Cost of living in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Montego Bay

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$387,410
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$162,039
  • 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 Montego Bay, Jamaica. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$628
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$915
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$478
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$347
12 eggs, large J$390
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$258
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$800
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$1,019
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$275
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$349
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$4,165
2 liters of coca-cola J$211
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$131
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$120,135
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$57,887
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$16,539
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$72,928
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$33,895
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$11,500
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$5,086
40” flat screen tv J$40,000
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$15,160
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$1,200
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$438
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$4,719
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$5,673
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$8,671
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$10,409
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$3,865,420
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$136
Monthly ticket public transport -
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$850
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$3,000
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$3,217
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$1,400
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$954
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$1,500
4 rolls of toilet paper J$333
Tube of toothpaste J$394
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$1,294
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$4,412
2 tickets to the movies J$2,225
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$4,000
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$7,791
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$625
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$272
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$339
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$8
1 month of gym membership in business district J$7,379
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$797
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 14 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: August 21, 2020

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