Costa Rica vs Ireland - Cost of Living Comparison

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Costa Rica Ireland
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1148
$2387
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2912
$5314
🏠 One person rent
$516
$1566
🏘️ Family rent
$968
$2706
🍽️ Food expenses
$443
$554
🚐 Transport expenses
$60.5
$124
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$881
$3255
💸 GDP per capita
$13365
$104K
😃 Human freedom index
8.04
8.79
❤️ Life expectancy
77
82.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
55
77
🌐 English speaking %
8.2%
98.4%
🎓 Higher education
76
88
😀 Quality of life
58
93
🏙️ Population
5.21M
5.12M

The average cost of living in Costa Rica ($1148) is 52% less expensive than in Ireland ($2387). Costa Rica ranked 58th vs 7th for Ireland 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 1.4 months in Ireland. Ranked 65th and 8th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Costa Rica vs Ireland

We calculate prices for Costa Rica and Ireland as a population-weighted mean of 9 and 12 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 Ireland
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.5
$17.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$47.4
$82.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.87
$10.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.02
$6.76
 Cappuccino
$3.67
$3.94
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.7
$2.37
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$604
$1581
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$379
$1323
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1125
$2900
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$780
$2334
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$50.3
$148
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$78.1
$226
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$41.1
$50.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.78%
4.3%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1782
$5743
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1388
$4334
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.95
$2.3
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$45.9
$101
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$13.5
$20
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.44
$1.9
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.98
$1.45
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.3
$2.05
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.11
$1.9
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.29
$4.32
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.44
$10
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.53
$10.5
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.1
$11.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.63
$2.83
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.21
$2.14
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$2.76
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.54
$3.58
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.43
$1.86
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.13
$1.43
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.42
$1.07
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.9
$3.04
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14.1
$15.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.27
$3.44
🚬 Cigarette pack
$4.67
$16.8
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.95
$8.96
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$7.98
$6.12
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.03
$2.81
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.21
$2.8
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$55.9
$53.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.98
$12.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$62.7
$67.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.6
$16.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$79.3
$92.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$116
$95.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$361
$1217
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11099
$8446

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In Costa Rica

City Cost of living Population
San Jose
$1158
342K
Liberia
$1218
67.1K
Limon
$1139
60.7K
Alajuela
$1158
48.3K
Puntarenas
$1016
41.5K
Cartago
$1003
22.8K
Heredia
$1039
19K
Tamarindo
$1463
8.14K
Santa Teresa
$1104
3K

In Ireland

City Cost of living Population
Dublin
$2701
553K
Cork
$2250
222K
Galway
$2231
83.5K
Limerick
$1435
58.3K
Waterford
$2161
48.4K
Dundalk
$1854
39K
Drogheda
$2381
41K
Swords
$2394
36.9K
Naas
$2258
21.4K
Kilkenny
$1700
22.2K
Tralee
$1902
26.1K
Wexford
$1763
20.2K