Cost of Living in Buenos Aires

Expats moving to Buenos Aires will encounter an economy which has an unstable inflation rate and a tendency to fluctuate without warning. As a result of this, the cost of living in Buenos Aires tends to fluctuate a lot too.

In 2019, Buenos Aires ranked 133rd out of 209 cities in the Mercer Cost of Living Survey. This places it as more expensive than Montreal and Warsaw, but cheaper than Hong Kong and New York City.

Cost of accommodation in Buenos Aires

Accommodation in Buenos Aires can take up a large part of an expat's monthly budget. However, it tends to be cheaper than in other major capital cities.

Expats should be aware that if they choose to rent in Argentina, they will likely pay much more than what a local would. Expats will be required to provide a few months’ rent in advance and in some cases will also need a guarantor.

Cost of transport in Buenos Aires

Argentina no longer has its own automobile industry. This makes cars very expensive in the country as import tax is very high. Expats, however, will find that there are good quality second-hand cars available.  

Public transport in Argentina is exceptionally cheap.

Cost of schooling in Buenos Aires

Public education in Buenos Aires is inexpensive. However, international schools, the option most expats choose, can be very expensive. Annual tuition fees are high – some are all-inclusive but most don't include additional costs for uniforms, bus services, school lunches and excursions.

Cost of food and clothing in Buenos Aires

The price of supermarket food in Buenos Aires is comparable to what one would expect to pay in Western countries. However, there are items (for example, meat) that are less expensive. Clothing is very expensive in Buenos Aires, as are electronics, appliances and furniture. 

Cost of healthcare in Buenos Aires

Many expats find health insurance in Argentina to be inexpensive. General healthcare costs for things like doctor’s visits, hospital stays and non-prescription medicines are very low. 

Cost of living in Buenos Aires chart

Prices may vary depending on location and service provider. The table below is based on average prices in Buenos Aires for September 2019.  

Accommodation (monthly)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

ARS 30,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

ARS 25,000

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

ARS 17,000

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

ARS 13,000


Milk (1 litre)

ARS 54

Dozen eggs

ARS 90

Loaf of white bread

ARS 66

Chicken breasts (1kg)

ARS 230

Pack of cigarettes 

ARS 100

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

ARS 300

Coca-Cola (330ml)

ARS 64


ARS 94

Bottle of local beer 

ARS 110

Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant 

ARS 650


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)


Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

ARS 1,700

Utilities (average per month for standard household)

ARS 4,300

Hourly rate for a domestic cleaner

ARS 160


Taxi rate per km

ARS 24

City centre public transport fare

ARS 20

Petrol (per litre)

ARS 48

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