The Quick Guide To Understand Cost Of Living

in Barcelona in less than 5 Minutes. (Download PDF)


After living in Barcelona for two years, and having experience relocating to different countries, I went through most of the problems and challenges you can face during this process.

Working at a Human Resources Company, where we constantly help people with this, we get the same question very often:

How much does it cost to live in Barcelona?

Obviously is not a question with a precise answer. As every big city, normally you can adapt yourself to different ways of living. Therefore, while some people can maybe afford to commute to work by taxi every day, other would prefer to take the bike for instance.

 We have prepared this quick, visual and detailed guide for you to understand the costs you can expect before relocating to Barcelona. Feel free to take a look or to download it to have it anywhere offline. 


The Rent of a Flat or a Room in a Shared Flat in Barcelona.


It is very common to share a flat in Barcelona. Most of the people rent a room in a shared flat for 2-4 people. With an average price of 300€-450€ depending on the area, and with the expenses already covered. If you prefer to live around 30 minutes out of the city, you can even find cheaper prices and bigger rooms. I’ve seen prices from 200€.

On the other hand, if you rather prefer to have more privacy and your own flat, you can expect at least a minimum of 600€-700€ and if we speak about a maximum, well, I’d say that’s up to you.



Public Transport for Everyday Use.


Barcelona has the advantage of having plenty of options when it comes to commuting from one place to another.
I am actually impressed about how many people are using very alternative ways of moving around. 
The most common, probably the Metro and the Bus. You can find a full guide of the updated prices of the Public Transport in Barcelona in this link.
Besides this, bike, skateboards, electric boards and much more are normally another option to consider.



Food, Drinks & Supermarkets.


Let’s start with the morning. If you want to have a full Breakfast at a local Bar you can expect an average price of 4€. A cup of coffee costs around 1€-1,80€, a freshly made juice will be priced at about 2,5€ and a piece of cake, a sandwich or any other thing will normally cost about 1-3€. Currently, the most famous places for a good breakfast are Granier, 365 or El Fornet among others.

If we speak about lunchtime, the first thing you need to know is that in Spain we are used to having lunch around 2-3 pm. Regarding prices, it is very common to find what we call the Menu of the Day, el Menú del Día. Restaurants prepare a full menu every day and you can normally choose between different homemade plates. It includes a first plate, a second plate, a drink and a dessert or coffee and prices will be from 8€.


As for dinner, prices will be between 9-15€ per person at a normal restaurant.

If we speak about Supermarkets in Barcelona, you will rapidly notice that there are plenty of them. Between the most famous in terms of price + quality are Mercadona, LidlCondis, and Carrefour.

Find a whole detailed guide to download in the link bellow. and if you still have any question, drop us a quick email and we will reply to you within 24h!

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