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.
  • $ 10.2 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1157* (136934 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 117 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 3003* (355670 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 312 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 39 per person
  • $ 45 per person
  • $ 22 per person

Total budget:

$ 7289* (863296 $)

* 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 12% 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 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Port Antonio
Ocho Rios 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ocho Rios
Kingston 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kingston
Runaway Bay 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Runaway Bay
Black River 30% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Black River
Port Maria 30% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Port Maria
Negril 23% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Negril
Montego Bay 20% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Montego Bay

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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 33% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5/person
($ 3.8 to $ 6.7)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 27/person
($ 22 to $ 34)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.1/person
($ 5.7 to $ 7.5)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.7 to $ 2.5)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 4.2)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 4.2)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

48% 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 $ 1.3)

46% 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 costs 3% less than 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 $ 137)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 134/night
($ 79 to $ 239)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 490/night
($ 334 to $ 741)

90% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 554/night
($ 521 to $ 594)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 71/month
($ 66 to $ 76)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 205/month
($ 89 to $ 413)

26% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 204/month
($ 93 to $ 400)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 107/month
($ 58 to $ 201)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Jamaica

On average, the price of supermarket food in Jamaica costs 7% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.6/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 3.6)

201% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.5/500g
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.3)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3/12 eggs
($ 2.4 to $ 4.1)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.5/kg
($ 3 to $ 14)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.8/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 13)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 7.3/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 14)

59% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 2.5)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 3.3)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.1)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.2
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.3/kg
($ 3 to $ 11)

46% 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 8% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 52/month
($ 44 to $ 73)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.7/km
($ 1.1 to $ 4.2)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

70% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.5
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 57/24hrs
($ 42 to $ 89)

43% 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 49% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 101/month
($ 57 to $ 177)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
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
$ 46/month
($ 35 to $ 55)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 530/month
($ 294 to $ 671)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 279/month
($ 169 to $ 420)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1007/month
($ 545 to $ 1508)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 598/month
($ 336 to $ 838)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 53/month
($ 35 to $ 85)

38% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 322/month
($ 169 to $ 504)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1676/yr
($ 838 to $ 2765)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Jamaica

On average, budget for leisure activities in Jamaica is essentially the same as in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 11/ticket
($ 8.4 to $ 13)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 4.2 to $ 52)

16% 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 is essentially the same as in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.4/pack
($ 7.2 to $ 10)

29% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 42
($ 27 to $ 81)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 41
($ 17 to $ 69)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 67
($ 44 to $ 102)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 76
($ 44 to $ 127)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Montego Bay
London → Montego Bay
London → Montego Bay
$ 967
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Montego Bay
New York City → Montego Bay
New York City → Montego Bay
$ 623
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Montego Bay
Manchester → Montego Bay
Manchester → Montego Bay
$ 1130
(fair price: $ 0)
London → Kingston
London → Kingston
London → Kingston
$ 1074
(fair price: $ 916)
Los Angeles → Montego Bay
Los Angeles  → Montego Bay
Los Angeles  → Montego Bay
$ 728
(fair price: $ 0)
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
$ 512
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Kingston
New York City → Kingston
New York City → Kingston
$ 562
(fair price: $ 517)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
$ 619
(fair price: $ 525)
Dublin → Montego Bay
Dublin → Montego Bay
Dublin → Montego Bay
$ 955
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Kingston
Manchester → Kingston
Manchester → Kingston
$ 1228
(fair price: $ 993)

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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 23-03-2019.

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