Cost of Living in Barcelona

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 62.20
Rent Index: 27.38
Groceries Index: 51.77
Restaurants Index: 59.76
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 45.45
Local Purchasing Power: 79.37
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.90 € 9.80-12.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 € 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.50 € 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.00 € 2.00-3.50
Cappuccino (regular) 1.71 € 1.30-2.50
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.74 € 1.10-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.10 € 0.50-1.50
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.04 € 2.27-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.12 € 0.73-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.42 € 0.31-0.54
Eggs (12) 1.92 € 1.20-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.77 € 3.63-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.65 € 2.04-3.18
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.65 € 4.08-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 0.78 € 0.54-1.13
Banana (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.57-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.74 € 0.45-1.13
Potato (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.36-0.68
Onion (1 lb) 0.46 € 0.32-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 1.02 € 0.70-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.59 € 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 3.50-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.02 € 0.70-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.51 € 0.90-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.00 € 4.70-5.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.15 € 2.00-2.15
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 43.00-52.75
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.49 € 2.10-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.77 € 1.72-2.74
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 21.27 € 20.00-27.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.50 € 3.97-4.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,000.00 € 15,000.00-24,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,793.33 € 15,000.00-22,140.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 123.47 € 90.00-170.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.17 € 0.08-0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 35.46 € 25.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 43.99 € 34.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.94 € 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.50 € 7.50-9.90
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 347.00 € 250.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,520.00 € 7,000.00-9,600.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 79.20 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29.67 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 81.30 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 103.47 € 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 768.96 € 600.00-950.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 567.79 € 400.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,297.19 € 950.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 905.27 € 700.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 388.58 € 315.87-487.74
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 257.10 € 185.80-325.16
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,400.75 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.63 1.80-4.00

Prices in Barcelona, Spain

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Last update: March, 2017
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Cost of living in Barcelona is 37.80% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 696.02$ (647.28€) and for four person family at 2,474.12$ (2,300.84€) (without rent).
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51 Comments so far

#Giga on Feb 26, 2017 :
Hi everyone

In September I am starting my MA degree at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. What do you think, how much money the student needs to make ends meet? I want to rent a flat near the university.
#Rich on Feb 23, 2017 :
Ive been in barcelona 10 years now, and am married with kids. The rent has gone up dramatically over the past 2 years. we moved just in time, and pay 750 for a 4 bed apartment fairly central (Sagrada Familia). Schools are about 150 + food per child for semi private.

As for cost of living, as long as you don´t go to tourist places all the time its not too bad eating out and drinking locally, 1.50 a bottle of beer, and lunch for 10 euros 3 courses. Restaurants shouldnt be more than 30 pp outside the tourist trap.

The problem is the rent vs salary. For the average salary here, the rent should be about 4-500 a month, and apartments should be 100,000 instead of 300,000. The salaries are awful. IT is a little better, and you can earn 2000+ pcm, but when you are paying half that for rent and bills, then kids, food etc, a single (even good) income is very hard to live on.

I know my salary in London would be 4 or 5 times what i earn here, but you arent coming for the salary, youre coming for the life and soul of the city.
#Marisa on Dec 27, 2016 :
A popular health insurance company is Sanitas. There are a lot more. I think that for a person aged 37 the monthly fee is around 50€.
The taxes on goods is 21%, although there are some exceptions for ex. Restaurants 7%, essential food 4%.
#Marisa on Dec 27, 2016 :
I'm from Barcelona. The average net salary per month is 1000€. IT jobs 1400€. A 3 bedroom flat 1000€.
My 2016 bills (i live alone). Water, every two months, july-august 29,19€, september-october 30,05€. Light, every month, september, 27,01€, october, 29,34€. Gas, every two months, june-july 15,23€, august-september, 16,13€.
Monthly metro pass, 52,75€ (web
Web to look for a job: infojobs
To have an idea of prices of restaurants: web and, on a saturday night an average place is 25-30€. Of course there are more expensive restaurants, and places to eat for less.
An alcoholic drink in a pub on a saturday night is 10-14€, a beer 3-6€.
At a bar, a coke 2,20.
Of course they are average prices, it is not the same to be at the neighbourhood bar than being in a rooftop at Passeig the Gracia.
#Georgio on Nov 30, 2016 :
Hi we are a family of 5 people. I am an water, wastewater, air treatment and energy solutions expert. My wife is photographer and has all hasselband broncolor expensive equipment and our kids are 15 y.o. Girl, 3 y.o. Girl and 2 y.o. Boy. We are all English speaking family. We would like to get a 4 bedroom apartment in a nice secured location close to an international English speaking school and kindergarten . How much will cost us monthly and how much money do we need to pay in advance for renting the house having health insurance and cost of life too?

