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

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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:

  • $ 22 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 594* (18480 NIO)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 6.3 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1728* (53760 NIO)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 177 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 3880* (120736 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 2019

Cost of living: Nicaragua VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Nicaragua in 2019 is 33% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Nicaragua in 2019 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
Rivas 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Rivas
Managua 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Managua
San Juan del Sur 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in San Juan del Sur
Nandaime 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nandaime
Boaco 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Boaco
Chichigalpa 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chichigalpa

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Local prices in Nicaragua by expense type

Restaurant budget in Nicaragua

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Nicaragua costs 47% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.3/person
($ 4.2 to $ 8.5)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 9 to $ 20)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.1/person
($ 5.3 to $ 7.4)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.7)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.9/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Nicaragua

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Nicaragua costs 52% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 23/night
($ 21 to $ 26)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 34 to $ 91)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 83/night
($ 60 to $ 122)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 280/night
($ 164 to $ 481)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 75/night
( $ 75)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 35/month
($ 20 to $ 61)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 118/month
($ 58 to $ 229)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 90/month
($ 59 to $ 156)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 75/month
($ 34 to $ 173)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Nicaragua

On average, the price of supermarket food in Nicaragua costs 29% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 2.6)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.7)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.1/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 6.9)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 8.2/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 14)

81% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 2.3)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 1.8)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 1.8)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.1
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.2/kg
($ 6.9 to $ 13)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Nicaragua

On average, the price of transport in Nicaragua costs 43% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

92% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 10/month
($ 9.7 to $ 10.5)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.1/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.1
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 32/24hrs
($ 18 to $ 79)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Nicaragua

On average, the cost of housing in Nicaragua costs 34% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 79/month
($ 48 to $ 138)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

201% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 63/month
($ 42 to $ 121)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 293/month
($ 159 to $ 475)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 212/month
($ 107 to $ 317)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 575/month
($ 267 to $ 949)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 388/month
($ 212 to $ 633)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 35/month
($ 15 to $ 48)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 124/month
($ 59 to $ 212)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3401/yr
($ 1532 to $ 5688)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Nicaragua

On average, budget for leisure activities in Nicaragua costs 17% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.3/ticket
($ 4.2 to $ 6.6)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 21/hr
($ 8.5 to $ 33)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Nicaragua

On average, shopping budget in Nicaragua costs 11% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2/pack
($ 1.8 to $ 3.7)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 60
($ 29 to $ 81)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 35
($ 22 to $ 55)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 93
($ 70 to $ 107)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 81
($ 35 to $ 127)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
$ 630
(fair price: $ 556)
London → Managua
London → Managua
London → Managua
$ 1114
(fair price: $ 954)
Los Angeles → Managua
Los Angeles  → Managua
Los Angeles  → Managua
$ 696
(fair price: $ 582)
New York City → Managua
New York City → Managua
New York City → Managua
$ 697
(fair price: $ 584)

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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 21-03-2019.

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