Cost of living in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $4.36
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $4.66
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.81
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.11
12 eggs, large $1.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.29
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.09
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.45
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.40
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.71
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.18
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $680
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $434
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $57
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $412
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $281
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $32
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $35
40” flat screen TV $667
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $165
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $5.86
Hourly rate for cleaning help $4.51
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $49
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $106
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $77
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $28,044
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.63
Monthly ticket public transport $13
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $10
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $4.96
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $5.39
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $23
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $5.58
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.53
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.96
4 rolls of toilet paper $1.76
Tube of toothpaste $2.10
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $4.68
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $14
2 tickets to the movies $11
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $59
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $28
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $5.22
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $2.75
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $2.25
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $844
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.18
1 month of gym membership in business district $31
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $4.41
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 195 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: October 20, 2018.

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