Cost of Living in Montevideo

Summary about cost of living in Montevideo, Uruguay:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 550.00 $U 300.00-1,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,000.00 $U 1,500.00-6,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 400.00 $U 350.00-450.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 140.00 $U 70.00-220.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 145.00 $U 100.00-321.59
Cappuccino (regular) 143.14 $U 100.00-180.90
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 69.57 $U 45.00-120.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 51.86 $U 40.00-90.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 161.78 $U 132.49-196.84
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 79.31 $U 40.82-162.39
Rice (white), (1 lb) 25.26 $U 15.88-31.75
Eggs (regular) (12) 130.69 $U 72.00-195.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 194.86 $U 136.08-272.16
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 178.19 $U 120.20-210.92
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 190.79 $U 136.08-226.80
Apples (1 lb) 34.34 $U 22.23-45.36
Banana (1 lb) 39.88 $U 27.22-54.43
Oranges (1 lb) 21.39 $U 13.61-36.29
Tomato (1 lb) 50.38 $U 29.48-77.11
Potato (1 lb) 28.16 $U 20.41-35.83
Onion (1 lb) 26.42 $U 18.14-39.46
Lettuce (1 head) 44.33 $U 25.00-60.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 59.83 $U 45.00-80.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 300.00 $U 250.00-400.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 78.16 $U 65.00-90.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 96.75 $U 69.00-127.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 180.00 $U 180.00-200.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 44.00 $U 40.20-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,800.00 $U 1,500.00-2,400.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 60.00 $U 48.00-100.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 104.61 $U 80.47-225.31
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 397.78 $U 300.00-450.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 281.19 $U 257.41-302.83
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,400,000.00 $U 1,398,600.00-1,600,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,504,486.81 $U 1,431,865.04-1,600,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 5,650.84 $U 3,269.23-8,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 9.78 $U 5.00-10.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,600.00 $U 1,350.00-1,900.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,046.15 $U 1,100.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,010.71 $U 400.00-1,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 350.00 $U 250.00-400.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 13,555.56 $U 9,000.00-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 240,250.00 $U 168,000.00-324,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 4,054.17 $U 2,500.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,076.67 $U 1,300.00-2,800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,679.05 $U 3,500.00-7,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 4,272.73 $U 2,500.00-5,500.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 22,990.76 $U 18,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 21,445.64 $U 15,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 40,351.59 $U 32,000.00-55,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 42,000.00 $U 25,000.00-60,298.75
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 10,507.11 $U 8,547.01-13,071.08
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,504.16 $U 7,095.73-11,203.78
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 27,972.73 $U
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.14 6.00-15.00

Prices in Montevideo

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Last update: July 2022
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15 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 26, 2022:
The prices here are quite real, but you should consider the maximum indicated prices. Overall Uruguay is not just expensive per se, Uruguay is very overpriced. The value for money is low or very low. Bad quality products or services for cheeky prices.
jorge on Oct 18, 2021:
no idea what the people here mean, 20k for a 1 bedroom in the city centre is easy to find. For a 2 or 3 bedroom in Pocitos there are also many options for around 30-40k.
GetReal on Sep 18, 2021:
@Milo: For some reason Numbeo shows unrealistic prices for apartments all over world, especially in big cities, it's not only Montevideo. I guess prices are taken as an average where many of them are lucky enough paying rents at the price level of early 1990s. On top of this there are huge shortage of apartments, big competition in renting them hence the price needz to be constantly adjusted, which I guess its more difficult that it seems.
Milo on Jul 26, 2021:
I posted here on May 5th, 2018. I came back today as this site popped up in a conversation with a colleague. I still live in Montevideo.

I will say this again, in hopes it may help anyone coming down here on a budget, the prices on this site are ridiculously low. I have no idea where these people are going to restaurants and paying under a dollar for soda. Not even at a grocery store are the prices so low.

