Cost of living in Jamaica

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$671
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) J$689
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$394
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$263
12 eggs, large J$357
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$245
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$1,323
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$725
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$276
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$215
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$1,783
2 liters of Coca-Cola J$206
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$213
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area J$51,374
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area J$48,747
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$18,356
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area J$60,667
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area J$35,152
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio J$8,167
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) J$4,303
40” flat screen TV J$73,750
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) J$31,667
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$3,667
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$345
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) J$2,744
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) J$3,696
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) J$5,759
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$4,000
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$5,000,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$132
Monthly ticket public transport J$19,600
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$960
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$1,818
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) J$2,890
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) J$1,031
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$646
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$2,000
4 rolls of toilet paper J$258
Tube of toothpaste J$505
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$1,567
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$5,500
2 tickets to the movies J$2,333
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$3,600
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$11,320
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$750
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$1,275
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$300
iPod nano 16GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$6
1 month of gym membership in business district J$11,667
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes J$750

Map of Cost of Living in Jamaica


This map shows only the top cities in Jamaica. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

List of all cities available in Jamaica

Kingston Montego Bay New Kingston

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Recent Prices Added

  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Kingston costs J$7 (3 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Kingston costs J$697 (3 days ago)