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

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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:

  • $ 35 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.2 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 763*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 107 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 2855*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 123 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 29 per person
  • $ 68 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 4694*

* 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 2019

Cost of living: El Salvador VS United States

On average, the cost of living in El Salvador in 2019 is 26% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in El Salvador in 2019 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 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Salvador
Santa Tecla 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Tecla
Acajutla 23% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Acajutla
Zacatecoluca 30% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Zacatecoluca
Chinameca 30% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chinameca
San Francisco Menendez 30% lessTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco Menendez
San Miguel 32% lessTravel budget and cost of living in San Miguel

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Local prices in El Salvador by expense type

Restaurant budget in El Salvador

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in El Salvador costs 44% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.2 to $ 7.5)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 17/person
($ 12 to $ 22)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5.4 to $ 6.5)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.6)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in El Salvador

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in El Salvador costs 37% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 40/night
($ 29 to $ 51)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 82/night
($ 57 to $ 112)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 133/night
($ 94 to $ 196)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 153/night
($ 118 to $ 195)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 93/night
( $ 93)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 54/month
($ 33 to $ 73)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 193/month
($ 128 to $ 327)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 126/month
($ 82 to $ 189)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 90/month
($ 66 to $ 132)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 165/month
($ 128 to $ 214)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in El Salvador

On average, the price of supermarket food in El Salvador costs 27% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.7)

69% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.8/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.6 to $ 2.4)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.5/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 9.4)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.1/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 8.5)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 3.2/kg
($ 3 to $ 3.6)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.7/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 4.7)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 2.2)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 9.8 to $ 15)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in El Salvador

On average, the price of transport in El Salvador is essentially the same as in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 22/month
($ 12 to $ 33)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.3/km
($ 2.6 to $ 5.4)

135% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 5.4
($ 3.2 to $ 5.4)

54% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 23/24hrs
($ 15 to $ 39)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in El Salvador

On average, the cost of housing in El Salvador costs 48% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 70/month
($ 38 to $ 108)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 51/month
($ 22 to $ 97)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 421/month
($ 161 to $ 747)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 401/month
($ 214 to $ 641)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 833/month
($ 427 to $ 1280)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 808/month
($ 427 to $ 1600)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 34/month
($ 22 to $ 54)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 170/month
($ 65 to $ 321)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4959/yr
($ 2560 to $ 7466)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in El Salvador

On average, budget for leisure activities in El Salvador costs 22% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.3/ticket
($ 4.3 to $ 5.4)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 5.4 to $ 28)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in El Salvador

On average, shopping budget in El Salvador costs 10% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.2/pack
($ 2.6 to $ 4.3)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 52
($ 39 to $ 71)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 42
($ 33 to $ 54)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 84
($ 71 to $ 130)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 85
($ 65 to $ 108)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → San Salvador
Los Angeles  → San Salvador
Los Angeles  → San Salvador
$ 598
(fair price: $ 518)
New York City → San Salvador
New York City → San Salvador
New York City → San Salvador
$ 690
(fair price: $ 536)
Montreal → San Salvador
Montreal → San Salvador
Montreal → San Salvador
$ 613
(fair price: $ 493)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
$ 569
(fair price: $ 480)
London → San Salvador
London → San Salvador
London → San Salvador
$ 1077
(fair price: $ 892)

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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 17-05-2019.

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