Cost of Living in Sao Paulo

Summary about cost of living in Sao Paulo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.84 € 4.50-7.87
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 33.72 € 22.48-44.96
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.07 € 5.62-6.74
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.80 € 1.12-2.25
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.37 € 2.25-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 1.48 € 1.12-2.02
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.06 € 0.67-1.35
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.73 € 0.45-1.12
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.97 € 2.38-3.83
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.24 € 0.82-1.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.43 € 0.31-0.71
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.54 € 1.03-2.25
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.99 € 2.04-4.08
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.30 € 0.92-1.84
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.82 € 2.04-4.08
Apples (1 lb) 0.60 € 0.46-0.82
Banana (1 lb) 0.47 € 0.31-0.61
Oranges (1 lb) 0.42 € 0.27-0.71
Tomato (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.41-0.82
Potato (1 lb) 0.38 € 0.25-0.51
Onion (1 lb) 0.38 € 0.25-0.61
Lettuce (1 head) 0.65 € 0.45-1.12
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.67 € 0.45-0.90
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.74 € 5.62-8.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.03 € 0.67-1.69
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.58 € 1.35-4.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.08 € 2.02-2.25
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.97 € 0.90-0.97
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 43.68 € 38.57-60.69
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.01 € 0.92-1.24
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.99 € 0.99-1.81
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 7.42 € 7.42-9.27
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.63 € 3.40-4.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,107.13 € 14,611.34-22,478.98
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,306.82 € 17,980.93-22,478.98
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 47.56 € 25.14-78.68
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 € 0.11-0.45
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25.09 € 17.98-33.72
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.67 € 15.74-56.20
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.73 € 16.86-44.96
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.87 € 6.74-8.99
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 349.40 € 179.83-561.97
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,893.56 € 4,271.01-14,611.34
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 46.23 € 26.97-67.44
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.01 € 22.48-56.20
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.85 € 56.20-112.39
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 59.85 € 37.99-89.92
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 435.51 € 269.75-674.37
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 305.05 € 202.31-449.58
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 850.30 € 561.97-1,348.74
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 598.13 € 404.62-786.76
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 224.46 € 167.07-298.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 147.28 € 104.42-208.83
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 514.67 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.42 1.89-2.92

Prices in Sao Paulo

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Last update: April 2019
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34 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Mar 14, 2019 :
Brazil currency is screwed nothing is cheap RACHAEL is right 1,881 R$ no way in city center
#Rachael on Feb 08, 2019 :
average rent 1881 R$ in city center??? maybe without condominio or in a very fucked up building. These datas are not accurate.
#Mikael on Jan 19, 2019 :
Hey. Is 3700BRL a month enough money for food, public transportation and a phone plan for a single person in SP? Will I live comfortably with this amount?
#XxEvianxX on Jun 05, 2018 :
After my graduation in linguistic mediation (languages),
I would like to move to Brazil and look for a job as a teacher! Is it a good deal?
#J on May 20, 2018 :
If you’re planning to live in Sao Paulo, please dont do it. You will regret for the rest of your life. Stay where you are right now, it’s probably better.
Me as a brazilian born and raised in sao paulo, dont recommend, in fact im trying to move to another country. Brazil is over.
#Doug Oliveira on Dec 04, 2017 :
We are facing in Brazil a harsh political situation, economic breakdown and market volatility. If you plan to come soon please, rethink your prospects regarding your lifelong goals. The government is crashing us hard, with previdentiary refit and new brazilian labor (out)law reform. (more or less changed during the course of acceptance in the senate:

Pay attention, also, to the fact that the criminality has escalated on a surge rate due to the massive unemployability rate.

The worst of all this, is the fact that our science and technology fund system has been collapsed:

So, forget to do R&D here, don't get fooled by despaired hiring staff's seeking mad for workforce all the world around. Cheers!
#David on Oct 14, 2017 :
The 7000 reais is **not a net income from Oct.7 post.
In dollar is $1768 US dollars per month is middle to lower middle class lifestyle. To be living blocks away from even more crime than what is the norm is likely, thus, be alert of location of where your 4 month life is going to be.

Negotiate more than this amount before taxes. São Paulo
is first world/developed city for 2 million people. The other 11 million are struggling as in comparison of New Delhi.
Which IT do you desire to experience? My city in USA pays 37000 Real per month or $11700 US dollars per month. You are worth more than 7000 Reais, forcefully request what you are worth.
#PS on Oct 07, 2017 :
Does your package include housing? If not, I guess 7.000 reais net salary per month is enough for a decent stay and food, but you won't save any money.

Of corse, it all depends on your hability to manage money and what you consider being "decent", though going out in this city isn't cheap.

