Cost of Living Comparison Between Madrid and Barcelona 

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Consumer Prices in Barcelona are 3.64% higher than in Madrid (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Barcelona are 2.89% higher than in Madrid
Rent Prices in Barcelona are 1.28% higher than in Madrid
Restaurant Prices in Barcelona are 1.03% lower than in Madrid
Groceries Prices in Barcelona are 3.78% higher than in Madrid
Local Purchasing Power in Barcelona is 11.05% lower than in Madrid
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Restaurants
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.20 $
(12.00 €)
14.20 $
(12.00 €)
     0.00 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 59.18 $
(50.00 €)
59.18 $
(50.00 €)
     0.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.47 $
(8.00 €)
9.47 $
(8.00 €)
     0.00 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.55 $
(3.00 €)
3.26 $
(2.75 €)
     -8.33 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.14 $
(3.50 €)
4.14 $
(3.50 €)
     0.00 %
Cappuccino (regular) 2.36 $
(2.00 €)
2.26 $
(1.91 €)
     -4.41 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.33 $
(1.97 €)
2.11 $
(1.78 €)
     -9.48 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.78 $
(1.50 €)
1.49 $
(1.26 €)
     -15.92 %
Markets
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.60 $
(3.04 €)
3.82 $
(3.23 €)
     +6.29 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.05 $
(0.89 €)
1.40 $
(1.18 €)
     +32.58 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.59 $
(0.50 €)
0.59 $
(0.50 €)
     -1.18 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.36 $
(2.00 €)
2.62 $
(2.21 €)
     +10.81 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.17 $
(4.37 €)
5.59 $
(4.73 €)
     +8.17 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.46 $
(2.92 €)
3.42 $
(2.89 €)
     -1.12 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.92 $
(5.00 €)
6.46 $
(5.46 €)
     +9.24 %
Apples (1 lb) 1.11 $
(0.94 €)
0.96 $
(0.81 €)
     -13.94 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.89 $
(0.76 €)
0.93 $
(0.78 €)
     +3.91 %
Oranges (1 lb) 0.87 $
(0.73 €)
0.94 $
(0.79 €)
     +8.63 %
Tomato (1 lb) 0.98 $
(0.83 €)
1.03 $
(0.87 €)
     +4.66 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.68 $
(0.58 €)
0.74 $
(0.62 €)
     +8.02 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.68 $
(0.58 €)
0.62 $
(0.52 €)
     -8.87 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.14 $
(0.96 €)
1.18 $
(1.00 €)
     +3.70 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.82 $
(0.69 €)
0.81 $
(0.68 €)
     -1.38 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.92 $
(5.00 €)
5.92 $
(5.00 €)
     0.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.25 $
(1.06 €)
1.23 $
(1.04 €)
     -1.43 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.90 $
(1.60 €)
1.86 $
(1.57 €)
     -1.75 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.39 $
(5.40 €)
5.92 $
(5.00 €)
     -7.41 %
Transportation
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.78 $
(1.50 €)
2.79 $
(2.36 €)
     +57.33 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 65.10 $
(55.00 €)
47.35 $
(40.00 €)
     -27.27 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.55 $
(3.00 €)
3.55 $
(3.00 €)
     0.00 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.10 $
(1.77 €)
2.25 $
(1.90 €)
     +7.27 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.41 $
(24.00 €)
26.34 $
(22.25 €)
     -7.29 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.85 $
(4.94 €)
5.80 $
(4.90 €)
     -0.97 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,856.45 $
(21,000.00 €)
26,040.09 $
(22,000.00 €)
     +4.76 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,984.22 $
(23,642.50 €)
27,889.91 $
(23,562.82 €)
     -0.34 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 146.94 $
(124.14 €)
167.33 $
(141.37 €)
     +13.87 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 $
(0.22 €)
0.20 $
(0.17 €)
     -23.45 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 46.90 $
(39.62 €)
48.41 $
(40.90 €)
     +3.22 %
Sports And Leisure
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 47.21 $
(39.89 €)
53.50 $
(45.20 €)
     +13.32 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.54 $
(11.44 €)
26.86 $
(22.70 €)
     +98.35 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.65 $
(9.00 €)
10.65 $
(9.00 €)
     0.00 %
Childcare
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 527.23 $
(445.43 €)
553.74 $
(467.83 €)
     +5.03 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,914.68 $
(7,531.58 €)
10,046.15 $
(8,487.50 €)
     +12.69 %
Clothing And Shoes
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 77.65 $
(65.60 €)
83.57 $
(70.61 €)
     +7.63 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.46 $
(29.96 €)
36.00 $
(30.41 €)
     +1.50 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.93 $
(71.76 €)
91.52 $
(77.32 €)
     +7.76 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 107.71 $
(91.00 €)
112.58 $
(95.11 €)
     +4.52 %
Rent Per Month
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,047.52 $
(885.00 €)
1,067.50 $
(901.88 €)
     +1.91 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 792.19 $
(669.29 €)
855.94 $
(723.14 €)
     +8.05 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,838.10 $
(1,552.92 €)
1,790.26 $
(1,512.50 €)
     -2.60 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,274.69 $
(1,076.92 €)
1,302.00 $
(1,100.00 €)
     +2.14 %
Buy Apartment Price
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 552.70 $
(466.95 €)
524.82 $
(443.40 €)
     -5.04 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 336.87 $
(284.61 €)
330.84 $
(279.51 €)
     -1.79 %
Salaries And Financing
Madrid Edit Barcelona Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,951.70 $
(1,648.90 €)
1,786.17 $
(1,509.05 €)
     -8.48 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.10 2.00      -4.65 %
Last update: August 2021August 2021
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