Best regards

#ElRojo on Sep 02, 2016 :
Go to Barcelona to enjoy the movida, the nightlife, the nice weather, the social people and the great food, not to hope to have a great career in a qualified job with good savings.

Even an experienced and qualified IT specialist hardly banks more than 1500 EUR, in Poland and Ukraine you could make almost x2 that amount working in the outsourcing of the corporates, in UK/Ireland approx. x3 and in the GCC countries even x4.
#Awais on May 20, 2016 :
Actually I want to know about Barcelona any body can tell me
Whata the basic salary in Barcelona in company as a packing man garments?

#Mahdiyar on May 17, 2016 :
Hi my name is mahdiyar i'm iranian i want live in barcelona
I wont buy a cafe or restuarant

Please help me how much cost of living index in barcelona?
Thank you and good loock
#dumy on Apr 06, 2016 :
It's possible to live in Barcelona with 600 euros/month net fixed income? thank you
#D on Apr 03, 2016 :
Hi all.
Just to share an experience. I am an East european, 2 and a half EU languages, master in accounting, 6 years proven experience and I got rejected on most of the interviews for asking 30k Gross/annual. That's 1.7k net.
Good luck to you all.
#worried on Mar 26, 2016 :
Considering everything that is going on in Europe recently, how many Arab and Muslim immigrants are there?
#LPS on Mar 01, 2016 :
I honestly have no idea where a lot of these salaries are coming from ... I'm from the US (with citizenship from an EU country) and have lived in Barcelona for 2.5 years. When I first came and got my job paying me 25,000€ per year, I thought it was a joke. I had 4 years of excellent experience in the US at a huge and highly respected company. I'd just finished an international MBA. I already spoke Spanish and had begun learning Catalan (also spoke other Romance languages and, obviously, English as a native). In the US, I could probably find a job paying ~$65-70,000/year. I thought that I should be earning much more than 25k per year, but when locals found out how much I was making, they were largely very impressed. These were college educated people in their late 20s and early 30s. I have looked for other jobs on various sites over the past two years and even positions that are higher up than my current position seldom offer me much more than what I make now (in many cases, they offer less).

There definitely are jobs that pay more than 30,000, but they are not the norm (unless you're in a high management position or IT/programming).

Rent: I got very lucky with my place and found a multi-bedroom apartment (okay, 2 of the 3 bedrooms are really small) for just 550 per month in Sants ... not far from Sants Estació. I've been looking for a new place, though, and find that it's next to impossible to get something in the center (even as far out as Sants, which is on the border with L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (not Barcelona city)), that's in good condition for less than 700-800€. The Raval is maybe the only exception. You can, of course, find great apartments to share in the center and end up paying less than 500, but you won't be living alone.

All that being said, I don't know how, but here I do a lot more with a lot less and, as others have said, you earn a lot less than in North America and Northern European countries (though I have yet to see normal office jobs in London paying more than 25,000 GBP), but the lifestyle, climate, etc. more than make up for it.
#Robert Shand on Feb 04, 2016 :
I'm planning a 3 month stay in Barcelona to research new novel. Which three months should I choose and will $3000/ month be adequate for a non drinker and non non smoker.
#Mariana on Jan 20, 2016 :
I am Brazilian and I will be an EXPAT in Barcelona soon.
I would appreciate if some one could tell me how much it is the %taxes in Spain.
Thank you in advance.

Regards, Mariana
#Yan on Jan 05, 2016 :
I would like to do fast food business in Spain, please help about what the total investment budget need for this
#Denis on Jan 04, 2016 :
You guys that complain about Barcelona and suggest people moving in northern countries better think again . People make sure before you move anywhere to check online about the rents and taxes on each country. At the moment I'm living in London, I earn around 1400£ after taxes and believeme this is the real salaries in London between 1200-1700( skilled jobs), the rent for a 1 bed flat is at least 1100£ and believe me the rooms are no bigger than the prison rooms + at least 85£ of council tax per month + water internet etc.
Of course you will need to move with the train because the car is almost impossible to have due to the high taxes so put 160£ per month on train offers , then put 300£ at least food and lets say you don't go out at all to have fun and drink so you end up paying more than you earn.
#Tom on Nov 24, 2015 :
Hi all,