Whoever is spending just $15,000 on rent for a one bedroom in a central neghborhood, please hit me up because I need your landlord's contact information. There is nothing under 21k in any of the local classifieds or rental sites; not even in the less nice parts of central neighborhoods. Not going to ask the guy paying 27k for a three bedroom apartment, because frankly that seems like witchcraft and I want nothing to do with whatever dark magic is keeping their rent stuck in 1991 prices.

Joking aside, please budget for at least twice as much as what you see here. This is a nice country with nice people and a very relaxed way of life, but it is expensive. After living here I've found my home state of TX to feel cheap in comparison. If you come here expecting to pay these prices you will be absolutely disillusioned and I wouldn't want that for anyone.
Anthony F Buono on Apr 07, 2021:
I was seriously considering Uruguay as a possible retirement destination; that is, until I read the comments below. If you only watched YouTube videos about this country, you might believe it was paradise. Apparently, it is far more sinister a place than one would believe. The crime factor is a major issue. I am 71 and am not willing to live in a place where my personal safety is questionable. I will continue to look for safer and more welcoming destinations. Thank you to the brave authors of the posts below for telling the truth.
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
Brazil and Argentina sandwich Uruguay. With the 3rd wave of covid19 there they won't last long.
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
We were thinking about visiting Montevideo but after reading many negative reviews on other vacation spots including on here we changed our plans.
Anonymus on Jan 01, 2020:
Over all Uruguay is a peaceful country especially the coast side small villages. But (negative side:) if somebody came from europe or united states the lifestyle in Uruguay will be a big drawback even if having a good income. The prices and the quality are far unproportional. There is a lot of international goods which prices are double or triple as the price in Europe or US. Car, electric stuff, cell phone, clothes, households stuff, etc. are insanely expensive. The restaurants not much expensive than the regular in the western world, but the quality of the service of the decoration, furnitures, plates, dinner set etc., and the quality of food is significant lower. and it seems they don't really care of the customer. They don't care if you would come back or not.There are not much inexpensive or fast food places and if you find some the prices are the same as in the price of the normal restaurant.The Uruguayan people are very humble and nice, when they are a buyer side, they don't like to complain, they accept what they get. But when they are the seller side they ask very cheeky price for their products or services.They try sell things as high price as possible but the quality as low as possible. Which is counterproductive, I think.There are some honorable exceptions.The positive side: They are really peaceful. They don't bother each other. They respect others private sphere. I am living here for years and I enjoy the life here. Despite of the drawbacks of the commercial anomaly's. I never feel as much safe myself then here in Urugay ( I mean out of Montevideo). If you like to cook, if you enjoy the clear and peaceful beaches,if you don't want to use car, if you have an income of abroad, if you fed up with the stressful westworld lifestyle and if you don't have an addiction of the shopping centers then you will enjoy to live here. I advise to go at the local food fair - feria -. There are a good quality fruits and vegetables, and cheese etc, for reasonable price. Watch out the prices at the supermarkets. There could be a significant difference in the prices. Even could be difference in the same supermarket but at the next day.
Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019:
Read the post by ANONYMOUS on January 11.I'm also a native Uruguayan and yes I live outside of Montevideo.The Brits and the Uruguayan government make alot of money from selling Marijuana truth be known.Not only is it legal in Uruguay the government branched out and is exporting it too.I've lived in Uruguay all of my life and I cannot afford a million dollar house nor can I afford to send my daughter to a private school either.The majority of Uruguayans can't.Brits and government make their money selling weed, that's how it really is.
Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019:
I'm always intrigued to know how so many in carrasco and other areas live so well. Kids in the British schools at 40-50000 pesos a month each child. Million dollar houses everywhere and top cars. I'm assuming they are business owners or are vp's of banks but still can't be many positions to support that kind of lifestyle here. Just doesn't add up. Even the best professional jobs don't pay much here. My wife and I are always asking ourselves where do they earn this kind of money when we're out and about in those neighbourhoods.
Bob. bbrophy46@gmail.com on Feb 11, 2019:
Hi All!
Bob & Karen here. We are going for 10 days to Buenas Aires for & then to Montevideo for 6-8 weeks. We are from Minnesota in the US & ate retired, in good health, and active. We are also on limited income & require only modest accommodations. Efficiency apartment preferred within walking distance to
Activities. We will either bike or use public transport.
Any suggestion for us two old adventurers?
Anonymous on Jan 27, 2019:
Montevideo is the most expensive city in Uruguay since it's the capitol obviously.However there's nothing really cheap in Uruguay as a rule.Expect to pay minimum $500 USD and up to $700 USD for an efficiency apartment and that doesn't include utilities which normally range between $40 to $85 per month.A single person would need at least $2,000 per month to live comfortably and a couple $3,000 per month.
Anonymous on Jan 11, 2019:
" TO THE POST JULY 7, 2018 ". As everyone knows Uruguay is a tiny country sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina obviously.I agree that Uruguayans aren't taking jobs in Brazil and Argentina because yes it's unconstitutional and neither country would allow it.Its a no brainier to shop for vegetables and fruits in the open markets verses standardized markets.You as a visitor to my country and others who visit or decide to stay in my country think you have all the answers, reality being you have none.In general Uruguayans are very resourceful,as a rule.Buying fresh vegetables and fruits including meats directly from farms isn't against the law as of yet,and yes I own a large farm near Montevideo.The farm has been in my family for over 125 years.Everything farmers sell the government takes a 33% cut off the top and revenues from all farms that produce vegetables fruits and meats go to the government yard near Montevideo for weighins before being delivered to standardized markets.Open markets are the same.Farmers have been approached including myself promoting a new cash crop known as marijuana.Theres 127 farmers in Uruguay and so far 93 farmers have caved into the government's demands to grow mj commercially however I'll walk away from my farm before I'd ever grow dope.Read my post Dec.22,2018.It falls inline with this post.
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2018:
The Uruguayan government is very corrupt overall.Legalizing marijuana allowing 93 commercial growers to distribute it to 17 pharmacies in Montevideo to be sold while the higher ups in government line their pockets privately including the past and current presidents who decided to legalize it in the first place.Want to know why everything's so pricey in Uruguay? They get under the table kickbacks as well.Meanwhile normal citizens bear the brunt.I should know lived here all of my life.
Anonymous on Jul 07, 2018:
Regarding the comment form april 4th 2018: this Post clearly describes one singular point of view and is not an analysis on what is going on at the moment in Uruguay or Montevideo and I can only guess about the writers motivations...