Good luck on your stay in Brasil!
#Rahul on Sep 21, 2017 :
hi, i am an IT guy from India and i have an assignment in SP for the next 4 months. My package is 7000 BReal without taxes. Will i be able to afford decent stay and food during my time of stay here?
will there be enough money to save or will i be spending all my money here?
#Medeiros on Jul 15, 2017 :
If I were you, I'd think twice before landing in São Paulo.
If you intend to work there as a CEO, manager, supervisor, doctor or a top engineer, your life will be reasonable good. I mean, net salaries over R$6000 are good enough for Brazil. Of course, you'd need to find a rent of max R$2000, which means a working-class neighborhood.
However, social inequality is the main trouble there. Everything is made for the rich ones. I mean, you MUST be rich to make ends meet.
As the rich ones don't care of paying a fortune for anything, the prices are always high.
Everything here is more expensive, including food, although Brazil is the food top producer.
As a result of this inequality, São Paulo is violent. There are many no-go zones, even next to luxurious neighborhoods.
A solution is living in the surrounding cities. But our network transport system is inefficient and overcrowded. Not to say that if you commute by car, our traffic is the worst in Brazil and most drivers are crazy murders and you might be robbed at traffic lights. I forgot to mention that our gas is the worst of the world and one of the most expensive.
If you knew that many people have already left Sao Paulo because living there was not worth, I'd ask for a huge salary. If the employer doesn't want to pay it, you stay at you are. Easy, isn't it?
Unfortunately, the city itself keep the poorest ones away.
#Juno on Jun 14, 2017 :
The website says the average salary in São Paulo after tax is R$2,247.27. THIS A MASSIVE JOKE! Most (working class) people I know do not make more than R$2000,00 per month. I would say R$1600 is a more realistic number... but never forget loads of people still work under the minimum wage which is currently R$937,00.
#Maris on Apr 09, 2017 :
To people who are considering moving to Sao Paulo, beware to the continuous hike of living cost.

First, it really depends on your lifesytle & location that you are staying. If you are staying in Sao Paulo (Centro), cost of living are much higher than neighboring city. The amount you are willing to spend will determine if you're going to heaven or hell.

A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost you R$15-R$20. Where as high-end restaurant can cost you up to R$100 - R$200. (Per person)

Been living in Sao Paulo for 4 years. I used to spend around R$2500-R$3000 in 2013, today accounts to a spending of R$4000-R$4500 (Barely maintain the same quality/standard I had in 2013). Excluding Rent.

To give you an idea, cost of my electricity bill used to be R$40, now, I'm paying R$120. With the same amount of usage...

Take a look at the bus fare, it certainly reflect the ridiculous hike of price here in Brazil.
#Anonymous on Mar 17, 2017 :

haha welcome to brazil ! thats our reality unfortunately, you guys should quickly find a job and move to australia! dont waste more time in brazil ! all that you mention is true and also you forgot about the security problem. i am moving to japan soon.
#Sandy on Mar 05, 2017 :
What is the average expenditures in Brazil to Live with ?
Can I expect daily expenses to be around 40 Euros (excluding Apartment) ? I will there is Sao Paulo for the period of only 1 week
#Joris on Jan 23, 2017 :
@Jorge Sánchez

