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

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Travel budget in Jamaica

Jamaica: calculate your travel budget

Jamaica: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 56 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1140* (143136 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 117 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 10.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 2971* (373072 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 311 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 48 per person
  • $ 21 per person

Total budget:

$ 7222* (907102 $)

* 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 Jamaica in 2019

Cost of living: Jamaica VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Jamaica in 2019 is 15% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Jamaica in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Jamaica by city

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

Cities /Jamaica View Details
Port Antonio 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Port Antonio
Ocho Rios 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ocho Rios
Runaway Bay 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Runaway Bay
Kingston 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kingston
Port Maria 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Port Maria
Black River 17% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Black River
Montego Bay 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Montego Bay
Negril 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Negril

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Local prices in Jamaica by expense type

Restaurant budget in Jamaica

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Jamaica costs 39% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.7/person
($ 3.6 to $ 6.3)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 24/person
($ 21 to $ 32)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.9/person
($ 5.4 to $ 7.6)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.9 for 500ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.7)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.9)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.4/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 3.9)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Jamaica

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Jamaica is essentially the same as in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 58/night
($ 54 to $ 61)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 100/night
($ 69 to $ 136)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 134/night
($ 79 to $ 241)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 487/night
($ 326 to $ 752)

89% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 553/night
($ 520 to $ 592)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 71/month
($ 65 to $ 76)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 204/month
($ 88 to $ 409)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 201/month
($ 93 to $ 394)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 107/month
($ 58 to $ 200)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 284/month
($ 145 to $ 560)

62% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Jamaica

On average, the price of supermarket food in Jamaica costs 9% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.5/litre
($ 1.9 to $ 3.3)

192% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.4/500g
($ 1.6 to $ 2.9)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 2)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.9/12 eggs
($ 2.4 to $ 3.8)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.9/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 13)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.4/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 5.5)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 7.8/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 13)

67% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.7)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.8)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.2/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.5/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 10.2)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Jamaica

On average, the price of transport in Jamaica is 5% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.8 to $ 0.8)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 48/month
($ 40 to $ 70)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 3/km
($ 1 to $ 3.9)

62% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

58% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.4
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 58/24hrs
($ 42 to $ 89)

46% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Jamaica

On average, the cost of housing in Jamaica costs 52% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 94/month
($ 53 to $ 165)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 42/month
($ 33 to $ 52)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 498/month
($ 275 to $ 628)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 263/month
($ 158 to $ 392)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 966/month
($ 511 to $ 1412)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 551/month
($ 315 to $ 784)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 52/month
($ 33 to $ 79)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 317/month
($ 158 to $ 471)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1216/yr
($ 784 to $ 1960)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Jamaica

On average, budget for leisure activities in Jamaica costs 6% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 10.2/ticket
($ 7.9 to $ 13)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 18/hr
($ 3.9 to $ 48)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Jamaica

On average, shopping budget in Jamaica costs 8% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.4/pack
($ 6.7 to $ 9.4)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 40
($ 24 to $ 76)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 16 to $ 64)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 65
($ 45 to $ 95)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 71
($ 45 to $ 119)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Kingston
London → Kingston
London → Kingston
$ 1446
(fair price: $ 938)
London → Montego Bay
London → Montego Bay
London → Montego Bay
$ 993
(fair price: $ 882)
New York City → Montego Bay
New York City → Montego Bay
New York City → Montego Bay
$ 616
(fair price: $ 518)
New York City → Kingston
New York City → Kingston
New York City → Kingston
$ 563
(fair price: $ 502)
Los Angeles → Montego Bay
Los Angeles  → Montego Bay
Los Angeles  → Montego Bay
$ 732
(fair price: $ 590)
Manchester → Montego Bay
Manchester → Montego Bay
Manchester → Montego Bay
$ 1128
(fair price: $ 937)
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
$ 520
(fair price: $ 464)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
$ 625
(fair price: $ 531)
Los Angeles → Kingston
Los Angeles  → Kingston
Los Angeles  → Kingston
$ 746
(fair price: $ 649)
Manchester → Kingston
Manchester → Kingston
Manchester → Kingston
$ 1136
(fair price: $ 977)
Montreal → Montego Bay
Montreal → Montego Bay
Montreal → Montego Bay
$ 554
(fair price: $ 492)
Dublin → Montego Bay
Dublin → Montego Bay
Dublin → Montego Bay
$ 949
(fair price: $ 801)
Dublin → Kingston
Dublin → Kingston
Dublin → Kingston
$ 1033
(fair price: $ 924)
Montreal → Kingston
Montreal → Kingston
Montreal → Kingston
$ 714
(fair price: $ 609)

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About the information on the cost of living in Jamaica

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

Information about cost of living in Jamaica updated on 16-05-2019.

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