Cost of living in Saint Barthelemy

Visitors absolutely love spending time in the country and much of its state budget comes from tourism. Saint Barthelemyis slowly becoming a popular tourist region with its warm and homey people and the most lively nightlife in the region.The cost of living here is significantly lower than in most European countries.


The country is actually world-famous for its delicious kitchen. Though it’s decidedly a non-veg country, it commands a lot of cheap establishments and grocery shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. where you can try some gorgeous foods. There are international fast-food brands such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut on every corner where you can eat for USD 5. Generally, prices are cheap compared to Western Europe with main dishes ranging from USD 6 to USD 25 per person.


Markets sell ingredients here, with far fewer finished products. In Saint Barthelemy, it’s normal to get the ingredients to make your own meals. Outside of urban areas you can find big supermarkets with larger quantity products and lower prices, like DIS, Metro, Velpro, or Tempo. For fresh products such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy, the best ones can be purchased in small markets called pijaca, which can be found almost everywhere.


Transportation is mostly unorganized and not reliable at all here. There are alleged time tables but no vehicle respects it, least of all trains. Buses are often late, and you can wait for trams for twenty minutes or so. Adding to all this, it’s not that cheap either. A one-way ticket costs USD 1, while a monthly pass is almost USD 30. It's a rather high price for low service.


Utilities aren’t affordable either. While it definitely depends on the size of your room/apartment and the amount of electricity you spend, your bills, on average, if you live in a home that’s 85 square meters big, will amount to over USD 150. The Internet is usually of very high speed even for European standards, and it is relatively cheap compared to the overall utilities.

Sports and leisure

Saint Barthelemy has a splendid nature and it offers truly intriguing places to practice sports outdoors. You can hike, jog and swim in most cities and small towns in Saint Barthelemy, but if you prefer practicing sports in a gym or a fitness club, a membership in one will be relatively cheap, costing around USD 20. Entertainment facilities are also many, so if you want to go to the cinema, for instance, a ticket will cost you around USD 3.

Clothing and shoes

Prices when it comes to shopping, tend to be average with the rest of the Balkans, but import taxes make clothes and shoes in the country slightly more expensive. Cheaper goods can be found in outlets, the most popular and the biggest one being the Fashion Park outlet in Indija. Usually, in the most famous Belgrade shopping malls you can find quality jeans for around USD 60 and running sneakers for around USD 80.

Rent per month

Rent is relatively inexpensive, but it does depend on the particular area and the city you want to live in. If you want to live in any of the major cities, and the centers above all, be ready to pay over USD 250. If, however, you are okay with living on the outskirts of the city, the rent price will drop to under USD 200.

Food Price in €
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 EUR
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 EUR
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 EUR
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 EUR
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 EUR
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 EUR
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 EUR
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 EUR
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 EUR
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 EUR
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 EUR
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 EUR
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 EUR
1.5 kg Sugar 10 EUR
2 liter cooking oil 20 EUR
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 EUR
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 EUR
1 liter milk 8.50 EUR
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 EUR
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 EUR
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 EUR
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 EUR
House Cleaning fee per day 105 EUR
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 EUR
Original branded Electric Fans 200 EUR
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 EUR
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 EUR
Single bed Blankets 120 EUR
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 EUR
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 EUR
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 EUR
Men's haircut 40 EUR
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 EUR
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 EUR
1 month of gym subscription. 105 EUR
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 EUR
Unisex Loris perfume 30 EUR
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 EUR
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 EUR
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 EUR
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 EUR
Go carting 30mins 120 EUR
Movie House 3d cinema 30 EUR
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 EUR
Photo shoot 120 EUR
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 EUR
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 EUR
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 EUR
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 EUR
Spalding Basketball 200 EUR
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 EUR
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 EUR
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 EUR
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 EUR
1 day rent a car cost 140 EUR
Driver’s license 2300 EUR
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 EUR
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 EUR
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 EUR
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 EUR
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 EUR
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 EUR