Spain vs United Kingdom - Cost of Living Comparison

Spain United Kingdom
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1141
$1804
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2609
$4398
🏠 One person rent
$613
$1069
🏘️ Family rent
$972
$1906
🍽️ Food expenses
$329
$426
🚐 Transport expenses
$88.7
$164
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1701
$2896
💸 GDP per capita
$27056
$41059
😃 Human freedom index
8.56
8.75
❤️ Life expectancy
82.3
80.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
61
78
🌐 English speaking %
22%
98.3%
🎓 Higher education
90
100
😀 Quality of life
73
84
🏙️ Population
46.7M
66M

The average cost of living in Spain ($1141) is 37% less expensive than in the United Kingdom ($1804). Spain ranked 46th vs 16th for the United Kingdom in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in Spain compared to 1.6 months in the United Kingdom. Ranked 27th and 6th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Spain vs the United Kingdom

We calculate prices for Spain and the United Kingdom as a population-weighted mean of 153 and 277 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Spain United Kingdom
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$11.3
$16.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$40.1
$61
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.85
$7.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.03
$5.22
 Cappuccino
$2.08
$3.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.85
$1.79
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$620
$1107
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$470
$843
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1021
$2116
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$767
$1547
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$77.5
$136
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$119
$209
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$35.5
$36.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.28%
3.05%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3348
$7237
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2169
$4450
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.57
$3.3
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$39.5
$92.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$14.5
$17.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.66
$1.93
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.84
$1.15
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.99
$1.25
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1.65
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.17
$2.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.1
$7.71
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.56
$7.18
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.8
$11.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.82
$2.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
$1.44
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.48
$2.14
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.79
$2.53
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$1.34
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
$1.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.44
$0.84
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.73
$2.43
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.76
$9.12
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.93
$2.29
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.16
$14.3
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.31
$5.3
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.81
$4.6
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.5
$2.44
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$2.09
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$38.2
$40.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.07
$12.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$59.9
$102
💇 Haircut, simple
$12.8
$14.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$74
$76.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$72.9
$81.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$370
$1266
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7276
$16823

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Cities Comparison in Spain vs the United Kingdom

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Spain

City Cost of living Population
Madrid
$1445
3.31M
Barcelona
$1487
1.64M
Tenerife
$1133
905K
Zaragoza
$1018
675K
Valencia
$1197
790K
Seville
$996
684K
Malaga
$1115
577K
Palma de Mallorca
$1326
419K
Bilbao
$1338
346K
Murcia
$970
460K
Pamplona
$1207
203K
Gijon
$1150
269K
Alicante
$999
337K
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
$1170
265K
San Sebastian
$1379
188K
Valladolid
$1024
298K
Las Palmas
$1086
379K
Terrassa
$1153
223K
Vigo
$991
294K
Vitoria-Gasteiz
$1278
253K
Granada
$951
232K
Sabadell
$1269
216K
Cordoba
$885
322K
Cartagena
$852
216K
Almeria
$941
201K
Jerez de la Frontera
$848
213K
Badalona
$1399
223K
Oviedo
$978
186K
A Coruna
$1100
245K
Elche
$886
234K

In the United Kingdom

City Cost of living Population
London
$2759
8.91M
Birmingham
$1627
1.14M
Leeds
$1670
789K
Glasgow
$1533
626K
Bristol
$1799
567K
Manchester
$1764
548K
Leicester
$1421
464K
Solihull
$1464
207K
Edinburgh
$1695
488K
Sheffield
$1424
518K
Coventry
$1521
363K
Liverpool
$1498
513K
Westminster
$2602
255K
Portsmouth
$1387
248K
York
$1597
208K
Bolton
$1167
285K
Cardiff
$1551
361K
Swindon
$1524
222K
Brighton and Hove
$1747
285K
Belfast
$1545
334K
Sunderland
$1321
277K
Peterborough
$1239
194K
Southampton
$1569
271K
Milton Keynes
$1814
207K
Newcastle upon Tyne
$1340
300K
Nottingham
$1401
289K
Ipswich
$1409
290K
Northampton
$1529
212K
Derby
$1359
255K
Stoke-on-Trent
$1251
249K