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:

  • $ 33 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.4 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 728* (686 CUC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 81 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person
  • $ 0.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1701* (1596 CUC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 168 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 9.5 per person
  • $ 1.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 3353* (3136 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 essentially the same as in 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
Santiago de Cuba 149% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santiago de Cuba
Havana 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Havana
Varadero 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Varadero
Cienfuegos 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cienfuegos
Santa Clara 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Clara

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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 48% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.4/person
($ 5.4 to $ 11)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 8 to $ 17)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.2 to $ 7.5)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.2)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.4/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.6/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Cuba

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Cuba costs 44% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 38/night
($ 28 to $ 46)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 52/night
($ 39 to $ 70)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 109/night
($ 82 to $ 149)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 228/night
($ 186 to $ 275)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 263/night
($ 238 to $ 298)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 47/month
($ 35 to $ 65)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 55/month
($ 38 to $ 82)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 128/month
($ 93 to $ 174)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 55/month
($ 40 to $ 84)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 183/month
($ 146 to $ 238)

5% 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 39% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.4/litre
($ 2.2 to $ 2.6)

168% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.8)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 0.7/12 eggs
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 3.6/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.5)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.9/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 6.6)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 7.8)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.9)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 8.7/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 21)

29% 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 59% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

95% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 1.8/month
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

97% 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
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.6)

52% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7

Budget for living and housing in Cuba

On average, the cost of housing in Cuba costs 44% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 16/month
($ 6.5 to $ 29)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

173% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 85/month
($ 54 to $ 194)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 222/month
($ 108 to $ 429)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1382
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 65/month
($ 44 to $ 108)

94% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1096
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 412/month
($ 216 to $ 536)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2243
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 120/month
($ 63 to $ 216)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1756
Gym
Gym
$ 17/month
($ 11 to $ 28)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 26/month
($ 22 to $ 33)

97% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 961
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9631/yr
($ 5351 to $ 12841)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17191

Leisure activity budget in Cuba

On average, budget for leisure activities in Cuba costs 70% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8.6/hr
($ 5.4 to $ 11)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Cuba

On average, shopping budget in Cuba costs 20% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.6/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 2.6)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 41
($ 28 to $ 54)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 47
($ 44 to $ 54)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 81
($ 49 to $ 97)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 65
($ 44 to $ 87)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Havana
London → Havana
London → Havana
$ 878
(fair price: $ 774)
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
$ 979
(fair price: $ 884)
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
$ 875
(fair price: $ 757)
Los Angeles → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
$ 500
(fair price: $ 397)
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
$ 996
(fair price: $ 843)
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
$ 455
(fair price: $ 357)
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
$ 459
(fair price: $ 376)
Montreal → Havana
Montreal → Havana
Montreal → Havana
$ 531
(fair price: $ 437)
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
$ 1025
(fair price: $ 783)
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
$ 575
(fair price: $ 457)
Montreal → Varadero
Montreal → Varadero
Montreal → Varadero
$ 593
(fair price: $ 480)
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
$ 985
(fair price: $ 917)
New York City → Varadero
New York City → Varadero
New York City → Varadero
$ 907
(fair price: $ 691)
Dublin → Varadero
Dublin → Varadero
Dublin → Varadero
$ 1079
(fair price: $ 842)
Sydney → Havana
Sydney → Havana
Sydney → Havana
$ 2118
(fair price: $ 1943)

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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 04-11-2019.

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