San Jose travel budget

San Jose: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to San Jose

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 882* (472836 CRC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 67 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 8.7 per person
  • $ 5.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 2055* (1102206 CRC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 136 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 42 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 3932* (2109282 CRC)

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


Cost of living in San Jose compared to Costa Rica in 2019

On average, the cost of living in San Jose in 2019 is 20% less than the average cost of living in United States.

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in San Jose in 2019 compared to average prices in United States:


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Local prices in San Jose by expense type

Restaurant budget in San Jose

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in San Jose is 22% cheaper than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.1/person
($ 6.3 to $ 11)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 23/person
($ 16 to $ 33)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.4/person
($ 6.7 to $ 9)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.7 for 500ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 4.5)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3/cup
($ 2.2 to $ 3.9)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.7/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.7)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.6/bottle
($ 1.1 to $ 2.7)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in San Jose

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in San Jose is 51% cheaper than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 39/night
($ 34 to $ 44)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 45/night
($ 26 to $ 69)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 89/night
($ 46 to $ 158)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 182/night
($ 97 to $ 304)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 165/night
( $ 165)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 36/month
($ 21 to $ 54)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 88/month
($ 47 to $ 149)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 115/month
($ 47 to $ 242)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 67/month
($ 40 to $ 115)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 137/month
($ 79 to $ 232)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in San Jose

On average, the price of supermarket food in San Jose is 10% cheaper than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

64% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.2/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 3.6)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.4/kg
($ 5 to $ 13)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.7/kg
($ 6.3 to $ 11)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 4.4/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 6.3)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 5.4)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 5.4)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.6)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.5
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 8.1 to $ 14)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in San Jose

On average, the price of transport in San Jose is 34% cheaper than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 54/month
($ 42 to $ 64)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

44% 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)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 21/24hrs
($ 4.8 to $ 90)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in San Jose

On average, the cost of housing in San Jose is 36% cheaper than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 81/month
($ 38 to $ 127)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 85/month
($ 46 to $ 137)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 523/month
($ 361 to $ 856)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 453/month
($ 272 to $ 696)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1109
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1030/month
($ 722 to $ 1604)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 825/month
($ 542 to $ 1284)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1776
Gym
Gym
$ 64/month
($ 38 to $ 102)

59% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 384/month
($ 214 to $ 578)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9267/yr
($ 5768 to $ 12826)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17419

Leisure activity budget in San Jose

On average, budget for leisure activities in San Jose is essentially the same as in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.5/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 7.2)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 27/hr
($ 9 to $ 38)

58% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in San Jose

On average, shopping budget in San Jose is 17% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.9/pack
($ 3.6 to $ 4.5)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 72
($ 49 to $ 91)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 58
($ 38 to $ 109)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 109
($ 91 to $ 181)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 107
($ 73 to $ 145)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
$ 512
(fair price: $ 446)
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
$ 985
(fair price: $ 799)
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
$ 490
(fair price: $ 415)
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
$ 554
(fair price: $ 480)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
$ 501
(fair price: $ 443)
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
$ 947
(fair price: $ 837)
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
$ 972
(fair price: $ 893)
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
$ 978
(fair price: $ 878)
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
$ 1574
(fair price: $ 1434)
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
$ 1859
(fair price: $ 1611)
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
$ 1735
(fair price: $ 1559)

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About this information on the cost of living in San Jose

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

The information about the cost of living in San Jose was updated on 18-11-2019.

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