Cost of Living in Buenos Aires

Summary of cost of living in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 $ 5.00-14.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 $ 20.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.50 $ 1.00-3.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 2.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.32 $ 1.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.34 $ 0.80-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.97 $ 0.70-1.50
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.21 $ 1.97-6.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.96 $ 0.91-4.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.77 $ 0.23-1.13
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.12 $ 1.00-3.30
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.41 $ 1.93-6.80
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.16 $ 0.91-3.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.97 $ 1.81-4.54
Apples (1 lb) 0.85 $ 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.80 $ 0.45-1.27
Oranges (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.23-1.13
Tomato (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.23-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.39 $ 0.20-0.59
Onion (1 lb) 0.39 $ 0.18-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 1.18 $ 0.50-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.13 $ 0.55-1.80
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.00 $ 2.34-6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.16 $ 0.70-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.90 $ 1.00-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.00 $ 1.50-3.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.30 $ 0.15-0.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 9.00 $ 5.00-20.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.90 $ 0.65-1.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.29 $ 0.56-1.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4.90 $ 3.00-9.60
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.48 $ 2.27-4.66
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 15,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,778.76 $ 20,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 49.40 $ 29.32-100.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 15.48 $ 6.00-25.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 20.17 $ 10.00-42.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 21.96 $ 11.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 8.57 $ 5.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.42 $ 3.00-8.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 219.88 $ 98.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 5,225.19 $ 3,000.00-26,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 83.39 $ 40.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 67.11 $ 33.60-130.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 116.33 $ 60.00-220.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 110.93 $ 50.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 490.08 $ 320.00-720.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 357.35 $ 225.00-600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 933.47 $ 600.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 621.61 $ 400.00-1,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 216.77 $ 167.22-283.63
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 163.09 $ 139.35-204.38
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 409.79 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 51.15 28.00-78.00

Prices in Buenos Aires

This city had 1867 entries in the past 12 months by 194 different contributors.
Last update: May 2024
Distribution of Expenses Using Our Statistical Model:
Sign Up for Our Newsletter:
Your Email Address:
Nearby cities:
Leave a comment:

Your name: Sign In

Your email address (optional):

Your comment (no HTML):

51 Comments so far
Steadyhairdo on May 26, 2024:
Some of the prices listed here are crazy. Oz is one of the most expensive places in the world to live and Arg prices are worse??
I find that 100% impossible to believe. In Oz A$3600 (net) per month income is deemed poverty level for family 2x2
If ave monthly wage is A$618 in Arg, what do people eat?? Someone needs to clean this page as it is clearly 100% rubbish info.
T on Apr 02, 2024:
Hi Anonymous, first of all - you visited Argentina in 2022. Since then, many things have changed. Prices and rents went up very much. My rent went up 100% since September 2022 (converting it to USD with current exchange rate). Insecurity rising. And as someone living here, let me tell you that what you experienced in the city bus in Iguazu you won't see a lot in Buenos Aires. People usually do not even stand up and offer their seats to elderly people. But yes, in general, Argentinians are good people. I personally don't think that the food or the quality of raw vegetables is good here, but I guess that is a personal opinion. And what you experienced with the apartment owner is indeed very normal here, they almost always ignore renting laws "because of financial situation".
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2024:
In case anyone wants to know, we spend a month traveling around Argentina in November of 2022. We had a fantastic time and nobody ever jumped us, stole anything from us or treated us with disrespect. I found the Argentine people, regardless of which end of the country we were in, to be warm and gracious. We took the city bus from our Hotel in Iguazu to Iguazu Falls. I stood holding on to the pole. People literally dragged me to a place in the back where I could sit. It was like being on a church outing everyone laughed, joked and passed stuff around. We went to some little independently owned buffet in a very 3rd world-ish neighborhood. It was packed. The food was great and cheap. Some little old man made sure I knew which items on the buffet were the best and the owner told me she starts work at about 2:00 am to cook every single dish from scratch. We walked down the middle of the street after dark and no one bothered us. We only had a few odd experiences with cabbies and one apartment owner who seemed to feel it was okay to cheat because of the "financial situation" and he was an attorney with kids educated in the states. I think so much of the bad mouthing of third world countries is by people who never traveled anywhere and are just spouting political opinions. You can't judge a country until you've been there and actually interacted with the people.
Lucy on Mar 25, 2024:
I wonder how many people posting comments here have never been to Argentina.
Oleg on Feb 24, 2024:
I think in case of Argentina the leftists and demagogues have really shown what they always offer societies and what it always leads to. I am not for far right but the sorry state of the country speaks for itself! I wish Argentina to get away from this Russian inspired red madness and back to normal
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2024:
Right, because the first world is unstable compared to the third world . . . (Genius)
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2024:
If the first world means high prices and instability, then yes, everything is heading that way
Milei on Oct 25, 2023:
If Milei wins Argentina will become a first world country
Wtf on Sep 26, 2023:
It's the worst country I have even been. Never seen any places with two exchange rates.

