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: ₡ 1,551,153
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 710,941
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is more expensive than in 85% of cities in Latin America (6 out of 34)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 70% of cities in the World (140 out of 199)

List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 5,732
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 3,879
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 1,767
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 817
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,600
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 1,019
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,353
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 2,129
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 919
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 1,039
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 10,723
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,487
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 675
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 571,793
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 282,034
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 39,804
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 449,848
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 230,395
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 24,866
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 15,420
40” flat screen tv ₡ 189,361
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 63,216
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 4,446
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,478
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 37,092
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 21,031
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 55,547
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 51,565
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 11,815,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 597
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 21,831
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 6,658
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 3,970
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 10,173
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 46,662
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 3,289
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 2,690
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,594
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,552
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,292
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 7,909
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 12,962
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 6,041
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 23,454
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 30,199
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 4,311
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,210
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,440
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 325,729
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 47
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 40,724
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,283
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,205 prices entered by 113 different people.
Latest price update: January 18, 2021

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

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140th
out of 199
latin america
6th
out of 34

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