Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,223
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,830
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,193
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 767
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,966
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,183
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,987
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,517
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 979
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 944
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 7,098
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,514
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 733
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 751,538
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) ₡ 21,153
40” flat screen TV ₡ 272,123
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 59,355
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 3,948
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 1,732
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 34,680
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 32,387
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 64,374
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 57,463
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 11,297,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 635
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 19,608
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,698
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) ₡ 41,317
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,548
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,569
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,382
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,624
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,384
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 4,420
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 14,135
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 5,612
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 ₡ 32,345
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.) ₡ 1,988
iPod nano 16GB ₡ 106,524
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 39
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 29,880
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,926
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,063 prices entered by 101 different people.
Latest price update: March 28, 2017.

San Jose position in our World Ranking

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126th
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13th
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