Cost of Living in La Paz

Summary about cost of living in La Paz, Bolivia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 19.00 Bs. 15.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 140.00 Bs. 80.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 47.50 Bs. 40.00-50.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 17.50 Bs. 9.00-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 25.00 Bs. 17.00-45.00
Cappuccino (regular) 18.00 Bs. 10.34-20.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 6.42 Bs. 3.50-10.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 5.66 Bs. 5.00-10.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 24.92 Bs. 22.33-26.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 7.69 Bs. 4.00-13.61
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.44 Bs. 2.72-3.86
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.77 Bs. 9.60-12.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 18.55 Bs. 13.61-63.50
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 13.17 Bs. 5.44-18.60
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.98 Bs. 12.70-23.54
Apples (1 lb) 9.42 Bs. 2.27-22.68
Banana (1 lb) 4.69 Bs. 2.19-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 4.95 Bs. 1.81-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 3.32 Bs. 2.00-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 3.15 Bs. 1.36-5.44
Onion (1 lb) 2.61 Bs. 1.81-3.13
Lettuce (1 head) 5.00 Bs. 2.50-8.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 6.85 Bs. 5.00-10.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 45.00 Bs. 25.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 12.62 Bs. 10.00-15.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.25 Bs. 15.00-25.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.25 Bs. 14.00-20.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 Bs. 2.00-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 215.00 Bs. 0.00-310.09
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 Bs. 10.00-17.23
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 Bs. 16.09-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 Bs. 40.00-70.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 14.31 Bs. 13.25-15.14
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 110,000.00 Bs. 100,000.00-135,700.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 149,731.65 Bs. 140,000.00-156,252.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 318.90 Bs. 171.00-500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.63 Bs. 0.90-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 360.12 Bs. 220.00-500.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 320.00 Bs. 100.00-400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 104.86 Bs. 50.00-180.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 48.24 Bs. 45.00-50.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,396.97 Bs. 700.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 27,450.00 Bs. 14,400.00-42,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 347.17 Bs. 80.00-490.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 393.07 Bs. 120.00-695.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 572.22 Bs. 300.00-861.37
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 427.50 Bs. 250.00-1,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,967.08 Bs. 1,200.00-2,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,498.87 Bs. 900.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,746.03 Bs. 2,500.00-5,220.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,029.05 Bs. 2,000.00-5,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 803.12 Bs. 650.32-975.47
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 623.69 Bs. 510.96-743.22
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,537.50 Bs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.58 5.00-10.00

Prices in La Paz

This city had 217 entries in the past 12 months by 12 different contributors.
Last update: May 2022
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4 Comments so far
Sandra kerrigab on Jul 26, 2021:
I don’t know where these other people visited but, I just returned from LaPaz and fell in love with the city, the people, EVERYTHING - it was so clean - they washed the Hugh sidewalks every day, the people were gracious and welcoming and I have NOTHING NEGATIVE to say at all about the town - it was clean, the service was spot on eveywhere we went and it was the BEST 3 days I’ve spent on a vacation in years!!! I would LOVE to live there and I am retired and really considering a move there - why not??? My kids are closer to me there than they are to where I live now and also love the city - I have NO COMPLAINTS at all about it and LOVED, LOVED it there - plus, if it is so bad, why do so many expats live there??? I met quite a few and they love living there - some people can never be happy
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2020:
La Paz isn't for the faint at heart traveler.Armed robberies and abductions are common place not only in La Paz but throughout most areas.Our visit was very brief for this reason. Our tour guides were carrying guns on them when we visited La Paz SantaCruz and Sucre. We asked them why they had guns? They said just incase there were any bears.Bears in those cities we asked and during the day? Our trip ended in Santa Cruz we left glad to get out of Bolivia.
Terry Wallace on May 28, 2020:
Beautiful country and people. Costs for basic stuff is dirt cheap; but higher end stuff cost as much as in Canada. Transportation is the worse and higene was quite bad in outside markets. Food is amazingly delicious, just know where to go.
Mark Levin on Jun 01, 2019:
This country is the most backward, poorest, dirtiest, most ignorant, unfriendly people, let the food alone because they will sell anything in order to make a buck..it is the only country in the planet without a McDonalds because it is so poor people would never be able to afford a burger and since there are cero tourist tourists they would go out of business.
There is terrible transportation and keep in mi d the city is at almost 15000 feet above sea level, impossible to live tbereinhabitants are ver dark skinned with very short limbs and themselves very short in order to survive at that altitude
Save your money don’t go, nothing to see or do