Cost of Living in Barcelona

Summary about cost of living in Barcelona, Spain:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.00 € 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 40.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 € 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 € 2.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 € 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.21 € 1.20-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.11 € 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.52 € 1.00-2.50
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.66 € 3.03-5.30
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.24 € 0.73-2.53
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.41-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.56 € 1.44-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.19 € 2.72-12.70
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.31 € 1.59-4.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.23 € 3.18-8.16
Apples (1 lb) 0.92 € 0.50-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.90 € 0.54-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.41-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.45-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.31-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.41-1.13
Lettuce (1 head) 0.99 € 0.80-1.20
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.78 € 0.40-1.25
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 3.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.08 € 0.70-1.71
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.57 € 1.00-2.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 € 5.00-6.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 € 1.50-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 € 40.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 € 2.25-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 1.93-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 € 22.60-28.24
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.16 € 5.94-7.95
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,999.00 € 23,500.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,508.87 € 24,000.00-27,500.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 160.34 € 100.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 € 0.10-0.26
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 38.01 € 30.00-61.50
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.19 € 30.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.00 € 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 € 8.00-10.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 474.95 € 350.00-747.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,472.84 € 6,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 73.03 € 30.00-109.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.03 € 20.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.82 € 50.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 102.62 € 55.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,042.95 € 850.00-1,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 811.37 € 600.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,762.26 € 1,280.00-2,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,295.73 € 1,000.00-1,700.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 456.47 € 369.01-650.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 284.40 € 222.97-399.48
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,814.27 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.17 1.50-3.00

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Last update: January 2023
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31 Comments so far
Jay on Dec 06, 2022:
I have been admitted to ESADE, barcelona for masters in business analytics. Would it be a good decision for an Indian , considering language barrier and visa sponsorship reqt for jobs. Do data scientists/ analysts get jobs in barcelona or spain and is being fluent in spanish neccessary to get a job?
Adam on Nov 16, 2022:
@Anonymous, are you seriously comparing a suburbs place like Irvine CA to a major regional hub like Barcelona? Irvine may be safer, but it's a sleepy village in every respect relative to Barcelona. These two places are in a different league.
Anonymous on Nov 11, 2022:
@payton Suburban cities in the States like Irvine CA are safer and smarter than Barcelona and all other cities in europe lol
payton on Jul 19, 2022:
As someone living as an expat in BCN the last 2 years I’m shocked at some of the comments here. I think your view on cost of living and safety depends a lot on where you’ve lived before. Certainly there are cheaper safer cities in Europe. However some of these comments (especially about safety) make it sound more like Rio de Janeiro than Barcelona.

Prior to BCN I lived in a few different cities in the US (Indianapolis, LA, Chicago). In those cities I never felt comfortable walking home alone at night, homeless & mentally ill were prevalent, parents never let a kid out of sight, men catcall and approach you in uncomfortable ways. I felt always on my guard, even when I lived in the suburbs.

Here in Barcelona it’s the safest I’ve ever felt. Yes, you might get pickpocketed (I haven’t). And there are other crimes. But compared to many many places *outside* Europe, it is very safe. And, as has been mentioned, the affordability depends a lot on your lifestyle. It’s not cheap certainly. But compared with many cities that offer all the things it has (the food, weather, location, safety, mobility, culture, nightlife, healthcare, etc) it is far from the worst.

I’m not saying this to try to devalue anyones opinion. If you feel the city is too expensive, the rent is too high, the salaries too low, people aren’t friendly enough or you don’t feel safe - I respect that. And I’m not saying the city can’t be improved. But I just wanted to offer the perspective of someone who has come to really really love the city. And I think there are many out there who actually would see it as the dream they imagined. As I have.
arturo on Jul 10, 2022:

I'm living as foreigner since 2016 and to be honest with the last two comments, guys if you are thinking to come to live in Barcelona city center alone and do you want a flat by yourself I think with a incoming of 3400€-3800€ it will be fine, in the begining on this Month the prices has been increased.

Hence 1000€ it will be a little bit extreme je.

