Last update: August 2022August 2022
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