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:

$ 897* (490826 CRC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 66 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 9.4 per person
  • $ 6.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2126* (1163204 CRC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 137 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 47 per person
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 4181* (2287950 CRC)

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


Cost of living in San Jose compared to Costa Rica in 2020

On average, the cost of living in San Jose in 2020 is 15% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in San Jose in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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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 17% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.5/person
($ 5.3 to $ 16)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 28/person
($ 17 to $ 45)

8% 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
($ 6.6 to $ 11)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.9 for 500ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.3 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 6)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.1/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 4.7)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.7/can
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4/bottle
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in San Jose

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in San Jose is 52% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 36/night
($ 33 to $ 40)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 45/night
($ 26 to $ 66)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 47 to $ 150)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 186/night
($ 100 to $ 308)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 165/night
( $ 165)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 36/month
($ 22 to $ 49)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 87/month
($ 47 to $ 140)

48% 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
$ 119/month
($ 49 to $ 243)

28% 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
$ 64/month
($ 39 to $ 94)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 138/month
($ 79 to $ 238)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in San Jose

On average, the price of supermarket food in San Jose is 9% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

73% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 3.3)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 2.9)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.1/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 4.1)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.5/kg
($ 3.3 to $ 12)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.5/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 12)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 5/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 7.5)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 7.4)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 5.6)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 5.1)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 2.9)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.6
($ 1.3 to $ 3.8)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 10.5/kg
($ 6.6 to $ 17)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in San Jose

On average, the price of transport in San Jose is 30% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 55/month
($ 45 to $ 85)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.3/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

64% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.3
($ 1.2 to $ 1.7)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 21/24hrs
($ 4.8 to $ 90)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in San Jose

On average, the cost of housing in San Jose is 36% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 87/month
($ 48 to $ 180)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 171
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 72/month
($ 48 to $ 124)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 71
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 621/month
($ 378 to $ 1089)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1470
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 499/month
($ 284 to $ 872)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1175
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1121/month
($ 660 to $ 2178)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2352
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 943/month
($ 471 to $ 1851)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1853
Gym
Gym
$ 65/month
($ 39 to $ 104)

59% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 396/month
($ 189 to $ 634)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1008
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9224/yr
($ 4521 to $ 18831)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17632

Leisure activity budget in San Jose

On average, budget for leisure activities in San Jose is 22% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.6/ticket
($ 5.6 to $ 12)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 34/hr
($ 20 to $ 39)

92% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in San Jose

On average, shopping budget in San Jose is 18% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.5/pack
($ 3.8 to $ 6.6)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 73
($ 35 to $ 104)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 55
($ 29 to $ 130)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 112
($ 77 to $ 189)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 109
($ 58 to $ 152)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
New York City → San Jose
$ 524
(fair price: $ 414)
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
London → San Jose
$ 950
(fair price: $ 787)
Los Angeles → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
Los Angeles  → San Jose
$ 508
(fair price: $ 443)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
Toronto (Ontario) → San Jose
$ 513
(fair price: $ 445)
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
Montreal → San Jose
$ 569
(fair price: $ 486)
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
Manchester → San Jose
$ 948
(fair price: $ 844)
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
Dublin → San Jose
$ 983
(fair price: $ 897)
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
Edinburgh → San Jose
$ 977
(fair price: $ 874)
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
Sydney → San Jose
$ 1591
(fair price: $ 1410)
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
Auckland → San Jose
$ 1824
(fair price: $ 1587)
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
Melbourne → San Jose
$ 1757
(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 30-06-2020.

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