Expats moving to Buenos Aires will encounter an economy with an unstable inflation rate. As a result, the cost of living in Buenos Aires fluctuates considerably. On the whole, life in Buenos Aires is generally affordable, but this is fast changing as the city's cost of living rises. Buenos Aires ranked 114th out of 227 cities surveyed in the 2022 Mercer Cost of Living Survey, climbing significantly from the 2021 statistics, where the city ranked as the 168th most expensive city out of 209 cities surveyed. 

Cost of accommodation in Buenos Aires

Accommodation in Buenos Aires is probably the biggest expense expats will face. However, it tends to be cheaper than in other major capital cities.

Expats should be aware that if they choose to rent in Argentina, they will likely pay much more than the locals. Expats will also be required to provide a few months’ rent in advance and possibly a guarantor.

Cost of transport in Buenos Aires

Argentina no longer has a car manufacturing industry, making vehicles in the country expensive due to exorbitant import taxes. Although, expats will find that there are good quality second-hand cars available.  

Public transport in Buenos Aires is exceptionally cheap, extensive and efficient, so expats needn't worry about owning a car.

Cost of schooling in Buenos Aires

Public education in Buenos Aires is generally inexpensive, although international schools, the option most expats choose, can be quite hefty. Annual tuition fees are high – some may be all-inclusive, but most don't include costs for uniforms, bus services, school lunches and excursions. Expat parents will need to budget for these additional costs.

Cost of food and clothing in Buenos Aires

The price of supermarket food in Buenos Aires is comparable to what the citizens in Western countries pay. However, some items (for example, meat) are less expensive. Clothing is pricey in Buenos Aires, as are electronics, appliances and furniture.

Cost of healthcare in Buenos Aires

Many expats find health insurance in Argentina relatively affordable and of excellent quality. General healthcare costs for services such as GP visits, hospital stays and non-prescription medicines are also fairly reasonable.

Cost of living in Buenos Aires chart

Prices may vary depending on location and service provider. The table below is based on average prices in Buenos Aires for August 2022.  

Accommodation (monthly)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

ARS 85,428

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

ARS 65,687

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

ARS 41,055

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

ARS 31,960


Milk (1 litre)

ARS 104

Dozen eggs

ARS 186

Loaf of white bread

ARS 165

Chicken breasts (1kg)

ARS 527

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

ARS 296

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

ARS 662

Coca-Cola (330ml)

ARS 139


ARS 246

Bottle of local beer 

ARS 246

Three-course meal for two people at mid-range restaurant 

ARS 3,708


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

ARS 26.91

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

ARS 3,032

Utilities (average per month for standard household)

ARS 6,283


Taxi rate per km

ARS 66

City-centre public transport fare

ARS 22

Petrol (per litre)

ARS 124