Cost of living in San Salvador, El Salvador

Summary of cost of living in San Salvador

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,895
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,476
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in San Salvador
Current as of Dec 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.28
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.62
12 eggs, large $2.23
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $2.01
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $3.68
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.84
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.52
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $1.86
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.23
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $1,270
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $710
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $87
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $738
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $443
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $68
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $28
40” flat screen tv $345
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $93
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $5.61
Hourly rate for cleaning help $9
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $49
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $35
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $97
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $101
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $20,256
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.94
Monthly ticket public transport $37
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $20
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.26
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $13
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $32
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $4.44
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.13
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.46
Tube of toothpaste $2.42
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $10
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $17
2 tickets to the movies $10
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $47
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $42
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.88
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $1.91
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $439
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.22
1 month of gym membership in business district $32
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $3.84
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 459 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: December 03, 2021

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