Need your help in understanding about the cost of living in Barcelona , I have been offered a job which pays me around 50000 euros per annum and it will be a local contract , I will be moving with my spouse. In addition I have my mother in law who is a widow and cannot be left back in India. Is the salary sufficient for me to live in Barcelona .. Considering that all my relocation expenses are taken care. If there any specific things that I may need to consider. Also if anyone has an idea about if my wife can work being a dependent.
Thanks in advance
#Rebecca on Oct 21, 2015 :
Ive been living here for 7 years. Most of the people I know: Teachers, Waiters, architects, office workers get about 1000 a month, or less. Barcelona is a lovely city but its getting more and more expensive all the time and wages don't seem to be going up. Barcelona is a beautiful city but it can be hard.
#Harry on Sep 20, 2015 :
Retired, would like to stay in a nice building, wife and I like the city vibe, will speend up to 2000€ a month on rent do real estate agent handle rentals or is there another way to find rental we're comfortable in ? Also require private medical insurance, how is this handled ?
#Jordi on Sep 18, 2015 :
Hi Divya! Barcelona is one of the best cities to live in the world, especially if you don't work:). If you are alone, anything more than 2000€ net a month is more than sufficient for a great lifestyle over here. Average salary goes between 1200 and 1500 a month. Normally the salaries are not as high as those in Northern Europe, so if you want to save a lot, here is not the place. But it depends on how much you will earn. As for costs, the rent will be your biggest expense, anything else is reasonably cheap, especially going/eating out. My advice, if they are going to pay you less than 1500€, think again before coming.
#Divya on Sep 11, 2015 :
Hi I am an Indian and a working professional. I am planning to work in Spain. I wanted to know if you could help me see the difference in the standard of living and what kind off salary package do i need to have for a basic and comfortable living which would include rent, food, eating out, cinemas, pubs, utilities (tv, phone, internet, water, electricity), groceries and also saving a decent amount each month. The work location would be in and around Barcelona. Looking forward to a reply which i really want to be realistic and blunt
#natis on Jul 14, 2015 :
is cheaper than Italy. here close to venice a 50 mt apartment goes for about 600-800. mine is 700 and is 30 minutes away from Venice. if you are looking next to Venice or in center it goes for over 1000 for sure. i am looking to get a job that is offering 900 in Barcelona. i was afraid that 900 was not to much. but reading some comments i can get by.
#GuiriBCN on May 02, 2015 :
Hi, I have lived in Barcelona for over 6 years.
As everyone knows, salaries in BCN are obviously much lower than in northern European countries. So, don't move to BCN if you want to save up a lot of money in the next few years. If you want a massive salary, then move to London or Zurich.
If you will have a high-paid job, then you will have a great life in BCN. B also, lots of people move to BCN and are able to survive and be happy without a high-paid job. Moving to Barcelona (just like moving to any other part of Spain/Catalonia) requires a change in mindset. You need to put less importance on money, and more importance on the quality of your life. Life in BCN (especially from May - October) is fantastic. You will live in a beautiful city, with a great climate, literally right beside the beach and also close to mountains. There is a great public transport system, so you dont need a car.
There are some people who earn very low salaries in BCN, i.e. less 1100€ per month. These are mostly local people, who work in bars, or are cleaners, carers, etc.
Foreign people who move in BCN, especially those who have specific skills as in IT or business, obviously tend to have higher average salaries than low-skilled people (but such people also have higher costs, such as flights home).
A foreign person who earns above 1500€ (all the amounts I mention are before tax), and who doesnt have any existing debts, can live fine in BCN. If you earn more than 2000€ then you will be comfortable (and would be able to save a bit each month). If you earn more than 2500€, then you will be very comfortable. If you earn more than 3000€, then you will be in the top 1%, you would have a great life, and would be able to save a lot each month.
A lot of foreign people who come to BCN teach English to survive. They generally are paid quite little (because they are so many people who want to teach English, the schools pay quite little). They are able to survive, and have a nice life in BCN, but they generally cant save up much money. But.... they are generally happy, because they are enjoying life a lot. So, in conclusion, instead of just asking what the salary is in BCN, its better to ask yourself what is important to you.
#Olga on Apr 10, 2015 :
I'm spanish and from Barcelona.

