Cost of Living in Cuba
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||7.00$|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||27.50$|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||5.50$|
|Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)||2.25$|
In Cuba, a typical fast food meal costs: 5.50 USD for a McMeal at McDonalds or BurgerKing (or similar combo meal), and 1.70 USD for a cheeseburger. For coffee lovers: cappuccino coffee 1.80 USD and espresso 1.20 USD. More information about meals budget you can find in our: Travel cost guide.
Budget travelers can survive on around $50 USD per day . Cuba’s local currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP- ₱) and it translates to ₱24 CUP for $1 USD. However as a tourist, you’ll be using Cuba’s secondary currency just for tourists, the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC – $) which is pegged to the US Dollar.
Spending a week in Cuba will cost you approximately $315, but with pricey chartered flights averaging $717 per ticket, your grand total will reach an estimated $1,032.
Cuba Travel Costs
|Country||Total Spent||Cost per day|
While the food rations are not free, the ration fees are a small fraction of the actual price of the goods (on average, less than $2 USD for a month of rations, which is approximately 12% of their market value).
One US dollar is currently worth 1.000 Cuban pesos. Neither CUC or CUP are available outside of Cuba , which means you’ll need to take your travel money with you, ready to convert at one of the banks or CADECA change bureaus when you arrive in Cuba .
There is no oil, no gas, no gold, silver or diamonds. For this reason, Cuba has to import a lot of things, because they cannot be produced locally. In this respect, Cuba is not unique. Small island nations often are expensive for this reason, because many things have to be brought over from abroad.
Cuba is a sub-tropical country so pack for summer. Bikinis, shorts , sandals, sleeveless cotton dresses and shirts are the order of the day. But bear in mind that most Cuban men would never wear shorts in the city! A night out at Tropicana or La Guarida Restaurant needs something smart if not overly formal.
Drinks, Non-Alcoholic: 25 cents and up A drip coffee (what Cubans call “expresso”) costs a few coins at refreshment stands and in most paladares; in other bars, cafes, or restaurants, the same cup could cost $3.
Cuba has a strong tipping culture and you should be respectful of Cuba tipping etiquette. As a general rule, you should expect to tip plenty of people during your stay. Common places to leave tips are hotels, restaurants, museums, guided tours, and shops. You don’t have to tip everyone in Cuba the same amount.
Cuba doesn’t have free Internet or WiFi ; that applies to both tourists and the general public. However, international visitors have an easier time connecting to the web than anyone else on the island because the best connections are at resorts and hotels.
Therefore, any spending money you may want or need for incidentals has to be brought with you in cash . How much an individual spends when traveling varies a great deal, depending on personal preference. We do recommend bringing a minimum of $150 per day.
Cost of living in Cuba is 22.63% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Cuba is, on average, 63.82% lower than in United States. Cost of Living in Cuba .
|Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment||21.24$|
The only way to become a Cuban resident is to marry a Cuban citizen. This will get you an automatic Cuban passport. You can live in Cuba with a Snowbird Visa and just keep renewing it. It is important to know that as an American you cannot own property or a vehicle in Cuba , you can only rent.
Risk of Dengue is present in Cuba . Risk exists year-round and throughout the country.