When you are looking to live somewhere abroad, the cost of living in your destination definitely matters and determines whether you will choose to go there.
In this case, affordability matters greatly, as well as the quality living conditions.
If we make a comparison between Barcelona and Zaragoza, it can be said that Zaragoza is among the more affordable Spanish cities, and that it is almost as popular Spanish destination as Barcelona.
No matter where you live, get involved with the habits of the citizens living in that city and try to lead similar life.
Zaragoza is the city where restaurants are popular and very frequently visited, even though they are pretty pricey.
The quality of meals is determined by their price.
Your monthly spendings on food stuff also depend on your lifestyle and eating out can get more expensive than cooking at home.
Zaragoza has to offer affordable supermarkets if you want to go shopping for food, where the price of basic groceries are not too high.
There is a great bus network that covers the whole city, which is at the same time the best way of commuting, due to the low costs and efficiency.
Driving is too expensive, while walking might not be the ideal choice for some people.
Compared to other cities in Spain, Zaragoza is the most expensive city when it comes to utilities, whose prices exceed $250 per month without the Internet access.
Keep in mind that electricity costs here are very expensive especially in the summer months when the air conditioning is on.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Entertainment in Zaragoza can be cheap and movie tickets are cheaper than theater tickets.
There are many affordable options available in regards to entertainment and nightlife, as well as inexpensive fitness clubs and tennis courts for those who would rather spend money on healthy living.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Zaragoza has cheaper and better accommodation than the bigger cities which highly affects monthly budget, but it cannot boast cheap clothing items as well.
Actually, branded apparel is more expensive than in many European cities and very little number of people decide to spend money on that.
RENT PER MONTH
Accommodation costs naturally vary depending on where you choose to live in Zaragoza, but you should expect to pay more for a larger apartment, especially if it is in the center of the city.
All in all, it is a very affordable city and people can afford renting a place to live.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Zaragoza (Saragossa)
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$12.41|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$2.82|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$1.33||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$3.42|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.83|
|Eggs (12)||$1.63||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$1.52|
|Gasoline||$5.13||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$257.54|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.20|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$48.08||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$38.15|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$7.52|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$8.01||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$99.64|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$36.66|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$70.50||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$627.42|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$464.34|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$906.87|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Zaragoza (Saragossa)?
For a settler in Zaragoza it might be difficult to adjust to the new way of spending as it probably would differ from their home countries.
That is why it is advisable to get familiar with the spendings of people living there and try to make your own plans based on your spending habits and income.
As in all the other cities, two major expenses are rent and food, then there come utilities, transportation and restaurants.
If there is some money left, it is usually spent on entertainment and leisure activities.
Zaragoza (Saragossa): Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
If all the above mentioned costs are taken into consideration, it can be said that the average monthly salary can cover basic costs of living and if you are lucky enough to earn more than the average, then you will have some money left to put aside or use for joyful activities.
The difference between the minimum and average salary is not great, so the majority of people living and working in Zaragoza would be able to lead a decent life.
Cost of Living by City in Spain
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|
|Las Palmas de Gran Canaria||47.39|
|Palma de Mallorca||65.17|
|Santa Cruz de Tenerife||48.69|