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Spain - Cost of Living
A meal for one at an inexpensive restaurant will cost on average €10, while a three course meal for 2 in an average restaurant will be in the region of €40. A meal in a fast food restaurant costs on average €6.40. The cost of a drink in a restaurant in Spain is much lower than similar in other countries, with a half litre of draught beer in the region of €2. A 0.33 litre bottle of imported beer costs on average €2.60. A soft drink such as Coke will cost around €1.60 for a 0.33 litre bottle.
The cost of transportation is also very reasonable. A single ticket for a standard bus journey has an average price of €1.13 while a monthly pass for public transport is an average of €35, which is far lower than countries such as the US and the UK. Due to fuel costs the price of a taxi ride is on a par with other countries with a 5km journey costing in the region of €7.50. The current cost (July 2011) of fuel is very similar to that in the UK. Those who want to purchase a family car will find that costs are also on a par with those in the UK.
Household expenses such as utilities are also very reasonable. The monthly cost of gas, electricity, water and waste disposal combined reach an average of €80, although in some instances it could be as high as €120. Monthly internet costs are in the region of €32 although prices for this do vary a great deal. The cost of renting a home is fairly low when compared to cities in other countries. A small apartment in a city centre will be in the region of €500 per month while a larger apartment is likely to cost an average of €900. A small apartment in a suburb is likely to cost around €365 per month and a larger apartment in the same area will be an average of €650 per month.
The cost of buying an apartment in a city centre is based on the price for the property per square metre. The average cost (July 2011) is €3680 and property outside a city centre will be an average cost of €2212. Prices for houses will vary according to the area but the average price is also based on a cost per square metre.
The cost of leisure is lower than in many countries. A monthly gym membership is an average of €43, and there is not much variation on this cost. Renting a tennis court for an hour is around €12 and if you want to visit the cinema the average cost of a ticket is €7. Shopping for clothes varies. As with all countries branded goods and designer labels can be more expensive than others. The average pair of men’s leather shoes will cost €86 and a lady’s summer dress will be in the region of €31.
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