Cost of living in Guatemala

Summary of cost of living in Guatemala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Q20,133
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Q9,654
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is more expensive than in 75% of countries in Latin America (5 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 62% of countries in the World (44 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Q85
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Q49
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Q24
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Q12
12 eggs, large Q16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Q11
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Q33
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Q20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Q13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Q11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Q108
2 liters of coca-cola Q16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Q9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Q7,750
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Q4,369
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Q815
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Q5,199
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Q2,769
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Q717
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Q223
40” flat screen tv Q3,187
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Q781
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Q111
Hourly rate for cleaning help Q44
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Q541
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Q398
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Q878
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Q742
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Q133,879
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Q8
Monthly ticket public transport Q131
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Q55
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Q147
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Q277
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Q59
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Q29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Q39
4 rolls of toilet paper Q19
Tube of toothpaste Q13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Q78
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Q155
2 tickets to the movies Q68
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Q182
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Q355
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Q50
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Q25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Q28
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Q5,633
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Q0.60
1 month of gym membership in business district Q405
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Q25

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:
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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