Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 4,526
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₡ 3,783
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,361
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 837
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,788
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,309
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 3,653
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,673
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,049
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 929
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 7,363
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₡ 1,458
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 744
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₡ 804,188
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 ₡ 62,686
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) ₡ 21,017
40” flat screen TV ₡ 283,354
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 59,355
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 3,847
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 1,753
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₡ 35,438
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₡ 29,532
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 60,764
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 55,032
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 11,110,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 636
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 19,594
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 5,815
Personal Care [Edit]
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) ₡ 37,979
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₡ 3,445
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,753
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,269
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,662
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,523
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 5,140
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 15,309
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 5,868
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 23,453
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,819
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 3,404
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,071
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,875
iPod nano 16GB ₡ 94,375
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 37
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 29,982
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₡ 1,967
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,048 prices entered by 104 different people.
Latest price update: July 28, 2017.

San Jose position in our World Ranking

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184th
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17th
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