Cost of Living in Buenos Aires

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 55.65
Rent Index: 15.66
Groceries Index: 46.17
Restaurants Index: 54.55
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 36.47
Local Purchasing Power: 56.08
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 153.27 ARS 125.24-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 ARS 400.00-800.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 125.24 ARS 110.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 31.31 ARS 20.00-50.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 50.00 ARS 31.31-62.62
Cappuccino (regular) 42.56 ARS 30.00-55.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 21.87 ARS 15.00-31.31
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 17.65 ARS 12.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 67.86 ARS 56.78-83.28
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 28.71 ARS 14.20-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 10.87 ARS 6.80-15.88
Eggs (12) 31.27 ARS 25.00-40.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 65.77 ARS 49.71-90.72
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 38.26 ARS 29.48-49.71
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 59.56 ARS 45.36-77.11
Apples (1 lb) 15.90 ARS 11.34-21.30
Banana (1 lb) 12.55 ARS 9.07-17.24
Oranges (1 lb) 9.58 ARS 4.54-15.88
Tomato (1 lb) 14.02 ARS 9.07-20.41
Potato (1 lb) 6.57 ARS 3.63-9.07
Onion (1 lb) 9.29 ARS 6.04-13.61
Lettuce (1 head) 15.94 ARS 10.00-25.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 18.74 ARS 12.00-25.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 78.27 ARS 60.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 27.00 ARS 19.00-40.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 51.51 ARS 33.00-62.77
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 46.96 ARS 30.00-50.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 6.50 ARS 6.00-7.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 256.73 ARS 180.00-350.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 22.20 ARS 20.00-26.20
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 ARS 16.25-43.45
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 121.20 ARS 120.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 69.14 ARS 59.26-75.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 325,000.00 ARS 220,000.00-400,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 375,309.51 ARS 300,000.00-450,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,549.59 ARS 729.50-2,762.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 3.98 ARS 2.50-5.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 569.63 ARS 350.00-800.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 641.39 ARS 400.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 363.56 ARS 180.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 130.00 ARS 100.00-155.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,100.00 ARS 1,500.00-7,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 102,000.00 ARS 54,000.00-144,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,451.05 ARS 1,095.81-1,900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 902.61 ARS 600.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,729.17 ARS 1,400.00-2,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,172.14 ARS 1,500.00-3,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,654.20 ARS 5,000.00-9,392.66
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,238.14 ARS 4,000.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,717.31 ARS 9,000.00-16,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,717.12 ARS 7,000.00-13,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,768.75 ARS 2,787.07-4,645.11
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,717.60 ARS 1,858.05-3,635.83
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 12,939.46 ARS
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 24.83 19.00-35.00

Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

These data are based on 4092 entries in the past 12 months from 317 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2017
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Cost of living in Buenos Aires is 44.35% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 611.48$ (9,593.82ARS) and for four person family at 2,190.63$ (34,369.91ARS) (without rent).
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23 Comments so far

#Ulisses on Jan 18, 2017 :
How much a electrical engineer earn per month? And what's the real price for a one bedroom in centre city? Thanks!
#jerry on Nov 30, 2016 :
My water bill for 2 months is US$96.64 or $1,51.19 Arg Pesos. The bill is based on the age and location of the building,not on the amount of water that is used. Everyone in my building pays the same amount, regardless of the number of occupants in the apartment.
If I don't pay my bill by the due date, the amount goes to US$97.93
hat's you definition of insanity?
#LostGringo on Nov 02, 2016 :
One-bedroom in "city center" for $434? Ha! Maybe if you consider Avelleneda neighborhood the "city center" (and you might want to buy a gun). Any place I'd consider living you better plan on at least $1000. If you happen to be a foreigner and don't have access to a "guarantee", which is required for a standard lease - and which you won't, then plan on $1500 for a decent one-bedroom somewhere in the desirable northern end of the city. Dinner for two in a decent parrilla? Try $80-100 with a cheap bottle of wine. My first apartment in 2006 was a beautiful two-bedroom with a view of the river in the Las Canitas neighborhood. That same apartment rents today for $2500. Welcome to Inflation, Inc.
#Administrator on Jun 16, 2016 :
Diego, therefore, we are not using ARS currently here and default data obsoletion policy is 12 months.
#Diego on Jun 15, 2016 :
Argentina fast paced changing economics and inflation rate, renders the data obsolete.
A reset and reload is necessary yearly when the country experiments a 35 to 45 % of inflation
#LostGringo on Apr 14, 2016 :
Let me offer a comparison. The average wage of a pilot at Aerolineas Argentinas is currently 40,000pesos per month. I KNOW this. That adds up to an annual income of $32,000 USD. Compare that to an annual income at a major US airline of $150,000, or approx. 21% of the US counterpart. Having divided my time between the US and Argentina for the past 10 years, I believe that the cost of living in Buenos Aires is now higher than an average, large US city, if you consider the cost of owning/operating a car - save the coastal US cities, which are ridiculously expensive now. Most of my friends are struggling to make ends meet in a grotesquly corrupt country that will likely, never, ever, change.

