Travel budget and cost of living in Costa Rica how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Costa Rica

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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:

  • $ 35 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 950* (518728 CRC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 94 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 8.7 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2395* (1308468 CRC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 208 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 38 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 4845* (2647078 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 2019

Cost of living: Costa Rica VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Costa Rica in 2019 is 16% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Costa Rica in 2019 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 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tamarindo
Heredia 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Heredia
San Jose 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in San Jose
Nicoya 23% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nicoya
Quepos 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Quepos
Puntarenas 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puntarenas
Puerto Limón 39% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Limón

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Local prices in Costa Rica by expense type

Restaurant budget in Costa Rica

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Costa Rica costs 23% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.2/person
($ 6.5 to $ 11)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 14 to $ 28)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.3/person
($ 6.5 to $ 9.1)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.7 for 500ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3.7)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.6 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 4.3)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.7/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 3.7)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.6/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4/bottle
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Costa Rica

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Costa Rica costs 17% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 38/night
($ 33 to $ 42)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 41 to $ 150)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 113/night
($ 70 to $ 186)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 304/night
($ 201 to $ 512)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 894/night
($ 814 to $ 970)

79% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 45/month
($ 32 to $ 64)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 167/month
($ 72 to $ 407)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 121/month
($ 61 to $ 234)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 109/month
($ 59 to $ 265)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 183/month
($ 113 to $ 309)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Costa Rica

On average, the price of supermarket food in Costa Rica costs 16% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.9)

66% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 4.4)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.5/kg
($ 4.2 to $ 13)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.6/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 11)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.2/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 5.5)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 4.5)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 4.3)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.2
($ 1.6 to $ 3.3)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.1/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 13)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Costa Rica

On average, the price of transport in Costa Rica costs 24% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 47/month
($ 33 to $ 55)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 1.1 to $ 1.8)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 1.1 to $ 1.4)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 45/24hrs
($ 33 to $ 75)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Costa Rica

On average, the cost of housing in Costa Rica costs 38% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 83/month
($ 39 to $ 128)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 72/month
($ 38 to $ 128)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 507/month
($ 293 to $ 857)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 396/month
($ 220 to $ 640)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 930/month
($ 549 to $ 1608)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 721/month
($ 403 to $ 1188)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 55/month
($ 38 to $ 83)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 391/month
($ 202 to $ 585)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 8735/yr
($ 4566 to $ 12851)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Costa Rica

On average, budget for leisure activities in Costa Rica costs 10% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.6/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 7.3)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 23/hr
($ 4.5 to $ 38)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Costa Rica

On average, shopping budget in Costa Rica is 16% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.1/pack
($ 3.2 to $ 4.5)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 69
($ 47 to $ 93)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 51
($ 38 to $ 75)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 112
($ 83 to $ 165)

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 104
($ 75 to $ 147)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → San Jose
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
$ 1089
(fair price: $ 844)
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
$ 537
(fair price: $ 443)
Los Angeles → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
$ 576
(fair price: $ 506)
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
$ 579
(fair price: $ 490)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
$ 537
(fair price: $ 461)
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
$ 979
(fair price: $ 872)
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
$ 1020
(fair price: $ 928)
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
$ 1011
(fair price: $ 913)

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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 22-05-2019.

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