Just to pick one example: it’s simply not true that 10% of the population is employed in a government position and in addition most people who are employed by the government work as teachers... another example: nobody goes to Argentina or Brasil for work purposes as both countries are currently in deep crisis and absolutely never have I heard about businesses being encouraged to hire someone with a special nationality. That would go heavily against the constitution! By the way, criticism of the government is everywhere! Just the same as in other democratic countries.

We’ve been living here since 2015 and my experiences reagarding grocery shopping are: if you want to get nice fresh vegetables you best visit the markets in the “better” and more expensive neighborhoods like Punta Carretas, if you want to get the best prices go to the local markets in other areas, you might need a little bit more time to pick (but you can always choose which pieces you want to buy). The supermarkets are always more expensive, but again, there are different kinds of supermarkets with different prices.
And there are many small producers who offer hand made amazing products (mostly organic) and sell them at very reasonable prices. You won’t get these products in the supermarkets but it’s worth to search for them (you can mostly find them on the special markets like Feria Camino verde etc). Once you have the contacts they deliver the products directly to your home.

Regarding the overall cost of living: like everywhere else in the world you pay the highest prices (rent, food, fitness club) in the nicest neighborhoods. If you don’t want to (or can) spend much, adapt to a - maybe new style - of shopping and instead of buying everything at the same place, look for alternatives.