This is a good deal. Pinheiros is a relatively safe neighborhood.
Check the coverage of the health insurance.
#Jorge Sánchez on Jan 21, 2017 :
I am a single guy moving to Sao Paulo on July 2017. I got a job as a teacher. The offer goes as follows: R$108,400 yearly salary (after taxes, private insurance, social security and pension deducted). They give a 60sq m apartment (in a building with party room, gym, pool, and sport court included) at the Pinheiros area as a benefit (which I don´t pay), 15min walk from school. Utilities are my responsibility. Is this a good deal? Is that area safe? Will I be able to walk around safely? I would really appreciate your help. THANKS!
#Anderson Carlos D. Sanches on Jan 16, 2017 :
@Xavier: Good school: R$ 1300 / child. Weak school: R$ 650. Top school: R$ 2500
#Kevin Barnes on Nov 11, 2016 :
In Brazil, City Centers are usually bad, and poor. In Sao Paulo for example, the most luxurious areas are outside the city center, and the center is where there are old buildings and a lot of poverty. So, when you see "City Center" apartment costs in Sao Paulo, they look unrealistic. You should classify as First Class Property, Medium-Class Property and Working Class Property. The same is true for a lot of cities in the world (Rio, Mexico DF etc).
#Xavier on Aug 07, 2016 :
How much would I need to pay private school for my three kids in Sao Paulo? They are between 6 and 9 years old.
#Ioannis on Jun 06, 2016 :
Only for the purpose of guidance for those who wish to come and live in Sao Paulo: I am Brazilian, I was born and live in Sao Paulo, I'm 55 years old, I am an architect and I live in Alto de Pinheiros, next to Vila Madalena, we can consider two neighborhoods of middle leg. My salary is approximately 8,000 R$/month. To close my accounts of the month I need help from my wife. Our monthly cost is approximately 14,000 R$/month and we have an outstanding standard of living. When (when) we go out to eat is mostly in Shopping malls. The apartment in which we live is our property (2 bedrooms, living room and a garage, total 70 square meters), we have two low-standard vehicles (a Gol anda a an old Fiesta) , we need daily from internet and cell phone services which in Brazil are very expensive and of poor quality. Without at least a car, a cell phone, and a computer, you are nothing in Sao Paulo, so forget come here. Who imagines that live with quality in the most simple neighbourhoods, our which can be considered a privileged neighborhood, is deluding yourself. Attention, quality in Brazil is not the same in Europe or United States. Good luck to all.
#Vimal on Apr 09, 2016 :
Im a nd indian in relationship with a sao Paulo girl. going to her...she is a nurse...I ill be only 21 years old...I ill not have a job. Is it possible to live with a nurse...whats the salary of a nurse there..a lab technician. ..please tell me guys...
#Reinaldo Gomes on Mar 21, 2016 :
I was born in Sao Paulo and live here for 30 years now, though I'm planning to move on to Canada. Currently, I'm managing to live off my R$2.000 (1.600 after discounts) salary. And still I have to milk it for a little saving if I want to get to Canada someday. That's only possible as I live quite next to the slums, on my own, and I'm not paying for a rent since I live in my relative's house.
If you're coming to Sao Paulo, by all means, you should totally avoid living in Berrini/Vila Olimpia unless you're filthy rich, as these are THE most expensive places over here.

You foreigners who are invited to have a job over here are most likely getting TOP salaries (anything above R$5.000). MOST of the population has a salary lesser than R$3.000, with the average being way, way below that. The prices listed here are about right. But the stating that "cost of living is higher/lower than in X country" is absurdly wrong.

I would say R$3.000 is the very minimum for a single person, with an awful quality of life. R$5.000 should be totally ok for a single person living midway between "most expensive places" and the slums, having minimal fun on free time and decent quality of life (comparing to other people here, not other countries!!), but little to nothing to spare.

So, many people manage to survive over here with R$2.000 or less, while some other think R$10.000 isn't enough. It's up to you to find a neighbourhood/lifestyle where your salary fits in.
My final advice is: if you're not getting paid at least 3x more in reais than you were in dollar, don't even bother coming here.
#Adri on Mar 18, 2016 :
Hi, Pazenha!

Take a look at some apartments to rent in the region you want:

Some terms translated to help you understand the ads:
quartos = bedrooms
suíte = bedroom with bathroom
vaga = parking lot

The text written by Lila just right below yours is very accurate about the cost of living here in Brazil.

If you have questions, just write here and I try to help you.
#Pazenha on Mar 16, 2016 :
Hi all,
I received a proposal to work In S.Paulo and We ar moving from Stockholm Sweden with my wife and a small baby. The package of proposal is 9000 reais as basic salary and a few extras that We didnt put In contract including nanny for our baby and Travel to Europe 2 times a year. Since The Company is In Vila Olímpia área , I want rent something near around. From beginning we will stay In flat that provided by company until we find at least two bedroom apartment.
My question is: Our life In Stockholm it is in middle class. We are iquite simple but We like eat good stuff specially more keen of ekologist stuff , we want to maintance to have basic needs such mobile Internet , I understand the electricity and water will expensive compare to Stockholm , please help guys Do you think 9000 as basic can be enough for me and family?

