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Nov 9, 2006
How much would it cost living in Spain?
- Maria Theresa S. Samante Email this article

Cost of living in Spain is less than those in the United Kingdom and the lifestyle here is better. Since you have to send money for your family, you need to make financial arrangements with your accommodation, food, transportation, other bills, and relaxation after a long workweek. Here’s a breakdown of your monthly expenses in Spain.

 

Accommodation

Rental costs greatly depends in location, apartments located in cities are more expensive than those in rural areas. Fully furnished studio type apartments located in metropolitan centers such as Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, etc, range from 350€ to 700€ per month, two bedroom apartments range from 600€ to 1200€ per month, three bedroom family style apartment range from 1000€ to 1500€ or more per month.

 

Apartments in smaller centers and rural areas are cheaper, studio type apartments range from 200€ to 500€ per month, two bedroom apartment range from 400€ to 800€ per month and a three bedroom family style apartment range from 700€ to 1500€ or more per month.

 

Since you have to minimize your expenses, room for rent is the most economic accommodation. Rooms for rent in cities range from 200€ to 400€ per month or more and those located in smaller centers and rural areas starts from 125€ per month.

 

Food

Food allowance cost about 200€ per month, if you choose to eat in a restaurant, a good lunch cost from 5€ to 9€ and an average bill of a person is 12€.

 

Transportation

Below is the transportation rate to and from different destinations.

From

To

Mode

Cost

Duration

Madrid

Toledo

train

€8.30

35m

Toledo

Talavera

bus

€5.60

1hr 30m

Talavera

Trujillo

bus

€8.13

2hrs 30m

Trujillo 

Cαceras

bus

€2.83

45m

Cαceras

Salamanca

bus

€12.51

4 hrs

Salamanca

Valladolid

bus

€6.95

1hr 30m

Valladolid

Zamora

bus

€6.25

1hr 30m

Zamora

Ourense

bus

€13.74

3 hrs 30m

Ourense

Santiago de Comp.

bus

€9.20

1hr 55m

Santiago de Comp.

Lugo

bus

€6.80

1hr 30m

Lugo

Leσn

bus

€13.74

3hrs 45m

Leσn

Oviedo

bus

€7.56

1hr 35m

Oviedo

Arenas de Cabrales

bus

€7.60

2hrs 5m

Llanes

Santander

bus

€5.54

2hrs

Santander

Burgos

bus

€10.12

2hrs 20m

Burgos

Zaragosa

bus

€15.94

4hrs +

Zaragosa

Madrid

train

€39.60

1hr 20m

 

Other Bills

Electricity bill is about 20€ per month and about 30% rise during summer if you have air conditioning. 

 

After a week of working, you need to take a short break, you can spend time with other Filipinos or you can watch a movie. A movie theatre ticket is 6€ and if you need a hair cut, it only costs about 12€.

 

(Transportation Cost by Philip Whitehead of Australia)


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