Cost of Living in Barcelona

Summary about cost of living in Barcelona, Spain:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.95 € 9.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 € 30.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.16 € 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 € 2.00-4.85
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.65 € 2.50-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.41 € 1.20-3.88
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.95 € 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.31 € 1.00-2.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.51 € 2.65-4.54
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.13 € 0.68-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.56 € 0.36-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.57 € 1.20-3.84
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.36 € 2.72-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.08 € 1.36-4.04
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.16 € 3.18-8.16
Apples (1 lb) 0.90 € 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.79 € 0.48-1.50
Oranges (1 lb) 0.81 € 0.45-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 0.85 € 0.45-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.58 € 0.32-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.65 € 0.36-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.01 € 0.80-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.78 € 0.50-1.20
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 3.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.14 € 0.70-1.90
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.79 € 1.00-2.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 € 5.00-6.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 € 1.40-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 € 40.00-52.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 € 2.25-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 1.90-5.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 23.95 € 22.10-28.24
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.37 € 6.44-7.95
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 € 22,000.00-27,890.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,387.15 € 22,700.00-26,650.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 168.17 € 113.33-244.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.20 € 0.09-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 38.43 € 30.00-55.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.46 € 29.99-55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.88 € 18.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 € 8.00-11.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 516.38 € 400.00-800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,578.40 € 7,200.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 71.30 € 28.00-109.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.60 € 20.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.96 € 48.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 111.58 € 50.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 980.00 € 800.00-1,220.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 788.90 € 650.00-950.45
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,699.48 € 1,300.00-2,369.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,290.16 € 1,100.00-1,685.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 445.54 € 325.16-650.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 272.47 € 214.51-325.16
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,945.45 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.11 1.50-3.00

Prices in Barcelona

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Last update: June 2022
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36 Comments so far
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.
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2018:
Hello,

58.200 Gross per Year is a good salary for Barcelona?
JD on Sep 19, 2018:
Hey there, just want a heads up on the renting scheme, is there any way or service, in order to avoid upfronting cash to a shady realtor? Some whay you put the deposit on an escrow account or similar?

If you pay the full year upfront or half is there any cash incentive usually given in the market? i see no one does that so i bet i could get a better value on the lease.

Realtors get the money from the renters commision rather from the owner right? is there any negotiation where you usually give them an incentive to lower the price and close the deal and compensate them on the side?

Just ideas... maybe something like this is happenign, love to hear some local's view on this matter.

Cheers.
Naoise on Aug 30, 2018:
50K gross is a very good salary in Barcelona.
Linda B on Aug 16, 2018:
I'm wondering if some of you, asking questions like "Will x amount of € be enough?", are actually too dumb to read! There are MANY people who have listed IN DETAIL all the costs of living and you are STILL asking the same questions over and over that could be answered if you weren't too lazy to read!!
Why should anybody put in the time and effort to answer your questions if you are even too lazy to READ others detailed answers? Selfish people like you don't deserve an answer! It's that simple!
K on Aug 16, 2018:
I'm wondering if some of you, asking questions like "Will x amount of € be enough?", are actually too dumb to read! There are MANY people who have listed IN DETAIL all the costs of living and you are STILL asking the same questions over and over that could be answered if you weren't too lazy to read!!
Why should anybody put in the time and effort to answer your questions if you are even too lazy to READ others detailed answers? Selfish people like you don't deserve an answer! It's that simple!
#Supply Chain Specialist on Aug 04, 2018:
Please is 50K euro gross annual before tax enough to move to Barcelona with my wife (not working), with two kids 4 yrs and 2yrs all girls.
The company will take care of relocation expenses.
Considering the cost of kindergarten for two in a bilingual (catalan and english) school system and rent for 2 - 3 room apartment possibly outside the center of the city.
Would this offer be able to sustain me and my family and make little savings?
Anonymous on Jul 12, 2018:
Hello,

58.200 Gross per Year is a good salary for Barcelona? Am I going to have a decent life?
IT Specialist on Jul 03, 2018:
@Luis

thats probably a standard salary for IT specialists in Spain, but not a good one compared to what you would get in Dublin, Poland, UK, UAE, USA.

With the cost of life of Barcelona with 40k you would get barely a mid-class life and no savings for buying an house or planning to retire early with good money.

Already in cheaper cities in Poland IT specialists working for corps they get easily 2000 EUR net a month, and working for more interesting projects than those in Spain.
Luis on Jul 03, 2018:
Hi, I received a proposal of 35k-40k€ Gross anual salary. The company will be in charge about relocation and visa. Is this a good payment for an IT company and that would be good salary to live there? Thanks
Anonymous on Jun 24, 2018:
Ola Raquel,

20k is pretty low considering the cost of living in Barcelona these days.

Before you accept any job offer take a look at the rental market because it will take up more than 50% of your salary in most cases. If you decide to live outside of city centre you have a lower rent but a higher cost with transports and spend time commuting.

It costs 2-3 times more to rent an apartment and the salaries are still the same as a number of years ago.

To rent an apartment you need to pay:

1. One rent or 10% of a years worth of rent to the letting agency. Their fees.
2. Two to three rents as deposit.
3. Subscribe for insurance on the apartment as the owners don’t fix appliances, etc there are cases where owners try to hold your deposits over things that were previously broken but not detailed in the contract.
4. You may have to consider paying 800-1000€ to get help from a relocation agency to help with contracts, NIE, Social Security number, etc.