Cost of Living in Lima, Peru

Lima is the capital of Peru and its largest city.

It is a huge city famous for its warm and friendly people, sublime cuisine and a vibrant street life.

How much you spend will be greatly affected by what your living standards are, but rest assured that this country can’t be considered cheap.

More or less, roughly, the cost of life in Lima is half that of a life in NY, but you can definitely find some really cheap spots and save a lot of money on necessities.



Restaurants in Lima are extremely visited since Peru has one of the best cuisines in the world. One of the good thing of Lima is that it offers such a great variety of places where you can eat, and at a low price, too! If you go to any of these, count on them being expensive, but you can also have a decent meal in a mid-range restaurant, where you’ll pay around 25$ for two. Lima, however, is far more expensive than other cities in Peru.



If you shop at a local market – and they are often cheaper, you might get grossly overcharged just for being a foreigner, and if you shop at a supermarket, you should know that they do charge more than local grocery shops, but at least they charge everybody more” If you stay away from imported food, you’ll get by relatively inexpensively.



Transportation in Lima, according to many, is among the worst of Latin America and the world. Public transport barely exists, and when it does it’s highly unreliable. Beware of taxis. There are lots of unofficial ones, which will probably overcharge you. A monthly pass for public transport in Lima is somewhere around 30$, while a one-way ticket is less than a dollar.



Utilities aren’t too expensive in Lima, though it depends on the size of your apartment. For an apartment of about 85m2, basic utilities including electricity, heating, cooling, water, gas and garbage services will amount to 50$. Internet is relatively expensive compared to that – almost 40$ per month.

Sports and leisure


Practicing sports is definitely a costly pleasure in Lima, like in most other countries. If you want a membership in a gym or a fitness center, it will cost you around 45$ which is actually more expensive than the country’s average. As for leisure and activities like going to the cinema to watch a movie, it’s relatively cheap – one cinema ticket will cost you 5$.

Clothing and shoes


You’ll have numerous shopping opportunities in Lima, because it boasts some big shopping centers. As for the prices, they are below average, but still not cheap. For example, you can buy Levi’s jeans for around 45$, while a pair of running shoes of brands like Nike cost around 70$. Lighter pieces of clothing like shirts and summer dresses are around 30$.

Rent per month


You should know that accommodation rental in Lima will probably eat a large piece of your income. The numbers for rent can go down if you get a roommate and you can cut the extra expenses into half depending on your lifestyle. An apartment in the city center will cost you around 300$, while a bigger apartment for the whole family, also in the center, costs around 700$ – so, all in all, more expensive than in other cities of Peru.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Lima

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $2.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $1.94
Water (0.33 Liter) $0.51
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $1.27
Loaf Bread (500g) $1.43
Eggs (12) $1.93
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $0.51
Monthly Pass $26.53
Gasoline $1.10
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $51.18
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.15
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $36.23
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $46.26
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $13.14
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $5.39
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $44.36
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $30.29
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $77.03
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $448.87
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $308.92
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $801.48

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Lima?

Like in most countries and cities, an average person living in Lima spends the biggest part of their salary on food.

Food takes up a lot more of people’s salaries than rent, which means that rent isn’t the most expensive aspect of living in Lima, but it’s definitely expensive taking into consideration an average monthly salary of an average citizen of Peru.

Apart from rent and food, restaurants take up a huge part of overall expenses, along with transportation costs.

Like anywhere, clothing takes up an insignificant amount of money from an average person’s paycheck in Lima.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Lima: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Wages in Lima are on the increase – though it depends on who you work for and if you are getting paid in cash or getting taxed.

An average monthly salary in Lima is around 400$, which is just enough to cover all expenses – if you’re not renting an apartment.

If you are, then paying all your bills and buying necessities is a bit more difficult.

Minimum wage in Lima is around 250$.

Peru is a so-called “Middle Income Developing Country”, which means that, in its capital, some people live very well, while the majority lives more or less well but not as well as they would in the US.

Average Salary$466.94
Minimum Wage$261.00
Mortgage Interest Rate9.95%

Cost of Living by City in Peru

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Lima 41.47

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