Travel budget and cost of living in Cuba how much does a trip cost?

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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.
  • $ 9.7 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 754* (714 CUC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 84 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person
  • $ 1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1759* (1652 CUC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 161 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 9.5 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 3249* (3038 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 2019

Cost of living: Cuba VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Cuba in 2019 is 43% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Cuba in 2019 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
Varadero 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Varadero
Cienfuegos 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cienfuegos
Havana 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Havana
Santa Clara 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Clara
Santiago de Cuba 146% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santiago de Cuba

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Local prices in Cuba by expense type

Restaurant budget in Cuba

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Cuba costs 46% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 6.5/person
($ 5.4 to $ 11)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 5.4 to $ 17)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.2 to $ 7.3)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.4 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.2)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.6/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.4/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Cuba

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Cuba costs 42% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 38/night
($ 30 to $ 46)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 55/night
($ 39 to $ 67)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 112/night
($ 77 to $ 143)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 223/night
($ 165 to $ 245)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 287/night
($ 193 to $ 251)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 48/month
($ 38 to $ 64)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 57/month
($ 40 to $ 79)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 131/month
($ 96 to $ 174)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 59/month
($ 44 to $ 87)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 188/month
($ 139 to $ 269)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Cuba

On average, the price of supermarket food in Cuba costs 35% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.4/litre
($ 2.2 to $ 2.6)

177% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 0.6)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.8)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 0.6/12 eggs
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 3/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.1/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 6.5)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.4/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 7.8)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 2.4)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.2/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 15)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Cuba

On average, the price of transport in Cuba costs 55% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0 to $ 0.5)

94% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 4.3/month
($ 4.3 to $ 9.7)

94% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.6 to $ 0.6)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.6)

65% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.6
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5

Budget for living and housing in Cuba

On average, the cost of housing in Cuba costs 35% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 13/month
($ 5.4 to $ 44)

92% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

245% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 81/month
($ 54 to $ 108)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 352/month
($ 87 to $ 805)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 67/month
($ 44 to $ 128)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 524/month
($ 216 to $ 1286)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 145/month
($ 108 to $ 193)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 18/month
($ 11 to $ 28)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 26/month
($ 22 to $ 33)

97% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 11781/yr
($ 5355 to $ 21418)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Cuba

On average, budget for leisure activities in Cuba costs 74% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 1/ticket
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

92% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7/hr
($ 5 to $ 11)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Cuba

On average, shopping budget in Cuba costs 17% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.4/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 44
($ 28 to $ 54)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 49
($ 44 to $ 54)

31% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 75
($ 44 to $ 119)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 70
($ 44 to $ 97)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Havana
London → Havana
London → Havana
$ 872
(fair price: $ 811)
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
$ 893
(fair price: $ 781)
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
$ 995
(fair price: $ 888)
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
$ 976
(fair price: $ 830)
Los Angeles → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
$ 506
(fair price: $ 423)
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
$ 482
(fair price: $ 396)
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
$ 490
(fair price: $ 404)
Montreal → Havana
Montreal → Havana
Montreal → Havana
$ 547
(fair price: $ 465)
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
$ 1036
(fair price: $ 802)
Montreal → Varadero
Montreal → Varadero
Montreal → Varadero
$ 591
(fair price: $ 487)
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
$ 551
(fair price: $ 451)
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
$ 1008
(fair price: $ 921)
New York City → Varadero
New York City → Varadero
New York City → Varadero
$ 907
(fair price: $ 684)

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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 22-05-2019.

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