Cost of living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Summary of cost of living in Santo Domingo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RD$ 118,040
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RD$ 52,543
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List of prices in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RD$ 558
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RD$ 302
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RD$ 118
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RD$ 60
12 eggs, large RD$ 78
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RD$ 63
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RD$ 194
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RD$ 147
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RD$ 72
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RD$ 103
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RD$ 691
2 liters of coca-cola RD$ 66
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RD$ 34
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RD$ 43,580
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RD$ 19,187
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RD$ 4,775
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RD$ 25,239
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RD$ 12,120
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RD$ 2,368
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RD$ 1,379
40” flat screen tv RD$ 22,557
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RD$ 6,315
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RD$ 254
Hourly rate for cleaning help RD$ 185
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RD$ 2,043
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RD$ 1,373
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RD$ 3,455
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RD$ 4,078
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RD$ 795,493
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RD$ 55
Monthly ticket public transport RD$ 1,665
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RD$ 663
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RD$ 309
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RD$ 357
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RD$ 1,824
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RD$ 386
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RD$ 154
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RD$ 219
4 rolls of toilet paper RD$ 107
Tube of toothpaste RD$ 139
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RD$ 584
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RD$ 701
2 tickets to the movies RD$ 487
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RD$ 2,993
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RD$ 2,431
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RD$ 391
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RD$ 179
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RD$ 148
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RD$ 39,384
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RD$ 8
1 month of gym membership in business district RD$ 1,775
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RD$ 246
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 551 prices entered by 88 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2021

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