Travel budget in Costa Rica

Costa Rica: calculate your travel budget

Costa Rica: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Costa Rica for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 38 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1073* (541604 CRC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 110 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 10.1 per person
  • $ 6.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 2848* (1437618 CRC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 245 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 49 per person
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 5807* (2931824 CRC)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).



Cost of living in Costa Rica in 2023

Cost of living: Costa Rica VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Costa Rica in 2023 is 15% less than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Costa Rica by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Costa Rica compared to the national average.

Cities /Costa Rica View Details
Tamarindo 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tamarindo
Quepos 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Quepos
Tilaran 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tilaran
Nicoya 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nicoya
Alajuela 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Alajuela
Esparza 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Esparza
San Jose 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in San Jose
Puerto Limón 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Limón
Puntarenas 19% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puntarenas

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Local prices in Costa Rica by expense type

Costa Rica: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Costa Rica costs 29% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 9.8/person
($ 5.9 to $ 18)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 28/person
($ 15 to $ 49)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.8/person
($ 7.8 to $ 9.8)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3 for 500ml
($ 1.7 to $ 5.9)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 4.4)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 5.5)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.9/can
($ 1.3 to $ 3)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7/bottle
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Costa Rica: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Costa Rica costs 24% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 41/night
($ 34 to $ 48)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 87/night
($ 54 to $ 157)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 146
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 133/night
($ 88 to $ 222)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 208
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 358/night
($ 216 to $ 647)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 305
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 670/night
($ 567 to $ 789)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 653
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 59/month
($ 38 to $ 91)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 131
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 181/month
($ 96 to $ 340)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 198
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 155/month
($ 85 to $ 312)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 187
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 115/month
($ 71 to $ 216)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 250
Family room
Family room
$ 220/month
($ 130 to $ 412)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192

Costa Rica: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Costa Rica costs 21% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

54% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 2.2/500g
($ 1 to $ 4.9)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 5.3)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.5/kg
($ 4.5 to $ 14)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 4.4/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 7.6)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 4.9)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.3)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.4
($ 1.3 to $ 3.9)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

Costa Rica: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Costa Rica costs 28% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.3/km
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.3
($ 1.2 to $ 1.9)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 29/24hrs
($ 14 to $ 72)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39

Costa Rica: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Costa Rica is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.8/ticket
($ 5.9 to $ 9.8)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 32/hr
($ 14 to $ 49)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

Costa Rica: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Costa Rica is 13% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.9/pack
($ 3.9 to $ 5.9)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 79
($ 40 to $ 108)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 52
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 57
($ 30 to $ 83)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41

Plane ticket budget

New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
$ 416
(fair price: $ 320)
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
$ 738
(fair price: $ 667)
Los Angeles → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
$ 409
(fair price: $ 337)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
$ 611
(fair price: $ 508)
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
$ 613
(fair price: $ 515)
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
$ 947
(fair price: $ 807)


About the information on the cost of living in Costa Rica

The information about the cost of living in Costa Rica shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Costa Rica updated on 28-01-2023.

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