Have a Nice Day!
#MBLiar on Apr 10, 2016 :
@MB, what you're saying is a lie, an average salary in Argentine is around 18000 pesos which make it something like 1250 US dollars, previous to the devaluation of the argentine peso it was around 1700 US dollars. No matter how many years you've been living in Argentina, in this country asking other people how much do they earn is a BIG BIG BIG taboo and i can bet you anything that most people will avoid to answer that and the small number of people "willing" to tell what's their wages they won't tell you the truth, more likely they'll tell you less than they actually earn.
#DENNIS1978 on Mar 18, 2016 :
Could somebody help me? Id like to know an accuntant's salary at multinational company in Buenis Aires. Thanks
#MB on Mar 17, 2016 :
Average monthly salary 1068USD? I have lived 9 years in Argentina, met people from all walks of life and have met a handful of people making this kind of money. The average blue collar workers makes half of that and even some white collar workers such as computer programers, lawyers, psychologists, occupational therapists etc. It should be pointed out that the wealth inequality in Latin America is extreme, Argentina is no different, so it is possible that the average contributors to this site do make this kind of money. Speaking from personal experience talking to people, this is not the reality for the vast majority of the people.
#Daniele on Jan 04, 2016 :
Now currency exchange is legal, please refer to the official exchange tax (on Jan 4th 2016 is 13,183). I invite you all to fulfill again prices because these prices are too high with the new legal exchange market.
#J. on Sep 15, 2015 :
It is difficult to correctly determine prices in Buenos Aires right now,
because there is an official exchange rate of AR$ 9.4 / US$ 1
and a parallel exchange rate of AR$ 15.50 / US$ 1.

I expressed the prices with the parallel exchange rate for the US dollar.
#Gabriel on Aug 05, 2015 :
David, you should take the official exchange rate as the valid one cos not only foreigners would use this tool but also other Argentines from other parts of the country will find this useful and as you might think no one in their right mind will buy foreign currency to buy goods in their own country, anyways the "Blue" dollar is the black market and no one should be encouraged to defy the laws of the land and comply with regulations wether we like it or not.
****AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARY**** About 1600 US dollars (15080 pesos in the city of Buenos Aires)
#David on Jan 25, 2015 :
The problem is we don't know if the native Peso prices have been converted to U.S. dollars using the official exchange rate or the Blue market rate - which is what any tourist would be paying - making this list rather useless until we know that.
#Isaac on Nov 12, 2014 :
@David I guess you're right. I'm not seeing it there either. idk...
#Isaac on Nov 12, 2014 :
@David Look where it says "Currency:" with a drop down menu next to it.
#David on Jun 21, 2014 :
Why is there no option to see these prices in Argentine pesos? Or has the US dollar become the official currency there?
#Marcelo on Feb 12, 2014 :
I'm from Buenos Aires. Inflation rate of 30% together with arbitrary goverment restrictions on foreign currency and a big compromise on lying on every possible economic statistic to make it look nice make price estimation difficult and, especially, unlastling. Unlike other cities, rent varies a LOT depending on the neighborhood, although I suggest you check where you go. I recommend to anyone visiting buenos aires check pages like dolarhoy to view real rates which are the ones that local people have access to and give a better perception of prices.
#St.John on Feb 10, 2014 :
Internet (5 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) from SuperCanal is AR$ 271/month from 1 February 2014.

The price for Rent Per Month is completely out of sync - the real price for a very ordinary departemento in Buenos Aires is around twice the average amount shown, although you may be able to find a cot in a shelter, a pile of hay under a bridge or a room in a shared apartment for U$S 500.
#St.John on Feb 10, 2014 :
With the inflation level in Argentina (20-30 percent a year since 2010; 63 percent since 1 January 2013; 23 percent since 1 january 2014), any price more than 3 months old is completely misleading.
#fulvio on Feb 02, 2014 :
For foreigners the paraller excange rate should apply which is 50% highet then the official one
#Mathias on Jan 24, 2014 :
Hello, Argentinians are all putos. Live Uruguay!!
#Gabriel on Aug 08, 2013 :
Salario promedio en Buenos Aires a finales del 2012 medido por el Instituto Argentino para el Desarrollo de las Economías Regionales (es una organización que no depende del gobierno nacional ni de ningún gobierno provincial) es de Ar$ 7230 (al cambio de hoy US$ 1310), el link que dejo fue publicado en la sección sobre economía del diario Clarin que es anti gobierno.
#paul on May 10, 2013 :
This market prices are OK if you are some expat living in a fancy neighborhood like recoleta, but you can find a lot of much cheaper prices in working class neighborhoods, some of them could be half. Rice at the supermarket in the corner is 3.50 a kilo, ofcourse if you go to carefour it will be more expensive. Buenos Aires has a big amplitude of prices, you are not showing the full range. For internet you qoute Fibertel wich is the most expensive one. And most of the people manage to get a discount or promo in things like internet, phone or entertainment. Having a discount on things is the rule and not the exception, unless you are a fool trying to look rich, or a real rich.