Costa Rica vs India - Cost of Living Comparison

Costa Rica India
🚶 Cost of living one person
$893
$416
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2140
$1027
🏠 One person rent
$406
$165
🏘️ Family rent
$639
$317
🍽️ Food expenses
$337
$164
🚐 Transport expenses
$47.8
$45.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$733
$620
💸 GDP per capita
$12141
$1928
😃 Human freedom index
8.25
6.39
❤️ Life expectancy
80.5
69.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
58
40
🌐 English speaking %
8.2%
10.6%
🎓 Higher education
75
73
😀 Quality of life
58
51
🏙️ Population
5.21M
1.33B

The average cost of living in Costa Rica ($893) is 115% more expensive than in India ($416). Costa Rica ranked 80th vs 190th for India 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 1.5 months in India. Ranked 62nd and 85th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Costa Rica vs India

We calculate prices for Costa Rica and India as a population-weighted mean of 9 and 220 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 India
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.87
$2.93
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$32
$14.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.47
$3.88
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.02
$2.21
 Cappuccino
$2.59
$1.84
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$0.44
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$494
$181
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$286
$116
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$749
$400
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$485
$234
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$41.5
$26.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$63.8
$40.2
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$37.2
$9.72
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.09%
8.33%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1476
$1696
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1212
$822
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.78
$0.36
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$46.5
$10.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.52
$2.63
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.38
$0.67
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.4
$0.46
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$0.62
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.32
$0.96
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.89
$5.41
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.42
$3.52
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.82
$5.82
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.24
$1.98
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.07
$0.65
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$1.08
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$0.53
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
$0.36
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$0.42
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.15
$0.24
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.46
$1.05
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.9
$8.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.59
$1.76
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.67
$3.62
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.08
$1.91
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$2.81
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.24
$1.66
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.86
$0.85
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$42.1
$18.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.57
$3.31
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$56.5
$11.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.2
$2.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$52
$29.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$88.1
$45.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$296
$64.1
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7083
$1660

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Cities Comparison in Costa Rica vs India

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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 India

City Cost of living Population
Bangalore
$480
11.3M
Delhi
$486
26.5M
Mumbai
$632
15.4M
Pune
$446
5.95M
Chennai
$425
10.3M
Hyderabad
$477
9.31M
Ahmedabad
$468
7.65M
Jaipur
$359
3.07M
Kolkata
$370
4.5M
Nagpur
$408
2.41M
Surat
$426
5.94M
Visakhapatnam
$492
2.04M
Bhagalpur
$284
3.04M
Mysore
$345
3M
Lucknow
$361
3.38M
Kanpur
$441
2.77M
Mirzapur
$381
2.5M
Kalyan
$353
1.25M
Gurgaon
$493
877K
Madurai
$361
1.56M
Navi Mumbai
$466
1.12M
Ghaziabad
$402
2.38M
Thane
$454
1.89M
Bhopal
$331
1.8M
Raipur
$351
1.01M
Ludhiana
$391
1.62M
Indore
$340
1.99M
Allahabad
$540
1.54M
Noida
$457
637K
Bilaspur
$301
1.63M