Alajuela travel budget

Alajuela: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Alajuela

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 898* (555226 CRC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 75 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 10.2 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2177* (1345638 CRC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 157 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 38 per person
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 4189* (2589902 CRC)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Alajuela compared to Costa Rica in 2021

On average, the cost of living in Alajuela in 2021 is essentially identical to the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Alajuela in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Alajuela by expense type

Restaurant budget in Alajuela

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Alajuela is 25% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.2/person
($ 3.8 to $ 9.6)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 21/person
($ 8.1 to $ 30)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.6/person
($ 5.5 to $ 9.6)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.3 for 500ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.8)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.9/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.8/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.6/bottle
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Alajuela

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Alajuela is 52% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 40/night
($ 35 to $ 44)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 35 to $ 73)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 95/night
($ 60 to $ 149)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 219/night
($ 182 to $ 291)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 157/night
( $ 157)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 34/month
($ 24 to $ 44)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 72/month
($ 57 to $ 93)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 108/month
($ 66 to $ 162)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 52/month
($ 34 to $ 70)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 124/month
($ 87 to $ 167)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Alajuela

On average, the price of supermarket food in Alajuela is 17% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.7)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 1.9)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.3)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.1/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 4.7)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 6.6)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3.8/kg
($ 3.8 to $ 3.8)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 2.3)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.3)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.9
($ 1.9 to $ 2.9)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Public and private transport budget in Alajuela

On average, the price of transport in Alajuela is 10% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.2/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 1.9)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

88% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 1.2 to $ 1.3)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Car hire
Car hire
$ 36/24hrs
($ 26 to $ 41)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in Alajuela

On average, budget for leisure activities in Alajuela is 83% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.7/ticket
($ 3.8 to $ 7.6)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Tennis
Tennis
$ 49/hr
($ 21 to $ 78)

209% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Alajuela

On average, shopping budget in Alajuela is 11% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.3/pack
($ 1.7 to $ 5.7)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 59
($ 59 to $ 88)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 54
($ 30 to $ 72)

48% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
$ 402
(fair price: $ 311)
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
$ 760
(fair price: $ 616)
Los Angeles → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
$ 438
(fair price: $ 359)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
$ 514
(fair price: $ 444)
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
$ 542
(fair price: $ 453)
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
$ 880
(fair price: $ 762)


About this information on the cost of living in Alajuela

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

The information about the cost of living in Alajuela was updated on 06-05-2021.

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