Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 122
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 97
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 68
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 19
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 64
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 39
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 22
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 213
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 25
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 18
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 19,650
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 9,869
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,610
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 11,785
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 6,699
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,302
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 376
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,347
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,160
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 111
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 83
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 834
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 692
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,504
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,345
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 321,211
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 20
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 470
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 77
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 192
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 560
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 79
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 52
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 60
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 29
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 32
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 127
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 414
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 138
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,139
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 774
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 114
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 55
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 47
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 10,527
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 1.76
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 830
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 53

Map of Cost of Living in Mexico

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This map shows only the top cities in Mexico. 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Mexico

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Mexico City 94
2nd Guadalupe 93
3rd Monterrey 90
4th Guanajuato 87
5th Tijuana 86
6th Queretaro 82
7th Cancún 80
8th Guadalajara 80
9th Uruapan 80
10th Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco 79
11th Puebla 78
12th Zapopan 77
13th Puerto Vallarta 77
14th Mérida 76
15th Playa del Carmen 76
16th Morelia 75
17th León 75
18th Chihuahua 73
19th Mexicali 72
20th Ciudad Juárez 71
21st San Luis Potosí 71
22nd Veracruz 71
23rd Ensenada 69
24th Aguascalientes 68
25th Hermosillo 67
26th Minatitlan 65
27th Cuernavaca 64
28th Chilpancingo 54

Price 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.

Are you moving to Mexico? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Mexico of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in León costs Mex$ 4,300 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Mazatlán costs Mex$ 120 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Mazatlán costs Mex$ 92 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Mazatlán costs Mex$ 510 (about 14 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Mexico City costs Mex$ 15 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Mexico City costs Mex$ 1,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Mexico City costs Mex$ 25,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Mexico City costs Mex$ 120 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Mexico City costs Mex$ 500 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Villahermosa costs Mex$ 55 (about 20 hours ago)