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: ₡ 1,639,065
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 735,610
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is more expensive than in 87% of cities in Latin America (5 out of 30)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 61% of cities in the World (104 out of 170)
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List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica
Current as of Jun 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 6,975
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 4,887
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,134
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 1,122
12 eggs, large ₡ 2,384
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,244
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,675
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,759
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,060
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 1,231
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 9,023
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,716
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 929
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 546,928
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 314,174
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 37,140
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 418,794
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 282,173
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 27,495
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 14,027
40” flat screen tv ₡ 193,885
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 70,568
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,082
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,409
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 34,568
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 17,228
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 57,270
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 45,252
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 14,456,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 708
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 23,035
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 8,208
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,480
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 9,222
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 31,631
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 3,697
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 3,072
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,674
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,454
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,990
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 8,246
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 15,603
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 7,431
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 14,098
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 23,564
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 4,985
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 3,324
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,426
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 316,747
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 43
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 34,406
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,171
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 764 prices entered by 82 different people.
Latest price update: June 15, 2024

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San Jose, CRI position in our World Ranking

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104th
out of 170
latin america
5th
out of 30

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