Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 5,212
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,904
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,453
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 858
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,883
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,381
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 4,007
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,253
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,028
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 874
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 7,768
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,387
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 703
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 834,792
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₡ 324,256
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 99,599
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 703,430
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₡ 392,430
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₡ 51,949
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₡ 23,287
40” flat screen TV ₡ 281,462
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 48,634
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 3,552
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 1,819
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 35,966
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 33,449
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 58,505
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 54,645
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 12,073,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 644
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 19,516
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,346
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 2,925
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 15,396
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 35,613
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,544
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,311
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,079
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 2,008
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,414
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 5,423
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 14,778
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,600
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 19,819
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,704
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,363
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 1,944
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,564
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₡ 332,487
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 36
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 30,763
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,855
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 786 prices entered by 90 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2018.

San Jose position in our World Ranking

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199th
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9th
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