Simondiy --> if I were you (working remotely) I will go out of barcelona maybe at north (costa brava) and find a good cheaper flat.

as you can see the accomodation on Barcelona has rose for 800(if you have luck) to 1200 [no included other tax and pluses].

take a look on,,, etc.

good luck
Simondiy on May 17, 2022:
Please, help with info. If I earn up to €59000 gross, the tax would be 37%, right? Will so monthly it is approximately €2600-€2800. Is it enough for living in Barcelona for a single man?
Anonymous on Feb 20, 2022:
is 1000 euro per month enough to live there or just nope ?
Anonymous on Feb 10, 2022:
10,000 euro per person per month isn't outlandish at all just the basics medium comfortable. I'm talking about 240,000 euro net per year for expenses not gross.That amount is the difference in not living next to paupers who don't have a penny sniffing for tidbits like you.
Anonymous on Feb 04, 2022:
10,000 euro?? That would be like 20,000 euro gross. 240,000 euro per year. Do you feed gold to your kids?
Anonymous on Jan 31, 2022:
4,000 euro enough for a comfortable life 4 people in Barcelona? Not even close you'd need atleast 7,000 euro monthly but that's just the basics.
10,000 euro monthly would be more like it especially for 4 people Barcelona is far from cheap.
Juliana on Jan 13, 2022:
A net salary of 4.000EUR monthly is enough to have a confortable life for a family of 4?
Anonymous on Dec 06, 2021:
I'm opening a bar called covid19 cocktails in Barcelona soon. Only covid19 infected patrons are allowed and here's several bonuses. A heavily sedated punch bowl full of embombing fluid spiked with strong alchol.House rules everyone drinks from the same glasses and shares straws for the adventurous. Last but certainly not least a full line of plush dieing couches for party patrons to exit in style.Welcome to covid19 cocktails the ultimate eternal drink.
Anonymous on Nov 17, 2021:
Anyone can provide some info on what a junior technical project manager salary looks like? is 2500-3000 realistic? thank you.
Sandeep on Jun 26, 2020:
Get a 6 figures job in Software Engineering, you would live like a king in Barcelona
Mxo on Apr 13, 2020:
I am shocked about how many negative comments are here.

Barcelona is a great city with a lot to offer. There are plenty of cafes, restos, plazas and bars to enjoy. It has a great quality of life, and that's why so many people keep wanting to move to barcelona. There are qualified jobs, but also plenty of non-qualified jobs.. at the end of the day you have to be agressive and make a good situation for yourself, as with everywhere.

Rents are expensive in comparison to the salaries though. People here tend to be complacent and prefer to fight for the catalan cause as opposed to demanding higher salaries and job security. Apart from that, they are friendly and nice people.
v on Feb 13, 2020:
So which other warm city or country pick in EU? :D

I read all the bad comments here after living here for ~3 years, I'm from Southern Europe, namely Poland. I love the city for it's temperature, and you get plenty nice places to go. However you live here like rat and it's starts with your rathole called flat. In those 3 years I lived in few and visited plenty. Everyone was living in rathole and all of them I know were lucky because everyday I pass people living with ratholes that have absolutely 0 natural light. Now, yes few were lucky and had nice flats but those usually were software developers. Still to them those were ratholes as someone mentioned they did not discovered yet INSULATION here. Neither proper ventilation. I'm earning around 50k gross, I'm paying for flat 800EUR, I'm looking now for a better one and that means to start around 1500 EUR (no insulation). Namely I want to avoid depresive nature of given flat and have at least two choices so I could feel like I'm in control of anything. I telling myself I'm in that great situation that I can afford living here, but oh boy it's not easy. The issue is that they absolutely don't care. The whole city doesn't care. Neither government, or people.
Diogo on Jan 07, 2020:
#Manuel,I dont understand your comment. You claim that you can't live in Barcelona with less than 1500€!? Where do spend your money? I lived the first 2 years hearning 1300€ and I never had any financial distress (as #stfcl also claimed). I'm not saying that you should content with a 1300€ salary but, don't say that you can't live if you do. Right now, I'm spending 600€ on the rent and monthly bills. That being said, hearning 1600€, I still have 1000€ to spend in whatever I want. So, before saying those things, explain that you say that because you drink, smoke, go to parties, maybe have a car or a moto, go out for dinner a lot, etc. Obviously, it will always depend on the kind of life you have. Personally, I prefer to hearn a bit less and have good weather. Money is not everything and countries with bad weather are depressive! That's why you find so many nordics living here.
MANUEL on Dec 24, 2019:
For everyone asking, if you make above 2k a month net in BCN and you're single, you can live great; 1500 is sketchy but doable. Less than that forget about it. Anyway while the city is generally convenient and pretty, it's plagued by migrants committing crimes (every day more violently) and political conflict in the streets which seem to be on the increase. The social situation isn't good. Most people are either very burdened by problems or they're consumed by party life and are out of their minds. In general society seems unstable and not cohesive at all. There's not a sense of community and uncertainty looms. So although you can work, have your place, your vehicle, your public "free" healthcare, proximity to plenty of awesome natural spaces of all sorts, generally good food and ease of transportation etc etc, you can't expect to come here to an utopia. Many people lower their guard and end up scorched.
stfcl on Sep 24, 2019:
Having lived in Barcelona for the last 2 years and in Northern Europe for 11 years prior, a few considerations.

