Travel budget in Cuba

Cuba: calculate your travel budget

Cuba: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 34 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 763* (728 CUC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 79 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person
  • $ 1.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1769* (1666 CUC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 168 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 30 per person
  • $ 9.5 per person
  • $ 2.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 3520* (3318 CUC)

* 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 Cuba in 2020

Cost of living: Cuba VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Cuba in 2020 is essentially the same as 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 Cuba by city

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

Cities /Cuba View Details
Santiago de Cuba 80% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santiago de Cuba
Varadero 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Varadero
Havana 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Havana
Cienfuegos 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cienfuegos
Santa Clara 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Clara

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Local prices in Cuba by expense type

Cuba: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Cuba costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 6.5/person
($ 2.2 to $ 10.6)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 17/person
($ 8 to $ 41)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.9/person
($ 5.4 to $ 7.4)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 4.2)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.8 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.6/cup
($ 0.6 to $ 4.3)

64% 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
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Cuba: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Cuba costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 39/night
($ 29 to $ 47)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 52/night
($ 40 to $ 67)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 81 to $ 145)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 230/night
($ 187 to $ 275)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 257/night
($ 232 to $ 291)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 47/month
($ 35 to $ 64)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 55/month
($ 38 to $ 82)

67% 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
$ 125/month
($ 90 to $ 169)

24% 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
$ 53/month
($ 38 to $ 83)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 176/month
($ 144 to $ 223)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Cuba: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Cuba costs 32% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.9/litre
($ 2.2 to $ 3.9)

218% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.2)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 0.6/12 eggs
($ 0.4 to $ 1.3)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 4.7/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 7.4)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.3/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 6.6)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.5/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 10.6)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.2)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 21)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Cuba: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Cuba costs 53% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

95% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 3.2/month
($ 3.2 to $ 4.3)

96% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 2)

74% 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)
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4

Cuba: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Cuba costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 22/month
($ 10.6 to $ 33)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 171
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

150% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 107/month
($ 54 to $ 214)

50% 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)
$ 194/month
($ 108 to $ 267)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1470
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 61/month
($ 44 to $ 87)

94% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1175
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 357/month
($ 214 to $ 1811)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2352
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 120/month
($ 87 to $ 267)

93% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1853
Gym
Gym
$ 17/month
($ 5.4 to $ 28)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 28/month
($ 22 to $ 33)

97% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1008
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9582/yr
($ 5324 to $ 12776)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17632

Cuba: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Cuba costs 73% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 1.3/ticket
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7/hr
($ 5.4 to $ 10.6)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Cuba: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Cuba costs 16% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.5/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 48
($ 22 to $ 65)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 45
($ 17 to $ 98)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 91
($ 49 to $ 119)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 69
($ 33 to $ 97)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

London → Havana
London → Havana
London → Havana
$ 867
(fair price: $ 771)
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
$ 1003
(fair price: $ 899)
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
$ 457
(fair price: $ 352)
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
$ 429
(fair price: $ 370)
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
$ 839
(fair price: $ 731)
Los Angeles → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
$ 482
(fair price: $ 380)
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
$ 1035
(fair price: $ 864)
Montreal → Havana
Montreal → Havana
Montreal → Havana
$ 560
(fair price: $ 446)
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
$ 1211
(fair price: $ 870)
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
$ 1057
(fair price: $ 944)
Montreal → Varadero
Montreal → Varadero
Montreal → Varadero
$ 566
(fair price: $ 465)
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
$ 551
(fair price: $ 446)
Sydney → Havana
Sydney → Havana
Sydney → Havana
$ 2126
(fair price: $ 1960)
Edinburgh → Varadero
Edinburgh → Varadero
Edinburgh → Varadero
$ 1854
(fair price: $ 1369)
Dublin → Varadero
Dublin → Varadero
Dublin → Varadero
$ 1065
(fair price: $ 841)
Auckland → Havana
Auckland → Havana
Auckland → Havana
$ 1900
(fair price: $ 1586)
New York City → Varadero
New York City → Varadero
New York City → Varadero
$ 967
(fair price: $ 685)
London → Santiago de Cuba
London → Santiago de Cuba
London → Santiago de Cuba
$ 2108
(fair price: $ 1608)

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About the information on the cost of living in Cuba

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

Information about cost of living in Cuba updated on 27-06-2020.

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