The Cost of Living In Barcelona

 The Cost of Living In Barcelona

So you’ve decided to move to Barcelona? Or you’re planning to? Depending on where you’re from, the cost of living in Barcelona can be more or less expensive than what you’re used to. 

In this blog, we will break down the average living costs in Barcelona.


The public transport in Barcelona is amazing! It’s easy, efficient, and reliable.. If you’re moving to Barcelona, you’ll be using public transport a lot! But, you’re in luck – the prices for public transport are amazing. You have a choice of several different cards that best suits your needs. From the ‘T Jove’ card (80€)*, offering those under the age of 25 unlimited travel for 90 days to the ‘T-casual ‘card (11.35€)*, which gives you 10 rides over an unlimited period of time. Click here for more detail. 

*the prices refer to tickets valid for zone 1. You can find the full map of Barcelona’s 6 zones here.

Transport public GIF - Find on GIFER


Barcelona is known for its inexpensive supermarkets: Lidl and Mercadona, as well as plenty of markets and shops selling fresh fruit and vegetables. If you’re the kind of a person who loves a homemade meal and spends an average amount of money on food, you will not pay more than €30 – €40 a week. However, this can be less or more depending on whether you want to buy more expensive products and if you’re shopping in more expensive supermarkets such as Veritas. 


Housing is always difficult when you’re living abroad but in Barcelona, there are many housing options for people who are either working or studying. Most of the options involve sharing a living space with up to 11 people. Some flats will have 2-4 bedrooms, whilst others can have up to 11 rooms. The average price to live in an average-sized flat range from 300€ – 700€ per month, depending on where you are located. Prices will drop the further you move from the city centre. Click here to find trusted and cheap accommodation in Barcelona! 


If you’re a student and looking for private insurance, or would like additional private insurance alongside their main insurance, you’re roughly looking up to 40€ per month. Click here for more information. 


Barcelona is an amazing city full of great activities – some you can even enjoy for FREE! From outdoor cinemas in the Summer, yoga classes on the beach, to flea markets. It’s impossible to be bored in this city. 

If you’re a foodie and enjoy eating out, an average lunch menu will cost you 15€, whilst dinner can cost you up to 40€ per person. Drinking alcohol is inexpensive with a regular glass of wine costing up to 4€, while a cocktail is up to around 12€. Coffee/tea costs around 3€ in a regular café. A cinema ticket costs 10€ or less. The average price of a basic gym membership is 30€ a month.

Night Out GIFs | Tenor

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