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:

  • $ 33 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.5 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 731* (700 CUC)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 85 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 3 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1682* (1610 CUC)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 176 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 7.7 per person
  • $ 1 per person

Total budget:

$ 3219* (3066 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 41% 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 24% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Varadero
Cienfuegos 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cienfuegos
Havana 19% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Havana
Santa Clara 23% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Clara
Santiago de Cuba 46% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santiago de Cuba

Local prices in Cuba by expense type

Restaurant budget in Cuba

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Cuba costs 52% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.3/person
($ 4.1 to $ 7.4)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 8.4/person
($ 5.3 to $ 17)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.3/person
($ 3.2 to $ 7.2)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.2)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.4/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.2/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

46% 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 44% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 38/night
($ 28 to $ 53)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 55/night
($ 21 to $ 189)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 114/night
($ 45 to $ 569)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 237/night
($ 119 to $ 566)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 407/night
($ 158 to $ 597)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 49/month
($ 23 to $ 141)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 58/month
($ 24 to $ 167)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 132/month
($ 55 to $ 462)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 63/month
($ 22 to $ 281)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Cuba

On average, the price of supermarket food in Cuba costs 36% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.4/litre
($ 2.2 to $ 2.6)

173% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/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
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 2.4/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 2.7)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 6.3)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 5.5/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 7.6)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.3/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 14)

23% 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 21% 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
$ 6.8/month
($ 4.2 to $ 9.4)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

56% 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 $ 1.1)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 101/24hrs
($ 28 to $ 176)

155% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Cuba

On average, the cost of housing in Cuba costs 37% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 12/month
($ 6.3 to $ 16)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

223% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 77/month
($ 54 to $ 107)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 374/month
($ 107 to $ 792)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 71/month
($ 44 to $ 127)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 532/month
($ 234 to $ 1266)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 159/month
($ 107 to $ 265)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 18/month
($ 10.5 to $ 28)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 24/month
($ 22 to $ 33)

97% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 11598/yr
($ 5272 to $ 21085)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Cuba

On average, budget for leisure activities in Cuba costs 76% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

96% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.9/hr
($ 4.9 to $ 10.5)

57% 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 17% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.6/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 40
($ 22 to $ 54)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 48
($ 44 to $ 54)

29% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 81
($ 48 to $ 118)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 63
($ 44 to $ 96)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Havana
London → Havana
London → Havana
$ 867
(fair price: $ 800)
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
New York City → Havana
$ 542
(fair price: $ 428)
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
Dublin → Havana
$ 889
(fair price: $ 783)
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
Manchester → Havana
$ 1026
(fair price: $ 894)
Los Angeles → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
Los Angeles  → Havana
$ 526
(fair price: $ 443)
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
London → Varadero
$ 984
(fair price: $ 842)
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
Toronto (Ontario) → Havana
$ 556
(fair price: $ 459)
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
Manchester → Varadero
$ 1094
(fair price: $ 841)
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
Edinburgh → Havana
$ 1054
(fair price: $ 935)
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
Toronto (Ontario) → Varadero
$ 551
(fair price: $ 456)

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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 17-03-2019.

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