San Salvador travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to San Salvador

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 33 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.5 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 726*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 5.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 2125*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 120 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 52 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 4136*

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in San Salvador compared to El Salvador in 2020

On average, the cost of living in San Salvador in 2020 is 33% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in San Salvador in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in San Salvador by expense type

Restaurant budget in San Salvador

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in San Salvador is 50% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5/person
($ 3.2 to $ 6.5)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 17/person
($ 11 to $ 18)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 4.9 to $ 6.5)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.3 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 1.7)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

60% 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 $ 1.1)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in San Salvador

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in San Salvador is 48% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 35/night
($ 32 to $ 40)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 51/night
($ 33 to $ 73)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 51 to $ 134)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 152/night
($ 119 to $ 192)

42% 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)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 59/month
($ 39 to $ 78)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 181/month
($ 77 to $ 425)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 89/month
($ 52 to $ 137)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 75/month
($ 38 to $ 162)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 146/month
($ 82 to $ 234)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Supermarket food budget in San Salvador

On average, the price of supermarket food in San Salvador is 31% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.8)

78% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.6 to $ 2.2)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.1/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 8.4)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.6/kg
($ 3 to $ 7.2)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3/kg
($ 3 to $ 3)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.4/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.2/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.9/kg
($ 9.9 to $ 9.9)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in San Salvador

On average, the price of transport in San Salvador is 15% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 23/month
($ 12 to $ 28)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 3.2/km
($ 3.2 to $ 5.4)

73% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 4.3
($ 4.3 to $ 5.4)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
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

Budget for living and housing in San Salvador

On average, the cost of housing in San Salvador is 56% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 69/month
($ 35 to $ 77)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 28/month
($ 28 to $ 46)

61% 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)
$ 426/month
($ 271 to $ 757)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1426
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 421/month
($ 271 to $ 649)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1139
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 876/month
($ 649 to $ 1297)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2297
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 882/month
($ 433 to $ 1621)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1808
Gym
Gym
$ 38/month
($ 23 to $ 55)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 75/month
($ 55 to $ 326)

92% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 995
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 2973/yr
($ 1361 to $ 7559)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17403

Leisure activity budget in San Salvador

On average, budget for leisure activities in San Salvador is 18% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.4/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 5.4)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 21/hr
($ 11 to $ 28)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in San Salvador

On average, shopping budget in San Salvador is 11% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.5/pack
($ 2.7 to $ 4.3)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 52
($ 28 to $ 88)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 41
($ 17 to $ 66)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 84
($ 66 to $ 131)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 90
($ 55 to $ 136)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → San Salvador
Los Angeles  → San Salvador
Los Angeles  → San Salvador
$ 560
(fair price: $ 446)
New York City → San Salvador
New York City → San Salvador
New York City → San Salvador
$ 640
(fair price: $ 480)
Montreal → San Salvador
Montreal → San Salvador
Montreal → San Salvador
$ 562
(fair price: $ 452)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
Toronto (Ontario) → San Salvador
$ 539
(fair price: $ 457)
London → San Salvador
London → San Salvador
London → San Salvador
$ 960
(fair price: $ 830)

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About this information on the cost of living in San Salvador

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

The information about the cost of living in San Salvador was updated on 09-02-2020.

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