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: ₡ 1,671,136
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 796,655
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is more expensive than in 90% of cities in Latin America (5 out of 42)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 65% of cities in the World (154 out of 237)

List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 5,493
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 4,167
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 1,899
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 848
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,733
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 956
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,377
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,944
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,022
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 941
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 9,281
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,474
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 707
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 660,156
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 341,717
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 40,573
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 450,197
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 239,075
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 28,143
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 18,445
40” flat screen tv ₡ 242,132
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 77,773
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,771
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,373
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 38,345
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 22,791
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 58,358
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 50,840
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 13,170,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 644
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 23,580
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 6,422
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,917
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 11,285
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 40,937
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 3,028
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,968
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,752
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,622
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,541
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 6,552
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 15,702
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,507
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 23,179
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 28,154
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 4,121
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,011
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,706
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 319,149
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 44
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 41,260
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,244
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,510 prices entered by 199 different people.
Latest price update: August 08, 2020

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

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154th
out of 237
latin america
5th
out of 42

Cheapest and most expensive products in San Jose compared to other cities:

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