To compare to years past*: Cost of living in Buenos Aires, October 2011
Everyone travels differently, from spending without care on some gifts, meals, and random purchases to tightening up on others. Below is a list of average prices in Capital Federal, Buenos Aires (San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, Belgrano, Centro, Puerto Madero, Almagro, Villa Crespo). You will find prices that are much higher and a bit less than these listed depending on quality, location, etc. This should give you a rough idea of what’s happening here price-wise!
January 2014, Current official exchange rate $1 USD = $6.75 ARS, unofficial cash USD “blue dollar” exchange rate $1 USD = $11.80 ARS
Inflation (Unofficial, but more realistic is about 20-25% per year)
How Much is Transportation
|Taxi||$11.00 ARS Day, $13.20 ARS Night|
|Taxi click of the meter||$1.00 ARS Day, $1.32 ARS Night|
|Buses, Inside Capital Federal||$4.50 ARS (with SUBE card)|
|Trains||$0.80+ ARS Depending on Distance|
|Remis/Taxi to EZE from Palermo||$250 ARS|
*Hot Tip: Taxis are generally driven by honest fellows. Tipping is not expected, but is a kind gesture when small change is involved to let them keep it for simplicity’s sake. Do keep an eye out for the bad apple taxi scams though.
How much is it to go out? (Restaurants, Bars, Clubs)
|Average coffee (cortado, expresso)||$20 ARS|
|Large Pizza||$75 ARS|
|Liter of Beer||$45 ARS|
|Meal for 2||$165 ARS|
|Club Entry||$100 ARS|
-Restaurants encourage a 10% tip ratio, but it is not required and loosely followed at lunch.
-Bartenders typically do not get tipped, but tipping is a good way to speed up service the next round.
How Much are Groceries?
|2 Liter Mineral Water||$9 ARS|
|Pack of Cigarettes||$11 ARS|
|500 ml Bottle of Coke||$11 ARS|
|1 Kilo of Bife de Chorizo||$70 ARS|
|Bag – o – Milk||$7.50 ARS|
|Liter of Beer||$12 ARS|
|4 Pack of Toilet Paper||$18 ARS|
|3 Pack of Condoms||$15 ARS|
|100 Grams of Ham||$9 ARS|
|Carton of OJ||$11 ARS|
-“El Chino”, the smaller grocery stores (have a tendency to be owned by folks of Asian decent) generally have lower prices than the larger supermarkets. However, recent government induced price freezes may have the larger grocery stores offering lower prices. The Chinos are not adhering to the price freezes
-For food/spice variety and international products, check out Barrio Chino and Jumbo.
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