Cali vs San Jose, Costa Rica - Cost of Living Comparison

Cali San Jose
🚶 Cost of living one person
$555
$1001
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1391
$2358
🏠 One person rent
$213
$480
🏘️ Family rent
$370
$756
🍽️ Food expenses
$190
$356
🚐 Transport expenses
$86.1
$56.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$321
$778
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
19 km
7 km
🎓 Higher education
45
61
😀 Quality of life
55
68
🏙️ Population
2.47M
288K

The cost of living in Cali is 45% less expensive than in San Jose, Costa Rica. Cities ranked 7750th and 5372nd ($555 vs $1001) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 5th and 2nd in Colombia and Costa Rica, respectively. Check Colombia vs Costa Rica comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.6 months in Cali compared to 0.8 months in San Jose, Costa Rica. Cali ranked 4th best city to live in Colombia vs San Jose, Costa Rica ranked 1st in Costa Rica, while ranked 5807th and 3126th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cali vs San Jose, Costa Rica

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Cali San Jose
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.63
$8.26
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$13.2
$36.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.83
$6.81
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.96
$2.16
 Cappuccino
$1.73
$3.17
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.58
$1.49
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$261
$644
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$133
$343
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$408
$959
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$268
$582
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$35.1
$40
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$54.2
$61.2
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$19.7
$37.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.18%
8.22%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$778
$1818
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$716
$1351
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.55
$0.67
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$31.6
$41.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.81
$10.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.59
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.95
$1.36
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.86
$1.41
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$1.49
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.91
$2.43
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.29
$8.32
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.75
$6.57
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.31
$9.32
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.78
$3.45
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.55
$1.03
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.78
$1.76
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.81
$2.07
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.81
$1.82
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.73
$2.06
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.48
$1.06
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.2
$2.48
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.3
$12.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.72
$1.64
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.95
$3.7
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.22
$8.06
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.99
$6.05
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.71
$2.25
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.69
$2.86
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$19.8
$45.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.85
$5.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$26
$56.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.45
$13.5
👖 Brand Jeans
$52.2
$60.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$70.7
$93.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$119
$307
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4295
$7686

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74 km or 46 mi Buenaventura
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111 km or 69 mi Popayan
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148 km or 92 mi Neiva
$390
154 km or 96 mi Armenia
$421
160 km or 100 mi Cartago
$392
170 km or 105 mi Salento
$422
178 km or 111 mi Pereira
$414
184 km or 114 mi Ibague
$363
213 km or 132 mi Girardot
$360
214 km or 133 mi Manizales
$474
227 km or 141 mi Florencia
$389
251 km or 156 mi Quibdo
$425
262 km or 163 mi Pasto
$405
285 km or 177 mi Facatativa
$379
285 km or 177 mi Soacha
$466
301 km or 187 mi Bogota
$679
308 km or 192 mi Tumaco
$432
316 km or 196 mi Ipiales
$422
321 km or 200 mi Envigado
$500
329 km or 204 mi Medellin
$648
330 km or 205 mi Villavicencio
$411
330 km or 205 mi Zipaquira
$443
339 km or 210 mi Bello
$402
386 km or 240 mi Ibarra
$556
421 km or 261 mi Tunja
$367
446 km or 277 mi Esmeraldas
$655
463 km or 288 mi Quito
$806
469 km or 291 mi Duitama
$444
471 km or 293 mi Sogamoso
$341
500 km or 311 mi Barrancabermeja
$376
504 km or 313 mi Yopal
$428
506 km or 314 mi Santo Domingo
$590
518 km or 322 mi Turbo
$430
554 km or 344 mi Floridablanca
$404
556 km or 346 mi Bucaramanga
$480
571 km or 354 mi Ambato
$577
595 km or 369 mi Quevedo
$621
596 km or 370 mi Monteria
$486

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Distance City Cost of living
7.9 km or 4.9 mi Heredia
$723
17 km or 11 mi Alajuela
$834
20 km or 12 mi Cartago
$823
82 km or 51 mi Puntarenas
$735
115 km or 72 mi Limon
$846
124 km or 77 mi Santa Teresa
$837
167 km or 104 mi Liberia
$661
197 km or 122 mi Tamarindo
$1132
244 km or 151 mi San Juan del Sur
$839
246 km or 153 mi David
$769
279 km or 173 mi Juigalpa
$598
302 km or 188 mi Granada
$668
316 km or 196 mi Masaya
$619
343 km or 213 mi Managua
$691
387 km or 241 mi Matagalpa
$514
398 km or 247 mi Santiago de Veraguas
$853
408 km or 253 mi Jinotega
$453
413 km or 257 mi Leon
$556
429 km or 266 mi Esteli
$509
438 km or 272 mi Penonome
$784
447 km or 278 mi Chinandega
$539
457 km or 284 mi Chitre
$847
463 km or 288 mi Colon
$889
486 km or 302 mi La Chorrera
$841
508 km or 316 mi Balboa
$851
513 km or 319 mi Panama City
$1211
524 km or 326 mi Tocumen
$845
535 km or 333 mi Pacora
$760
574 km or 357 mi Tegucigalpa
$856
596 km or 370 mi San Miguel
$645
609 km or 378 mi Usulutan
$836
635 km or 395 mi Comayagua
$678
666 km or 414 mi Yoro
$823
696 km or 432 mi San Salvador
$965
697 km or 433 mi Soyapango
$816
701 km or 435 mi Mejicanos
$750
702 km or 436 mi Apopa
$830
703 km or 437 mi Santa Tecla
$865
713 km or 443 mi La Ceiba
$641
729 km or 453 mi El Progreso
$863