Cost of Living in Montevideo

Summary about cost of living in Montevideo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 350.00 $U 300.00-450.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,300.00 $U 900.00-1,600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 280.00 $U 249.00-320.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 85.00 $U 60.00-120.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 $U 60.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 94.22 $U 70.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 46.00 $U 31.00-80.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 37.95 $U 25.00-60.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 103.52 $U 90.85-121.13
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 63.89 $U 31.75-108.86
Rice (white), (1 lb) 18.79 $U 15.88-20.41
Eggs (regular) (12) 85.70 $U 60.00-100.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 139.61 $U 113.40-158.76
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 121.17 $U 90.72-138.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 132.90 $U 97.52-158.76
Apples (1 lb) 29.42 $U 22.68-39.92
Banana (1 lb) 34.79 $U 22.68-44.00
Oranges (1 lb) 20.73 $U 13.15-27.22
Tomato (1 lb) 33.06 $U 22.68-49.90
Potato (1 lb) 24.92 $U 15.88-30.84
Onion (1 lb) 22.31 $U 15.88-27.22
Lettuce (1 head) 36.88 $U 30.00-50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 43.37 $U 35.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 205.00 $U 150.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 66.08 $U 50.00-90.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 77.47 $U 61.00-100.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 140.00 $U 130.00-150.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 37.00 $U 32.00-38.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,500.00 $U 1,300.00-2,069.57
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 41.08 $U 35.63-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 40.23 $U 33.31-74.03
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 366.51 $U 300.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 207.47 $U 189.27-211.98
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,073,925.00 $U 648,000.00-1,161,793.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,127,662.61 $U 971,049.27-1,400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,951.60 $U 2,500.00-7,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 6.77 $U 2.24-10.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,155.93 $U 929.00-1,500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,571.45 $U 1,000.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 523.57 $U 250.00-1,120.44
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 300.00 $U 250.00-350.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 11,505.18 $U 7,000.00-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 238,571.57 $U 144,000.00-330,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,620.71 $U 1,500.00-3,690.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,366.30 $U 800.00-2,200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,348.08 $U 2,500.00-4,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,835.96 $U 3,000.00-5,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 17,422.47 $U 13,000.00-24,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 13,671.99 $U 10,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 30,093.20 $U 23,000.00-38,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 23,780.28 $U 19,000.00-30,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 8,489.05 $U 5,574.14-11,148.27
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,593.36 $U 3,750.77-8,825.72
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 26,286.60 $U
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.94 6.00-10.00

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Last update: October 2019
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14 Comments so far

#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. 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.
#Milo on May 05, 2018 :
I would advise to anyone checking out these prices to make a travel budget to stick to the higher end of the average. Most of these are either outdated or showing sale prices in the market category. Restaurant prices are greatly understated.

For current market prices, you can always check the websites of the major supermarkets: Devoto, Disco or Tienda Inglesa. If you find that tedious, note that prices are significantly higher than what is listed here on average for most produce, meat and poultry, alcohol and groceries, at least as of May 2018. I would also avoid neighborhood convenience stores if you want to stay close to the average listed, since they tend to charge a premium. Expect to pay even more than what is at the higher end of the scale at restaurants.
#Anonymous on Apr 04, 2018 :
I've been living in Uruguay for a year now and I can attest that the country's politics are driving its competent population away, and the nation's prosperity spiraling down. I can detail a couple of problems off the top of my head in a few paragraphs:

There's a low perception of security and recurring complex coordinated delinquency. In February and March 2018, more than 4 heavily armed robberies occurred. They've happened at currency exchange tellers in shopping malls in Montevideo in broad daylight, and another happened in the Conrad hotel in Punta del Este, the country's flagship private hotel and defacto tourist city for the summer, also in broad daylight and wiped clean the hotel's jewelry store. All these robberies were perpetrated quicky, with large two-handed assault rifles, and none were captured by the police because they always arrived 15min after the incident. Videos are shared via WhatsApp, but not shown on television.

