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: ₡ 1,655,128
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 745,792
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is more expensive than in 83% of cities in Latin America (6 out of 30)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 61% of cities in the World (111 out of 181)
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List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica
Current as of Apr 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 6,686
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 4,764
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,271
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 1,059
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,984
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,263
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,975
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,748
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,073
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 1,062
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 8,292
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,671
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 899
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 578,340
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 314,776
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 36,405
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 370,755
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 201,195
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 21,882
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 13,575
40” flat screen tv ₡ 187,582
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 67,487
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 3,888
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,261
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 37,950
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 18,816
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 54,567
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 45,932
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 14,456,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 703
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 21,721
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 7,465
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,534
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 7,562
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 34,268
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 4,299
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 3,076
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 4,039
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,641
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,884
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 9,745
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 15,544
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 7,396
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 14,863
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 28,735
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 4,986
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 3,491
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,565
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 346,660
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 43
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 37,970
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,471
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 707 prices entered by 78 different people.
Latest price update: April 18, 2024

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San Jose, CRI position in our World Ranking

the world
111th
out of 181
latin america
6th
out of 30

Cheapest and most expensive products in San Jose, CRI compared to other cities:

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