Cost of Living in Rio de Janeiro

Summary about cost of living in Rio de Janeiro:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 R$ 20.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 R$ 80.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 R$ 23.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 R$ 6.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.00 R$ 10.00-20.00
Cappuccino (regular) 6.23 R$ 4.00-9.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 5.14 R$ 4.00-6.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.04 R$ 2.00-4.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 13.87 R$ 11.36-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.67 R$ 4.08-7.26
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.64 R$ 1.36-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.23 R$ 4.00-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 10.85 R$ 5.44-13.61
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.19 R$ 4.54-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 11.31 R$ 8.16-15.20
Apples (1 lb) 2.56 R$ 1.81-3.63
Banana (1 lb) 2.02 R$ 1.36-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 2.12 R$ 1.36-3.63
Tomato (1 lb) 2.25 R$ 1.36-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 1.60 R$ 0.91-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.64 R$ 1.36-2.72
Lettuce (1 head) 2.70 R$ 2.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3.21 R$ 2.00-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 32.50 R$ 25.00-42.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.13 R$ 3.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.27 R$ 7.99-15.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 R$ 8.00-10.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.95 R$ 3.80-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 180.00 R$ 140.00-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.50 R$ 5.00-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.02 R$ 4.00-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 31.50 R$ 30.00-31.50
Gasoline (1 gallon) 18.73 R$ 17.03-19.27
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 74,995.00 R$ 45,000.00-100,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 87,306.18 R$ 80,000.00-100,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 368.39 R$ 200.00-600.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.45 R$ 1.00-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 120.20 R$ 80.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 142.83 R$ 89.90-250.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 96.33 R$ 45.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 30.00 R$ 25.00-40.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,826.32 R$ 1,000.00-2,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 46,295.65 R$ 18,000.00-66,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 210.36 R$ 100.00-300.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 154.23 R$ 90.00-250.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 329.60 R$ 250.00-400.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 263.82 R$ 199.00-350.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,797.79 R$ 1,300.00-2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,228.57 R$ 800.00-1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,646.43 R$ 2,500.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,502.08 R$ 1,700.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,044.70 R$ 743.22-1,486.44
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 657.87 R$ 464.51-929.02
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,933.60 R$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.41 8.00-11.75

