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

List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica. Current as of Jan 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,649
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,592
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,338
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 771
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,657
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,075
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,842
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,882
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 904
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 905
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 9,142
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,729
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 697
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 697,786
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 357,941
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 91,390
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 497,867
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 360,981
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 48,431
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 21,553
40” flat screen TV ₡ 270,920
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 70,649
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 3,776
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,365
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 36,557
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 37,348
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 56,975
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 45,719
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 14,826,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 661
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 27,380
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,915
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,124
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 25,122
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 41,388
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,617
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,690
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,481
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 2,196
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,516
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 6,937
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 18,515
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,610
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 30,443
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,780
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,728
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,094
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,493
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₡ 329,018
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 36
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 29,901
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,946
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 744 prices entered by 74 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2019.

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