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.
  • $ 10.5 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 777* (770 CUC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 79 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 3.9 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 1789* (1750 CUC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 168 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 9.7 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 3547* (3458 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 2021

Cost of living: Cuba VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Cuba in 2021 is 30% less than 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 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santiago de Cuba
Varadero 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Varadero
Havana 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Havana
Cienfuegos 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cienfuegos
Santa Clara 20% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Clara


Local prices in Cuba by expense type

Cuba: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Cuba costs 38% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.2/person
($ 4.5 to $ 13)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 16/person
($ 10.3 to $ 45)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.6/person
($ 5.1 to $ 8.2)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 3.8)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.4 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.7/cup
($ 0.5 to $ 5.1)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.3/can
($ 1.1 to $ 4.1)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3/bottle
($ 0.7 to $ 3.1)

13% 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)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
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 11% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.9/litre
($ 2 to $ 4.1)

229% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.8/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 2)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 2)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 0.8/12 eggs
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 13)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.5
Apples
Apples
$ 6.5/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 12)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 4.7)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 5.1)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
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): $ 1.8

Cuba: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Cuba costs 40% 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): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.9)

68% 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)
$ 1.1
($ 0.5 to $ 10.3)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3

Cuba: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Cuba costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 1.4/ticket
($ 0.8 to $ 10.3)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 5.1 to $ 32)

4% 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 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.1/pack
($ 1.1 to $ 5.1)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 54
($ 22 to $ 89)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 57
($ 32 to $ 95)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

London → Havana
London → Havana
London → Havana
$ 741
(fair price: $ 599)
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
$ 965
(fair price: $ 814)
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
$ 464
(fair price: $ 392)
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
$ 848
(fair price: $ 731)
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
$ 462
(fair price: $ 360)
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
$ 1001
(fair price: $ 823)


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 30-09-2021.

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