Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,244
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,661
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,459
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 749
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,773
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,180
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,228
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,626
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 956
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 951
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 6,930
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,489
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 720
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 743,990
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 287,796
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 58,309
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 502,867
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 236,861
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 46,824
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 22,180
40” flat screen TV ₡ 268,571
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 54,885
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,284
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,544
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 36,442
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 31,217
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 66,743
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 62,959
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 12,023,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 616
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 19,295
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,593
Personal Care
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) ₡ 40,911
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,548
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,937
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,382
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,542
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,384
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 5,464
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 15,484
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 5,683
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 20,574
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 31,750
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,446
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,418
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 2,106
iPod nano 16GB ₡ 119,430
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 39
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 32,807
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,926
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 986 prices entered by 100 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2017.

San Jose position in our World Ranking

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135th
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15th
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