Cost of living in San Salvador, El Salvador

Summary of cost of living in San Salvador

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,793
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,377
  • Cost of living in San Salvador is more expensive than in 57% of cities in Latin America (14 out of 30)
  • Cost of living in San Salvador is cheaper than in 77% of cities in the World (160 out of 209)
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List of prices in San Salvador
Current as of Feb 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $2.05
12 eggs, large $2.50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.86
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.15
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of coca-cola $2.00
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $0.97
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $1,143
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $675
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $74
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $567
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $379
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $46
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $27
40” flat screen tv $362
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $88
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $7
Hourly rate for cleaning help $10
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $42
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $98
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $84
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $19,386
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.21
Monthly ticket public transport $31
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $24
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.01
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $14
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $30
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $4.90
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.73
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.18
Tube of toothpaste $1.79
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $12
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $17
2 tickets to the movies $10
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $42
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $39
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.47
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $1.76
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $506
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.20
1 month of gym membership in business district $34
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $3.63
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 504 prices entered by 52 different people.
Latest price update: February 03, 2023

San Salvador position in our World Ranking

the world
160th
out of 209
latin america
14th
out of 30

Cheapest and most expensive products in San Salvador compared to other cities:

latin america
2nd
latin america
3rd

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