Cost of living in Peru






Cost of living inside peruCompared to other Latin American countries Peru has an average cost of living. It’s cheaper than Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia or Chile, but more expensive than Bolivia or Paraguay. Lima and Cusco have the highest living costs in Peru. In general services, food, transport, accommodation and clothes are cheaper than in Europe or the US. But technical and electronic products, as well as imported food and clothes are more expensive than in their countries of origin.

The currency
The money used in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.). The current exchange rate is about 3.30 S/. = 1 Euro and 2.55 S/. = 1 US Dollar.
More information on the current exchange rate here.

Average food prices in Peru
The prices for food vary depending on the place where you buy. In general, supermarkets are more expensive than small neighborhood markets, but the quality is usually higher. Below a list of food prices:

Product Price (S/.) Price (€)
Bread (500g) S/. 7,00 2,12 €
Yogurt (1 liter) S/. 5,00 1,52 €
Milk (1 liter) S/. 3,50 1,06 €
Butter (package) S/. 10,00 3,03 €
Cream Cheese (1 kilo) S/. 16,00 4,85 €
Meat – Beef (1 kilo) S/. 16,00 4,85 €
Meat – Pork (1 kilo) S/. 13,00 3,94 €
Chicken (1 kilo) S/. 8,00 2,42 €
Tuna (can) S/. 4,50 1,36 €
Rice (1 kilo) S/. 2,80 0,85 €
Noodles (package) S/. 2,20 0,76 €
Potatoes (1 kilo) S/. 2,00 0,61 €
Head of lettuce S/. 2,00 0,61 €
Tomatoes (1 kilo) S/. 2,00 0,67 €
Oranges (1 kilo) S/. 2,00 0,61 €
Apples (1 kilo) S/. 4,00 1,21 €
Pineapples (1 kilo) S/. 2,00 0,61 €
Papaya (1 kilo) S/. 3,00 0,91 €
Bottle of Mineral Water (0,5l) S/. 1,50 0,45 €
Bottle of Lemonade (0,5l) S/. 1,50 0,45 €

Average prices of other products and services

Product/Service Price (S/.) Price (€)
Coffee S/. 6,00 1,82 €
Small Beer (Bar) S/. 8,00 2,42 €
Mineral Water (Restaurant) S/. 2,00 1,21 €
Glass of Pisco Sour S/. 20,00 6,10 €
Glass of Wine S/. 20,00 6,10 €
Sandwich S/. 10,00 3,03 €
Salad S/. 12,00 3,64 €
Lunch S/. 10,00 3,03 €
Pizza S/. 13,00 3,94 €
Cinema ticket S/. 15,80 4,55 €
Newspaper S/. 1,50 0,45 €
Cigarette packet S/. 5,00 1,52 €
Ticket for public transport
in Lima
S/. 1,50 0,45 €
Cab ride in Lima S/. 6,00 1,82 €
Accommodation in a Hostel
(single room)
S/. 60,00 18,18 €
Accommodation in a Hotel
(single room)
S/. 100,00 30,30 €

Cost of living in Peru
Average monthly costs for a student in Lima.

Product/Service Price (S/.) Price (€)
Accommodation S/. 825 250 €
Food S/. 500 151 €
Transport S/. 90 27 €
Leisure time/Other S/. 600 182 €
Month in total S/. 2.015 610 €