Cost of Living in Havana

Summary of cost of living in Havana, Cuba:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.00 $ 3.50-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30.00 $ 16.80-40.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.50 $ 4.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.25 $ 1.50-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 1.50-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1.38 $ 0.75-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.36 $ 1.80-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.40 $ 1.00-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 12.48 $ 8.00-18.93
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.96 $ 0.36-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.09 $ 0.77-2.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.08 $ 1.08-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.27 $ 1.27-4.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.38 $ 1.27-3.18
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.42 $ 2.27-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.27 $ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.23-3.86
Oranges (1 lb) 0.96 $ 0.45-3.97
Tomato (1 lb) 0.78 $ 0.23-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.50-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.29 $ 0.68-4.08
Lettuce (1 head) 1.00 $ 0.40-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.11 $ 0.40-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 3.80-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.07 $ 0.90-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.95 $ 1.10-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.50 $ 3.00-4.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.20 $ 0.10-1.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 22.50 $ 20.00-25.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 $ 3.20-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.65 $ 0.50-0.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 $ 15.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.71 $ 3.79-4.77
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 72,500.00 $ 60,000.00-85,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 81,500.00 $ 60,000.00-90,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 37.50 $ 30.00-100.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 40.00 $ 40.00-40.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 263.33 $ 90.00-450.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.33 $ 7.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.67 $ 10.00-10.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1.00 $ 0.70-10.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 115.67 $ 35.00-200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,166.67 $ 10,000.00-19,500.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39.75 $ 10.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.67 $ 24.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.25 $ 46.00-85.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 79.47 $ 28.00-120.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 363.87 $ 180.00-700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 378.03 $ 100.00-600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,021.85 $ 500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 608.56 $ 300.00-1,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 36.74 $ 34.00-40.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 32.58 $ 16.72-46.45
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 33.00 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.33 5.00-12.00

Prices in Havana

This city had 123 entries in the past 12 months by 17 different contributors.
Last update: May 2024
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15 Comments so far
Bruce Plesk on Mar 29, 2024:
I'm having a hard time reconciling these prices with what I see on many, many websites. For example, a 1 BR apartment rent is shown above at $363.87, but monthly income averages anywhere from $15.00 to $30.00 from a long list of Google hits?? A LITER of milk, at $2.96, is roughly 10-20% of a month's pay (meaning a GALLON of milk is $11.21, or 37-75% of a month's salary???)? Not doubting any specific number, but it points out that there's always "more to the story!"
Serge on Dec 21, 2023:
Reading all these comments, it sure shows how complex Cuba is to put it in numbers. I am pretty sure that given prices on Numbeo are mostly received from tourists or people that were in Cuba short term (but longer than for a regular vacation). Not to mention the value that each individual received for the purchase of the Cuban currency. If rates in Cuba can range from 120 pesos (Cuban banks) to 280 pesos (illegal, on the street, in December 2023)for 1 dollar, you can imagine how wrong / misleading and inaccurate the amounts stated on Numbeo are. Many Cubans hardly have internet (unless on their mobile) and many websites are blocked. So not everyone in Cuba that would make these numbers more correct and accurate, has access to keep Numbeo sufficiently updated. I did visit Cuba several times between 2019 and 2023, and it is unbelievable how everything changes in such short amount of time, and especially prices going up.
Living in Havana on Nov 01, 2023:
Also be aware of the multitude of exchange rates, they can have a many fold effect on prices:

As of today:
”Official” rate 1 USD = 25 CUP
Forced hotel conversion rate 1 USD = 100-125 CUP
Bank rate 1 USD = 125 CUP
Street rate 1 USD = 250 CUP

Bring cash! Don’t withdraw from ATM’s. Many people will approach you saying ”change the money”, negotiate and you will benefit greatly. Euros and Sterling will be at a disadvantage. Coins are difficult to exchange.
Living in Havana on Nov 01, 2023:
I live hete and these prices are mostly fairytales. Not even tourists pay such exorvient prices here. The problem is, that the algorithm is now convinced that these are the correct levels and it is hard to get any real numbers through.

Havana is hands down the cheapest location I have lived in or visited for years. It is possible yo pay many fold for things here, but it is not necessary even for a foreigner.

