Costa Rica vs Germany - Cost of Living Comparison

Costa Rica Germany
🚶 Cost of living one person
$893
$1325
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2140
$3223
🏠 One person rent
$406
$720
🏘️ Family rent
$639
$1340
🍽️ Food expenses
$337
$370
🚐 Transport expenses
$47.8
$114
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$733
$2611
💸 GDP per capita
$12141
$46253
😃 Human freedom index
8.25
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
80.5
80.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
58
80
🌐 English speaking %
8.2%
56.3%
🎓 Higher education
75
94
😀 Quality of life
58
79
🏙️ Population
5.21M
83.1M

The average cost of living in Costa Rica ($893) is 33% less expensive than in Germany ($1325). Costa Rica ranked 80th vs 30th for Germany 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 2 months in Germany. Ranked 62nd and 17th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Costa Rica vs Germany

We calculate prices for Costa Rica and Germany as a population-weighted mean of 9 and 662 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 Germany
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.87
$10.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$32
$47.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.47
$8.42
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.02
$3.72
 Cappuccino
$2.59
$3
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$2.43
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$494
$667
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$286
$519
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$749
$1374
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$485
$1025
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$41.5
$138
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$63.8
$212
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$37.2
$33.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.09%
1.98%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1476
$5740
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1212
$4180
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.78
$2.86
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$46.5
$70.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.52
$20.1
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$2.11
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.38
$0.94
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.4
$1.73
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$1.8
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.32
$2.59
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.89
$11.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.42
$7.39
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.82
$14.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.24
$2.4
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.07
$1.64
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$2.12
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.46
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
$1.45
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$1
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.15
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.46
$1.81
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.9
$5.59
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.59
$0.69
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.67
$7.08
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.08
$8.86
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$2.47
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.24
$1.42
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.86
$1.54
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$42.1
$31.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.57
$11.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$56.5
$58.3
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.2
$15
👖 Brand Jeans
$52
$75.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$88.1
$83.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$296
$330
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7083
$11602

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Cities Comparison in Costa Rica vs Germany

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Costa Rica

City Cost of living Population
San Jose
$1001
288K
Limon
$846
60.7K
Liberia
$661
67.1K
Alajuela
$834
48.3K
Puntarenas
$735
41.5K
Cartago
$823
22.8K
Heredia
$723
19K
Tamarindo
$1132
8.14K
Santa Teresa
$837
3K

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$1761
3.66M
Hamburg City
$1757
1.85M
Munich
$1941
1.49M
Cologne
$1502
1.08M
Frankfurt
$1681
764K
Dusseldorf
$1470
646K
Stuttgart
$1516
630K
Essen
$1102
582K
Nuremberg
$1206
516K
Leipzig
$1178
597K
Dresden
$1125
555K
Hanover
$1253
543K
Dortmund
$1155
588K
Bremen City
$1260
567K
Duisburg
$1001
496K
Karlsruhe
$1355
308K
Mannheim
$1357
310K
Gelsenkirchen
$1351
259K
Bielefeld
$1498
334K
Braunschweig
$1158
249K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1545
231K
Wuppertal
$1076
355K
Bonn
$1440
331K
Aachen
$1169
249K
Monchengladbach
$1256
260K
Krefeld
$1219
227K
Augsburg
$1389
296K
Wiesbaden
$1425
279K
Magdeburg
$1127
236K
Bochum
$1118
364K