This country is seriously short of supplies and commodities. Everything on the market is defective Chinese products from the 1980s. Argentinos are still arrogant with the average income of only 200 US dollars per month.
Marcos on Aug 23, 2023:
250usd for nice apartments in City center is common and possible. Foreigners maybe have problems finding apartments (argentinian bureaucracy) but most of argentinians rent for less than 300usd a 1 bed room apartment in Palermo/Recoleta for example.

Currently I am renting a nice modern 29m2 1br apartment in Belgrano for around 210usd a month at todays exchange rate.

I recommend to look for apartments with contract in argentinian pesos, it will be much cheaper
Mike on Jul 01, 2023:
This site is so horrendously wrong. $300 for a 1br apartment is impossible. Currently searching for an apartment and can't find anything under $550 USD :(
Jay on Jun 24, 2023:
$350 USD for a 1br in a good area is a pipedream. 1br apartments in Palermo, Recoleta, etc. are closer to $600. This site is so inaccurate.
Anonymous on Mar 28, 2023:
Today 1 USD is almost 400 pesos. At blue rate, at "official" rate is 200 pesos per dollar
Anonymous on Jan 30, 2023:
We are looking for fresh recruits for our operation in Yemen 20 to 23 year old females only to entertain a group of powerful men. You must be obedient subservient and talented.You must be athletic beautiful and willing to be impregnated with our seeds.In return all of your needs will be met. But you cannot return to your native homeland because you will be our property.

Ashid Zalibar
Anonymous on Dec 16, 2022:
The blue rate is approximately $320 USD. The past few years, it's fluctuated either side of double the bank/official exchange rare.
Anonymous on Dec 13, 2022:
As of December 14, 2022 $1usd = 172 pesos.Out of control currency value in Argentina equals major poverty obviously.On the blue market currently is $1 USD= 263 pesos.By years end it should be 185 pesos to 1 usd.These currency values are updated every 12 hours not just numbers dreamed up
Anonymous on Dec 02, 2022:
Updated as of December 2, 2022

$1 USD = 168.08062 ARS before years end it should be around $1 USD = 175 ARS

Argentina government has defaulted on 12 loans so far ran out of loaning sources due to not being trustworthy obviously.
Anonymous on Nov 19, 2022:
Updated November 19 time 13:59 utc on xe currency site $1usd = 162.96 ars

XE currency site updates every 12 hours with any currency values globally

Argentina government peged it's currency to the USD two years ago but there's no turning back especially with zero gdp growth over the past 12 years due to internal theft within the government.
Anonymous on Nov 14, 2022:
The Argentina government stopped USD to banking citizens about 3 years ago.No longer can Argentina citizens get usd in Uruguay at the Argentina and request.
Anonymous on Nov 14, 2022:
$1usd= 161.76 ars the peso is on a rapid decline against the usd but that's just part of it.So far Argentina has defaulted on two big loans from the IMF total defaults are 11 unpaid balances and regular payments dating all of the way back to 2001.Nunbeo cost of items is never correct since numbeo doesn't do any research but instead depends upon cost of living from contributors on here numbers just thrown out there nothing more.Argentina is on a downward spiral unable to regroup basically broke due to high level government officials enriching themselves business as usual unfortunately.
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2022:
These prices have doubled since this data was put in.
Anonymous on Nov 09, 2022:
As of November 9, 2022 on XE currency exchange rate is $1usd =159.72 ars Argentina is getting closer and closer to it's neighbor Venezuela daily.
Anonymous on Nov 01, 2022:
Google search engine USD TO ARS XE

You just made a fool out of yourself Jeffy boi but you never were the sharpest crayon in the box anyway.
Anonymous on Nov 01, 2022:
Comment to JEFF POST OCT.25,2022

Obviously you're living under a rock.Argentina peso is pegged to the USD the Argentina government made that decision alone.You to very ignorant obviously. Here is the current rate.
$1 USD = 156.89 ARS confirmed by XE the most accurate updated.Every 12 hours XE updates currency values globally.The current rate was given $1 USD = 156.89 ars on November 1, 2022 @ 11:14 utc time.

