It’s so important to get an idea of how much the everyday items you need to maintain your life, such as groceries and utility bills, will cost once you arrive in Spain. This week heralds the annual Cost of Living survey, comparing the cost of living in Spain to what you may be used to in the UK. We used the exchange rate GBP/EUR: 1.28 from 18th May 2016.

Cost of living

How much does it cost to keep a fully stocked cupboard in Spain?

 

Grocery basket in the average supermarket Cost in Spain* Cost in UK** Comparison
Loaf of bread                                                                  £0.54 £0.89 Spain is 39% cheaper
12 medium eggs £0.94 £1.75 Spain is 46% cheaper
2 pints of milk £0.47 £1.00 Spain is 53% cheaper
1kg of apples £1.16 £2.00 Spain is 42% cheaper
1kg bananas £1.01 £0.68 Spain is 49% more expensive
500g tomatoes £0.36 £0.69 Spain is 48% cheaper
500g cheese £4.04 £2.50 Spain is 62% more expensive
500g chicken £0.85 £3.50 Spain is 76% cheaper
500g beef £5.04 £4.00 Spain is 26% more expensive
500g fresh fish £3.51 £6.75 Spain is 48% cheaper
1kg potatoes £0.62 £0.80 Spain is 23% cheaper
500g pasta £0.47 £0.59 Spain is 20% cheaper
500g standard cornflakes £1.55 £0.99 Spain is 57% more expensive
40g chocolate bar £1.09 £0.60 Spain is 82% more expensive
200g Instant coffee £3.87 £2.80 Spain is 38% more expensive
20 teabags £1.29 £0.75 Spain is 72% more expensive
Bottle of red wine £2.10 £6.50 Spain is 68% cheaper
Domestic beer £0.38 £1.13 Spain is 66% cheaper
1.75l Coca-Cola £1.10 £1.84 Spain is 40% cheaper
500ml washing up liquid £0.77 £0.59 Spain is 31% more expensive
100ml toothpaste £0.74 £1.50 Spain is 51% cheaper
40 wash laundry detergent £3.87 £9.00 Spain is 57% cheaper
12 x 400g dog food £1.09 £4.75 Spain is 77% cheaper
       
Home costs – comparing both a two bedroom apartment (monthly unless otherwise stated)   ***  
Electricity £50.78 £540 (yearly, so £45 monthly)† Spain is 13% more expensive
Internet £28.32 £20.77 Spain is 36% more expensive
Mobile phone tariff £24.96 £439 (yearly, so £36.59 monthly) Spain is 32% cheaper
Council tax (and other housing costs – annual) £33 £1200.61 (yearly) †† Spain is 67% cheaper
TV license  N/A £12.12  
Pool maintenance (if appropriate) £609

 

N/A  
       
Transport      
1 litre petrol £0.88 £1.09 Spain is 19% cheaper
1 litre diesel £0.80 £1.09 Spain is 27% cheaper
One way train ticket in large town £1.41 £2.30 Spain is 39% cheaper
Monthly train pass in large town £40.63 £60.00 Spain is 32% cheaper
Taxi starting tariff £1.83 £3.00 Spain is 39% cheaper
Taxi km/mile tariff in large town £0.84 £1.40 Spain is 40% more expensive
Car tax for the average five door hatchback ***** £21.88 £10.83††† Spain is 102% more expensive
                                                                                             
Social      
Three course set meal (for two) £17.18 £50.00 Spain is 66% cheaper
Glass of white wine £1.72 £4.50 Spain is 62% cheaper
Bottle of beer £1.95 £3.50 Spain is 44% cheaper
Cup of coffee £1.09 £2.51 Spain is 57% cheaper
Cinema ticket £5.47 £9.00 Spain is 39% cheaper
Gym membership (monthly) £33.60 £33.56 Spain is <1% cheaper
       
Insurance (annual)      
Property (for property outlined above) £81.00 £100 Spain is 19% cheaper
Car (for the average five door hatchback) £321.10 £400 Spain is 20% cheaper

 

*Grocery costs from Mercadona supermarket, all other costs from personal expat experience
** prices from Tesco.com, 18th May 2016
*** All UK housing, transport and social costs from www.numbeo.com unless otherwise stated.
****Please note: depends on engine size & “green” credentials.
† https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/annual-domestic-energy-price-statistics
††https://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Council-Tax-charges.aspx
††† www.dvla.gov.uk

 

 

 

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