Cost of living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Summary of cost of living in Santo Domingo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RD$ 132,801
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RD$ 55,506
  • 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 Santo Domingo
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RD$ 552
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RD$ 344
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RD$ 141
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RD$ 72
12 eggs, large RD$ 99
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RD$ 58
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RD$ 288
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RD$ 107
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RD$ 55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RD$ 92
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RD$ 875
2 liters of coca-cola RD$ 76
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RD$ 62
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RD$ 43,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RD$ 19,242
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RD$ 6,246
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RD$ 23,155
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RD$ 13,636
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RD$ 2,613
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RD$ 1,718
40” flat screen tv RD$ 23,027
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RD$ 7,676
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RD$ 251
Hourly rate for cleaning help RD$ 274
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RD$ 2,267
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RD$ 2,247
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RD$ 4,131
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RD$ 4,707
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RD$ 1,124,190
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RD$ 62
Monthly ticket public transport RD$ 2,702
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RD$ 738
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RD$ 369
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RD$ 345
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RD$ 1,909
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RD$ 320
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RD$ 171
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RD$ 241
4 rolls of toilet paper RD$ 102
Tube of toothpaste RD$ 142
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RD$ 636
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RD$ 619
2 tickets to the movies RD$ 485
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RD$ 1,859
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RD$ 2,290
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RD$ 435
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RD$ 141
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RD$ 126
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RD$ 39,384
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RD$ 8
1 month of gym membership in business district RD$ 1,766
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RD$ 235
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 292 prices entered by 90 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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