Cost of Living in Barcelona

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Monthly Weekly
Rent (shared apt) €650 €150
Utilities €95 €22
Groceries €290 €67
Transportation €29 €7
Net Income €1,500 €346
Expenses €1,064 €245
Savings €436 €101

Last updated: Barcelona, Feb 2024

With a monthly net income (after tax) of €1,500, our Barcelona cost of living calculator estimates that a single individual will spend around €1,064 per month on accommodation and basic expenses.

To make our calculator easy to use, we've integrated a few assumptions about your personal situation, such as choosing to live close to the city centre and opting for public transportation. It also excludes the cost of leisure activities and entertainment, since that depends on your individual preferences.

Below, you will find a detailed breakdown of all expenses by category.

Our calculator recommends renting a room in a shared apartment: €650

It is generally advised to keep accommodation costs to around a third of your monthly gross income (before tax). However, with rental prices in Barcelona rising over 12% in the past 12 months, following this guideline may be unrealistic.

To keep things practical and hopefully allow for some savings, our calculator's suggestions are limited to shared rooms and 1-bedroom apartments. However, you can select your preferred accommodation type in the Advanced Options Advanced Options section and check how it affects your budget.

The table below outlines average rental rates for apartments near Barcelona's city centre, particularly reflecting the Eixample district, adjacent to the Old City (Ciutat Vella). In neighborhoods that are further away, you can expect prices to be 15% – 20% lower.

Source: Idealista January 2024 Report |
Apartment Type Average Monthly Rent
3-Bedroom €1,800
2-Bedroom €1,600
1-Bedroom €1,300
Shared Apartment €650

Average monthly utility bill for one person renting a room in a shared apartment: €95

In Spain, rental agreements typically do not include utilities. When renting a room in a shared apartment, utility costs may be included, but it's important to confirm exactly which expenses are covered.

Our calculator includes the typical costs for standard utilities (electricity, gas, water), Internet and a phone plan. It also factors in the suggested accommodation type for your budget and whether you are living alone or not.

Expense Average Monthly Cost
Utilities (shared apartment) ½ × €130
Internet ½ × €30
Phone Plan 1 × €15

Average monthly grocery bill for one person: €290

Compared to rent, groceries in Barcelona are relatively affordable, with a wide variety of options to choose from. The average adult spends around €290 monthly on groceries, while the cost for couples living together rises to approximately €471 per month.

It's important to note that these figures can vary widely. The total amount you spend will depend on factors like how often you cook at home, the types of groceries you buy, and your spending habits on daily essentials like toiletries and household items.

Below, you'll find a list of some common grocery items along with the typical prices you can expect to see in Barcelona supermarkets like Mercadona.

Item Average Price
Loaf of Bread €0.90
12 Medium Eggs €2.00
1 L (1 qt) of Milk €0.85
1 kg (2.2 lb) of White Rice €1.30
1 kg (2.2 lb) of Local Cheese €8.50
1 kg (2.2 lb) of Whole Chicken €3.90
1 kg (2.2 lb) of Apples €1.90
750 ml (25.3 oz) Bottle of Mid-Range Wine €6.95
330 ml (11.2 oz) Can of Local Beer €0.80

Monthly Barcelona public transport cost for one person: €29

Getting around Barcelona is surprisingly straightforward, thanks to an expansive network of buses, metros, taxis, bike rentals, and electric scooters. Since public transport is efficient and very affordable, it is uncommon for residents to own a car.

When computing monthly expenses for Barcelona, our cost of living calculator factors in the price of a monthly pass (T-usual travel card) for 2 zones, which covers most of the city.

Source: TMB Tickets and fares |
Ticket Type (Adult) Price
Single ticket €2.55
10 Journeys, 2 Zones (T-casual travel card) €23.90
Monthly Pass, 2 Zones (T-usual travel card) €28.75

Budget left after basic expenses: €436

Whether you're a foodie, a culture enthusiast, or looking for eclectic nightlife, Barcelona offers a rich variety of experiences that cater to all tastes and preferences.

Since our cost of living calculator focuses on essential expenses, it doesn't include dining out and leisure costs, as they vary widely based on personal preferences. To give you an idea, the table below outlines the average prices you can expect in Barcelona.

Activity Average Price
Meal in a Mid-Range Restaurant (Excl. Drinks) €20€35
Big Mac Meal at McDonald's €9.65
Local Beer in a Bar €3€5
Latte at Starbucks €4.30
Cinema Ticket €8.50
Monthly Gym Membership €40.00

The information provided on this site is intended for informational purposes only.
Please consult a qualified specialist such as an accountant or tax advisor for any major financial decisions.