Many thanks,
#Lila on Feb 13, 2016 :
Hello I am an Australian living here in São Paulo with my Brazilian fiancé who is a biomedical researcher, I work a little bit teaching but we mainly live off his salary which is $6000 reais per month. This isn't enough for us to live comfortably by comparison with a 1st world country. We live in a small apartment smaller than I've ever lived and not even in a nice area of the city just average. We spend $300 every 5 days at the supermarket and this is our main treat as we like to buy fresh produce. We mainly eat at home and we still have no money left to save. We don't go out much as we can't afford it. Neither of us have health insurance and we don't buy any clothes or personal items here as they are frightfully expensive. Anything imported here costs a fortune. For anyone thinking to come here with a family living off $6000 a month right now is crazy, as just a couple we struggle. Cost of living has gone up a lot with the economic situation here. Also you often can't rely on employers to pay salaries on time. I really don't know how people with more simple jobs afford to live here. I can only assume they live in a favela. We can't afford to travel anywhere or eat at nice restaurants maybe once a month? and when you do decide to go and do something in this city you battle with crowds of people doing the same thing, bad traffic and some of the worst drivers in the world. Brazil is a country of beauty and nice to see for tourism but living in their cities is not a good lifestyle at all unless your earning double what we earn to have a fancy apartment and so you can travel to get away from the dirty hectic city life. Sorry but I would deter people from choosing to come here unless they are highly paid as I feel living off $6000 a month we are still poor. Not as poor as millions of people I know but there's nothing worse than only having enough to eat and put a roof over your head with minimal luxuries.
#oldshark on Jan 19, 2016 :
hello to everybody! I'm italian and living in São Paulo since 2011. Just to present some real data we need to consider that this town has an area of more than 1,5 MILLIONS KM² AND MORE THAN 20 MILLION PEOPLE... and some 92 bairros (districts)... the most populated, Graujaú, has more than 0,5 mio people while Marsilac, the smallest, has only a bit more than 12.000....

Now...depending were you decide to live, you can rent a small house of 40/60 sqm for just less than 1.000 Reais (today 250 $) or a large luxury house of 320 sqm, like this one below,

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for 8.000 reais (today 2.000 $)... or even 30.000 reais for a 450 sqm house...

I have spent some 350 reais for meal in a top restaurant but also eated with 15 reais for a PF..prato feito (meal of the day) in a supersimple lanchonete..

So my friends...the choice is any part of the world... the real only bad, bad thing here criminalty..impressive...and they don't dare dare to kill... every car here has black, non transparent windows...and at night, in some areas, you can cross with the red... not forget..if you do not have a will live your weekends in a shopping center... but there you can buy a jeans for just 10$..but also a Levy"s one for 80$ your choice!!!.. good luck here
#Marcos Marins on Jan 13, 2016 :
#Anand, if you dont have to pay for rent, then it's ok. I live in são Paulo for 10 years and rent prices around Berrini are quite high. Keep in mind that it's ok to manage in and around with normal expenses.
If you need help with information about são Paulo, Just let me know.
#Anand on Jan 13, 2016 :
Hi Everyone,
I will be moving to SAO PAULO on business assignment for one year with salary been 5700BRL. Is it manageable in and around Berrini, SA. Please help with your comments
#Juliana on Nov 25, 2015 :
I'm Brazilian and I live in São Paulo. The prices are more or less correct
#Anonymous on Jun 30, 2015 :
The best way to save money if you're there for a short stay and you're American is to put most of your money in an American bank account and use your debit card. The curren
#RealityCheck on Jun 16, 2015 :
Not to be a total wet blanket, but costs in Sao Paulo vary significantly depending on the area you live and because the very definition of "decent" is intrinsic. For the same quality of life I had in Santa Cruz, CA, in Sao Paulo, it would be necessary R$35000/month approximately.

One can estimate the value of a regular apartment between R$7000 and R$14000 per square meter. Rent will cost 0.5% to 1.5% of that. I'd say that, for a two bedroom apartment in an OK area, one would fork around R$4 to R$5000 (rent + water + electricity + condo tax + city tax).

Another couple of thousands for groceries (if nothing too exotic comprises your menu - that would drive the prices up)

Also, for parents: private schools aren't cheap and, in my opinion, they are indispensable. Depending where in Sao Paulo one lives they could cost up to R$4000 times 13 per year per kid.

I'd say that, if one is middle-class in a 1st world country, he would need some R$25000 per month to keep the same quality of life in São Paulo. However, if moving from a 3rd world country, less would be needed.

Same as #Carolina Scagliotti, I'd disagree with those that estimate a decent living in Sao Paulo for less than 5000.
#Carolina Scagliotti on Jun 11, 2015 :
#Maxwel and I hope Im not too late, but I have to disagree with Andrew.

$4100 will barely cover your rent/condominio/services such as water, eletricity and phone, transportation and maybe groceries.
School! This is a big deal... Are you willing to send your kids to a public school? If not, private schools starts at 1500 plus...books and other materials.
Travel...everyone dream while staying in SP... A weekend at the beach for 4 will be around 400.
Consider you ll need twice the offer
#Carolina Scagliotti on Jun 11, 2015 :
hi, i am an IT guy from India and i have an assignment in SP for the next 2 months. My package is 7665 BReal without taxes. Good
Will i be able to afford decent stay and food during my time of stay here? Yes
will there be enough money to save or will i be spending all my money here? Maybe, depends if you rush into nightlife and resto or stay at home.
#Anonymous on Jun 11, 2015 :
#Luisa yes 8000 is not bad. Condo does not include electricity and water.