Prices in the country: how much is life in Spain.
Is it expensive to live in Spain. How much are the products in the shops and the lunches in the restaurants. Much will go to pay for the “communal” and transport. Before moving to permanent residence or at least go on a long vacation, it will not hurt to ask the price for local standards. Prian.ru is a guide for prices in Spain.
Expenses for food.
Of course, every person has his own ideas about what “expensive” means & raquo; or & quot; cheap & lt; / RTI & gt; & gt ;, & lt; / RTI & gt; or “little”. Someone eats exclusively in restaurants, and someone happens to them only on solemn occasions; someone spends on products & euro; 30 per week per person, and someone and hundreds are few. Let’s try to do without evaluation characteristics, but just give some price lists.
Here are the prices for staple foods in one of the popular Spanish supermarkets:
Local people prefer to buy vegetables and fruits & ndash; on the market, because there is more choice, and other products & ndash; in supermarkets closer to home.
As for dining in restaurants and cafes, the average cost of the trip there varies from � 12 to 50 per person, depending on the category of the institution and the menu. On the average check affects the location of the restaurant. For example, if you decide to have lunch in the tourist center of Barcelona or Valencia, then it is unlikely that you will spend less than � 15 per person, and if this is the only piece of pizza and a glass of beer in your check.
After studying the city, you will find network cafes, which are little known to tourists, and in them the price of a three-course lunch & ndash; about & euro; 12. There are institutions that work according to the principle of “buffet” & raquo; (when you pay a fixed amount, and the number of approaches to distribution is not limited), the average check in such & ndash; & euro; 15-18.
Eat in fast food, of course, is cheaper: & euro; 3,5 is a portion of paella in a street cafe; about & euro; 8 & ndash; the price of lunch in the common and in Spain American fast food chains.
A curious observation about alcohol: in a restaurant in Barcelona, a glass of cold beer will cost you 6 euros, in a bar on the Costa Blanca – in & euro; 1.
Depending on your sophistication and prudence, food costs can range from � 120 to several hundred euros per month. Of course, cooking for a family significantly reduces spending on food per person, and frequent visits to restaurants can increase costs at times. But if dinner is in a business restaurant, you can include part of its cost in the cost of the business, and if it’s a date & ndash; to spending time on vacation, & ndash; and this “overrun” & raquo; justified & hellip;
Expenses for housing.
The cost of renting an apartment in Spain depends on the region, location and number of “squares”. Two-bedroom apartment (two bedrooms + living room) in the central areas of Barcelona, for example, can cost � 900 per month. And for the same money you can rent a big house in half an hour by car.
In small coastal towns the cost of rent is much lower than in Barcelona or Madrid: the same three-room apartment, for example, somewhere on the Costa Blanca can cost around � 200-250. On the coast the cost of living depends also on remoteness from the sea (30 minutes from the coast & cheaper, 100 meters & ndash; at times more expensive).
Public services (light and water) in Spain are paid for by counters. On average, a family of three people earn � 100-200 per month.
In addition, there is a small (up to � 30) fixed payment, the so-called monthly fee, which is paid even if you do not use the services.
Residents of each house in Spain are responsible for maintaining a common state in good condition and making contributions to the partnership of owners. Accordingly, the more services the complex provides (security, swimming pools, fitness rooms, etc.), the higher the payments of tenants. In elite projects, rates can go up to � 10,000-20,000 per year, in ordinary houses & ndash; from � 300 per year.
Usually, the owner of the apartment contributes the maintenance of the house, but according to some rental agreements, these expenses can be transferred to tenants. If you are going to rent a house in Spain, please specify this point in advance.
Expenses for transport.
Despite the presence of not one car in each family in Spain, transportation costs here include not only gasoline costs (from � 1.19 per 1 liter) and maintenance of the car, but also expenses for public transport.
Travel by bus costs � 1.4. You can save money by buying a travel ticket for 50 trips per month. It will cost � 54. The advantage of using it is that transplants from the route to the route for an hour and a half are not considered separate trips. In cities where there is a metro, a single pass allows you to use the metro and land public transport (buses, trams, some funiculars and even the railway within the city).
If you want to go, for example, from Barcelona to Valencia or Madrid by train, then such a trip can cost � 40 and � 65 per person, respectively. (The closer to the date of the voyage, the higher the cost, the preliminary sale of tickets begins in 60 days).
Traveling long distances with the family, the Spaniards prefer to use a personal car – it’s more economical. By the way, the insurance of a personal car costs about � 300 per year, and the tax on it & ndash; & euro; 130 per year.
Foreigners who moved to Spain are pleased to note that they spend less on clothing than on their homeland. This is partly due to the lower price of the popular brands of the mass market. For example, clothes of ZARA Stradivarius, Uterque Bershka Pull & Bear brands are cheaper here than in Russia, Kazakhstan or Ukraine, since they come from Spain, and there are no customs duties on them.
The second reason for low spending on clothing – in Spain, do not worship brands, and there is no tradition to demonstrate their status with their help. & laquo; Summer kit & raquo; – jeans, sneakers and t-shirt & ndash; will cost less than � 100.
Among the “other costs”, as mandatory, mention should be made of medical insurance. In Spain, if a person is officially registered at the place of residence, he is entitled to free medical care. But, firstly, not all services can be obtained free of charge, and secondly, the length of the queue to the doctor is sometimes directly proportional to your expenses for medical care: by insurance, the doctor’s reception is faster.
Medical insurance can cost both � 15 and � 60 per month, depending on your needs. But the consultation of a specialist doctor, if you do not have insurance and do not have the right to free medical care, will cost � 100-300, depending on the level of the clinic. Approximately the same amount will have to be spent when contacting the hospital in an emergency.
Now for leisure. We will not specify prices for visiting museums, because, firstly, they can be found on the websites of the museums themselves, and secondly, let’s admit honestly: we rarely visit museums in cities where we live permanently. So the Spaniards come to museums only when traveling. Hiking in fitness clubs there is more popular than cultural trips – this pleasure costs an average of � 50 per month. Bicycle rental & ndash; from & euro; 2 per hour. But this is a rental option for tourists. Continuing living, for example, in Barcelona, you can buy an annual subscription for unlimited use of the city’s bicycle rental network. It costs approximately � 40.
According to the National Institute of Statistics of Spain (INE), the subsistence minimum in the country is � 645 per month. This figure can be guided, trying to pre-determine their costs when moving to Spain.
The average wage here, according to INE, is slightly more than � 22,500 per year (ie, � 1875 per month). However, there still need to be taken into account, a few & laquo; but & raquo ;. For example, the fact that about a third of the salary goes to taxes.
In addition, the INE data is “the average temperature in the hospital”. And on the one hand, the economy of the country is largely shadow (not all official unemployed people are really without work), and on the other – far from everyone can find a job in Spain. Foreigners who moved to Spain, as a rule, open their own business or have enough money to no longer work, but only to enjoy life.
Prepared Svetlana Vakhrusheva.
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Prices in the country: how much is life in Spain.