It's an inhospitable country for work opportunities. The government census may claim that the population is of 3.5million people, but effectively there are more likely 2.5million because the Uruguayans seeking opportunity leave the country and head to Argentina, Brazil, or further away. Family members may stay behind, either non-working relatives or elders, or individuals already working in safely settled job positions.

The population is in love with politics. What happens usually is that most populations around the globe train its citizens to aspire to solvency, independence, a healthy degree of wealth, contribute to the nation, and repeat, and all these are meant to be achieved through the private jobs market. In Uruguay, instead, the average productive citizen aspires a role in government. Government officials are the most well paid in the country and have the safest job positions. This is because their position as a government servant is protected by the country's constitution; they cannot be removed once placed. This means that the country as of now has an enormous overhead in government beaurocracy that cannot be remedied, and all those government wages are being paid for from the pockets of the private individuals. Roughly, 10% of the country's population is employed in a government position.

YoY prices of electricity, telecoms, and gas rise by small percentages, and rise throughout the year without public notification. Current sales tax is 22% (2018).

The government also plays an active role in the private sector, participating with wholly state-owned companies that are the leading or the only suppliers of these goods/services:
- Leading fuel company ANCAP holds monopoly on fuel prices, and resells to private fuel companies (also went bankrupt, and was bailed out, officially money still unaccounted for)
- ‎Leading telecoms company ANTEL owns the physical infrastructure for all landlines, competitors may rent but not motivated to at all. Also offers mobile telephony, home internet, corporate internet, etc.
- ‎Pluna was a state-owned airline that went bankrupt
- ‎Alas Uy was another state-owned airline created after Pluna, that also went bankrupt
- ‎Casinos del Estado is a state-owned casino chain with many locales installed in various places per city, in many cities
- ‎Water and Electricity utilities are wholly state-owned

Government criticism is non-existant. News channels and newspapers are entirely aligned with the government and political party in power. Small radio programs exist that offer criticism, but it is not given a platform and is often portrayed as "guerilla" opinions, individuals without support acting on their own.

The government is choking the population's non-government workers. In January, in the town of Durazno, a collective of landowners, workers in the agroindustry sector, and other economically active individuals in the private jobs market came together to protest the government's treatment of them. Organized and peacefully, they laid and argued their claims with crowds of support. Certain difficulties were met with during the event: for example, on many routes to the meeting place, police patrols were placed to inspect drivers' documents. Also, news channels started reporting the event live, but after a few minutes without warning cut the transmission and aired a talk-show from Argentina. Many people went to social networks to protest this, and a few minutes later the transmission was restored. At the end of the television program's report, they estimated roughly 10,000 people attended, but pictures shared in social networks not shown on TV lead to an informal but more accurate estimation of 30,000 attendees. The event led to the formation of a movement called "Un Solo Uruguay". Attempts have been made to coordinate with government officials, to sit down and formulate long term solutions, but the response was simply negative; instead of "mesas the planeación" the government only offered "mesas de diálogo". The situation continues and no solution has been placed as of this post's writing.

Migrants from communist dictatorships are arriving in large groups. Uruguay is a political ally of Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and Brazil's left-wing political groups. Currently, many Venezuelans are migrating to Uruguay and are fast-tracked to be naturalized as Uruguayan citizens (at least 4,000 Venezuelans have obtained legal residency). Alarmingly, unlike other countries in the continent, there is a large amount of Cubans migrating to Uruguay, and obtain citizenship without much scrutiny. Finally, and moreso, there are laboral incentives for business owners to hire Venezuelans and Cubans over native Uruguayans.
#Anonymous on Sep 30, 2017 :
I lived in montevideo and another 6 citys and montevideo is the safest!

THIS IS NOT TRUE!!:"Montevideo, Uruguay and in general is absurdly expensive, very expensive. the high level of crime must be taken into account, anyone can shoot you and kill you to steal your shoes."
#JD on Nov 16, 2016 :
So in general the prices are ok, montevideo is fairly expensive for the quality provided. Although people tend to complain on prices as they make very little (keep that in mind).
If you are coming here with a income of about 4000 (usd) you should be more than fine, but keep in mind one thing. People here like to charge for "services" so they can squeeze a few bucks from your pocket.
They treat you good hospitality but in general they perceive that you are there taking something that belongs to them (what? who knows... who cares). Most of them barely speak spanish and are quite loud.

