Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
MXN USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 117 ($6)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 93 ($4.87)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 64 ($3.37)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 18 ($0.94)
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31 ($1.62)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 21 ($1.08)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 61 ($3.20)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 37 ($1.96)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 24 ($1.24)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 20 ($1.06)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 212 ($11)
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 25 ($1.29)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 20 ($1.05)
Housing
MXN USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 19,001 ($998)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 9,746 ($512)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,447 ($76)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 10,493 ($551)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 5,799 ($305)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,377 ($72)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 391 ($21)
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,207 ($431)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,065 ($108)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 102 ($5.36)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 93 ($4.90)
Clothes
MXN USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 832 ($44)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 649 ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,433 ($75)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,198 ($63)
Transportation
MXN USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 299,363 ($15,721)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 18 ($0.94)
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 507 ($27)
Personal Care
MXN USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 75 ($3.95)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 177 ($9)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 538 ($28)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 67 ($3.53)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 49 ($2.55)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 50 ($2.60)
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 28 ($1.49)
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 28 ($1.45)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 116 ($6)
Entertainment
MXN USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 363 ($19)
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 137 ($7)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,151 ($60)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 711 ($37)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 97 ($5.10)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 52 ($2.74)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 42 ($2.23)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 10,225 ($537)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.46 ($0.13)
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 652 ($34)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 51 ($2.67)

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.

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 Puerto Vallarta 105
2nd Monterrey 98
3rd San Nicolás de los Garza 96
4th Guadalupe 92
5th Mexico City 89
6th Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco 87
7th Tijuana 83
8th Puebla 80
9th Uruapan 79
10th Queretaro 77
11th Zapopan 75
12th Morelia 74
13th Guadalajara 74
14th Cancún 73
15th León 73
16th Chihuahua 73
17th Playa del Carmen 73
18th San Luis Potosí 71
19th Mérida 71
20th Veracruz 70
21st Mexicali 67
22nd Ciudad Juárez 65
23rd Minatitlan 65
24th Aguascalientes 64
25th Chilpancingo 58

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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Recent Prices Added

  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Zapopan costs Mex$ 25 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Mexico City costs Mex$ 19,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Mexico City costs Mex$ 20,000 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Mexico City costs Mex$ 400 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Culiacán costs Mex$ 52 (3 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Culiacán costs Mex$ 3.00 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Culiacán costs Mex$ 25 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Culiacán costs Mex$ 25 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Culiacán costs Mex$ 80 (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Culiacán costs Mex$ 400 (3 days ago)