Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,934
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,890
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,370
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 825
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,772
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,352
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 3,806
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,280
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,096
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 885
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 8,326
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,450
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 690
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 772,680
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 260,850
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 81,394
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 635,452
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 341,599
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 51,946
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 22,310
40” flat screen TV ₡ 290,034
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 49,776
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 3,550
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 1,796
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 36,346
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 30,248
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 61,994
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 58,275
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 11,842,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 649
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 19,949
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,526
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,020
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 14,955
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 36,535
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,532
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,598
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,023
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,907
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,482
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 5,411
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 15,245
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,299
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 18,877
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,259
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,559
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 1,938
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,742
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₡ 332,439
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 37
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 29,991
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,913
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 850 prices entered by 91 different people.
Latest price update: November 19, 2017.

San Jose position in our World Ranking

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199th
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9th
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