How expensive is it in Rio? A Guide to Budgeting

How expensive is it in Rio? And how much money will I need to live on? These questions can be answered, but it depends on the type of person you are and what type of trip you are planning.

Jamie Hughes is from Wales, UK, and is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under Pedro Bessa. Jamie is currently living and training in Rio De Janeiro for 3 months as part of the Connection Rio sponsored athlete programme. You can read his blog “Espanthalo BJJ” here.

Long term or just a short visit?

In this weeks blog I will give my experiences of my 8 weeks here so far and what I have been spending roughly and hopefully give a little insight to others planning a trip to Rio.

Eating In vs Out

First things first when you’re here the most important thing will be to feed yourself, while I have been here I have almost eaten out at least 2 meals a day due to my lack of culinary prowess, but surprisingly this is not as expensive as you would think, per day I have been spending roughly R$25 (£6.82, $10.53) on my meals per day, which is very cheap considering I probably couldn’t get one meal at home for that price.

Grocery Shopping

The rest of my daily money usually goes on some essential groceries including fresh fruit and snacks for around the house and laundry detergent, which usually adds around an extra R$20 (£5.42, $8.42) to my daily spend to just over 45 Brazilian Real (£12.24, $18.95). And I must stress that this is on the expensive side of living here, if I were to really budget hard and cook all my own meals I could get that total down to R$30 a day.

Sponsored athlete Jamie Hughes

Sponsored athlete Jamie Hughes

Training Fees / Accommodation / Laundry

Other factors you will need to budget for will be your monthly training fees (these vary from gym to gym), accommodation and laundry costs all of which can be found on the Connection Rio FAQ or by sending an email to Connection Rio.


But overall here in Rio you can live for as little or as much as you want, its all depends on the person and the way they want to do things, but with a vast array of great restaurants near the Connection Rio houses and the self catering facilitates at both houses you will be sorted for your eating needs, and also there is a supermarket just a short distance from HQ where you can purchase all of your groceries.

In short your probably going to be spending a lot less here in your daily life than you would at home!

From training and accommodation to academy visits and special tours, and even small group classes with the best teachers Rio has to offer, Connection Rio offers everything you need for the perfect jiu-jitsu holiday!

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