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:

  • $ 57 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1137* (153496 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 116 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 3058* (413168 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 305 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 60 per person
  • $ 22 per person

Total budget:

$ 7488* (1011682 $)

* 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 2020

Cost of living: Jamaica VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Jamaica 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 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
Kingston 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kingston
Ocho Rios 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ocho Rios
Mandeville 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mandeville
Runaway Bay 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Runaway Bay
Negril 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Negril
Black River 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Black River
Montego Bay 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Montego Bay

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Local prices in Jamaica by expense type

Jamaica: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Jamaica costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.5/person
($ 3.3 to $ 7.5)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 23/person
($ 16 to $ 42)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.3/person
($ 5.3 to $ 6.8)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2 for 500ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.7)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.6 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.4/cup
($ 1 to $ 6)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Jamaica: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Jamaica is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 58/night
($ 55 to $ 61)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 70 to $ 134)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 134/night
($ 82 to $ 218)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 476/night
($ 287 to $ 762)

82% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 556/night
($ 524 to $ 594)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 76/month
($ 71 to $ 82)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 192/month
($ 93 to $ 341)

14% 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
$ 189/month
($ 97 to $ 342)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 102/month
($ 59 to $ 165)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 269/month
($ 162 to $ 439)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Jamaica: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Jamaica costs 12% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.4/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

172% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.4/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 3.5)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 2)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.6/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 28)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.3/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 7)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 6.3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 12)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 6)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 4.5)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 7.5)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 2.6)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.4/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 9.8)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Jamaica: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Jamaica is 9% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 39/month
($ 17 to $ 66)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 3.8/km
($ 1.6 to $ 6.6)

112% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

60% 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)
$ 1.9
($ 1 to $ 3.8)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 58/24hrs
($ 42 to $ 89)

46% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Jamaica: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Jamaica costs 55% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 83/month
($ 52 to $ 151)

51% 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 $ 0.1)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 41/month
($ 39 to $ 54)

42% 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)
$ 510/month
($ 302 to $ 1051)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1447
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 297/month
($ 151 to $ 737)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1155
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1091/month
($ 603 to $ 3009)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2323
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 660/month
($ 340 to $ 1996)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1830
Gym
Gym
$ 48/month
($ 32 to $ 91)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 239/month
($ 114 to $ 564)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1003
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 603/yr
($ 377 to $ 1505)

96% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17436

Jamaica: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Jamaica costs 30% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 10.5/ticket
($ 7.5 to $ 15)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9.4/hr
($ 3.8 to $ 16)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Jamaica: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Jamaica costs 19% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.1/pack
($ 5.3 to $ 10.5)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 35
($ 16 to $ 61)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 29
($ 12 to $ 54)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 59
($ 35 to $ 81)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 82
($ 39 to $ 137)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 103

Plane ticket budget

London → Montego Bay
London → Montego Bay
London → Montego Bay
$ 1039
(fair price: $ 900)
New York City → Montego Bay
New York City → Montego Bay
New York City → Montego Bay
$ 573
(fair price: $ 490)
Manchester → Montego Bay
Manchester → Montego Bay
Manchester → Montego Bay
$ 1177
(fair price: $ 971)
London → Kingston
London → Kingston
London → Kingston
$ 1164
(fair price: $ 905)
Los Angeles → Montego Bay
Los Angeles  → Montego Bay
Los Angeles  → Montego Bay
$ 705
(fair price: $ 585)
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
Toronto (Ontario) → Montego Bay
$ 531
(fair price: $ 464)
New York City → Kingston
New York City → Kingston
New York City → Kingston
$ 523
(fair price: $ 461)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
Toronto (Ontario) → Kingston
$ 635
(fair price: $ 532)
Manchester → Kingston
Manchester → Kingston
Manchester → Kingston
$ 1140
(fair price: $ 985)
Montreal → Montego Bay
Montreal → Montego Bay
Montreal → Montego Bay
$ 554
(fair price: $ 504)
Los Angeles → Kingston
Los Angeles  → Kingston
Los Angeles  → Kingston
$ 680
(fair price: $ 594)
Edinburgh → Montego Bay
Edinburgh → Montego Bay
Edinburgh → Montego Bay
$ 1170
(fair price: $ 1033)
Dublin → Montego Bay
Dublin → Montego Bay
Dublin → Montego Bay
$ 955
(fair price: $ 827)
Edinburgh → Kingston
Edinburgh → Kingston
Edinburgh → Kingston
$ 1185
(fair price: $ 1033)
Dublin → Kingston
Dublin → Kingston
Dublin → Kingston
$ 1060
(fair price: $ 911)
Montreal → Kingston
Montreal → Kingston
Montreal → Kingston
$ 737
(fair price: $ 611)

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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 09-07-2020.

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