Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Summary of cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₡ 1,833,066
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 806,411
  • San Jose, Costa Rica is the 4th most expensive city in Latin America (4 out of 30)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 53% of cities in the World (110 out of 207)
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List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 6,983
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 5,046
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,290
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 950
12 eggs, large ₡ 2,505
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,253
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 3,625
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,138
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,462
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 964
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 8,480
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,743
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 952
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 605,171
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 321,439
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 38,122
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 426,773
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 227,481
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 35,538
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 18,732
40” flat screen tv ₡ 294,698
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 70,357
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 5,276
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,980
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 38,077
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 24,568
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 54,233
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 39,819
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 17,595,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 914
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 33,571
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 7,623
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,885
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 10,693
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 36,487
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 3,378
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,962
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,549
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,693
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,551
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 7,509
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 12,210
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,793
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 15,335
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 33,546
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 4,541
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,531
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,353
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 411,708
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 40
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 33,270
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,507
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 838 prices entered by 89 different people.
Latest price update: January 31, 2023

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

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110th
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latin america
4th
out of 30

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