Portugal Cost of living

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Cost of living

43% less expensive than United States

You would need around $855.00 (€721.03) in Portugal to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with $1,500.00 in United States (assuming you rent a place to live in both cities). This assumes net earnings (after income tax).


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Restaurants

27% less expensive than in United States

If you eat out 4x a week in an inexpensive, and 1x a week in a mid-range restaurant you will pay $24.02 less in Portugal ($50.98) than in United States ($75.00).

United States
Portugal
Difference
Meal (inexpensive restaurant)
$12.50
(€10.54)
$8.30
(€7.00)
-34%
Meal (2 people, mid-range, three-course)
$50.00
(€42.16)
$35.57
(€30.00)
-29%
McMeal at McDonalds
$7.00
(€5.90)
$6.52
(€5.50)
-7%

Groceries

41% less expensive than in United States

For monthly supply of groceries worth $250.00 in United States you will pay $102.50 less in Portugal ($147.50). If you are an average smoker (1 pack per day), you'll spend $27.81 less on cigarettes each month than in United States.

United States
Portugal
Difference
Milk (1 gallon)
$3.36
(€2.83)
$2.59
(€2.19)
-23%
Bread loaf (1 pound)
$2.31
(€1.94)
$1.07
(€0.91)
-53%
Rice (1 pound)
$1.69
(€1.42)
$0.42
(€0.36)
-74%
Eggs (12-pack)
$2.67
(€2.25)
$1.92
(€1.62)
-28%
Cheese (1 pound)
$4.84
(€4.08)
$3.86
(€3.26)
-20%
Chicken breasts (1 pound)
$3.94
(€3.32)
$2.81
(€2.37)
-29%
Beef round (1 pound)
$5.29
(€4.46)
$4.52
(€3.82)
-14%
Apples (1 pound)
$1.91
(€1.61)
$0.69
(€0.59)
-63%
Banana (1 pound)
$0.70
(€0.59)
$0.56
(€0.48)
-19%
Oranges (1 pound)
$1.77
(€1.49)
$0.54
(€0.46)
-69%
Tomato (1 pound)
$1.79
(€1.50)
$0.65
(€0.55)
-63%
Potato (1 pound)
$1.16
(€0.97)
$0.35
(€0.30)
-68%
Onion (1 pound)
$1.15
(€0.96)
$0.41
(€0.35)
-64%
Lettuce (1 head)
$1.55
(€1.30)
$0.98
(€0.83)
-36%
Drinks
Cappuccino
$3.86
(€3.25)
$1.37
(€1.16)
-64%
Coca-Cola/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle)
$1.72
(€1.45)
$1.36
(€1.15)
-21%
Water bottle (1.5 liter bottle)
$1.76
(€1.48)
$0.61
(€0.52)
-65%
Wine (bottle, mid-range)
$12.00
(€10.11)
$4.74
(€4.00)
-60%
Beer (0.5 liter bottle)
$2.06
(€1.73)
$1.06
(€0.90)
-48%
Other
Cigarettes (pack, Marlboro)
$6.50
(€5.48)
$5.57
(€4.70)
-14%

Transportation

36% less expensive than in United States

While using public transportation in Portugal using the monthly pass you'll end up paying $27.77 less than in United States. However, if you will be driving a car 20 mi on average each work-day, each month you'll spend $54.79 more on gasoline than in United States.

United States
Portugal
Difference
One-way ticket (local transportation)
$2.25
(€1.89)
$1.77
(€1.50)
-21%
Monthly pass (local transportation)
$70.00
(€59.03)
$42.23
(€35.62)
-40%
Taxi (start)
$3.00
(€2.52)
$4.03
(€3.40)
+35%
Taxi (1 mile)
$2.60
(€2.19)
$0.94
(€0.80)
-63%
Taxi (1 hour wait)
$29.25
(€24.66)
$17.54
(€14.80)
-40%
Gasoline (1 gallon)
$2.23
(€1.88)
$6.27
(€5.29)
+186%

Entertainment & shopping

20% more expensive than in United States
United States
Portugal
Difference
Gym membership (monthly)
$37.29
(€31.44)
$43.41
(€36.61)
+16%
Cinema ticket
$11.00
(€9.27)
$7.11
(€6.00)
-35%
Shopping
Jeans
$41.70
(€35.16)
$91.50
(€77.17)
+119%
Summer dress (chain store)
$34.97
(€29.49)
$33.29
(€28.08)
-5%
Nike running shoes
$73.69
(€62.14)
$82.47
(€69.55)
+12%
Men leather business shoes
$91.83
(€77.44)
$92.06
(€77.64)
+0%

Accommodation

54% lower rent than in United States

To buy an 915ft2 apartment in Portugal city centre you will need $166,774.83 which is $24,113.92 less than in United States ($190,888.75), however to buy one outside of the city centre you will need $112,518.05 which is $19,839.70 less than in United States ($132,357.75).

Rent (per month)
United States
Portugal
Difference
Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre
$1,196.61
(€1,009.11)
$538.28
(€453.94)
-55%
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre
$911.66
(€768.81)
$380.60
(€320.97)
-58%
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre
$1,963.44
(€1,655.79)
$981.89
(€828.05)
-50%
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre
$1,485.74
(€1,252.94)
$667.34
(€562.78)
-55%
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Apartment in city centre (price per ft2)
$208.63
(€175.94)
$182.28
(€153.72)
-13%
Apartment outside of centre (price per ft2)
$144.66
(€121.99)
$122.97
(€103.71)
-15%

Utilities

42% less expensive than in United States
United States
Portugal
Difference
Mobile call per minute (prepaid)
$0.11
(€0.090)
$0.18
(€0.16)
+78%
Internet (monthly)
$52.00
(€43.85)
$30.02
(€25.32)
-42%

Salary

67% lower than in United States
United States
Portugal
Difference
Salary (net after tax)
$2,900.77
(€2,446.25)
$948.54
(€799.92)
-67%
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