Living in Barcelona: how much does it cost?

Have you ever dreamed about living in Barcelona? We’re not lying when we say that this unique city simply has it all. From its Roman past to its stunning architecture, the presence of great artists such as Picasso and Gaudí, its great culture and arts scene, and not to mention its all-year-round great climate.

But, we hear you ask, does all this come at a price? Whether you’re coming to study, work, retire, or simple to enjoy the beautiful surroundings – this article aims to shed some light on the cost of living in Barcelona. We cover various areas of life in Barcelona so you can come prepared, however the true cost of living can depend on many factors.

Living in Barcelona costs and Barcelona beaches

Living in Barcelona: renting a flat in Barcelona

If you’ve finally made the decision to take the leap and move to Barcelona, on the top of your list is finding somewhere to live.

Before you arrive, browse our range of apartments here where you are sure to find an apartment that not only suits your needs, but also feels like a home away from home.

With both short-term and long-term rental options, our city apartments are perfect for those who can’t wait to experience Barcelona’s urban lifestyle.

Our city apartments boast privileged locations throughout the city – meaning you have everything you need within walking distance: museums and galleries, restaurants and bars, and great transport connections.

For long-term business stays, we also recommend our executive apartments – they’re perfect for ensuring efficiency and comfort when work is your number one priority.

Barcelona apartments for rent for monthly rentals - Living in Barcelona

From apartments with private terraces and hot tubs or one-bedroomed chic and sophisticated spaces, we have something to suit everyone’s needs. Still can’t decide? Check out our article here with our handpicked recommendations.

Before you make your choice, discover the best spots to live in Barcelona here. With a top-of-the-range apartment located one of the city’s exclusive areas, living in Barcelona has never been easier.

What’s more, our staff will guarantee you’ll feel at home from day one and are on hand to offer advice and tips to welcome you to this fantastic city. We are also working non-stop to ensure your safety and that of our staff with our Covid-19 measures.

Living in Barcelona: is food expensive in Barcelona?

So once you’ve somewhere to live, the next question on your mind will most likely concern food.

Of course, each person’s shopping list varies greatly, but we have calculated that on average monthly food bills can cost around €150–€250. Also, the supermarket you choose will also affect the price of your grocery shopping. In Barcelona you will find everything from family- and pocket-friendly stores to organic fruit shops with high-quality, local produce.

Cost of living in Barcelona - mediterranean diet fo foodies in Barcelona markets

Below are the average prices of some of the most common items to give you an idea:

  • 1 kg of tomatoes: €1.64
  • 1 litre of milk: €0.93
  • 12 large eggs: €2,76
  • 1 kg of potatoes: €1.17
  • Chicken: €2.49/kg
  • Fresh bread (2 people): €1
  • A can of local beer: €0.93
  • A bottle of good-quality wine: €8

When it comes to eating out, Barcelona offers an array of options that are perfect for various budgets. Look out for restaurants serving lunch-time set menus – menú del día – that include a starter, main course, dessert and drinks for between €10–€14.

An average meal in a local restaurant for two people will cost you approximately €40 – however, a meal for two in the centre of the city or at a specialty restaurants can set you back around €70 – €150.

Living in Barcelona: transport

When calculating the cost of living in Barcelona, you should also consider the cost of getting around the city. In order to help you plan, we’ve covered some basic costs, from gasoline prices to metro tickets.

  • 10 journey metro ticket (zone 1): €11.35 (single ticket: €2)
  • Monthly metro ticket (zone 1): €43
  • Yearly public bike membership: €50
  • 1 litre of gasoline/petrol: €1.34

There are many public transport ticket options, so we recommend looking into them depending on your location and how often you travel.

Taxis in Barcelona are another affordable option to get around. The minimum fare is €2.25 on weekdays (€3.20 after 8 pm on Saturdays and public holidays). Read more about getting a taxi in Barcelona here.

Barcelona living - public transport and who to get to the city center of Barcelona from the airport

Living in Barcelona: entertainment and leisure

Now it’s time to let your hair down and relax. However you decide to unwind, you’ll find that Barcelona has a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Here’s our pick of our favourite things to do in Barcelona and an approximate price:

  • Monthly gym membership: €40–€120
  • Cinema ticket: €8
  • Nightclub entry (some without drink): €12–€20
  • Theatre ticket: €12–€100
  • Concert ticket: €15–€100
  • Football match (top league): €60–€100
Camp nou and futbol club Barcelona, the home club for Messi in Barcelona

We hope this article has helped you understand better the cost of living in Barcelona. Now, it’s over to you to take the first step towards your next adventure. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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