Barcelona is perfectly located on the Mediterranean, except for a couple of very hot summer months, the weather is sunny and mild and it's simply a great location climatwise. Also, despite the Catalans being a bit closed off, unless you come out with the topic of Independendence, people are friendly here, which is, with the sun, what I missed the most from the South. These are the main advantages of the city. One other thing, even if not experienced first hand is healthcare, which is tax subsidised and great quality.

Talking about the shortcomings, these unfortunately outnumber the good part:
- salaries are very low also for experienced workers, with many jobs in IT in the range of the 25k-30k per year gross
- living costs are ramping up, most likely due to rentals being out of control (a surge of almost 50% in the last 4 years was registered) and Airbnb allowing more speculation
- if you check official government stats, except for a few areas such as St Gervasi-Sarria, Pedralbes, Tibidado and some spots in the Eixample, 3/4 of the city report low incomes if not poverty (current poverty rate in Catalunya is almost 30%, which is appaling)
- petty crimes are a thing and the numbers ramp up every single year, making a large portion of the nicest areas risky to tread (Gotic, Raval, Barceloneta, Puerto Olimpico), there's an average of 200 crimes reported to police every hour (mugs, thefts, murders, burglaries)
- noisiest city in EU as for official sources and once you live here, you do believe it! from road traffic to the bar downstairs from you, going through the annoying Airbnb next door or the barking dogs, if you take into account that building insulation is non existent, you'll know what I mean
- job safety in Spain in general is a joke: employers are legally allowed to fire you with neither notice nor a valid reason, which means everyone can potentially be fired at any time, given that dismissal is easy and cheap ( I don't dare to guess what's gonna happen in the next financial crisis)
- looking for a qualified job once unemployed is horrible, sending dozens and hundreds of CVs without a response back and if you manage to get in touch with the recruiter, your salary expectations will be still too high (again, no city for qualified employees looking for a decent career and salary), you may get a job way quicker if you're a mobile/software dev/data scientist, however many of my friends are IT guys here and the salaries compared to Amsterdam or London are less than half of it (mind Amsterdam is about 40% more expensive than Bcn, however average salaries there are 100% higher)
- pollution is high and given it seldom rains, the air smells in many areas

Excuse the long checklist, but I hope my viewpoint as a non IT guy, middle class expat can give you some understanding. At the hand of the day I'm glad I came here to see that, as much as the weather makes it a lovely place, other downsides counterbalance it and that it's not the paradise on earth people expect it to be.

Do you live by the day, feel carefree about the future, don't mind a low salary and a lot of financial distress if you get sunny weather all year long? Or do you perhaps have the luck to work as a freelance for many clients that are Nordics based? In this case Bcn is a great option.

Do you need to plan things ahead, need financial and material stability to maintain mental sanity, do you plan on settling and buying a house of your own, build a family and have savings? If you rely on doing this with a Spanish contract, either you don't move here at all or you move for a couple of years (as @RealTalk suggests) and keep in mind you'll need to leave.

Since I moved here, I have enjoyed every ray of sunshine, however I've never felt so unstable in my life as here: in Northern Europe the weather is crap and people may be more closed off, however you never feel like your career/financial situation is too much at risk. There you feel like you can do better in life, which is something Bcn can't give you.

