Costa Rica vs Ecuador - Cost of Living Comparison

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Costa Rica Ecuador
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1156
$815
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2912
$2081
🏠 One person rent
$520
$339
🏘️ Family rent
$969
$618
🍽️ Food expenses
$447
$292
🚐 Transport expenses
$61.5
$85.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$892
$544
💸 GDP per capita
$13365
$6391
😃 Human freedom index
8.04
7.03
❤️ Life expectancy
77
73.7
👮 Corruption perceptions index
55
34
🌐 English speaking %
8.2%
2%
🎓 Higher education
75
53
😀 Quality of life
58
45
🏙️ Population
5.21M
18M

The average cost of living in Costa Rica ($1156) is 42% more expensive than in Ecuador ($815). Costa Rica ranked 56th vs 108th for Ecuador in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months in Costa Rica compared to 0.7 months in Ecuador. Ranked 65th and 99th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Costa Rica vs Ecuador

We calculate prices for Costa Rica and Ecuador as a population-weighted mean of 9 and 19 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Costa Rica Ecuador
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.51
$4.58
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$49.1
$33.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.81
$6.92
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.02
$2.06
 Cappuccino
$3.72
$2.65
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.73
$0.99
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$612
$343
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$381
$253
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1125
$620
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$781
$508
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$51
$36.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$77.8
$56.3
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$41.6
$32.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.83%
9.76%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1575
$1320
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1323
$1463
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.93
$0.34
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$47.9
$19.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$13.5
$15.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.45
$0.71
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.99
$1.14
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.31
$1.47
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.11
$1.33
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.32
$2.34
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.57
$6.47
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.57
$6.06
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.1
$6.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$2.22
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.31
$1.29
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.46
$1.38
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.54
$1.17
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.44
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.15
$1.06
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.42
$0.7
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$3.02
$2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14.4
$10.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.23
$1.62
🚬 Cigarette pack
$4.66
$5.31
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.95
$7.41
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$8.01
$6.35
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.05
$1.91
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.19
$1.96
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$55.9
$39.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$7.35
$7.31
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$62.6
$37.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.6
$9.43
👖 Brand Jeans
$76.4
$55.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$114
$103
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$362
$239
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10036
$6901

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Cities Comparison in Costa Rica vs Ecuador

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Costa Rica

City Cost of living Population
San Jose
$1169
342K
Liberia
$1220
67.1K
Limon
$1147
60.7K
Alajuela
$1163
48.3K
Puntarenas
$1024
41.5K
Cartago
$1009
22.8K
Heredia
$1040
19K
Tamarindo
$1473
8.14K
Santa Teresa
$1114
3K

In Ecuador

City Cost of living Population
Guayaquil
$903
2.72M
Quito
$851
2.01M
Cuenca
$790
330K
Duran
$801
231K
Santo Domingo
$775
271K
Ambato
$570
165K
Machala
$603
231K
Manta
$870
218K
Milagro
$731
134K
Ibarra
$536
132K
Quevedo
$638
151K
Loja
$637
170K
Portoviejo
$642
207K
Esmeraldas
$612
154K
Babahoyo
$834
90.2K
La Libertad
$814
95.9K
Riobamba
$547
146K
Galapagos Islands
$688
25K
Montanita
$754
1K