Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Summary of cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₡ 1,568,129
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 721,518
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is more expensive than in 86% of cities in Latin America (6 out of 35)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 69% of cities in the World (136 out of 198)

List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 5,988
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 3,952
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 1,789
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 819
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,738
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,034
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,465
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,964
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 914
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 1,079
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 9,802
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,538
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 638
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 576,403
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 289,321
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 37,090
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 474,295
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 235,904
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 26,362
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 16,436
40” flat screen tv ₡ 189,361
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 61,347
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,675
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,259
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 36,075
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 20,153
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 53,711
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 48,936
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 12,442,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 591
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 23,064
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 6,120
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 5,464
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 9,314
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 46,837
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 3,171
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,698
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,565
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,593
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,346
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 7,525
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 12,943
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 5,909
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 23,454
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,460
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,847
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,148
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,447
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 353,839
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 47
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 38,497
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,260
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,201 prices entered by 115 different people.
Latest price update: March 06, 2021

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

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136th
out of 198
latin america
6th
out of 35

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