Just as examples:
A Bus fare is currently 1.9 cents USD
A shared taxi through the vity would set you back 79 cents
A taxi to the airport is 11.85 USD if you don’t negotiate
A professional massage 45 mins neck and upper back is 3.95 USD
A domestic employee full time will cost 7.90 USD

Please people, stop exxaggerating these prices with resort and tour bus experiences. Those skew the data for the rest of us.

hunter on Sep 26, 2023:
I live in Cuba, i think is kinda accurate in some things, but its hard to explain. For example it is true the average salary is around 35 usd, sometimes even less, but the cost of living as a cuban is very low, for around 25 to 30 usd you can live here per month if you are cuban and already own house,which most cubans do (because they share it with their families) food is not so cheap,but if you work you can pay for. It is true some houses cost around 1000 usd, thats because a lot cubans sell their homes in order to emigrate to other countries and need cash quickly, but average houses are like 10 000 usd if you buy, if you want to ay rent in downtown is around 50 usd for a basic apartment. its also true cars are stupid expensive, from 10 000 for a very used old car to 100 000 usd for a modern car but also second hand.also public transportation is very cheap for cubans, you can get the bus every day in you way to work and back for less than 2 usd a month, if you want to take taxi is around 1 usd for a normal ride(most taxis in cuba function as buses following a preset route) for turist is around 30 usd because they are try to charge more to tourists. For a night out in a nice bar or club you can expect to pay around 50 usd. So now you can see why many people in cuba cannot afford more than to eat and to have a roof. There are people who earn more, from 100 usd to 1000 usd if you work for a remote company overseas, but i would say basic is correct. i know people who earn less than 15 usd, but the majority earns about 40 to 50 usd.
Oahuan on Jan 06, 2023:
I see NO REASON to compare prices with the current internet detected location!

My rent for one bedroom is below $ 850, but if you want to rent today an apartment you will have to pay $ 1,950!
So is the rent 45% lower than in my city?

We need a price model like say monthly rent to compared to $ 1,000 dollars for one bedroom 750 square feet to start with.

Same with the food!
make is simple: model monthly meals:
10 pounds of tuna fish,
30 1/2 pound breads,
5 pounds of lamb leg,
30 eggs,
5 liters of drinking Kefir,
10 liters of orange juice,
10 pounds of banana,
10 pounds of tomatoes,
2 pounds of cream cheese,
2 pounds of Swiss cheese,
10 liters of Perrier,
60 beers,
30 bottles of red.

Same with the restaurants:
20 fish and chips,
20 medium size pizzas,
10 steaks,
20 chef salads,
10 sandwiches,
60 beers,
10 bottles of wine.

public, metro, taxi, train, rental car, airplane tickets.
Anonymous on Nov 27, 2022:
Nobody really cares about Cuba overall.
It's always been the type of place living off of the grid tough talk with nothing to back their loose mouths up.Russia is quickly going down the very same path as cubia did many years ago and to this day.Cubia chose to live in tormenting circumstances daily without a future rightfully so.
Gabela on Jun 30, 2022:
This is stupid, when you earn 35$ monthly, average, how can you even think of paying any of the above mentioned prices? As far as I know a medical doctor earns about $ 1200 monthly. Even he could not survive!
Anonymous on Nov 23, 2021:
Cube is expensive even for westerners , Mexico and other places are much cheap especially now in 2021 cuba isn’t cheap anymore it’s expensive
Don on Aug 21, 2021:
I was talking to this woman in cuba I don't remember where she live but she says she can buy a house in she neighborhood to for $1,000 is that possible is that true
katrina on Dec 04, 2020:
interesting. But in Cost of Living there is no reason to list a pack of cigarettes. That is nothing to do with living, only getting cancer and making your neighbors sick too. Should be removed.
Anonymous on Oct 27, 2020:
I see a few more posts in comments below and I am not surprised what I see. It goes to show how people there think so selfishly and as an individual who is not paying attention to the time it takes to recover for their entire community when word of mouth continuously devastated the Cuban economy. I feel that the Cuban Government should quickly implement basic math and common sense business classes as soon as possible.
Anonymous on Sep 01, 2020:
The prices listed above don't reflect the reality and the complexity of Havana. The rent data is only for Cubans. For tourists or foreigners who live in Havana, apaartment rental prices are ten fold. In addition, the prices for basic necessities only reflect the prices for the rations for Cubans that the government is giving. The datas are invalid for foreigners.
David on Aug 30, 2020:
This isn't accurate. Havana is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The prices mentioned for renting an appartment looks like for a day. The real price is 10 fold of that. To buy a car it is around 90,000 cuc/usd.
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2020:
This isn't accurate. The rent data is totally inaccurate. For one bedroom you have to pay from 50-120 for a day which means 1500 - 3600 usd a month. A new car is around 100,000 usd, which is the most expensive in the world. Havana, Cuba is one of the most expensive.