Cost of living in Guatemala

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Q38
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Q43
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Q26
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Q12
12 eggs, large Q15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Q10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Q37
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Q21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Q8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Q11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Q94
2 liters of Coca-Cola Q15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Q8
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Q7,408
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Q3,882
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Q769
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Q6,335
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Q3,403
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Q522
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Q456
40” flat screen TV Q4,130
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Q1,074
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Q54
Hourly rate for cleaning help Q15
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Q478
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Q427
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Q726
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Q602
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Q145,587
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Q5.97
Monthly ticket public transport Q108
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Q37
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Q99
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Q204
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Q35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Q33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Q40
4 rolls of toilet paper Q19
Tube of toothpaste Q13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Q56
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Q149
2 tickets to the movies Q85
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Q178
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Q329
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Q46
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Q22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Q28
iPad Air 2, 64GB Q4,954
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Q0.94
1 month of gym membership in business district Q476
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Q23

Map of Cost of Living in Guatemala

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This map shows only the top cities in Guatemala. We also have on this page a 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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Recent Prices Added

  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Puerto Barrios costs Q15 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Puerto Barrios costs Q25 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Quetzaltenango costs Q22 (4 days ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in Quetzaltenango costs Q30 (4 days ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Quetzaltenango costs Q7 (4 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Quetzaltenango costs Q180,000 (4 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Quetzaltenango costs Q900 (4 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Quetzaltenango costs Q6.00 (4 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Quetzaltenango costs Q13 (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Quetzaltenango costs Q9 (4 days ago)