Best luck to you all!
Jhon on Jul 21, 2019:
Is 50K per year a good salary for a single person? not only to live but to have a quality life.
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2019:
Is 50K per year a good salary for a single person? not only to live but to have a quality life
Yo on Jun 04, 2019:
You don’t need to know Catalan, everyone also speaks Spanish, but being able to have a basic conversation will be noticed and appreciated and may help you job prospects. That said, salaries are quite low here, as the cost of living is as well, and jobs, although getting better, can still be difficult to find.
Di on Jun 03, 2019:
Hi, my boyfriend and I are considering to move to Barcelona in one year from now. While he is native in Spanish and English I am still studying Spanish.Do I need to know Catalán as well?
I have 2 years of experience in Digital Marketing. Is this industry developed in Barcelona? Can I expect to find job easily in the field with competitive salary for Barcelona?
Dario parsa on May 24, 2019:
Hi, thank you for the helpful entries. I and my friends must go to Barcelona to continue their studies. Considering that our campus will be upc, what area of ​​the city is most suitable for renting a two bedroom apartment for us? Of course, it's better to be financially more economical.
Anonymous on May 13, 2019:
# John What a stupid question to ask.You must have alot of time on your hands.
John on Apr 22, 2019:
Hi, I have been offered a job in the IT for 65K per year. I have 7 years experience as a Software Developer. Is it a good salary to live in Barcelona my girlfriend and me? We're both 30 yo and we're not planning to have children for the moment
Anonymous on Apr 19, 2019:
Hello # JV Thought I'd chime in on your questions.I love Barcelona and Spain in general.Over the past two years Barcelona and most of Spain has become very dangerous because of many migrants being allowed to stay in Barcelona.Riots and protests are frequent, that's a shame.I lived in Barcelona for almost 14 years as a retired foreigner but I left in November 2018.Muggings and murders are frequent these days in beautiful Barcelona, sadly.I wouldn't recommend it honestly.$1,500 per month on rent will get you a nice two bedroom two bath flat.Stay out of the plaza at night even though it's normally crowded due to abductions and armed robberies.Anything South of the city is dangerous day or night.Dress down don't wear Ray Ban sunglasses or expensive jewelry avoid anyone that stops you on the street to chit chat.Eat where the locals normally eat and avoid touristy restaurants if possible.Hope this helped some have a safe trip.
JV on Apr 19, 2019:
We want to try living in Barcelona, Jan-March 2020. Is it safe? Are there areas to seek or avoid? We hope to spend no more than $1500 month on rent.
Anonymous on Mar 20, 2019:
To #REALTALK Your information is correct atleast somebody on here tells the true story.To the rest of you on here who don't have a clue figure this out.Look at how rapidly the Euro is declining and how many expats are pulling the pin getting out of Barcelona selling everything.That's a very good indication of the failing Euro.Spainards are in it to fleece money from foreigners no doubt.When Brexit finishes with the Eurozone it'll cease and desist.No money no honey no euro valuation.People in Barcelona are jerks towards foreigners, that's a given.REALTALK is right why post imaginary salaries that most likely don't exist? Asking what's a good salary is ideotic too especially since the Euro is so volitale,DUH!!!!!
Yoshi on Mar 12, 2019:
#GKM what do you mean by "Highways in Cataluña are expensive - roughly €10/80km"? Are you saying a driver pays €10 for every 80km of highway to drive on when in Cataluña?????
Realtalk on Feb 20, 2019:
Would the dum dums who keep posting about their obvious decent salary pleas go off-load their insecurities elsewhere!
Barcelona is shit for the long-term and ok for 1-2 years max.
Locals aren't too friendly as they see you as a cause of the cities many economical problems.
Salaries are awful, work hours long, rent is super high, apartments are cold as hell in winter time.
Good jobs are hard to come by and there is a surplus of MBA studenty and people with masters willing to work way below their usual fee demands.
The foo and weather is good but thats about it, these locals are so greedy. Don't believe me? just look at the many rental sites and you'll see a tiny room for 500 euro to share in an apt with 4-5 other people...lovely.
My advise is, come for a year or two and then go somewhere better for serious things like pensions, salaries, house prices that make sense etc.
And oh yeah...I forgot to mention the insane amount of theft here.