Travel budget in Nicaragua

Nicaragua: calculate your travel budget

Nicaragua: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 24 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.4 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 611* (20650 NIO)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 70 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person
  • $ 6.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1755* (59402 NIO)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 182 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3965* (134190 NIO)

* 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 Nicaragua in 2020

Cost of living: Nicaragua VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua by city

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

Cities /Nicaragua View Details
San Juan del Sur 28% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Juan del Sur
Jinotega 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jinotega
Rivas 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Rivas
Managua 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Managua
Nandaime 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nandaime
Matagalpa 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Matagalpa

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Local prices in Nicaragua by expense type

Nicaragua: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Nicaragua costs 51% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5/person
($ 3 to $ 10)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 9.1 to $ 27)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.1/person
($ 6.1 to $ 8.4)

25% 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
($ 0.8 to $ 2)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.3 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

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

Nicaragua: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Nicaragua costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 26/night
($ 23 to $ 29)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 53/night
($ 34 to $ 83)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 87/night
($ 64 to $ 124)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 290/night
($ 174 to $ 488)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 75/night
( $ 75)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 35/month
($ 20 to $ 60)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 115/month
($ 57 to $ 216)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 91/month
($ 61 to $ 156)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 78/month
($ 39 to $ 167)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 141/month
($ 98 to $ 206)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Nicaragua: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Nicaragua costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 4.1)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.2/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 7.2)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 5.6/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 16)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7.2/kg
($ 6.1 to $ 8.8)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Nicaragua: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Nicaragua costs 44% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

95% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 10/month
($ 6.7 to $ 26)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1/km
($ 0.6 to $ 2)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

50% 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
($ 0.6 to $ 2)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 32/24hrs
($ 18 to $ 79)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Nicaragua: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Nicaragua costs 43% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 79/month
($ 52 to $ 133)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

117% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 67/month
($ 40 to $ 122)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 249/month
($ 152 to $ 455)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 188/month
($ 132 to $ 303)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1112
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 496/month
($ 303 to $ 807)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2230
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 364/month
($ 253 to $ 505)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1762
Gym
Gym
$ 33/month
($ 13 to $ 46)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 144/month
($ 71 to $ 202)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 964
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3995/yr
($ 1813 to $ 6043)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16769

Nicaragua: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Nicaragua is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.1/ticket
($ 4.5 to $ 8)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 26/hr
($ 16 to $ 32)

50% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Nicaragua: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Nicaragua costs 14% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3/pack
($ 2.4 to $ 5)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 51
($ 21 to $ 71)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 16 to $ 60)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 83
($ 36 to $ 112)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 82
($ 32 to $ 122)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 100

Plane ticket budget

Montreal → Managua
Montreal → Managua
Montreal → Managua
$ 812
(fair price: $ 642)
London → Managua
London → Managua
London → Managua
$ 985
(fair price: $ 872)
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
$ 603
(fair price: $ 508)
Los Angeles → Managua
Los Angeles  → Managua
Los Angeles  → Managua
$ 654
(fair price: $ 511)
New York City → Managua
New York City → Managua
New York City → Managua
$ 563
(fair price: $ 452)
Manchester → Managua
Manchester → Managua
Manchester → Managua
$ 1146
(fair price: $ 952)
Dublin → Managua
Dublin → Managua
Dublin → Managua
$ 1149
(fair price: $ 966)

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About the information on the cost of living in Nicaragua

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

Information about cost of living in Nicaragua updated on 22-09-2020.

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