Travel budget in El Salvador

El Salvador: calculate your travel budget

El Salvador: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 33 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.9 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 765*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 104 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 2654*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 124 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 52 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 4223*

* 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 El Salvador in 2020

Cost of living: El Salvador VS United States

On average, the cost of living in El Salvador 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 El Salvador by city

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

Cities /El Salvador View Details
San Salvador 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Salvador
Acajutla 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Acajutla
Santa Tecla 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Tecla
Apopa 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Apopa
Aguilares 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Aguilares
Cojutepeque 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cojutepeque
San Miguel 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in San Miguel

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Local prices in El Salvador by expense type

El Salvador: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in El Salvador costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 6.3/person
($ 3.2 to $ 10.5)

60% 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
($ 10.5 to $ 22)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.3/person
($ 5.3 to $ 6.3)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.3 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.6)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.6/cup
($ 0.8 to $ 4.2)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

El Salvador: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in El Salvador costs 38% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 39/night
($ 28 to $ 48)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 77/night
($ 49 to $ 115)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 132/night
($ 90 to $ 196)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 155/night
($ 119 to $ 196)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 93/night
( $ 93)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 53/month
($ 32 to $ 73)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 185/month
($ 118 to $ 316)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 131/month
($ 87 to $ 190)

21% 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
$ 79/month
($ 53 to $ 122)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 183/month
($ 124 to $ 263)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

El Salvador: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in El Salvador costs 30% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.9)

77% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 4.1)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.7/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 8.1)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 7.2)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 7.8)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 4.7)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 3.2)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.2/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 14)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

El Salvador: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in El Salvador costs 6% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 24/month
($ 12 to $ 44)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 3.2/km
($ 2.2 to $ 6.3)

78% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

33% 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)
$ 5.3
($ 3.2 to $ 5.3)

57% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 23/24hrs
($ 15 to $ 39)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

El Salvador: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in El Salvador costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 63/month
($ 44 to $ 159)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 48/month
($ 28 to $ 85)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 412/month
($ 212 to $ 634)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1447
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 340/month
($ 212 to $ 529)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1155
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 752/month
($ 423 to $ 1267)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2323
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 648/month
($ 371 to $ 1057)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1830
Gym
Gym
$ 33/month
($ 16 to $ 54)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 155/month
($ 70 to $ 265)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1003
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5087/yr
($ 3167 to $ 7599)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17436

El Salvador: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in El Salvador costs 20% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.3/ticket
($ 4.2 to $ 7.9)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 21/hr
($ 5.3 to $ 28)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

El Salvador: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in El Salvador costs 10% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.2/pack
($ 3.7 to $ 6.3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 55
($ 33 to $ 85)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 40
($ 28 to $ 64)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 81
($ 64 to $ 101)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 89
($ 64 to $ 107)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → San Salvador
Los Angeles  → San Salvador
Los Angeles  → San Salvador
$ 529
(fair price: $ 421)
New York City → San Salvador
New York City → San Salvador
New York City → San Salvador
$ 587
(fair price: $ 453)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
$ 544
(fair price: $ 461)
Montreal → San Salvador
Montreal → San Salvador
Montreal → San Salvador
$ 532
(fair price: $ 450)
London → San Salvador
London → San Salvador
London → San Salvador
$ 954
(fair price: $ 835)
Dublin → San Salvador
Dublin → San Salvador
Dublin → San Salvador
$ 1186
(fair price: $ 912)
Manchester → San Salvador
Manchester → San Salvador
Manchester → San Salvador
$ 1132
(fair price: $ 868)

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About the information on the cost of living in El Salvador

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

Information about cost of living in El Salvador updated on 14-07-2020.

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