Just to help.
In Barcelona you should earn a little bit more than in other cities of Catalonia because the whole prices are also a little bit more expensive.
If you earn between 900-1000€ you won't have any problem to live in good conditions.
If you earn more than 3000€ you're a boss, seriously.
I've traveled a lot and I can tell you that living in Spain is cheap, if you compare it with north european countries or France, Germany, etc.
The problem is that we pay 21% of tax right now, such a shame.
The prices here on the website are okay, but you could find these foods and drinks cheaper.
So if you come from a richer country in Barcelona you'll live like a king, don't have to worry.
Don't have to say that if you come here only on vacations you can have the best time of your life.
But if you come here to find a job... good luck, because it's quite difficult. I recommend to come during summer because you can find more job opportunities, as there is a LOT of turism and more during summer, of course.

Hope you enjoy this beautiful city.
#iman on Mar 08, 2015 :
hi , this is iman from Iran. I want to know about immigration and get Spanish passport from buying house or apartment in this country. if this rule exist,how much should pay for this aim ? i mean have any limitation, for example somebody said at least you should buy house around 160,000 EUR
#John B on Feb 22, 2015 :
I decided to move to Barcelona with my family but I have more than 6 months trying to find a job online and I would say that no one hires/ at least interviews me because I'm not there (I would prefer moving only after getting a job). I speak Spanish and English fluently. Do you have any suggestion on where should I search (infojobs is my primary source).
Also it would be useful to know the minimum amount of money necessary monthly to live decently (would 1000 euro be enough for rent, utilities, transport and food?)

Thank you
#Andres on Jan 28, 2015 :
Many people from abroad ask. Any salary near or higher than 3000€ (4000€ for big family) is good enough for nice apartment, car, restaurants....everything. The average salary is 1000€ so...If you are alone and get paid 3K you live like a king
#Jordi on Jan 28, 2015 :
1400€ in nowhere near the average net salary. I would say 1100-1200€ and believe me, this 200-300€ make a big difference.
#Mike Flemming on Jan 23, 2015 :
Is there any part time job opportunity? for example, for students. What is average wage?

#RP on Nov 07, 2014 :
@ #Khaled Ahmed, I have same offer as you. For sure this is another type of scam. Average salary would be 1500 euros. As far as google says so.
#Khaled Ahmed on Nov 04, 2014 :
I am Egyptian and I got offer at Barcelona Centre Médic, with an amazing offer comparing to what is written here and I am starting to doubt it after reading the comments here.

The offer is : € 12,500 ( thousand five hundred Euros Only) basic (After tax) monthly

increase per year of 25% until the end of contract.

Is this possible ?
Please your advise is highly recommened about this ?
#Luis on Oct 31, 2014 :
I want to move to Barcelona with a monthly income of 9000 dollars. Can I live fairly well?
#tom68 on Jul 15, 2014 :
I'm from Canada and I'm looking to move to Barcelona when I'm finished all my schooling. I was wondering what it will be like. I was also wondering where I could get a job for speaking a little Spanish and but mostly English and also a lot of French knowledge.
#kk on Apr 21, 2014 :
To Will: that's upper middle class
#Will on Mar 08, 2014 :
I'm getting ready to retire in the US and looking to move to Spain Barcelona and looking to enjoy my pension which is just a little under $5000.00 a month I was wondering what that could buy middle class upper middle or will I be well off. I will be moving with my wife and idea?
#USAEXPAT on Feb 23, 2014 :
We are moving soon to Barcelona. Can anyone tell us where we can buy a car at there and how much a reasonable car is there, and the cost utilities run. We are trying to figure out how much we can expect our cost of living to be.
#Anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 :
anyway, FYI, a quick way to figure out how rich (and therefore the level of salaries) a country is just look at the local purchasing power percentage..
For Barceloan it's only 64,5%..that says a lot.

Most German cities have 100% and more

No other big European city is near the 100% mark (Milan, Paris or London)

This means that the average salaries here are skewed towards the higher end (i.e. probably it takes into account people who are higly qualified).
#The Man on Feb 13, 2014 :
I totally agree with Rich D.. but Rich I think that with that kind of money you can live comfortably in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a loooot cheaper than my native Milan and Italy is not that much richer than Spain as a country to justify such a gap.

Now I work in London, I make £65,000 and trust me, you're better off in Barcelona with €1.800 a month net.
#The Man on Feb 13, 2014 :
Spain is the best country in the world if you have an expat job or if you get sent there by your company (which is my case) as in this case you get the so called expat package.

