Cost of living in Guatemala

Summary of cost of living in Guatemala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Q20,452
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Q9,352
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is more expensive than in 65% of countries in Latin America (7 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 64% of countries in the World (45 out of 70)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Q85
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Q48
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Q29
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Q13
12 eggs, large Q19
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Q12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Q43
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Q17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Q10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Q11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Q96
2 liters of coca-cola Q17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Q7
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Q7,202
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Q3,994
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Q469
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Q5,319
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Q2,839
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Q402
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Q204
40” flat screen tv Q3,194
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Q728
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Q113
Hourly rate for cleaning help Q26
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Q392
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Q335
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Q737
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Q519
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Q154,051
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Q10
Monthly ticket public transport Q326
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Q54
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Q200
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Q284
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Q41
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Q36
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Q40
4 rolls of toilet paper Q19
Tube of toothpaste Q17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Q89
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Q157
2 tickets to the movies Q85
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Q278
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Q337
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Q58
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Q30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Q17
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Q4,498
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Q1.22
1 month of gym membership in business district Q381
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Q32

Map of Cost of Living in Guatemala


This map shows only the top cities in Guatemala. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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