Travel budget in Nicaragua

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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.
  • $ 10.2 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 601* (18760 NIO)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person
  • $ 5.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 1756* (54838 NIO)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 184 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3989* (124558 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 essentially the same as in 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
San Juan del Sur 23% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Juan del Sur
Jinotega 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jinotega
Nandaime 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nandaime
Esteli 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Esteli
Rivas 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Rivas
Chichigalpa 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chichigalpa
Managua 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Managua

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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 48% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.5 to $ 8.6)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 10.5 to $ 20)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5.4 to $ 9.1)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.3 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.6 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.9/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 2.6)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Nicaragua

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Nicaragua costs 49% 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
$ 53/night
($ 34 to $ 87)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 84/night
($ 59 to $ 124)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 293/night
($ 179 to $ 498)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 75/night
( $ 75)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 35/month
($ 20 to $ 61)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 116/month
($ 58 to $ 225)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 90/month
($ 57 to $ 165)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 81/month
($ 42 to $ 169)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 141/month
($ 96 to $ 211)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Nicaragua

On average, the price of supermarket food in Nicaragua costs 33% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

29% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 2.6)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.8)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.3/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 7)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 7.3/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 14)

54% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 1.8)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 1.8)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 1.1 to $ 1.6)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 8.8/kg
($ 7 to $ 13)

28% 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 45% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 10.3/month
($ 9.8 to $ 11)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.4)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
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 37% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 82/month
($ 49 to $ 134)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.6)

173% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 66/month
($ 44 to $ 124)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 256/month
($ 162 to $ 429)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1382
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 196/month
($ 108 to $ 322)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1096
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 548/month
($ 272 to $ 965)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2243
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 385/month
($ 216 to $ 536)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1756
Gym
Gym
$ 35/month
($ 14 to $ 47)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 141/month
($ 60 to $ 216)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 961
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3583/yr
($ 1285 to $ 5780)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17191

Leisure activity budget in Nicaragua

On average, budget for leisure activities in Nicaragua is essentially the same as in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.9/ticket
($ 3.9 to $ 6.9)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 27/hr
($ 17 to $ 33)

60% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Nicaragua

On average, shopping budget in Nicaragua costs 15% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.7/pack
($ 2.6 to $ 3.7)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 55
($ 28 to $ 76)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 35
($ 17 to $ 54)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 89
($ 53 to $ 108)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 79
($ 35 to $ 108)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Managua
London → Managua
London → Managua
$ 996
(fair price: $ 894)
Montreal → Managua
Montreal → Managua
Montreal → Managua
$ 819
(fair price: $ 665)
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
Toronto (Ontario) → Managua
$ 607
(fair price: $ 524)
Los Angeles → Managua
Los Angeles  → Managua
Los Angeles  → Managua
$ 688
(fair price: $ 551)
New York City → Managua
New York City → Managua
New York City → Managua
$ 622
(fair price: $ 498)

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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 01-11-2019.

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