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Cost of accommodation and utilities in Buenos Aires
Transport costs in Buenos Aires
Cost of schooling in Buenos Aires
Cost of food and clothing in Buenos Aires
Cost of health insurance in Buenos Aires
Food and clothing costs in Argentina
Supermarket prices for certain items are the same as in the UK and in many cases higher, as it is rare to find the sort of economy of scale deals that one would get in Europe and the States – the ‘two for the price of one’ type offers. If you have the time to shop around, particularly for fruit and vegetables, which are much cheaper from the roadside stalls, you can bring your grocery bill down; but this can be time-consuming and expats tend to follow the ‘one shop a week’ pattern rather than the daily food shop that the locals are used to.
Clothes are cheaper in Buenos Aires, but note that there is much more of a variety in the city than in the rural areas to the west of the capital.
Cost of living in Buenos Aires chart
|Furnished two-bedroom house||ARS 45,000|
|Unfurnished two-bedroom house||ARS 25,000|
|Furnished two-bedroom apartment||ARS 15,000|
|Unfurnished two-bedroom apartment||ARS 9,500|
|Milk (1 litre)||ARS 16|
|Dozen eggs||ARS 29|
|Loaf of white bread||ARS 26|
|Chicken breasts (1kg)||ARS 94|
|Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)||ARS 31|
|Big Mac Meal||ARS 110|
|Coca-Cola (500ml)||ARS 21|
|Bottle of local beer||ARS 38|
|Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant||ARS 560|
|Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)||ARS 5.11|
|Internet (Uncapped ADSL or Cable – average per month)||ARS 540|
|Utilities (water, elec, gas - average per month for standard household)||ARS 1,600|
|Hourly rate for a domestic cleaner||ARS 56|
|Taxi rate/km||ARS 20.92|
|City centre public transport fare||ARS 5.91|
|Petrol (per litre)||ARS 16.90|
Further reading►For more about about moving to the Argentina capital see Working in Buenos Aires.
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