Cost of Living in Porto Alegre

Summary about cost of living in Porto Alegre:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 R$ 16.00-24.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 90.00 R$ 70.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 R$ 20.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 R$ 6.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 14.00 R$ 10.00-18.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.16 R$ 4.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.19 R$ 3.00-6.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.62 R$ 2.00-4.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.15 R$ 8.29-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.82 R$ 2.72-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.32 R$ 0.98-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.75 R$ 4.50-8.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 12.17 R$ 10.89-13.61
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.24 R$ 4.31-6.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 12.00 R$ 9.07-13.61
Apples (1 lb) 2.39 R$ 1.81-3.17
Banana (1 lb) 1.61 R$ 1.36-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.47 R$ 1.36-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 2.27 R$ 1.81-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.36 R$ 1.13-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 1.56 R$ 1.36-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 2.06 R$ 2.00-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.71 R$ 2.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 R$ 20.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.94 R$ 2.50-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.70 R$ 6.00-15.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.50 R$ 6.00-9.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.30 R$ 4.05-4.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 175.10 R$ 100.00-255.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.18 R$ 5.00-5.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.17 R$ 4.17-4.17
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.31 R$ 18.31-18.38
Gasoline (1 gallon) 17.00 R$ 15.90-18.17
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 75,660.00 R$ 60,000.00-100,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 88,080.33 R$ 80,000.00-94,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 342.87 R$ 150.00-600.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.50 R$ 0.60-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 134.74 R$ 80.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 109.40 R$ 80.00-180.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 75.45 R$ 60.00-120.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 26.00 R$ 20.00-30.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,194.12 R$ 800.00-1,600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,980.00 R$ 12,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 216.04 R$ 150.00-300.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 159.95 R$ 100.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 321.12 R$ 220.00-450.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 235.91 R$ 179.00-300.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,050.00 R$ 700.00-1,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 890.45 R$ 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,152.63 R$ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,730.56 R$ 1,100.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 510.96 R$ 371.61-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 381.13 R$ 232.26-650.32
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,886.80 R$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.27 7.90-12.50

Prices in Porto Alegre

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Last update: November 2018
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6 Comments so far

#alex on Mar 28, 2018 :
- I've been living here in POA for just over a year. I can not compare with many places, but certainly would argue that property is certainly cheaper here than, say, Sao Paulo.
- As others have noted, expensive areas have expensive property. However, in a decent area you can find renting a small apartment at around 500 to 1000rs per month - the 500 end is usually bedroom/sittingroom/ kitchen combined What you have to watch out for is the condo charges, which can be really high, in some instances almost doubling the rent.
- I was surprised at the horrible and dirty state of some appartments up for rent. Very often, the photographs for the adverts are terrible, and I have never seen a floor plan, ever!
- my Sao Paulo friends say grocery shopping is more expensive here. I think shopping suffers from the Brazilian closed market - it's protectionist, which can be good for local producers, but also then lacks real competition and, in some cases, variety.
- I do find things locally expensive, considering the Brazilian average income. A lot of prices seem, to me, standard European, and sometimes more.
- as JD noted - the city suffers from a high crime rate, which, sadly, also makes the city less friendly - people are very guarded on the streets, and even in shops the retailers are often brusque ans rather non-customer orientated!
However, I still like being here!
#JD on Apr 12, 2017 :
Hi there,
Do not live in the city but travel here quite often and will give my point of view from that perspective. Mainly focused towards foreigners here.

- Brazil, except Rio de Janeiro is not set up for foreigners, that is a fact.
- No RG, no rent, no mobile phone (even prepaid), no nothing.
- To get the RG need to do proper visa paperwork so get on that way before you come here.
- Renting in POA is expensive or maybe not, if you compare to similar size city, i would say is slightly above average that is it. Of course foreigners tend to make a bit more than Brazilians.
- Gas is more ore less 1 USD per liter, and that is an international rule, if people complain, they will complain everywhere. The issue is not that but the inflation that erodes their buying power.
- Tolls, everywhere and expensive for the bad services they provide.
- Food you can get pretty much everywhere. Consider diet here is a bit different than you would expect. Lot of flour and fried stuff, way too much coke and similar brands.
- Renting will require you have a warranty in form of another property, this a very south american thing, even if you can pay you need to get that and if would have that, why would you be renting?. I have not checked if there is any pay and get warranty service as in some other countries, if there is take it, if not, here is a good idea for free.

At this time 2017, people say the word crisis every 5 minutes. They had an awesome 12 year party, they are just collectively paying the bill, this is a fact and anyone here 5 years ago could see this crash going to happen at some point. Most people are carrying huge credit card debt which they carelessly accumulated over the years.
The city crime rate has gone up in 2016, enough to make you conscious of where you go. Be careful.

- Airport is ok connected.
- Public transportation is really bad.
- Get a car? yes.

Good luck and enjoy!
#Bernardo Sulzbach on Mar 16, 2016 :
I would be agreeing with oraculodedelfos on this.

Pay attention to what John Twigger said, some places are very cheap, even reasonably big apartments, while other areas may cost up to 10 times more. You pay for your neighborhood, as it happens in most places over the World.

Regarding taste being awful, this is just too subjective to even argue against.

Gasoline is expensive, that is a fact.


Mary, your own argument deserves some credit. Taxation keeps many imported goods too expensive for the supermarkets and we end up with a lot of crappy stuff. However bad this is, you learn what you can't buy after some time.
#Mary on Dec 26, 2015 :
Sorry Oraculus, Art is right. Everything he said was exactly what happened, plus you have to be aware of quality of everything (soap, food etc.) it seams like Brasil protects the local market leaving the worst without variety.
#oraculodedelfos on Apr 07, 2015 :
I know everyone is entitled to share there thoughts in a open-minded, collaborative website, but I thought Art Johson was altogether disrespectful. I do not know what kind of deal he made in the city or if things did not go well with him in the city, but please, show some respect and do not generalize when you have no idea what you are talking about. Of course Numbeo is not perfect, it all pretty much depends on people's perception of what a middle range wine or a cheap restaurant is as well as how people assess price based on overly ample price range such as house/apartment square meter average purchasing. They have some criteria and prices tend to adjust as more and more people contribute. Also, there should be more specific information on each line, which could restrict and ease the understanding of the content and somehow generate more accurate information. I think it is fairly informative and might evolve into a more reliable tool as more contributors share their perceptions. Thank you Numbeo team!
#Art Johson on Feb 12, 2015 :
I have been all over the place, they are use to live in very confined spaces. It is ridiculous expensive, the rent will be around R$3,000 + Maintanece + tax. The places not are only little, the taste is awfull. At the end you will be paying around R$6,000 for a tiny apartment. Please do not believe in what ever says in here it is a big lie!
Also be aware of the gasoline price, it is double of whatever you pay in the US or R$ 12 a gallon!