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: ₡ 1,800,452
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 758,281
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is more expensive than in 85% of cities in Latin America (6 out of 34)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 65% of cities in the World (174 out of 269)
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List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica
Current as of Jun 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 7,744
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 4,440
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,276
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 852
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,787
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,090
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 3,415
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,175
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,227
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 860
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 9,435
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,688
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 832
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 529,160
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 296,877
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 46,006
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 434,861
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 229,690
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 32,683
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 20,310
40” flat screen tv ₡ 236,445
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 74,231
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 5,382
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 3,440
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 38,101
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 25,558
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 61,038
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 59,032
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 16,808,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 780
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 37,592
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 7,033
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,606
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 13,139
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 39,058
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 3,449
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,874
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,658
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,586
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,537
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 8,073
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 20,016
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 7,695
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 15,942
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 37,375
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 4,826
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,570
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,401
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 463,783
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 40
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 36,373
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,491
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 883 prices entered by 105 different people.
Latest price update: June 30, 2022

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

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174th
out of 269
latin america
6th
out of 34

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