Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,286
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,871
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,244
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 808
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,770
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,250
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 3,273
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,523
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,000
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 944
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 7,319
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,442
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 687
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 789,132
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 328,910
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 73,375
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 514,758
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 257,513
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 48,868
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 21,282
40” flat screen TV ₡ 283,354
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 59,355
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 3,847
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 1,770
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 35,495
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 28,962
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 61,720
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 55,119
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 11,420,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 638
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 19,594
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,815
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,055
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 10,908
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 37,979
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,445
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,753
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,269
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,662
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,523
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 4,463
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 14,611
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 5,672
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 23,453
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,845
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,392
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,109
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,945
iPod nano 16GB ₡ 101,072
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 37
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 27,877
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,926
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,065 prices entered by 97 different people.
Latest price update: May 30, 2017.

San Jose position in our World Ranking

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158th
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12th
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