I used to work for a major multinational company in Barcelona and people my age were making a lot less than I was making (as they were hired locally).. and they had the same level of seniority

The impression I got is that my salary (€3.200 net) was out of this world - and i'm not Swiss. I'm Italian (from Milan) and quite frankly Italy is no heaven but €3.200 in Milan at 35 years of age is pretty common.

Having said that I think that in terms of quality of life no city beats Barcelona. It's simply the best city in Europe by far.
#Rich D on Jan 08, 2014 :
Honestly guys, the salaries in Barca are very poor. Im english, with a very good CV where i would expect to earn 40-60k sterling a year in the UK, the majority of the jobs i can aim for here offer about 30k euros, occasionally you get offers up to 40k but very hard to find. People that say they are earning 3000 a month are either lying or extremely lucky and working for multinationals who pay them the same in whichever country. If you are thinking you will earn 1700 a month for a meduim to low skilled role ie less than 8 years experience, multiple languages, and masters degree etc, think again, its a myth.
However the lifestyle and quality of life is very high, wonderful place to live.
#Yilina on Sep 18, 2013 :
#Jose and #Stephen, both of you are correct. The minimum salary is both 645€/month and 748€/month. The difference is that the first is calculated in a 14 months basis and the second in a 12 months basis. You can find this data here:
#Yilina on Sep 18, 2013 :
As for the salaries, they're asking for "median" (the most common salary). You can find anywhere that the median salary in Spain in about 15,500€/year (probably a bit higher in Barcelona). Spaniards, more than half of them, get about 13,5 salaries a year (double pay sometimes for Xmas and summer) that makes about 1150€/month.
#vibhav on Sep 17, 2013 :
Please help me whether the price of the rent of apartments is inclusive of electricity or not!?

#Al B on Sep 08, 2013 :
I was working in Barca in a permanent role last year and was taking home roughly 3000 euros a month. My point is that, like any other city/town/place in the world, the money you earn will depend on the job you do, your experience, your connections, your confidence and a whole load of other criteria. Rent is expensive but for a one bedroom apartment you're probably not going to break the bank massively. If you're looking to save money then just research the new urbanisations springing up on the outskirts of the main city (Salve de mar etc). Just a 5 minute metro ride into the centre.
Good luck.
#Xavi on Sep 07, 2013 :
A high school teacher in Barcelona in a public school earns from 1800€ to 2500€ per month after taxes. That is, from 36000€ to 50000€ per year before taxes.

1800€ is the salary in the first year, without experience, and the salary increases a little every year.
#Don Alfonso on Jul 10, 2013 :
I have a job offer in B for 23.000.- € gross/annum. Assumed it´s payed 12/year that should be roghly 1500,- € net/month, ain`t?

I already heared about the high costs of living in B but what do you think: would it be possible for a single person to lead a reasonable life style there? (no shared accomodation and the usual bunch of "luxury" going out occasionally, cinema here and there etc.)

Thanks for any helpful answer.
#Kay Gillett on Jul 03, 2013 :
How does Barcelona compare to Portland Oregon?
#kavan on Jun 21, 2013 :
hi there,could anyone help me from india.jus need to knw is 1200€ is it enough for a bachelor,to have a single bedroom house. pls guide in this
#Susana on Jun 18, 2013 :
Civil Engineer with one year experience, three languages: 1300€.
#Cara on Jun 03, 2013 :
What is the average salary in Barcelona for teachers?
#Jose on May 15, 2013 :
Stephen can suck my Minimum wage in SPAIN by law is 760 euros. Maybe you charge 600 as cocksucer somewhere in center in nigerian/pakistan shop. Aside form this average salary in barcelona can vary a lot. I personally don't know anybody that works in city of Barcelona and gets less than 1100. I think 1350-1500 is the average there. I live in Pedralbes area in Barcelona, one of the most expensive and pay 950 euros for 3 bedroom, reformed 80 m2 apartment, close to metro, bus and ronda de dalt motorway...just 10 mins to the center by car or metro. Decent place, 3 bedroom is 800 euros with 2 to 3 times paying that rent as a deposite and fees. I would even say that the average salary in madrid ranges 1200-1600 but rent is considerably more expensive and since rent is more important than "3 course meal in mid-range restaurant or cinema price or imported beer" Madrid leaves you with less spare money. And also it is 5C degrees cooler on average and there is no beach. Those who read this must know that Barcelona (considering weather, people, laws, salary, lifestyle) is top 5 in Europe, if not Number 1