Cost of living in Kingston, Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Kingston

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$436,500
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$195,607
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Kingston, Jamaica. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$954
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$816
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$508
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$414
12 eggs, large J$587
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$585
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$841
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$749
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$378
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$322
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$2,633
2 liters of coca-cola J$263
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$368
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$161,960
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$74,327
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$18,781
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$80,034
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$44,746
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$10,272
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$6,176
40” flat screen tv J$53,456
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$15,633
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$1,605
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$495
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$8,300
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$4,875
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$11,338
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$7,687
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$3,954,080
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$154
Monthly ticket public transport J$5,517
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) J$1,518
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$935
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$2,593
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$2,877
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$1,041
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$352
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$1,036
4 rolls of toilet paper J$406
Tube of toothpaste J$174
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$1,211
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$7,042
2 tickets to the movies J$2,588
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$4,795
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$10,181
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$840
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$886
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$224
Ipad wi-fi 128gb J$81,026
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$9
1 month of gym membership in business district J$9,807
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$766
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 185 prices entered by 15 different people.
Latest price update: January 25, 2021

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