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: ₡ 1,672,197
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₡ 735,680
  • San Jose, Costa Rica is the 4th most expensive city in Latin America (4 out of 35)
  • Cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica is cheaper than in 66% of cities in the World (104 out of 157)
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List of prices in San Jose, Costa Rica
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₡ 7,338
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₡ 4,520
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₡ 2,082
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₡ 812
12 eggs, large ₡ 1,775
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₡ 931
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₡ 2,885
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₡ 1,800
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₡ 1,052
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₡ 1,023
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₡ 8,693
2 liters of coca-cola ₡ 1,610
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₡ 746
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₡ 557,959
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₡ 283,774
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₡ 45,712
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₡ 412,496
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₡ 251,641
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₡ 36,581
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₡ 18,832
40” flat screen tv ₡ 186,306
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₡ 66,869
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₡ 5,453
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₡ 2,468
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₡ 37,819
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₡ 25,146
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₡ 61,319
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₡ 60,284
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₡ 15,593,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₡ 695
Monthly ticket public transport ₡ 25,968
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₡ 6,544
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₡ 4,424
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₡ 11,859
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₡ 36,633
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₡ 3,492
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₡ 3,311
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₡ 3,866
4 rolls of toilet paper ₡ 1,753
Tube of toothpaste ₡ 1,468
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₡ 7,276
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₡ 13,285
2 tickets to the movies ₡ 7,030
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₡ 16,493
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₡ 29,597
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₡ 4,309
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₡ 2,545
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₡ 1,281
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₡ 376,717
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₡ 43
1 month of gym membership in business district ₡ 33,838
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₡ 2,397
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,217 prices entered by 121 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2022

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San Jose position in our World Ranking

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4th
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