Know what you are talking about DIKFACE

Jeff on Oct 25, 2022:
This table is useless, as entries are in USD and users are free to pick the exchange rate they please. misleading piece of garbage.
Anonymous on Sep 28, 2022:
As of September 28 2022 $1 usd is 146.85 ARS.Argentina is quickly heading to Venezuela levels of depreciation. By April 2023 currency predictions will be $1 usd will be 200 ars and graduate onward into major future depreciation.Argentina not paying way past due loans is throwing its economy into a freefall downward spiral to say the least.
Mk on Aug 12, 2022:
How much cost apertement in City and life living thnx
Anonymous on Jul 23, 2022:
23 July 2022. Unofficial dollar exchange: 350 pesos each dollar. That means, prices are totally out of date and need to be recalculated.
Anonymous on Jul 11, 2022:
Currently $1usd = 126.73 are. I believe Argentina is quickly catching up with Venezuela. I read the Argentina president wants to join BRICS such a laugh. But if Argentina does and they default on loans on China and Russia game over.
Anonymous on May 30, 2022:
Prices are totally off. All entries should be made in any more stable currency than the Argentinian peso. Because of hyperinflation, entries in pesos which are several months old are worthless.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2022:
Furthermore the Argentina government has been cut off from borrowing money from the IMF INTERNATIONAL MONITARY FUND meaning every country worldwide puts an amount of money into that fund for emergencies like natural disasters etc.The Argentina government has defaulted on three loans given by the IMF totaling 213 billion usd.They have no intention of ever paying it back.Argentina is so cash strapped they tried to borrow money from a poor country like Bolivia last year but the Bolivian government told the Argentina government you never pay it back. Currently poverty sets at over 53% throughout Argentina and its getting higher by the day. Argentina is starved for as many usd as they can get their hands on. Argentina is quickly turning into a hermit country no friends equals no trust. Many have tried to relocate to Europe but it didn't work out well for them. Afterall,Argentina owes Europe over 22 billion usd.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2022:
Argentinians think they are Europeans but they'll never be. They are arrogant selfish bastards who think the rest of the world is garbage. Argentina is just like Venezuela on a downward spiral. Argentina has been defaulting on loans since 2015 never repaid any of them in full. The country is full of untrustworthy people. None of the large buildings are paid for in Buenos Aires. But the Argentina government gave the green light for investors to build them. When investors wanted to get paid by the Argentina government the government said its setting on Argentina soil so nothing got paid for. Those are the types of people Argentinians really are. The
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2022:
I love the "left"(isn't) government blaming of Argentinians!
Fact is: The peak income tax rate here is much lower than in Europe or Germany where I'm from. I pay around 45% (+ mandatory social insurance total ~60%) as peak income tax rate there. Compare this to the little 35% here. Oh the so bad socialist economy in Germany!
If you as Argentinian think "we are so poor, bad government", go to Barrio Parque or Zona Norte and admire the "poorness" of the people there. Visit the poor estates in Punta del Este and all around the world.
I will never understand my Argentine friends. They should at least try look at their country from a foreign perspective. And once invest in their own country not their stupid little boats in Tigre.
Kevin Zhu on Mar 01, 2022:
USD to ARS local rate?

Is it good time to go there on April?

