Cost of Living in Santiago

Summary of cost of living in Santiago, Chile:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10,000.00 CL$ 6,000.00-15,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50,000.00 CL$ 32,000.00-140,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8,000.00 CL$ 7,000.00-9,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3,000.00 CL$ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4,000.00 CL$ 2,900.00-6,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2,712.20 CL$ 1,284.00-4,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,495.29 CL$ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1,195.00 CL$ 890.00-2,000.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4,477.03 CL$ 3,781.63-5,678.12
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,356.76 CL$ 898.11-2,531.05
Rice (white), (1 lb) 723.97 CL$ 453.59-974.77
Eggs (regular) (12) 3,653.34 CL$ 2,500.00-6,600.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4,642.29 CL$ 2,404.04-7,257.49
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2,789.31 CL$ 1,587.58-3,855.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5,271.48 CL$ 3,583.38-10,881.69
Apples (1 lb) 854.30 CL$ 453.59-1,310.88
Banana (1 lb) 701.50 CL$ 544.31-987.47
Oranges (1 lb) 760.46 CL$ 430.91-1,147.59
Tomato (1 lb) 771.58 CL$ 453.59-948.01
Potato (1 lb) 681.12 CL$ 272.16-1,088.62
Onion (1 lb) 603.82 CL$ 411.24-907.19
Lettuce (1 head) 1,053.33 CL$ 600.00-2,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,129.61 CL$ 700.00-1,890.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5,000.00 CL$ 3,500.00-8,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,315.67 CL$ 900.00-2,190.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,296.98 CL$ 990.00-4,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5,000.00 CL$ 4,000.00-7,000.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 800.00 CL$ 730.00-900.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40,000.00 CL$ 34,782.61-60,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 400.00 CL$ 350.00-600.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2,212.85 CL$ 1,046.07-3,218.69
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9,000.00 CL$ 7,000.00-15,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4,936.17 CL$ 4,656.06-5,659.19
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,000,000.00 CL$ 12,000,000.00-18,390,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,690,909.09 CL$ 16,700,000.00-21,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 140,570.92 CL$ 75,000.00-255,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 10,800.42 CL$ 8,000.00-15,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 20,035.20 CL$ 15,000.00-30,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36,536.00 CL$ 17,000.00-60,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18,507.89 CL$ 10,000.00-25,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5,700.00 CL$ 4,900.00-8,000.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 370,492.82 CL$ 300,000.00-500,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,268,930.00 CL$ 4,300,000.00-12,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49,634.94 CL$ 30,000.00-65,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29,717.73 CL$ 15,000.00-45,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 68,265.00 CL$ 45,000.00-110,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 72,033.60 CL$ 50,000.00-120,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 496,324.00 CL$ 362,652.00-700,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 418,132.60 CL$ 300,000.00-600,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 863,221.00 CL$ 600,000.00-1,250,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 742,333.33 CL$ 500,000.00-1,300,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 212,336.96 CL$ 120,772.95-325,157.93
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 226,491.30 CL$ 139,353.40-336,911.93
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 660,502.77 CL$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.28 4.00-7.00

Prices in Santiago

This city had 2019 entries in the past 12 months by 187 different contributors.
Last update: May 2024
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11 Comments so far
Stephanny on May 18, 2024:
Whatever you think you need to spend in Chile, triple it. I've been all over Europe, including Switzerland, and I am in shock. Even if you are actively trying to be mindful of your expenses, even if you live like a king wherever you come from, this country is not cheap. Currently in Santiago (this is May 2024).
Francesca on Apr 01, 2024:
Hi, question for people currently living in Santiago. How much would one spend on average for a month of grocery shopping, if they are careful with their economies, in your opinion?
William Heron on Feb 20, 2024:
This price chart is ridiculous. Where can you get a 500g loaf of bread for the price they are quoting in Santiago? Not in any supermarket I went to. Then the price they quote in London for 500g is stupidly expensive. A 800g loaf in London in most supermarkets in 45p to 50p yet they quote £1.50 for 500g? That's insane.
Danny on May 29, 2023:

I received an expat offer to relocate in Santiago, do you think 5000,000 CLp NET is good in Chile? I will not pay for housing either. I will be only moving with my partner no kids. will we have a good life and will we be able to save money too?
dr.zohaib on Apr 18, 2023:
If you have 5k us dollars, could you survive in chili for 6 months especially as an student who came for 1st time for fellowship,with somewhat cheaper rent and using public transportation
Anonymous on Jan 28, 2023:
I need sources of the average salary in Chile, please
Anonymous on Mar 02, 2022:
Hi Jim,

Regarding your question:

// Do you think 4,000,000 CLP per month can be good to have a good quality of life for a family of 4?

Answer: Mostly yes, but I think you won't be able to save much month over month
Rene on Mar 02, 2022:
There is a big misconception on mortgage interest rates. In Chile when you talk about interest rates are usually meant "real" rate while most countries work based on "nominal" rates. Rates on top of inflation are ~5,5% average for 20 years, while rates including inflation are currently 12,35%
Please fix and clarify
Jim K on Jan 26, 2022:
Hi, what about the actual cost post covid to be in Chile?
Do you think 4,000,000 CLP per month can be good to have a good quality of life for a family of 4?
Anonymous on Jan 13, 2021:
The economy has fallen apart in Santiago due to corona. Rent costs and purchasing a house hasn't lowered either for this reason. Mortgages have built-in graduating interest rates annually as in real-estate taxes too. So in order to meet increased rates annually rents etc cannot decrease. You must remember Chile was an upper middle class country for many years however since corona the majority of upper middle class has been depleted unfortunately.
Amaro Gomez on Jul 21, 2020:
Hope you are keeping well.
I am from Press, Channel13, a large private national network. We are trying to built a comparison of the cost of living in Chile. Do you have an expert voice that speaks Spanish? Please let me know. We do an equivalent show like Good Morning America, and would address this issue tomorrow morning.