Cost of Living in Montevideo

Summary about cost of living in Montevideo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 398.00 $U 300.00-500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,400.00 $U 1,000.00-1,700.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 264.00 $U 250.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 90.00 $U 60.00-120.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 110.00 $U 60.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 91.13 $U 65.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 42.38 $U 30.00-75.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 33.00 $U 25.00-60.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 95.84 $U 83.28-113.56
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 67.97 $U 38.10-104.33
Rice (white), (1 lb) 18.99 $U 16.78-20.41
Eggs (regular) (12) 75.15 $U 55.00-90.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 138.31 $U 113.40-158.76
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 113.61 $U 81.65-136.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 121.87 $U 99.79-147.42
Apples (1 lb) 26.83 $U 20.41-36.29
Banana (1 lb) 25.50 $U 18.14-36.29
Oranges (1 lb) 15.49 $U 11.34-20.41
Tomato (1 lb) 29.24 $U 18.14-42.23
Potato (1 lb) 19.31 $U 13.61-25.40
Onion (1 lb) 18.63 $U 15.42-25.23
Lettuce (1 head) 33.33 $U 25.00-47.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 37.77 $U 35.00-45.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 205.00 $U 180.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 55.44 $U 40.00-70.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 71.22 $U 55.00-100.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 127.50 $U 120.00-135.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 33.00 $U 33.00-33.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,300.00 $U 1,120.00-1,680.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 37.98 $U 31.30-45.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 33.31 $U 29.45-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 317.91 $U 275.00-317.91
Gasoline (1 gallon) 175.74 $U 170.34-189.27
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 938,948.90 $U 600,000.00-990,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 916,366.08 $U 730,000.00-1,149,120.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,605.19 $U 2,300.00-6,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.97 $U 5.00-10.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,040.30 $U 850.00-1,300.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,421.43 $U 1,000.00-2,200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 520.00 $U 400.00-800.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 $U 200.00-300.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,891.67 $U 5,000.00-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 196,000.00 $U 120,000.00-276,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,637.84 $U 2,000.00-3,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,659.05 $U 992.09-3,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,171.73 $U 2,500.00-3,968.35
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,403.88 $U 2,800.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 16,481.05 $U 14,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 13,250.85 $U 10,000.00-22,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 30,382.33 $U 24,000.00-45,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 25,833.82 $U 19,000.00-45,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 7,202.95 $U 5,574.14-9,216.73
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,113.47 $U 4,645.11-8,361.20
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 19,293.53 $U
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.38 7.00-10.00

Prices in Montevideo

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Last update: March 2018
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12 Comments so far

#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, LucĂ­a. (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."
#Romina on Jul 15, 2015 :
These prices are not correct, real prices are much higher than indicated here.
Please update.
#Qadir on Feb 13, 2015 :
Biggest and single major difference in the above list is the RENT.

I am living in Montevideo from last 11 Months. Rent is way to high.
1 BEDROOM Apartment (Furnished) : $900-1000 USD (Including Maintenance Charges)
2 BEDROOM Apartment (Furnished) : $1200-1250 USD (Including Maintenance Charges)

On top of it, Municipal Taxes (Every 2 months): $25 USD
Internet Cost like $50 USD (Monthly)
Electricity is way to costly: Minimum Electricity bill is $60-70 USD (Monthly)

Food Expenses: $200-250 USD (Minimum per person)

Food Expenses for a family of 2(+2): $400-500 USD (Monthly)
#Anonymous on Feb 06, 2015 :
The prices are a little lower than current prices now in Feb. 2015, and also the "average incoome" almost made me burst in laughter...that's waay too high, I would say "average" would be around $15,000 BEFORE taxes.
#Lucia on Feb 03, 2015 :
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.
* 1lt milk: it's also fixed by the state, $U19 (you can check at Tienda Inglesa, listed link here), when it says $17 on the page.

That's a 10% difference, and in non state-regulated prices, the difference is even bigger.
My point is, expect living costs 10-15% more expensive than listed here.
#Federico Paz on Jun 04, 2014 :
if someone is plannig to visit uruguay and need data just send me an email
#DroBuddy on May 09, 2014 :
All prices are in Uruguayan Pesos, and the prices listed above are for monthly expenses. This link is to Google's currency exchange rates from $U Pesos to USD (but can easily be changed to Euro, British Pound, Aussie Dollars, et al.

And, for the record, a quick search on Google (literally only took a few seconds) would have answered both of your questions, so please do your own due diligence next time. Albeit, I'm sure others will have the same question so I chose to answer real quick. But, honestly, if a quick search (or common sense) is too much of a hassle for you, then please don't consider moving to another country... You are just fine where you are now.
#D. Marcus on Mar 15, 2014 :
Are the comparisons done in USD$