Julieta on Aug 06, 2021:
It's a pity we can't use ARS to add data too, because that way people can use the exchange rate they want. I particularly used the blue dollar rate (1 USD - 170 ARS) because I think it is the closest one to reality.
Anonymous on Jul 27, 2021:
Porteñas Girls have to put away their arrogant attitude and sell their nice asses to real westerners. The good days are coming back for men with initiative!
John Wakefield on Mar 26, 2021:
I could not located the currency exchange rate you are using to produce the cost of living in Argentina. Can you tell me where I can find that key fact? Thanks
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
Right now the average monthly salary gross is $150 usd.Looks like that's the new salary. Minimum monthly wage was $255 usd monthly but it was lowered to $70 monthly gross before taxes 5 months ago.
Anonymous on Mar 21, 2021:
Can someone please tell me what the average monthly salary is right now in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario?
Daryll Doctolero on Mar 05, 2021:
Can there be possibility to see the brackett of an average household income and budget for an average and wealthy family living in Argentina.
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
Looks like Argentina is sinking fast current rate 90 ars to 1 usd. People are desperate especially since the women are so cheap nowadays.Argentinas days of thinking they're like the Europe of South America are over. Argentina is such a high risk country citizens are being turned away from Europe,Colombia,Peru,and Paraguay now getting kept out of Paraguay takes the cake plus Brazil and Bolivia doesn't want you either OMG. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel for Argentina women. Iraq would welcome you.Put your arrogant attitudes away though unless you want to windup like refugee Syrian women living in tents waiting for outcalls for a mere $1 usd per session.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2021:
Thanks OLEG I hope the best for your country too.Very few people have bank accounts throughout Argentina due to government theft of their accounts.Although Ukraine has its problems it doesn't even come close to Argentina problems. Many Argentinians have left and never returned.
Oleg on Jan 24, 2021:
Thanks for reply! I really understand the disappointment here! However, Argentina has been through bad times before and lets hope for the best! for your country!
Anonymous on Jan 21, 2021:
Thanks for your kindness OLEG towards Argentina. I have friends from Ukraine and they tell me the same as you did concerning addiction to the IMF.Although the west has modernized Buenos Aires it came with a heavy price for Argentina citizens. The Argentina government has tried to model after the west for over 25 years.The only things I regret by leaving Argentina is my beautiful country and warm hearted people that reside there, my culture. Yes some of our cities are shiny and expensive but none of it is paid for.Argentina government hasn't paid for loans since 2001.The U S won't let Argentina borrow money anymore just like many other countries won't lend Argentina any money.The Argentina government blocks any negative press about the horrible circumstances throughout Argentina citizens endure daily. Many in Argentina are literally starving to death truth be known. The Argentina government has banned farmers from growing food. The Argentina government has banned farmers from raising cattle sheep pigs or any other meat people can eat.Argentinans are banned from leaving the country.Argentina is truly finished people are rioting desperate to eat people are beyond panicking,it's a matter of life or death. My friends from the Ukraine tell me atleast they can eat vegetables and meat. We don't have that luxury in Argentina. Before I left Argentina with my family the police and military are patrolling the entire city preventing citizens from leaving their homes.
Oleg on Jan 20, 2021:
At least you cities look modern and your people are not Russians. I really think that as bad as your situation is you have a better chance of recovering quicker because historically you have never cut ties with the West although you have been toying with socialist policies and paternalism ( relying on the state too much)
oleg on Jan 20, 2021:
I feel your pain man! SadlyI must say the same about my own country ( Ukraine). We are here so hooked on IMF and socialism that it makes me wonder which country your or mine has a better chance of breaking out of this cycle ...
Oleg on Jan 15, 2021:
Thanks Luataro so much for clarifying the situation! Do you think the country will recover this time as fast as last time? I am wondering because Argentina has so much potential ... I hope things go right! I hope to visit
Lautaro on Jan 15, 2021:
The real monthly salary is far lower than the reported. The real one is about ARS 45200 or USD 284.28, per month. There's no way the median salary is 86300 or USD 540.
Lautaro on Jan 15, 2021:
Prices are wrong because you're using the official converion rate (85), which is a lie. The real one is about 159. A kg. of tomatos (Walmart), for example, are ARS 79 or USD 0.43 per kg., not 1.50 as it says.
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2021:
Something desperately needs to be done in Argentina. Currently it's 85ars to 1usd. Fortunately I have small land to grow food outside of BA but many in BA are going hungry.
Anonymous on Dec 29, 2020:
Yes I agree Argentina doesn't pay its debts but instead walks away from their responsibilities. Basically their word is no good which says alot,especially to investors meaning investing in Argentina has dropped completely.It seems Argentina has so many excuses as to why it can't pay debts ontime.The pandemic is yet another excuse to not pay debts owed for many years. Argentina is seen as an unstable country to do business in,and a bad credit risk.