Tip 1. no need to pay expensive rentals, there is a place called Anda, which everyone conveniently avoids mentioning, where you pay, and they will be you warranty, and then you go crazy renting a nice place for 1200 usd a month (can get fairly good options).

Tip 2. do airbnb, most people here are renting through airbnb, user your credit card with it, i paid 3 months airbnb, a bit more expensive and in return i got enough miles to go back to USA for free with mi card. Just shut up and don't let them convince you to pay on the side.

Tip 3. For some reason everyone is an accountant here.... why???

Tip 3. Food is terribly expensive for the quality they give and basically is the same everywhere, and everybody seem to enjoy eating the same everyday. Tip is not mandatory, and by the way people treat you, seems like they don't care much about it.

Tip 4. car? for what the city is small, you can uber your way around.

Tip 5. expect less travelling, flying here is awful expensive and most airlines don't even provide business class seating as they have no market for it here. So get comfy until you reach a bigger airport in the region. Of course if you are taking one of the few long haul you might get bigger planes (but those are quite few).

Tip 6. Keep your home credit cards when possible and get everything on it 70% of your daily expenses can be paid this way, and you get double value for your money, i've seen people here have really few and bad benefits.

Tip 7. As a foreigner here if you were transferred 1 you can ask to be paid on origin, i would highly recommend you do that, that will save you quite some troubles in the local banking system which is gear for the high net worth customers 10% of the financial market (which is not a 100% of the population).

Tip 8. It is very safe, although locals tend to complain, is safe, don't go to those places where is quite obvious you will get mugged. Common sense my friend. Avoid flashing your stuff around and you will be ok.

Tip 9. Farmers markets are most of the time, a rip off, their prices and quality are not better than supermarket (in my view), plus they look really bad and only accept cash.

Tip 10. Driving. Nightmare, again, uber. People here drive extremely bad, they do the craziest stuff, there are cars from 1980 i have only seen pictures and they sell for 6000 or more (yeah....)

All in all, enjoy the city there is much to do if you are 35+ with family and trying to slow down. Plenty of options on primary education (private) which is ok for young kids, and activities for mature people, some good bars some others more upscale as usual but you can find many things.

Buenos Aires is 3 hs away by ferry so you have that big city vibe there if that is what you look for, definitely not here.
Punta del este, is not worth the trip, go somewhere else, there are quite some other places which are far better (even in the country).
Colonia, must go, i would rather live there but my work requires me to be here and so on...
Up north, not much to see in terms of big cites, mostly is cattle and trees, go explore ...

As a rule of thumb there is a avenue call Italy or Italia basically south of it to the beach (montevideo) is where you should look to live, the income and educational level drop significantly to the north of it, so better avoid it although is cheaper with some more old upscale neighborhood who are there (mostly big houses and that stuff not for renting at all).

The reality is, if you are moving here make a smart move financially do not get into the locals game of complaining enjoy your time here while it lasts.... is a beautiful place (as so many others) and everybody will find something to complain about.

Enjoy your time there :)
#Anonymous on Oct 17, 2016 :
Montevideo, Uruguay and in general is absurdly expensive, very expensive. the high level of crime must be taken into account, anyone can shoot you and kill you to steal your shoes.
#Alper on Aug 31, 2016 :
Hi ladies / guys,

I am thinking to relocate to Uruguay, Montevideo. Can anyone tell me rental prices of flats in apartments on monthly basis in city centre? and also May I learn the sale price of a flat up to 55m2 in Montevideo? I shall feel very happy if I get some data from you..Thanks in advance for everything.
#Fede on Apr 30, 2016 :
It's $U29 now for a one-way ticket by bus, Lucía. (thanks to our bad government).

"Be careful about this prices. Uruguay's inflation is changing prices way too quickly to pick up by Numbeo's crowdsourcing.
For example:
* "One-way Ticket (Local Transport)" is fixed by the state: $U24 today. And in the page it says $U22."