If you are thinking of moving to Mallorca, then this article will outline the approximate cost of living in Mallorca in 2022 and how much you will need to budget per month.

This article is based on my experiences of what I spend and what you can expect to pay depending on your situation.  Remember this article is intended as a guide and the cost of living can go up without notice.

The Cost of Living in Mallorca 2022
The Cost of Living in Mallorca 2022

Rental costs in Mallorca

An average 85sq metre apartment with 2 bedrooms costs typically in the region of 850€ to 1,000 € in and around the Palma area and in other main towns across the island.  You can find cheaper rentals in smaller towns or get more for your money in the countryside.

Front line properties with stunning sea views can command a higher rental price. As can those in gated communities with gardens and swimming pools.

The average cost to rent a 3 bedroom apartment is in the region of 1,200€ to 1,500€ a month depending on the condition, facilities and location. Expect to pay at the very least 1,500€ to 2,000€ for a house with 3 or 4 bedrooms, but expect to pay a lot more.

The cost of a house/villa is very much at the higher end of the rental market in Mallorca due to scarcity of land and high demand.

However if you’re arriving on the island alone and need an affordable way to rent, then I would recommend renting a room in a shared house which costs in the region of 350€ to 450€.

renting in mallorca

Utility Bills

Electricity

I pay around 80€ to 90€ a month depending on the time of year. This can be slightly more in the winter and summer months when paying for heating and air-conditioning, or less in the Spring and Autumn.

I’ll make a separate video on the costs associated of owning a home so make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel so you don’t miss that video.

Telephone

The phone companies bundle offers for mobile and wifi, so do your research when you get here.  I pay around 90€ a month for a landline, 5G broadband, and two sim cards.  I think Spanish TV streaming is thrown in too, but I never have time to watch it.

If you’re moving to the countryside or more remote location, check you have access to a good internet connection before agreeing the rental contract if this is important to you. There are still some blind spots in Mallorca where internet is yet to be rolled out.

Supermarkets

Unlike living in the UK, I find it really hard to do one weekly shop in just one supermarket. And I tend to pop into a combination of Mercadona, Carrefour, Aldi and Lidel depending on what I need. And of course I go to the market for fresh fruit and veg when I can.

Some supermarkets are better for some things than others.  For example Aldi has a great range of well priced and inexpensive ecological products than you’ll find anywhere else. 

Carrefour is also great for international foods.  Mercadona I go to for staples. And I love the bakery at Lidel.

So my weekly shop for two is usually around 70€ on average.  Sometimes it’s less. Sometimes it’s more.  So double this and add a bit extra on for a family of four.

If you want to see what it is like shopping in a Spanish supermarket, then check out this video here or read about it here when I filmed a tour of Mercadona.

Eating Out in Mallorca

Look out for restaurants serving a “Menu del Dia” which start from around 10€ in some areas around the island.   Menu del Dia meals are lunchtime specials which include sometimes a starter, but usually a main course and desert with a drink.

Some restaurants will have a similar concept for an evening meal.  Check if this includes a drink, otherwise expect to factor in another 5€ to 10€ depending what you like to drink or how much you like to drink!

Dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant is in the region of around 45€, for a main course, and some drinks, and a desert.

Seafood restaurants, expect to pay at least 40€ to 80€ for two people including starters, main, deserts and drinks.

olive tree restaurant mallorca
One of my favourite places to eat out in Mallorca – The Olive Tree Restaurant in Palmanova.

Drinking in Mallorca

You can pay as little as a 1,50€ to 6,00€ for a beer depending on where you drink and what you drink. 

Obviously a drink or cocktail in a luxury beach club will cost more than a beer in your resort or city café.  The same goes for drinking wine.

You’ll find spirit measures are a lot more generous than in many other northern European countries so you really do get value for money.

beer on the beach

Getting Around

Driving in Mallorca

I drive a small car and drive less than I did pre-pandemic, so I only fill up my car every 10 days which costs on average 50€.  Commuting approximately 15km daily, depending on the distance, expect to spend around 50-75€ a week in fuel for a small car..

And don’t forget too that if you own a car, you have to pay car tax which costs around 80€ a year and get a road worthy check (ITV) done too which is approximately 20€.

Public Transport

Children under 16 living on the island can get a free bus pass but bus tickets are pretty cheap.

Fares are around a couple of euros on the EMT Palma buses as are the islandwide TIB busses.

Whether you live here or are resident on the island, you can use your debit card on the TIB red and yellow busses and the fare will be cheaper.

A single ticket can cost anything from 3€ to 13.50€ depending where you are going but pay by card and this fare is reduced instead from 1,80€ to 8,10€. See here for prices.

Hairdressers

Hairdressers can cost in excess of 100€ in and around Puerto Portals.  My friend Lisa Fox has a year round residents’ offer for a colour, cut and blow dry and charges a lot less than many hairdressers on the island. She works from the Hair Salon at La Residencia in Deia throughout the year but make sure you make an appointment in advance of arriving.   

This hotel is one of the most famous on the island which attracts A-List celebrities.  I asked her whose hair she has cut, but of course she wouldn’t tell me!  The absolute bonus of going to Deia to get your hair cut, is being able to enjoy a nice day out in Deia too. The views from the terrace in the hotel are stunning!

 Deia
A day out in Deia

Gyms

IME Palma
Just one of Palma’s fantastic sport’s centres

There are many gyms and fitness classes on the island from pilates yoga to beach fit on Palmanova beach.

There are also private gyms which cost around 50€ per month membership.

For the best value you can join the municipal sport centres all over the island.  In Palma for example, you can get a years membership for 136€ and use any of the swimming pools and gyms which is fantastic value.

Schools

The public schools are free, however books and supplies are not. Although provisions are made for those unable to pay, factor in around 300€  to get supplies at the beginning of the school year.  And it may be possible to offset this cost on your tax return, depending on your circumstances.

It’s also extremely hard to get a free public school nursery place and places are normally given to families with more than two children.  So it’s likely that if you have to return to work, you will have to pay for nursery education which is in the region of 300€ a month.

International Schools, depending on how old your child is, can cost around 8,000€ to 11,000€ which includes books and supplies in most cases, but not a school lunch.

Spanish private schools are cheaper than international schools per year costing in the region of 4,000€ to 5,000€.

So what other extras can you expect to pay? The dining hall service or “comedor” (or hot lunches) must be paid for so expect to factor in around 900€ to 1,200€ for a school year.  Some schools don’t allow packed-lunches. Plus depending on the after school activity, it’s possible that these will have to be paid for too.

Schools in Mallorca

Healthcare in Mallorca

State healthcare is great here on the island but you do need to be registered to the social security system, and the town hall in your area to access this.

However many visas, particularly from the UK and other “third countries” request that those moving to the island must have a private health insurance policy.

The cost of private health care varies depending on provider and the age of policy holder. Expect to budget around 60€ a month for this.


How much to budget to live in Mallorca

A Single Person: The absolute minimum that I would recommend a single person should budget to live in Mallorca per month is 650€ without rent. I would recommend budgeting extra for emergencies, so better to budget around 700€ to 800€

A Family of Four: I would recommend a family of four budget at least 2,500€ for a month without rent and private schools in Mallorca. Obviously it would be comfortable to budget more.


The Cost of Living in Mallorca in 2022 on Youtube

So I hope this has given you an idea about the cost of living in Mallorca 2022, and how much you will need to live comfortably on the island.   

I’ll be making more content about living here on the island so don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel and Facebook Group .

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