Prices in Rio de Janeiro

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Last update: December 2018
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17 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Aug 13, 2018 :
So many brazillians have left this country to marry into europe or the united states. Years and years and years. If the locals dont want to live here, why would anyone else?
#pt on Mar 22, 2018 :
how much does the average Brazilian earn, dang these prices are high
#PS on Jul 28, 2017 :
@Paty It really depends on what you are planning to do and where are you going to stay. Going to the beach, parks and forest is for free. Nice restaurants and rent can skyrocket. Local beer at a bar (€2-3) and public transportation (€1 subway and bus, uberX is €0,33/km) are cheap if u compare to Europe. If you provide more info I could help you make an estimate.
#ibrahim azad on Jul 10, 2017 :
how much would a cheap t-shirt be and an imported one.....
#ibrahim on Jul 10, 2017 :
Pls i want help...I want to ask about the prices of second hand android tablets in Rio de Janeiro.
#Davi on Mar 28, 2017 :
Average salary in Rio de Janeiro is 1200 reais, you can't live in a decent place with this ridiculous money, because with taxes you receive 1020 reais net. Extremely dangerous and public healthy system don't work, if you get sick it's better don't have a real problem if not... you'll die. Don't have doctors nor structure to help. To buy enough food for a family gonna pay at least 450 reais. To live in a people surrounded by slums controled by drug dealers at least 600 to 800 reais. Paying the light, if you don't steal energy as happen in slums, gonna pay more 100 to 200 reais. Public education doesn't exist, students of high school don't know basic maths. It's a fuc... place, extremely dangerous, expensive and salaries can't afford to physiological needs. My advice as a citzen, run to the hills (run away from this country forgotten by god and controlled by devil.)
#HPP on Jan 02, 2017 :
I think the prices you listed are accurate enough but as for house renting you may expect huge variation. I live in the most expensive area of Rio (Leblon) and even here prices for a good two or three bedrooms varies. If the apartment is close to the beach (one block away) it will cost high but if you pick un apartment of the same size three to four blocks away prices will bo much lower, near half the price. Other aspect that have to be considered is how old the building is. There are very good apartments in older buildings with only one elevator or without car parking space that will be a bargain, even in Leblon or Ipanema.
#Chris on Jan 31, 2016 :
I left Rio last year. It is horrendously and ridiculously expensive. Phone, electricity, tomatoes, mangos, you name it - the place is ridiculously costly. I don't know how the locals cope. And yes, live CENTRAL (Zona Sul) or you will be commuting all day long (at least it's not Sao Paulo.) If you have a choice, live in a smaller city - Petropolis is an hour from Rio and very pleasant - of course it is not by the beach. The Rio beaches are not incredible anyway.....
#Anonymous on Dec 08, 2015 :
Vegetarians like myself should notice that the options for this kind of diet are not abundant in restaurants here, but you can almost always find an option on the menu.
#Anonymous on Dec 08, 2015 :
Regular bus fares in Rio cost R$ 3,40; the underground / subway fare is R$ 3,70 per trip.
#Anonymous on Dec 08, 2015 :
Gasoline prices in Rio are usually between R$ 3,60 and R$ 4,10 per liter (in Zona Sul area usually above R$ 3,80). Ethanol is cheaper, although people generally say "it's not worthy" (still it's less harmful for the environment!)
#Samuel on Dec 07, 2015 :
My brother and I are thinking about moving to Rio. I was hoping to gain more information as too what places would be best for us. We do not have alot of money but plan on moving with about 5000USD
#H on Jul 06, 2015 :
How much is a large beer in a popular central part of rio
#Leo Hung on May 20, 2015 :
I live in Rio since I was born. The prices listed in this site are "almost" accurate. Food, clothing and transportation prices are spot on (can be lower if you know the right places to shop, of course).

Housing prices and rent are a bit "high", probably because people are considering the South Zone, which is way too expensive. If they check neighborhoods in the North Zone (not so fancy, but increasing in popularity due to its cost x benefit issue), rents tend to be lower (around 1.500~1800 BRL for a two bedroom small apartment), plus you have the subway, cabs (taxi), buses and whatnot to EVERYWHERE. Example: Metro (subway) to South zone from Tijuca (a nice North Zone neighborhood) takes around 45 minutes end to end. Not much considering it takes almost triple of that time if you take the bus on rush hour...

So, if you don't care for
#CSMRH on Mar 31, 2015 :
The price index on this website is much too low for people considering a move to Rio. It is preferable to live in safe, secure areas which would be Zona Sul or "South Zone". Rent prices, supermarket prices, restaurant prices are much higher here. The utility prices have risen sharply over the last few months. If you want to be comfortable in your apartment and you run your A/C, "BE PREPARED TO PAY"! It is unbelievable how much electricity cost even when using only single room A/C control compared to Whole House Central A/C. Additionally, there are some remarks about rents being lower in other areas. Take into consideration that these areas may require a car or the more expensive taxi because they are not serviced well by public transport. Then take into consideration the "TIME" of your commute due to traffic congestion! Sometimes it is better to live closer to the job unless you want to spend 3 to 4 hours a day on your roundtrip commute. That said, Rio De Janeiro is extremely expensive and this website does not begin to give accurate estimates of the Real Cost of Living here!
#Godzilla on Feb 09, 2015 :
Hi Tim. In answer to your question, the prices for clubs during carnival are about 4 times more expensive to get in compared to any other time of the year. Prices during carnival aren't really reflective of prices throughout the year. Expect to pay about US$80 to get into a good club that will be popular. Expect accommodation (hotels, airbnb etc.) to cost about double any other time of the year during carnival.
#Tim on Dec 31, 2014 :
Hello all,

I am coming over for the carnival, what are the prices like to get into Nightclubs?